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I’m super excited to talk about a product that is developed locally and works beautifully! RunGo is a free app (with a paid Premium option) that allows you to find or create running routes in your city and offers voice turn-by-turn navigation. I have been using it for months now and I have a lot of great things to say about it. RunGo is created by avid runner and ultrarunner Craig Slagel and he has a super cute lab named Dynasty. The app is a combination of his two loves: running and technology. Find out more about how Craig started RunGo here.
I found out about RunGo last year and fiddled around with it a bit, but didn’t really use it. I’m a creature of habit and I have set routes in my head. The first time I really used RunGo was when I was training for the BMO Vancouver Marathon this year. I wanted to run the route so I let RunGo guide me through it. You can see that training run here.
What I Liked
- Turn-by-Turn Navigation – It gives me detailed directions on my run and gives me lots of notice when there’s a turn ahead. It also tells you when you’re getting close to conquering a climb or where the entertainment and spectator spots will be. Of course, that amount of detail will only appear if the route creators add it… so not all routes will have it.
- Start from anywhere on the route – RunGo will tell you if you go off route or when you join a route. You can follow the entire route if you want or you can just build it onto your existing route.
- Easy to use – You use it like any run/fitness tracker, just press start and run.
- Preview race courses – A bunch of official race courses are available so it’s easy for anyone to do some recon before a race. That’s why I used it for the BMO Vancouver Marathon. I wasn’t familiar with a big chunk of the route. Thanks to RunGo, I didn’t get lost and I was able to devise a race strategy.
- There are trail routes too! – There are some trail routes in the system, which is great because you don’t want to get lost in the wilderness. It’s told me I’ve gone off route when I’ve missed a marker.
- Apple Watch integration – RunGo connects with Apple Watch, which means you can leave your phone at home. I do not use an Apple Watch; however, I can see myself using this if I had one. For more info on this, click here.
Use it while travelling
I vacationed in Europe recently and needed to keep running prior to the Berlin Marathon. Here’s why I loved using it abroad:
- Works offline – You can still use RunGo offline, just favourite the route you want (click on the heart) and head out the door! No data needed.
- Found user-created routes in Rome, Berlin and Prague – I found a bunch of great routes that showcase landmarks, hidden gems and even official race courses. You can always check ahead and see what routes are available for your destination of choice. RunGo led us to this great park in Rome, near our Airbnb. Seemed like all the runners were there.
Free or Premium?
At $10/year (or $1.99/month), going premium is very cheap. What I like about going premium are the verified routes and live tracking. You can see the full list of features here and decide for yourself. Keep in mind that some features are only available for iOS but I’m sure they’re working on Android features as well. If you’d like to save a few bucks, the free version is fine to use; however, if you like the app, consider supporting them and purchase Premium.
When to use RunGo
Do you need another running app on your phone? Here are some reasons to download RunGo:
- Explore a new city – Whether it’s a nearby suburb or a city in an entirely different country, let local runner routes guide you.
- Change it up – If you’re tired of the same old routes, see what others do and try something new.
- Create and share your routes – If you have an awesome route you want to share with others, you can create it and add notes to it. Also, if you are leading a group run, you can give your runners a preview of what’s to come. The RunGo community works well when it’s a give and take relationship. The more options out there, the better.
- If you have a disability – RunGo allows visually-impaired and hearing-impaired people to continue being athletes. Find out more about accessibility here.
Did you know that RunGo was on Dragon’s Den? See their pitch here.
Here’s what other BibRave Pros thought about RunGo
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RunGo runners photos by Shannon Banal Photography