Choosing a virtual race route can be as easy as running a training route that is already familiar to you. Knowing the course and training on it are two of the best ways to prepare yourself for a great performance. Make sure to earn your finisher’s medal by completing the official 6.2 mile (10K) distance.
If you want to check your race route for an accurate distance we recommend using one of two services before you go out. Google Maps and Map My Run are excellent measuring tools for checking route distance.
For a fully loaded virtual race experience we recommend joining the Cap10K Club on STRAVA. Strava is a free app that takes virtual racing to the next level. Track your run with route and performance metrics but with a virtual community of runners. We love this format because you can view, compare and support runners and walkers in your community as they train and achieve the Virtual Cap10K.
Strava is a social-fitness network that offers the next level in virtual racing by merging participant performances with common community routes. Choose a route Segment in your community or join a Cap10K Club Featured Route to compare virtual race performances by age, time and gender. Stay virtually connected with the running community by joining clubs and following members. Kudos for a great job are fun to both send and receive when training solo. Unlike the mapping tools below, Strava has a GPS tracking function that can be used to record your time and distance if you don’t already have similar tracking-styled watch. Strava is a free app that needs to be downloaded and a member login is required.
Google Maps offers a feature that allows you to plot a measured line along the street, sidewalk or trail where you want to run. The distance of your line is totaled in feet, miles and kilometers all at once for you to view. Plotting a virtual race route with Google Maps is free. Once you open Google Maps and narrow in on your start location, simply right-click your mouse and Measure Distance will be the bottom option in the menu. To start measuring your route simply click on the start location and add a waypoint. Follow your proposed race route by adding a second, third and so on points. Individual waypoints can be adjusted to match the route path.
Map My Run works in a similar manner to Google Maps but the big differences are viewing elevation and saving your route once it’s created. Different from Google maps, you will need to create a free login to access map creation. To start measuring your route simply click on the start location and add a waypoint. Follow your proposed race route by adding a second, third and so on points. Individual waypoints can be adjusted to match the route path. Unlike Google Maps you have two menu bars on either side of the map for additional mapping and labeling tools.
If you need help choosing a 10K, take a look at four of our featured routes. Austin has long history of races and we found three nostalgic routes for you to enjoy. Each route offers a unique 6.2 mile run in communities around town. We’ve even made it easy to follow with downloadable maps and live tracking options for each route.