Everyone uses Google Maps. It is one of the most pervasive applications out there for finding your way around. What many people don’t know is that Google Maps can be used not just for mapping car and transit routes but can also be used for mapping bike trails and running courses.
There are ways to use Google Maps to map a run itself, however, I found the easiest way to accomplish this was to use a tool called Google Map Pedometer. Google Map Pedometer extends Google Maps to make it very easy to map a route. I’ll take you through the steps:
- Type in a location on the location bar to get to the area you want to create a route for.
- Double click to add a pointer to the map where you would like to begin your route.
- Double click to add another point further on in your route.
- You can undo the last point you placed or reset the whole route altogether, if you make a mistake.
- You can then opt to save your route.
That’s it! It is super simple and intuitive. Other important things to note is that it automatically keeps track of the distance you have mapped in either miles or kilometers; perfect for map out a 5KM run or a half marathon if you so choose.
One thing that I found was particularly impressive (just a feature of Google Maps, I presume) is the ability to plot a route through bike paths and trails as well as roads (see the main blog post image). Google Maps is now very impressive for mapping areas other than roads too.
It is strange that Google hasn’t developed these tools yet given how useful they are. Then again, I suppose Google has other things to worry about — like mapping the globe. No big deal.
Give it a try. I know it will personally be my go-to site for any running routes I create going forward. Did you find it easy to use?
Map Pedometer | http://www.mappedometer.com/