For those unfamiliar with 'Map My Run', it is a phone-based app that utilizes your phones GPS to track your run. There are several other products with similar offerings (Strava, Nike Fit, etc.), but 'Map My Run' remains as the most commonly-used and most effective app to pre-load a map onto your phone. In addition, 'Map My Run' offers lots of other great features that might make your run more enjoyable. By following these instructions, you will be able to check on your phone to ensure that you're on the correct route. Unlike car navigation systems, it will not give you turn-by-turn instructions, but the app will provide an opportunity for a quick look to verify that you haven't missed your turn. Please note that heavily-wooded areas may interfere with your phone's ability to get a GPS signal, and if you feel you are genuinely lost, be sure to call the Race Director so we can dispatch a golf cart to look for you.

You can download the routes onto your phone by following these simple steps (skip to step 3 if you already have a 'Map My Run' account, or skip all these instructions if you want to figure it out the old-fashioned way of punching buttons until it works):

  1. You need to install the 'Map My Run' app onto your phone (its available on the App Store and Google Play).
  2. Follow the instructions on-screen to create an account.
  3. Choose a route to download onto your smartphone from the Route page.
  4. From the website, click the prompt 'Send to Phone' button, followed by clicking 'Send It'.
  5. Open the app and click the 'Routes' button. Look through the list until you find the specific loop.
  6. Now, you can run your route and the app will make sure you're staying on course.

One of the coolest features of 'Map My Run' is called 'Courses', which adds a social dynamic to the app by allowing you to compete against other runners on specific segments of a route. As you run with the app tracking your route, 'Map My Run' will automatically record your time over certain stretches of your run. You can compare your pace against others that have run the same section of the road. Badges are awarded to the fastest runner. In the case of the Peachtree City Marathon Relay, we have designated at least one course on each loop. These courses can range in distance, up to 2 miles. After the race, you can see how you fared against other Marathon Relay participants over that specific section, and you can rub your successes in the faces of the other runners. After all, it wouldn't be the internet without some needless bullying over an inconsequential matter.