August 06, 2018

John and Terri had a lot in common. Their daughters were in high school band together. They were both runners. And they both wore ROAD iDs. It was a perfect match from the start.

John struck up a conversation with Terri at a band banquet in their hometown of Perrysburg, Ohio. She told him about her weekly running group, and he joined the run the following week. A few weeks later, they went on another run, followed by coffee — their first official date.

John and Terri Post-RaceJohn and Terri Kirtos at the finish line after completing a race.

They kept running—and dating—and as things got more serious, Terri felt it was time to add John to her ROAD iD emergency contacts. John was touched.

“It was a huge step in our relationship,” he said. “Changing the ROAD iD seemed like a milestone.”

When John’s thoughts turned to marriage, he wanted to return the gesture, so he decided to make ROAD iD part of his proposal. He ordered a new one for Terri with the word “fiancé” engraved next to his name.

On the day he planned to propose, Terri arrived a little late. John was nervous, and it showed.

“What’s the matter?” Terri asked.

“I have a present for you,” John said. “I was just anxious for you to get here.”

He handed her the new ROAD iD.

“But my ROAD iD is fine,” Terri said.

“No, it’s not, you need a new one.”

“No, I don’t, mine is only a couple of months old.”

“Take a look at the new one and you'll see that the lettering is better on it,” John said.

She looked at it and finally realized what was happening. Then, he gave her a ring. She said yes.

“I was very surprised,” Terry, said. “A ROAD iD isn’t something you usually propose with.”

Since ROAD iDs had marked each turning point of John and Terri’s relationship, there was no question that ROAD iDs would be part of the wedding. Terri’s niece made a cake topper replica of the running shoes and ROAD iDs they were wearing when they got engaged. They had running bibs made with their picture and “our journey begins” printed on them.

ROAD iD Cake TopperMarriage is the ultimate adventure, and it turns out, ROAD iDs make an excellent cake topper.

New ROAD iDs were ordered with “husband” and “wife” engraved on them; they topped a flat cake. During the ceremony, they wore their old ones.

“We never take them off,” Terri said.

Now that they’re married, ROAD iDs are still part of their lifestyle. John is also a cyclist, Terri is a certified running coach, and they both compete in triathlons. Everyone in the family—they have four children between them—wears them.

The family also uses the ROAD iD app. “If John goes out for a long run or bike ride, he'll send me an eCrumb (electronic breadcrumb). I'll do the same thing—just so we know where the other one is,” Terri said. John's daughter, who is now in college, sends eCrumbs to them and her roommate when she's out for a run on-campus, so they can follow her progress and know she's safe.

Though no one in the family has needed to use a ROAD iD in an emergency, Terri keeps in mind a family friend who was hit while running. It took a while for the hospital to find his family because he didn’t have identification on him.

“I just think it gives you peace of mind that if something happens, you have ID on you without carrying your driver’s license or phone. People can contact your family right away when you have that information,” she says. “We encourage everybody to get them, and John loves to tell our story.”

“Our friends who are involved in running, they understand it, but we end up explaining it to a lot of people,” John said. “And I tell them I wouldn’t be where I am now without ROAD iD.”