Author: Preston Ramsey

Preston Ramsey is an aspiring Higher Education professional. His personal interests include music education, computers, running. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Bowling Green State University Band Alumni Society and is a Life Member of both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Preston lives in Ohio with his wife, Tammi.

REVIEW: Aftershokz Aeropex / Wine and Dine Sweepstakes

Disclaimer: I received Aftershokz Aeropex headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro and in return for promoting the Aftershokz Wine & Dine Sweepstakes (sweepstakes has ended). Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!


Can we talk about podcasts for a moment? I used to despise them. My wife has listened to them for years and it would cause me to leave whatever room she was in so that I wouldn’t have to hear them. I thought they were boring and couldn’t understand why someone would listen to someone drone on…and on…for 30-45-60-90 minutes at a time.

BUT, in mid-2017, I had a change of heart. I became aware of a podcast that coincided with a weekly online discussion I had been participating in at the suggestion of a friend called #bibchat. I decided to give podcasts a chance and began listening to a little podcast called “The BibRave Podcast(…with your hosts, Julia and Tim). Pretty sure the first ever episode I listened to from start to finish was Episode 38: Power from Balancebut I digress.

Fast forward almost 3 years and you’ll find that podcasts are now my go-to listening when I head out on my runs. While it’s enjoyable to sometimes focus on something besides the action of running, it is also very important to be aware of the world around you. Enter Aftershokz Aeropex headphones.

What are Aftershokz?

My new Aeropex headphones (on box), flanked by the Trekz Titanium (grey) and the Trekz Air (blue)

Simply put, Aftershokz are outside-the-ear headphones that transmit sound via bone conduction. This allows the user to consume their favorite podcasts (see what I did there?) but still maintain situational awareness and hear the world around them. Feel free to check out my reviews of two previous versions of Aftershokz headphones – the Trekz Titanium and the Trekz Air – from previous posts. I think the most common questions I’ve gotten when anyone sees me wearing them are:

  • “Aren’t those supposed to go IN your ears?” Nope.
  • “Does it feel weird having them sit over your ears?” Nope.
    • *at this point, I’ll take them off have that person try them on*
  • “Do they still sound like normal headphones?”YEP. *as they try them on, I’ll usually play something fun…like The Humpty Dance.*

Tell me about the Aeropex

The Aeropex is the newest addition to the AfterShokz family. I really enjoyed my last set of Aftershokz (and still do!), but the Aeropex wins even more in so many ways, but I’ll break it down like I did for the Trekz Air – Fit, Sound Quality, Battery Life, & Looks

Overall Fit: The Aeropex fit even more perfect than their predecessor (Trekz Air) and are INCREDIBLY lightweight. I truly don’t even know they are there when sound is paused or they are off! The piece that wraps around the back of the head is just right. It is winter in Ohio and I often am wearing a sockhat, which does affect the fit minimally, but not so much as to be an annoyance.

Aeropex under my beanie (in the circle) during a cold night run in December 2019.

Sound Quality: Overall, I am really pleased with the sound quality. I am a fan of deep bass tones, so to get those without a lot of issue is really awesome. The Aeropex headphones utilize PremiumPitch 2.0+ technology, which enables a dynamic bass and high volume. This means an amazing audio experience with minimal vibration. I’m also a fan of how well classical pieces and podcasts come through. Those tend to be much quieter overall, but I’ve had no problems thus far. In fact, I have YET to even turn my Aeropex all the way up – even when running next to a busy city street. I have run into a few minor connectivity issues with the Bluetooth between the Aeropex and my phone, as well as with my computers. Those issues happened pretty quickly after unboxing and seemed to resolve pretty quickly.

Battery Life: The Aeropex have a run-time of approximately 8 hours – two hours more than the Trekz Air. Honestly, in the time I’ve had mine – just over a month – I’ve had to charge them MAYBE 3 times(?). I’ve been really pleased with how long they hold their charge. Battery life is definitely something I’m keen on lately, especially with my growing interest in longer distance runs, such as ultra distance events.

BONUS: Remember, the Aeropex are waterproof, which means a cord can’t be inserted for charging. The included magnetic charging cord makes the process super easy. No more getting frustrated about not knowing which way the cord has to go!

Rockin’ my Aeropex during a recent FKT attempt

Looks: Of all the Aftershokz models I’ve owned, the Aeropex wins the design award by far. The previous versions have more of a boxy look to them, while these seem more streamlined and modern by comparison.

Final Thoughts

For me, I’m a podcast guy for my long(er) runs, but still enjoy some good 90’s hip-hop/rap on the shorter distance outings. I’m glad to have found a brand that allows me to enjoy that content AND still be able to be aware of the world around me when I run. I wholeheartedly encourage anyone who runs (or rides a bike, etc) to invest in pair of AfterShokz – especially the Aeropex!


Hey – before I go – what’s this sweepstakes you mentioned at the top?

The Aftershokz Wine & Dine Sweepstakes (now closed) gave entrants the opportunity to be the one lucky runner (and friend) to have the opportunity to experience the 2020 runDisney Wine & Dine Half-Marathon, 10K, or 5K! This meant that the winner’s flights & hotel accommodations for 2 = covered. Race entry for the winner and a friend = covered. Incredible swag packs = included. On top of all that, the winner and friend will also receive 2 one-day hopper passes so they can check out the parks.

Bummed that I can’t enter now…so what can I do?

Maybe snag a pair of Aftershokz? I mean, this is my third set…what are you waiting for?

RECAP: A Christmas Story 10k

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the A Christmas Story Run 10k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!


I’ve known about the A Christmas Story Run for quite a while, but have never had the opportunity to run it, despite it being on my list of “must run” races. To say I was excited would be an understatement!

“You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”

A Christmas Story Run 5k/10k pays homage to the movie of the same name, where the proceeds go directly back into supporting and maintaining the A Christmas Story House & Museum as well as the neighborhood that surrounds it. Many participants in the event are costumed up ranging from Ralphie’s bunny suit to dressing like a leg lamp (It’s a major award!). The race even allows runners to run with their dogs (er, Bumpus Hounds) – I passed on this, but it would be something I’d consider doing with our dog, Ruby, in the future!

“Oh Fudge!”

First, to understand this part of THIS post, you need to have read my pre-race travel post. To anyone who did read it, please know that my best-laid plan was absolutely thrown out the window. I woke up about an hour later than I had planned on, which threw off the rest of the morning leading up to the race. However, once I was in Cleveland and a few deep (thankful) breaths were had, everything went amazing!

“Fra-gee-lay. Must be Italian!”

Before the race started, I was fortunate enough to meet two other BibRave Pros – Amy from Green Bay, WI and Jackey from Buffalo, NY. It’s always nice to meet up with fellow BRP’s and it was a good thing we met up before the race, because afterward was a little hectic!

Speaking of the race, it’s pretty simple when you get right down to it. The 5k is a point-to-point and the 10k (the one I ran) is an out-and-back. The race starts at Cleveland’s Public Square and follows a pretty straightforward course to the Christmas Story House. After leaving downtown and passing Progressive Field (home of the Cleveland Indians), the route crosses the Hope Memorial Bridge, providing a great view back on the downtown skyline. A mile or so later, the view is made even more spectacular when runners enter Tremont by passing a large “Cleveland” sign – perfect for photo ops!

The course makes its way to the titular house where the 5k runners finish, grab their medals, and perhaps a beer while runners in the 10k turn around and head back downtown. As part of registration, all runners receive complementary admission to visit the A Christmas Story House & Museum (a $13.00 value). This perk is cool, but be ready for a LONG, LONG line on race day. I ended up passing on this perk as I had made other plans for the rest of the day. Another line that was anticipated was that to get on one of the many buses from the house back to downtown. Passed on waiting in that line as well and walked back to downtown with a few of my friends and their dogs.

“It’s a Major Award!”

The medal is pretty neat and captures perfectly the “Oh Fudge!” sequence from the movie. The medal is almost covers my palm completely, so it’s not small!

The other swag for this race included a red long sleeve cotton shirt in addition to a green drawstring bag. The shirt is nice, but personally would have preferred a dri-fit or other tech-type shirt. Aside from that, the random LED light bulb we were given in the swag bag was unique, but hey – free bulb!

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Overall, this race more than lived up to my expectations and provided a great experience. The things I enjoyed significantly outweighed anything I might not have – and that’s a good thing. I would definitely recommend that you check out this race, especially if you’re a fan of A Christmas Story!

Runner Travel Series #2: A Christmas Story 10k

Disclaimer: I received an entry into A Christmas Story Run 10k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!


On the morning of Dec 7 (tomorrow), I’m waking up at the crack of dawn, running down the stairs in my pink bunny pajamas, and hopefully finding a official Red Ryder carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time! Wait a second, that doesn’t make sense. Tomorrow isn’t Christmas, but it IS the A Christmas Story Run 10k in Cleveland! Here’s a brief primer to get you up to speed. If you haven’t seen the movie A Christmas Story, it chronicles the story of young Ralphie Parker and his quest to get a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. I know there is a 24-hour marathon (on TBS?) of the movie right around Christmas. But I digress…

In the real world, the house used in the movie (located in Cleveland, Ohio) has been renovated to its movie glory as the A Christmas Story House & Museum. It is the centerpiece of the A Christmas Story Run 5k/10k. 

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As mentioned, I’m getting up pretty early to head to Cleveland for this run. How early? Keep reading! For this trip, I have no hotels or airports to deal with and it’s just a few hours by car. However, there are some things that are important to plan out in advance. With that in mind, here are three things that will help make this trip easier – for me, at least!

1. Travel TO Cleveland

I’m only focusing on my travel TO Cleveland as it’s the only part of the trip that could have an impact on the race. I live on the southwestern-most side of Columbus, which means I have roughly a 2.5 hour drive. Keep in mind that I will still have to pick up my race packet AND ensure I’m ready to go for the 9am race start. With that in mind, I’m looking at a 5am departure so that I can ensure the next step works in my favor!

2. Parking / Transportation

It’s not a secret that if one is driving into a large metro area, parking will be a concern. Thanks to my Cleveland Marathon experience from 2017, I feel that I’ve got a pretty good plan. After making the drive up from Columbus, the plan is to park at a metro (RTA) station near the airport – blue dot below – and take the Rapid (train service) into downtown – the orange dot. The ride time is about 20 minutes and would still give me an hour or so to spare before the start of the race. Using the train was super convenient in 2017 for the marathon and cheaper than parking downtown.

Alternatively, my backup plan is to simply drive into downtown Cleveland and park at one of the many garages nearby the start/finish. This will add about 10 more minutes in the car and a few more $$ to the trip expenses, but depending on travel TO Cleveland and the weather – see below – it may become a reality!

Note: The A Christmas Story Run 5k race follows a course from downtown (orange) to the A Christmas Story House & Museum (red), while the A Christmas Story Run 10k turns around and heads back downtown.

3. Weather

Winter in Cleveland means anything is possible. Thankfully, the forecast looks “decent” for a 10k. No precipitation in the mix and a high right around 32 degrees at the start. Of course, Cleveland is on the shores of Lake Erie, which means cold wind and the possibility of lake effect snow is always lurking. My plan here is to layer, layer, layer and keep as warm as possible before the race (read: stay inside)!

Have a Plan, But Be Ready to Ditch It

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. Sometimes the best experiences come when you have to call an audible, but getting to that point might bring stress as well. Thankfully, my trip to Cleveland is only a day trip, but having at least some kind of plan is still absolutely essential.

Stay tuned (on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) on Saturday and see how this all plays out!

REVIEW: Sidekick ID from Road iD

Disclaimer: I received a RoadID Sidekick ID as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

If you are doing any kind of activity – running, walking, hiking, swimming – you NEED to have a RoadID. Get your own at Sidekick ID (for your Garmin or Fitbit) OR a traditional Wrist ID at roadid.com and use code BIBCHAT20 save 20%.


I’ve been a runner since the fall of 1996 and have run so many different places over the last 23 years. I’ve run on trails and roads, I’ve run in town, and I’ve run in the country. It wasn’t until more recently though that I’ve shown more concern about my overall safety when I’m on a run. Back in 2015 when I decided to get a little more serious with my running again after a long on-and-off again stretch, my wife talked me into getting something to take with me on every run.

That thing was – and still IS – a ROAD iD

My first Road iD – the Wrist iD.

Let’s keep it simple – it’s a stainless steel plate clipped onto a silicone wristband. However, this little metal plate is more than that. If I were to be running on a country road or running after dark (or both!) and something should happen to me, a first responder would know who to contact immediately. In my case, it would be my wife Tammi or one of our close friends here in the Columbus area. You’ll notice that it’s not necessarily the easiest to read and this one is a little small, but the peace of mind it offers is HUGE.

The Sidekick ID

I’ve been wearing my Wrist iD (seen above) for the last few years and most people don’t give it a second glance because all they see is a black silicone band on my wrist. The only time I’ve ever really noticed mine is when people actually do notice and ask about it or when I’m not wearing it. This time, I opted to give the Sidekick ID a go.

Thanks for the note, Nanette. I’m very much enjoying my new Sidekick iD!

This particular upgrade is a wider stainless steel plate and it can be attached directly to my existing watchband. That’s a big plus for me because I’m prone to breaking those silicone wristbands! The loops that hold the Sidekick on my watch are soft and don’t rub at all, which was an initial concern of mine when I ordered it. Truthfully, I wish I would have discovered the Sidekick ID much sooner!

When ordering, the sky is truly the limit as to the information you include. For me, I make sure to list:

  • My name (obviously)
  • Where I reside – city & state only
  • Two people to contact
    • My wife (name and cell number)
    • My friend, Nick (same info)
  • Allergy info – No Known Allergies for me!
  • An inspirational quote or motto – Strive for the Highest

Rockin’ the Sidekick ID on my Garmin 235.

I’ve been wearing my new Sidekick ID for well over a month and, honestly, I really barely notice it. I know it’s there, but I don’t give it a second thought. I’m just glad that if something were to happen while I am out on a run, my wife is going to be made aware as soon as a first responder arrives.

The Sidekick is SUPER convenient and the least annoying piece of gear that I “carry” with me when i go run. It sparks conversation when it is noticed, and blends in perfectly looking as if it was part of my watch from the start.

But I Can Just Carry My Photo Id, right? Why Have “One More Thing”?

Sure, you can do that…but you’ll get tired of figuring out how. Trust me.

ROAD iD solved that problem by providing a solution that you can wear during your run (or bike ride, or walk, or hike, or whatever), but something that blends in seemlessly with your everyday life. PLUS, since you’d be wearing your ROAD iD, it is much harder to lose it or have it bounce out of a pocket – because it can’t. 

If I haven’t convinced you by now as to WHY you should invest in a ROAD iD, here’s ten more reasons to consider – with a few of my personal favorites. And, yes, I did lovingly borrow this list from Road iD’s website – because it makes sense!!

  1. If you can’t speak for yourself, ROAD iD will speak for you.
  2. ROAD iD enables First Responders to immediately contact family members and friends.
  3. ROAD iD enables family members to provide additional details about your health or give consent for potentially life saving procedures. 
  4. ROAD iD enables hospital staff to locate vital medical records. 
  5. ROAD iD can communicate medical conditions or allergy information to medical staff.
  6. ROAD iD can prevent serious delays in treatment by saving crucial time during the “golden hour” of medical treatment.
  7. It’s far better to have Road ID and not need it than to need ROAD iD and not have it. It’s not just a piece of gear, it’s peace of mind.
  8. Accidents happen far more than you think they do. Each year approximately 450,000 of us are taken to hospitals unconscious and without identification.
  9. A ROAD iD looks good and makes a statement about your athletic lifestyle – not to mention that studies would probably prove that people that wear Road ID are considerably smarter than those that don’t.
  10. ROAD iD can save your Life. Period.

Thankfully, my Road iD has never had to be put to the ultimate test. Should that time come though, I’m much more at ease (and so is my wife – right, Tammi?) knowing that I could be identified, my records obtained, and my family notified much faster than if I didn’t have a Road iD at all.

I said it earlier and I’ll say it again – the Sidekick ID might be small, but the peace of mind it provides? HUGE.

So, before you head out for that next walk, run, bike ride, hike, swim, etc, do yourself a favor – go order a Road iD. If you already have one, order one for a friend – it is the holiday season, after all!


Here’s what others think about their RoadID:

Stacia | Shannon S. | Shannon C. | Mike | Amanda | Renee

You’ve heard from us – check it out for yourself. Get your own at Sidekick ID (for your Garmin or Fitbit) OR a traditional Wrist ID at roadid.com and use code BIBCHAT20 save 20%.

RECAP: Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Bank of America Chicago Marathon through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!


Last weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago in order to run in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This was my second Abbott World Marathon Major and my first marathon in the state of Illinois.

Saturday – Expo

I flew to Chicago on Saturday (day before the race), which is my typical M.O. for race travel. Upon landing at Midway on Saturday morning, I linked up with a my friend Melissa who lives in the Chicagoland area and we rolled to the expo together. The short drive to the expo allowed us to catch up and for me to give her some tips for her first ever marathon. When we got to McCormick Place (site of the expo), the traffic and parking situation left a little to be desired, but it wasn’t the worst I’ve ever experienced. Props to Chicago PD for keeping things moving!

If you’ve never been to Chicago for a convention, McCormick Place really is the best place for the expo. It’s a little bit south of downtown, but incredibly accessible by all means of transportation – car, bus, cab/rideshare, L-train, etc. Additionally, the venue itself is HUGE and can handle the large influx of people. My favorite thing about the expo, from a logistics standpoint, would be how the organizers managed the packet pickup process. Each runner was issued a packet pickup ticket – essentially a QR code – in order to gain entry to pick up their packet. Once my code was verified, along with a photo ID, I was sent to one of the MANY packet pickup stations. When I say many, I mean MANY. End result? No massive lines to stand in, no hunting for your bib number, no hunting for the right spot to pick up a packet. The organizers nailed this and it made overall process the easiest I’ve ever experienced.

Aside from that, my favorite thing about the expo OVERALL was the opportunity to meet PAULA RADCLIFFE! For those who don’t know, she was the world record holder for the women’s marathon…well, until Sunday morning! I honestly did not even know she was going to be there. I was standing next to a particular vendor’s set-up and just happened to look up at the large monitor above, which stated she would be at that booth…in just a few minutes. I then did a quick scan of the vendor’s area and THERE SHE WAS! Ran over, got in line, and got to meet a running legend. Let’s not talk about the fact that I did not keep it together AT ALL. Paula – thanks for being okay with that!

Getting back to downtown from the expo was a piece of cake. I will post about my overall travel experience in a seperate post, but I will say this: getting around Chicago is EASY – so long as you 1) know where you’re going and 2) plan ahead.

Team in Training

What I haven’t talked about yet though is the WHY behind my trip to Chicago. The main reason I was even able to participate in this race was thanks to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. I was one of the many who did not earn a spot via the marathon lottery, so when the opportunity came about to possibly get in via another method, I jumped at it! From the minute I got to the expo, every person I interacted with from LLS/TNT was absolutely amazing. They made me feel as if I had been a part of the TEAM for years. I was fortunate to have raised $1775 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, but I could not have done so without the support of some amazing people, so another HUGE thank you to:

  • Beth & Mike Conn
  • Di Spiva
  • Debbie Morris
  • Marie Basler
  • Marie Burleigh
  • Nicole Piechuta
  • Paul Woidke & Lillian Elliott
  • Steph & Jeremy Cramm
  • Hailey & Dan Hadden
  • Mark, Rose, Jenna, & Jillian Bradbourne
  • Nicholas Fellers
  • Erin & Chris Damm
  • Chase Masters & Carrie Luke
  • Lisa Masters
  • Mary Gorell
  • Mike Lindsay
  • Team BibRave
  • Anonymous

What I will add here for review’s sake is this – don’t sleep on the charity bib as a way into a marathon. Yes, you’ll get to run the race you’ve always wanted to, but you also will do a LOT of good along the way. LLS/TNT is just one of MANY charities that partner with the Chicago Marathon, so I encourage you to find one that speaks to you and consider supporting it!

Race Day

On race morning, I walked over to the LLS/TNT hotel and walked to Grant Park with a group of my fellow teammates. It was great heading over with people who have done this race before. They knew exactly where to go and when to get moving to be there. Getting INTO the park was a little stressful because there were so many people and not as many security folk checking bags. PRO TIP: make sure you read up on race day policies BEFORE you get to the security checkpoints, no matter what race you run. Most races will NOT allow any bags aside from the clear plastic one runners can collect at the expo. Follow the guidelines and your race day will go smoothly!

Gear check was what you’d expect – find your bib number and give’em your stuff. Pretty straightforward. Best part about gear check was the amazing views of Buckingham fountain (which was on!) at sunrise. The corrals themselves seemed organized about the same as any other race I’ve run. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to get from gear check BACK to your corral though, as there is a little bit of a walk between the two.

The start was a little crowded, but it began to spread out fairly quick. The course itself is absolutely great – AND FLAT! The only exception to this would be the bridges, which are small rolling hills at best. Best advice I received and that I will repeat to you: go for the carpet on the bridges! You’ll have better traction and lessen the chance of slipping/twisting an ankle in the grating on the bridge. Aside from that, the only real difficult spot on the entire course is inside the last half mile when you make your last right turn and have to climb over the only real hill on the course – “Mount Roosevelt”. Favorite part of the course was running through Chinatown! I did not expect it to be as cool as it was and the spectator turnout in that area was amazing.

There was no lack of aid stations and toilets along the course. Plenty of Gatorade, Water, and gels to get through the race. The toilet were set up on side-streets along the course near the aid stations, almost like pit stops in an car race. For as many people as there were in the event, the toilets never seemed to be overwhelmed or gross – definitely a plus.

Final Thoughts

You should ABSOLUTELY make it a priority to run the Chicago Marathon. I don’t care how you get there – lottery, charity, etc – just go and experience it. The event is fantastic, the organization of the race is second to none, and just being in Chicago will make it that much more fun.

I would definitely consider returning to Chicago in the future. Thank you BibRave and Team in Training for an amazing weekend!

REVIEW: Knockaround Fast Lanes SPORT

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround Fast Lanes SPORT sunglasses as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

Get your own pair of Knockarounds and use code BIBRAVEKNOCKS3 save 20% your ENTIRE order – one use per customer.


The fall racing season is almost over – for me at least – but the need for a decent pair of shades never ends. When the chance to link up with Knockaround again to test their new Fast Lanes Sport series sunglasses, I wasn’t going to pass that up.

What do you mean – AGAIN? Well, back in April, I had the opportunity to test out the Knockaround’s Fast Lanes series. You can read THAT review here, but long story short: I quickly added a new favorite to my sunglasses collection. The same can be said about the new Fast Lanes Sport.

What is Knockaround?

Simply put, Knockaround sunglasses (regardless of series) are simple, stylish, and durable. They are able to fit seamlessly into daily life, no matter what you’re into.

The Fast Lanes & Fast Lanes Sport aren’t the only shades they make, though. However, all Knockaround sunglasses have impact-resistant lenses and UV400 protection. For those who want a little something extra, almost all of their offerings are available in a polarized version.

Fast Lanes vs Fast Lanes Sport

Right out of the gate, the most noticeable difference are the rubber nose pads built into the frame of the sunglasses. This is a game-changer for Knockaround as it allows fans of the Fast Lanes (who may happen to be runners like me) to now have an option that will absolutely stay put and not slide around.

One of the key features of BOTH editions of the Fast Lanes is that that they will look good on most any face shape, especially those with medium and larger shaped faces. That means no more stretched out sunglasses and/or imprint marks on the side of your head from the arms of the shades!

My Takeaways

For this review, I went back to a simpler look, opting for the Matte Black / Smoke Fast Lanes Sport. Truth be told, I actually LOST my shades about halfway into this test! So this was the first time I was testing a product AND had the opportunity to purchase that same product. The experience could not have been easier and I even snagged a custom pair of the original Fast Lanes in my new favorite colorway – orange with amber (brown) lenses.

But I digress, here are few things I really have enjoyed about the new Fast Lanes Sport:

  1. The Nose Pads. A lot of brands attach nose pads to their frames and, unfortunately, they often break off. I’ve been using these Fast Lanes Sport shades for almost 6 weeks, running consistently in that time frame, and I’ve had absolutely no issues. The nose pads win the day.
  2. Simple. One thing that stands out is that the branding on the glasses isn’t obnoxious. Still not a huge fan of the additional branding in the upper corner of the right side lens, but it’s a detail I can get past.
  3. Durable. Any shades I own must be able to stand up to LIFE (running, getting tossed pretty much anywhere, getting snagged by my daughter, etc) and, let me tell you – they definitely fit the bill.

Final Thoughts

Simply put – yes, there are LOTS of options out there when it comes to sunglasses. My advice as you shop for your next pair? Live life in the fast lane and get a pair of Knockarounds!


Like ’em? Go snag a pair (or more) for yourself! Order your Knockarounds and use code BIBRAVEKNOCKS3 to save 20% your ENTIRE order (one use per customer).

CHICAGO!!!

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Bank of America Chicago Marathon through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team In Training as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

Consider helping me reach my goal for Team in Training and support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. CLICK HERE to show your support and give what you are able. Thank you!


It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses. -Elwood

Hit it. -Jake

I may not be one of the Blues Brothers, but I’m finally making my own pilgrimage to Chicago. With that said, I am so excited to share that I will be participating in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2019, representing Team BibRave as a member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s  Team in Training (TNT). This effort is the epitome of the idea that it takes more than one person to make up a team and reach a goal. This is why I’m asking for your support to hit my fundraising goal.

Cancer, in one form or another, has had an impact on my family on a number of occasions. While these experiences have not been the result of blood-specific cancers, the emotional and psychological effects are just as powerful. In honor of those my family has lost – and to help keep others from experiencing similar loss, I am proud to support the efforts of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. LLS provides care and hope while continuing to search for cures to the various types of cancers that affect so many.  Your donation will help fund treatments that save lives every day; like immunotherapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. You may not know it, but every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these. Patients need these cures and they need your support.

Please consider showing your support for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and help get us all closer to a world without blood cancers. Give what you are able to give and keep in mind that EVERY GIFT MATTERS. Show your support at http://bit.ly/presrunschicago19.

Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to race day. Thank you in advance for your support!