Strava, the online network connecting the global community of athletes, has announced Running Races, a new feature on strava.com that unites race participants in an online community focused on specific races around the world. The feature connects runners in advance of race day to help them train and meet their race performance goals.
“Some of the common challenges in running a race are finding inspiration for your training routine and connecting with other people who share the same goal that you do,” said Alex Mather, Vice President of Product and User Experience at Strava.
“This new feature creates a virtual community of athletes who are planning to run the same race, helping them train and find extra motivation in the weeks and months leading up to a race.”
Each race-specific page sorts runners into groups based on their finish time goals, connecting them to the training activities of other race participants most like themselves. The new Running Races feature also provides a forum for discussing race-related topics such as workouts, race day strategy and travel plans.
Each race page has an interactive course map with elevation profile allowing runners to study the racecourse in detail.
Strava Running Races already has over 20 race pages that include iconic races in cities such as Boston, New York City, Paris and London. More races will be added in the coming months.
Pricing & availability
Running Races is a free feature available on strava.com. Strava’s website and mobile apps are free and come with the option of Premium membership that provides in-depth analytics, motivational tools like instant results, and member-only rewards and benefits. Strava Premium membership is available for US$6 per month or US$59 per year.
Founded in 2009, millions of athletes have joined Strava for the competition and camaraderie found in tracking and sharing their fitness activities. The company’s free mobile apps and website help members discover and plan workouts, record and share activities, and analyze and compare performance. Strava’s ability to connect athletes around the world ‘makes fitness a more social experience, providing extra motivation even when training alone.’