Those of you using our Routes feature on a regular basis know that it hasn’t always been a walk in the park to search for a route or draw a new one.
Well, the long-awaited makeover of the Routes page is here and we’re making it easier for you to indulge your inner explorer. Everybody knows recommendations from locals are priceless when it comes to travelling and discovering new places, so let Routes guide you to the best outdoor spots for working out all around the world.
We encourage you to go to the Routes page and play around with the new functionality, but first, read through our short guide below on the new features and updated look.
Creating a route
Thanks to the Snap to Road feature, now drawing a route is fast and easy. Simply tick the Snap to Road box and start plotting points on your route. They will automatically connect by marking the shortest route possible on existing paths or streets, excluding highways.
If you need to mark points off the beaten path, you can disable Snap to Road and continue adding points to your route.
Snap to Road can be very handy if you would like to edit existing routes. For more details please click here.
Searching for a route
There are several ways to find the route you are searching for. Tab All Routes enables you to filter all the existing routes by distance and/or sport.
The green dots you see on the map above are route starting points. On the left side of the map is a more narrow search result – the top six routes selected by two criteria: first the featured routes, then those with the highest like/dislike ratio.
Under the tab My Routes you’ll see routes you’ve created or marked as a favorite. If you track a workout and you want to use it as a route, access this particular workout from your training log on the web and click To Route in the More options menu. It will then appear in My Routes. To mark or unmark a route as a favorite, click the star next to the route title.
Friends’ Routes can be useful for inspiration and motivation – see if you can beat their time.
Photos and Videos
Points of Interest make the route more fun and informative at the same time. You can add up to 3 photos and one video for each point of interest. You can create as many points of interest as you’d like.
Remember, the more content you add to your route such as a description, photos, and videos, the more likely it is that others will try it out.
If you use the Follow a Route feature in the app, Points of Interest will pop up as you pass that location.
The Share button gives you the option to share a route on Facebook or other social networks. You can also embed routes on your blog or a website.