Racelink (FREE on iOS and Android) is the latest in a long line of apps that attempts to make running fun. It’s from the people behind the popular running app Zombies, Run! and it shares a lot of its tried and trusted technology. Here’s what we made of it…
How Racelink works
Racelink lets you compete in virtual races at the time and location of your choosing. It’s been designed to make you feel like you’re in a real race, and you’ll be competing with other runners – you just won’t be sharing the track or pavement with them.
Adrian Hon, CEO of Six to Start (the company behind Racelink) explains: “… nothing’s more exciting than running with thousands of people at the same time. That’s why in the US alone, 19 million people completed running events in 2014 — a 40% increase since 2010.
“But no-one likes waking up at 6am to travel to the race start, or enduring an endless queue for the toilets. And no-one likes feeling left out when they aren’t lucky enough to have a race happening at a convenient time close by.”
This is where Racelink picks up the baton. You choose a time and place to start your race, and when it’s over you’ll be able to see how your time compares with your fellow entrants. To make the race more of an event, you can pay an entry fee to get real-life rewards like medals and a t-shirt.
What races are available?
The races in Racelink have start and end dates (rather than exact dates, times and locations), so the schedule is constantly changing. Here are a few examples, to give you an idea of what to expect:
As in Zombies, Run! the races have a theme, and come with immersive audio commentaries to keep you interested. For example, during ‘Run the Solar System’, you get to listen to TV presenter, Dallas Campbell, as he guides you from the Sun to far-out Neptune, with the odd asteroid belt to negotiate along the way.
Racelink is a lot of fun. Just like Zombies, Run!, it does a great job of keeping you motivated during a run. So far, we’ve seen some great race themes with imaginative storytelling. If future races can keep up this quality then we expect Racelink to be a big hit. The Racelink team is also planning on introducing walking and cycling events, which should help make it even more popular.
Have you downloaded Racelink and taken it out for a spin? Share your comments below.
And if you’re looking for a real race rather than a virtual one, why not check out the Dixons Carphone ‘Race to the Stones’ event? It takes place on 15-16 July, and it gives you the chance to run or ramble the length of the Ridgeway – Britain’s oldest path.