Real-time Running and Biking Apps

The 199-mile, 32-hour Hood to Coast relay is the largest relay race in the world. The Oregon race is expected to draw 60,000 participants from 50 states and 36 countries. Portland startup Athletepath will provide runners with results and updates in real time.

Athletepath works with race directors and timing companies to provide race results for participants. The company was recently named the official race results provider for Hood To Coast Relay, notes Silicon Florist.

Theoretically, the service could track a runner in real time on a map, but Hood to Coast is too long for that. In this case, only the last runner on each team wears an RFID chip to locate their position.

As runners cross the finish, anyone following them is alerted by text, email or posts to Twitter or Facebook. Where possible, timing notifications will be provided in real time. Runners receive their official time within hours, instead of waiting a day or more.

Athletepath is a Web-based software application that allows runners to document, compare and share their race performances, while helping event managers with registration and promotion.

Racers use it to track their own performance, as well as the performance of friends and race teams. They can receive invites when people they know register for races. For race administrators, it allows a single digital interface for athlete registration that also delivers results to every racer through text messages and e-mail.

The company last year took part in the Wieden + Kennedy-backed startup accelerator program the Portland Incubator Experiment and raised a $300,000 seed funding.

MapMyFITNESS.com, founded in 2007 in Austin, operates a suite of social wellness-oriented websites and associated mobile and tablet applications including MapMyRUN.com, MapMyRIDE.com, MapMyWALK.com, MapMyHIKE.com, MapMyMOUNTAIN.com and MapMyTRI.com.

Robin Thurston conceived MapMyRIDE while abroad on a cycling vacation as a means to help cyclists chart and track the rides they completed along their travels. It’s available on Android and iPhone.

Ridewith GPS lets you search for a ride in your area, draw a map, upload rides, and compete with others. Includes integrated elevation with your map and other tools.

Bluetooth 4.0 with Low Energy is now included in the latest smartphones, including the iPhone 4S, Samsung SIII, HTC One, and Optimus 4X HD, among others. It will give the earlier low energy standard, 2.4 GHz ANT+, a run for the money. Bluetooth 4.0 requires no modules to plug into your phone to receive sensor data. It’s integrated into Bluetooth 4. Just download an app and buy a Bluetooth Low Energy sensor module.

Bikeplanner.org is an open source trip planner. Right now it works for Washington, DC region, including the District, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax County, Montgomery County and Prince Georges County. It’s based on OpenTripPlanner (OTP), an open source multi-modal trip planner.

Bikeplanner checks to see if bikes and docks are available before recommending a route. If you want to use your own bike, bikeplanner will help with your route.

To use bikeplanner, you pick a start and end point, and it shows you how to make the trip, either on your own bike or using bikeshare locations. If you choose bikeshare, the route information includes where to pick up a bike and where to drop it off, and alternative docks nearby.

A triangle shaped preference tool lets you customize your route and find the perfect balance of “quickest”, “flattest” and “safest”.

Bikeplanner uses OpenStreetMap data. Because the project is built on open source software and open data, it can be adapted to work in any community.

Bikeplanner runs on OpenTripPlanner (OTP), an open source multi-modal trip planner, which runs on Linux, Windows, or potentially any platform with a Java virtual machine. The Portland Regional Trip Planner, for example, is based on OpenTripPlanner and works for Portland, Oregon buses and has bike rental support.

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