I was your typical pin girl until I ran my first runDisney race. I didn’t want to put holes in my costume by pinning my race bib so I decided to try a bib belt. I’ve been a bib belt girl for about a year and a half now.
When Chris asked me to test out the RaceDots I was intrigued. I had never heard of them before, but they were invented by a guy who grew up in Chris’s hometown, and now lives in the DC area. He was tired of seeing his expensive race gear get torn or rust-stained by pinning race bibs, so he started a company to sell this super-strong magnetic bib attachment system. The marketing boasts that RaceDots will secure a bib without damaging clothing, and are even so strong, they’ll work through a winter jacket.
I found the magnets to be very strong but a bit cumbersome to use at first. It takes a few times to figure out how to manage holding your bib on your shirt with one magnet on the outside while trying to match up the other side inside your shirt.
I ran my first race with them about 3 weeks ago and to be very honest, it was not a great experience. Going to the bathroom, petting dogs after the race, or any other doubling over motion really, the magnets attached to each other inside my shirt causing this type of situation.
I sent this picture to RaceDots, and they quickly responded with a suggestion to only using two or three magnets. So for the next race I only put two magnets on the top holes as suggested. It worked out perfectly!
The magnets stay in place, didn’t leave any marks on my clothes, and really aren’t a whole lot different than using my bib belt, with the exception that they don’t travel around my body like the belts can.
I’ve used RaceDots in about a dozen races now and I love them! People have even asked me during races how they work, because their race shirts are getting ruined from being pinned over and over. I’ve even lent a few to friends to try out for races and they love them as well!
I would say the only minor issue is figuring out the best way to know how to attach them. Everyone has their own little way of doing things but once the muscle memory kicked in, it’s a breeze now. Toward the end of this promotional video you can see one method: holding the inside magnet in place while allowing the outside magnet to quickly attach to it.
Maybe I have a future as a RaceDots Ambassador? I am definitely a fan and will not be turning back to my bib belt!
You can purchase RaceDots directly through their website at RaceDots.com/shop or from many specialty running stores.