My name is Brenda and I am the creator of the RooSport.
I am a marathon runner with a love of the sport. I was a stay at home mom with a background in sewing and ran a business machine quilting and custom sewing for local decorators.
The idea of the RooSport started in 2005 when I was asked by my running partner to create a pocket for her son who was an elite runner and triathlete. I created a small pocket for him and we pinned it onto his shorts. He loved it! I then created a pocket for myself and sewed it onto my running skirt. During my daily runs I found it so useful that I decided to create a pocket that anyone could use on their existing running wear. One day while running, I came up with the idea of magnets. After several prototypes I developed the design for the RooSport that I liked.
I applied for a job at the local hospital as a housekeeper to pay for the patent. As I was working on my patent I started looking for manufacturers. I took some business classes at our local College, and came up with a business plan. I sent several out for reviews from runners in my area as well as some I had never met. The reviews were so positive that I decided that I was ready to try to sell the RooSport.
I secured a booth at the local marathon and set up a table under a tree in the park. We sold 60 RooSport’s that night and the idea was so well received I realized it was going to be popular. We have spent the last several years working 100+ marathon expos all over the country. People love our product. Runner’s World has named us to their Top 30 Gifts in their annual Buying Guide 3 times! Recently in 2017 they listed our RooSportPlus as one of the most comfortable ways to carry a Plus-Sized phone.
I am constantly getting emails from customers who have found so many different uses for the RooSport. It naturally is good for any sport, hiking, biking, walking, etc.… but also for traveling, cruises, Theme Parks, Shopping, as well as medical equipment (inhalers, diabetic pumps and meters) and so on. We have made several changes in the design as our customers have asked for a bigger size, as well as more water resistant. Our current models in 2019 are the most water resistant we have made. They are rain and sweat-proof.
Another major change occurred in 2015 when we moved our manufacturing from China to the United States. We now have a factory in Salt Lake City, UT. that manufacturers all of our pockets.
The RooSport has been a positive change for runners everywhere. It allows them to carry personal items without having to wear a belt around their waist. It is comfortable, and the biggest comment we get is “I didn’t even know I was wearing it!” It creates a pocket in anything you are wearing and its applications are endless.
I love my business and am excited about continuing to meet runners while selling the RooSport.