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Great New Route Finder for Runners

A few weeks ago I had what I thought to be a bright idea. As a traveler, I’m always looking for great runs or bike rides in the places I visit. Runner’s World profiles a different city each month and lists a few routes to try. That’s great, but what if you’re not staying ‘downtown’?? I envisioned an online site that utilized Google maps to plot running routes, record their distances, categorize the starting locations (find me routes starting at hotels in xyz city), and allow other runners to rate the routes in the end based on safety, scenery, traffic, etc.
Well, it must’ve been a good idea because in my research of my new idea I found that USA Track & Field launched a very similar service a few months back. Unlike my venture, there is no advertising to be found. I’m sure that will probably come later. They already have over 28,000 routes entered. You can search for routes in a city that start from hotels, trailheads, etc. This is really cool. In a way, I’m glad it’s already written so that I don’t have to spend my freetime working on it. The down side is that I won’t have a chance to monetize it.
Oh well. Where there is one good idea, there is bound to be another. Here’s a screenshot of a sample route in Louisville, Kentucky that gives you some idea of the features available.
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