What Runners Should Look For in GPS Apps

Get more out of your race training with STACK's top apps for runners.


If you run long distances and own a smartphone, you might want to download a GPS app to track your routes and miles. Many GPS apps are available today, so it's important to do your research and determine the right one for you. (If you're looking for other app ideas, check out STACK's Top 10 Best Health & Fitness Apps for Athletes.)

A great GPS app will have a variety of features, but they should all link to an app-specific website. Some apps include personal running routes, a library of existing routes, and workout planning guidance. Others come with real time tracking features, which let family and friends track your progress and location. The best apps offer a way to upload and share photos and stats. And all apps should make it easy to monitor and record fitness indicators, including time, distance and calories burned—in conjunction with vocal coaching, audio cues, and milestone alerts. Finally, apps for runners should be able to work with the sensor of a heart rate monitor .

With those features in mind, here are three stand out GPS apps runners should check out: Runkeeper, Runtastic, and Map My Run.

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