Strava is one of the more popular applications for runners.
Users can automatically upload training to the app, available on mobile and on desktop, from their GPS device for others to see. It’s similar to other social media apps in that you can follow friends, family and others all while keeping a tab on your own training.
The platform also provides fans of the sport the chance to follow some of Canada’s best runners including Reid Coolsaet who posts his runs daily.
Combined, Strava users, which supports activities such as running, cycling, swimming, skiing and more, covered 6.8 billion kilometres in 2016 thanks to 304 million uploaded activities. As 2016 comes to a close, the people at Strava have created a year in stats that looks at some of the memorable moments, activities and milestones uploaded from the past 12 months.
Strava’s year in stats
The most liked activity of 2016 was from the Olympic Games. Cyclist Greg Van Avermaet tracked his race in Rio and uploaded his gold medal-winning ride. The post has received more than 14,000 “kudos,” which is equivalent to Facebook’s “likes.”
There were two athletes who got engaged and posted the special moment to Strava for the world to see. The 15.3K run in San Francisco was entitled – you guessed it – “will you marry me?”
Pete Kostelnick set a new trans-America record averaging 115K per day in his run across the United States. Meanwhile, Jason Romero, who is blind, averaged 84K per day on his cross-continent run.
9.6: Activities shared on Strava every second in 2016
22:58: Hours and minutes it took Kilian Jornet and Jason Schlarb to co-win the Hardrock 100
26.9: Per cent of activities done in groups
The largest group activity of the year on Strava was the London Marathon.