This post is sponsored by the RunGo app. All writing, opinions and photography are 100% my own.
I recently had the opportunity to check out the running app, RunGo. RunGo is perfect for finding running routes while you are out and about in new areas, whether you are traveling for work or on vacation, or just planning to run in a new to you area!
The Inspiration for RunGo
The inspiration for RunGo came about when its inventor Craig Slagel found himself constantly getting lost when he would head out for a run while traveling. To solve the problem, he decided to create the first navigational app for runners along established routes (that have been verified to be safe and scenic!).There are now over 20,000 different routes all over the globe that you can choose when you head out for a run! More verified routes are added every day, and users currently add over 100 routes a day all over the world.
Pricing and Availability
There is a free version of RunGo, in addition to subscription plans with the following rates: $1.99 a month, $6.99 year or $9.99 for unlimited usage. The app is available for both iPhone (through iTunes HERE) and Android phones (on GooglePlay HERE).
Features of the RunGo App
RunGo works just like any navigational system you may have used in a car. You can create your own running route or chose one of the established running routes in the app (based on your location). When you click on the play button, you will start your run and receive turn by turn navigation (both audio and visual)!
One of the features I like best is the advance warning for turns. As with any car navigation system, RunGo will alert you when you will be turning onto a different road (usually about 300 ft in advance). I like to know where I’ll be turning before it happens, so this feature was very welcome!
RunGo has a number of features you find in other standard running apps including stats like time, current pace, distance and elevation. You can create your own running routes in the app or offline, so that you can have them available in the app while running without using data!
How it Works
I found the app very easy to use. When you open the app, you will see a catalog of previously created running routes broken down into the following categories: top destination races, worldwide best runs and worldwide running tours.
If you don’t want to look through the catalog, you can click on the Map tab at the top of the screen to see a map of your location (with a marker showing where you are). If you want to use a previously created route, click on the “list” tab on the top of the screen. You can also click on the “create” icon to create your own route.
When you choose to create your own route, you have the option of going point to point or following roads. After you have chosen a route or created your own, just click the green “play” button to start your run. You can pause and restart your run as needed.
RunGo stores your completed runs under the logbook tab at the bottom of the screen. When you click on each entry, you will see a map of the route and all of the stats from that run including time, distance, calories burned, pace and overall elevation.
There are definitely quite a few running apps out there, but I think RunGo fills a very important void– offering navigation to runners in unfamiliar areas. Being somewhat navigationally challenged myself, I will definitely be using this app when I’m on the road or in new areas on the run!
I think RunGo is also unique in that it has verified its list of featured routes, to make sure they are safe and scenic. At some point, most of us will find ourselves in a city or town without knowing any running routes ahead of time. RunGo would definitely help you feel better about heading out for a run in unfamiliar territory!