Being prepared is more than grabbing your shoes and a water bottle and heading to the trailhead. There are unknown dangers that can come from others on the trails to the trail itself. A slippery spot can send a runner off course in seconds, or taking the wrong path can lead you into the unknown. Fortunately, technology is making the road safer, allowing you to do what you love with the freedom that comes from peace of mind. Depending on your needs, there is an app for everyone, from the walker to the overnight backpacker.
#1: Road iD
This app has GPS and accident alerts for up to three of your contacts. It provides a link to a map, and it has a patented stationary alert that notifies your contact if you stop moving for more than five minutes. It also has an SOS button to message contacts or dial 911.
A subscription to Road iD is $29.99 a month.
#2: Share My Run
The user sets a start notification and the planned distance to alert your contacts if you don’t arrive on time at the designated end site. It also allows followers to follow you with a real-time map location.
Share My Run offers a free version and a premium version for purchase.
#3: Run Buddy
This app provides a speed alert feature that monitors how fast or slow you are going, which can indicate trouble on the trail or, should you suddenly be quickly traveling, meaning you are in a car. It also has bright lights and alarm features.
The Run Buddy app is free to have “buddies,” or there is a yearly subscription of $9.99 or $.99 a month to activate an alert system.
Staying Safe is #1
Getting out in nature is vital to our lives. Now you can hit the trails and enjoy the peace of mind knowing technology and your family have your back no matter where the path may lead.