Strava, the website and mobile application used to track physical activity, launched a heat map recently showing the most popular spots in the world to run.

With the help of user-uploaded GPS data, Strava created what they call the “ultimate map of athlete playgrounds.” According to Strava Labs, more than one billion activities comprise the heat map including 13 trillion data points. Data can be sorted by activity, which includes running.

“It includes over 27 billion kilometers of data, overlapping to show the most frequented spots for sport on the globe,” according to Strava. “This incredible visualization was created with 200 thousand years of movement including thousands of marathons and countless coffee rides. What looks like a multihued map of the Earth is actually the white hot visualization of over 1 billion activities on Strava.”

Heat map

You can see the heat map on Strava’s website here.

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  • S. Rose says:

    This resource has been around for a couple of years, and is super useful particularly when you are traveling to an unfamiliar city. Finding out where conditions are suitable for running – or cycling – is a simple matter of popping open the map and centering it on your location. I’ve used it in many countries, and there is so much underlying data that it works well everywhere. Which is not to say that there is always a great place to run or bike in every region, but that’s a problem that Strava can’t solve.

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