I typically don’t take much time to walk around race expos these days. My trips are usually short and sweet and filled with a screaming toddler trying to get out of his stroller. This year however, at the MCM expo, I was kid free and allowed plenty of time to walk around. As I was walking around at the MCM expo, I came across a booth that caught my eye. It was a booth with a product that I had never seen OR heard of before.
I started talking to the gentleman that was standing at the booth, listening intently as he told me more about racedots, as I had never heard of them before. Turns out the man I was speaking to was the creator of racedots, Jason Berry. We started chatting like old friends, he was super nice and personable and turns out is local to the DC area and is based out of Arlington, VA.
So what are Racedots?
Racedots are a Magnetic Race Number Postitioning system. Wow, that sounds fancy and complicated doesn’t it? Well it’s not. Racedots are a cool alternative to safety pins that we all use to pin bibs onto our shirts! I am always complaining about putting holes in my nice tech shirts and hate safety pins. If you have to readjust the bib because you put it on crooked, every pin needs to come out. Such a pain! Never mind sticking my fingers constantly!
Racedots are two magnets that lock together to hold your bib in place. It is a patent pending design that allows the magnets to “nest inside each other” to make a very hard to break bond. It is nickel plated copper so they will never rust if for some reason you forgot to take them off of your shirt (unlike a safety pin).
In talking with Jason, he offered to let me try a set out at MCM. I was a bit weary because we all know we aren’t supposed to try anything new on race day, but I obliged and promised I would wear them. I didn’t tell him that I was going to carry a baggie with safety pins in my pocket in case one fell off or I didn’t like them (sorry Jason!!)
I got them home and took them out of the package and shoot, these are some super strong magnets. According to the website, each Racedot requires 5lbs of pull force to pull them apart. Well they weren’t kidding! They are so strong in fact they claim to even work on Gortex jackets! I mean who wants to put safety pins in their expensive gortex? NOT ME!
I then started to worry about them chafing on the inside of my shirt! But after I played around with them and tried them out, I realized that wouldn’t be an issue. They didn’t even touch my skin.
The cool thing about these is that you can move them around without having to take the magnets apart! Or you can hold a Racedot in place and move the bib around underneath it! Definitely can’t do that with a safety pin!
They come in a variety of colors too!
How much do they cost you ask? Well, they come in packs of 5 or 10. A 5-pack is $24.99 and a 10-pack starts at $34.99. (But there is a sale going on now, a few colors are available for $19.99/31.99) You can even get your own custom design made if you order in bulk…Pam Burrus…we need to get on that for Moms Run This Town!! How cool would it be to have the MRTT logo on some of these babies for us to wear at races?!
So what did I think?
- easy to use
- magnet is strong and did NOT budge during the entire 26.2 miles (I never had to reach for my backup safety pins!)
- saves your clothing from unwanted holes
- none that I can think of!
Some quick tips:
I fumbled around a lot with them at first as I got used to the strong magnets. I took them out all at the same time and they all stuck to each other. So go slow, take one out at a time and carefully place it on.
The magnetic force is directional so it will only match with the front piece one way. It will be easy to figure out which way is the correct way. If they aren’t attracting, simply flip the back piece over to the other side.
If you want a more secure fit, attach them to the holes provided on your bib! (I didn’t do that on mine clearly, I was still learning)
Check out this video I made to show you hands on how they work!
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