In its 87th year and known around the world as the greatest ultra-marathon, it is hard to believe that the trigger of the start gun for the Comrades Marathon 2012 will be pulled in just five days. This year, mapIT, the leader in digital mapping, will provide support for runners and spectators of the race with its online mapping service.
A fully interactive map indicating the route, profile, kilometre markers, refreshment stations, medical points, unique landmarks, hotspots and spectator points to make the experience a little easier for both runners and spectators will be available on http://comrades.mapservice.co.za.
Runners and their support team will be able to co-ordinate their route and meeting spots as well as view both the start and end points to ensure the best parking on the day of the race. A “zoom-in” function on the map gives users a better view of the route, ensuring the best path is taken along the course of the race.
“The Comrades Marathon attracts ultra-marathon athletes both locally and internationally, and mapIT is extremely proud to be affiliated with this world-class event. Our interactive online mapping service is geared towards helping runners prepare for the day and alleviating stress for the spectators and to make the day as hassle-free as possible,” says mapIT Managing Director, Etienne Louw.
mapIT has been offering this service to the Comrades since 2009, but this year the offering is further enhanced by the addition of Helicam footage of all major points along the route*. An @ ComradesRace Twitter feed has also been added to the site, allowing supporters, globally, access to real-time updates on what is happening on the ground.
Furthermore, residents and supporters can click on the “get directions” and “live traffic” buttons, powered by TomTom, to plan their route for the day and find out which roads to avoid due to traffic congestion.
The mapIT map will also be available on the official Comrades Web site (http://www.comrades.com).
Please click here to view the Comrades Marathon 2012 map.