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compiled by Marty Mazur

The NVRC Running Route Maps pages have quite a few nice local routes all traced out on topographic, street, or satellite maps. These maps come with annotation, calculated distances and elevation profiles, and route alternatives. Some of the older maps were painstakingly generated using DeLorme 3-D Topo Quads 2.0, and augmented using Microsoft PowerPoint drawing tools. Online tools have become much more versatile in recent years and many of the newer routes have been added using one of the tools discussed below.

Rather than waiting for Marty to put your route on the Running Route Maps pages, you can make a nice first cut of your own map. Thanks to the efforts of various people to exploit the mapping and satellite imagery available in Yahoo and Google data bases, there are several online mapping tools, linked below, that can be useful to runners who want to plan a route or calculate the mileage they've run. Each of the tools below has its own advantages and disadvantages. The tools use the Bing and Google map service, which gives you access to street maps, a satellite's eye view, or a hybrid of the two (major roads superimposed on the satellite pictures). Both Bing and Google make very high resolution satellite imagery, which has over the years become available in all but the most rural areas. The tools calculate mileage, and two of them have calorie counter capabilities. And many online tools are free and easy learn to use. Try them all!

Thanks to Greg Fredericks, John Sheakoski, and Morgan Wasikonis for the tips regarding these valuable online tools.

 

Created 12/05