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Map My Run

Author: Mark Dixon
Saturday, March 31, 2007
6:47 am

I just had a mashed up participation age experience. My daughter is visiting us this week with her husband and two little boys. At 6:15 this morning, I was studying at my desk when I got a phone call from Heidi on her cell phone. I didn’t even know she was out of bed, but she was two miles away, running along on a ten-mile course, not letting her vacation get in the way of marathon training.

As she continued to run, she asked me to visit MapMyRun.com, a Google Maps mashup that plotted distances and checkpoints on a map. She was concerned that she had miscalculated the length of her course. So, in real time, as she ran along, we plotted a small course correction that would give her the full ten miles she wanted.

Cell phones and mashups – it has come a long ways since I was a distance runner, some 150 pounds ago!

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