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Apps that keep you safe while running

Running apps are obviously great for tracking the time, pace and mileage of your runs. But did you know some of them can also keep you safe? There are apps where you can share your real-time location with family members and friends. I think this is a smart idea, especially if you tend to enjoy solo runs, as I do. I did a little research on some available ones out there.

Here are some I came across:

1. Glympse is a free app that uses the mobile phone’s GPS capability to share real-time location and estimated arrival time with family members and friends. Recipients don’t need to have the app. They will receive a link via text message or email. When recipients click on the link, they can view the runner’s location on a map in real-time for as long as the runner choses to share with them. This is the one I’ve been using. It’s basic and easy to use. Details on Glympse.

2. Strava’s Beacon feature allows users to share real-time location with family and friends. Contacts will get to see exactly where runners are on a heatmap. Beacon is part of Strava’s premium feature, which costs $2/month. Details on Strava Beacon.

3. Runkeeper’s live tracking feature allows users’ family members and friends to track their movements in real-time on the web. Once enabled, the user can share the link with friends and family. The link is public though, so anyone with access can view the runner’s activity. It seems like this feature would be useful for long road races (half marathons, marathons, ultras, etc.). The live tracking feature is available through Runkeeper’s upgraded service, which costs $9.99/month or $39.99/year. Details on Runkeeper’s live tracking.

4. Run Angel is a safety alarm users wear on their wrists. When activated, a loud alarm goes off, and the device transmits the user’s location to family and friends via email and SMS. This isn’t really an app, but works similarly to the apps listed above. Details on Run Angel.

Have you used any of these apps or know of any others? If so, please share in the comments!

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