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Upload the GPS tracking info from your last run, hit "GO" and watch little avatars run a virtual race.
There are websites you can upload your GPS running info
and compare yourself to other runners but as far as I
none where you can watch the results like you'd watch a
real race. People who ran a particular course that week
would upload their results and on Monday at 6:00 pm for
you could watch all those runners who ran that
course throughout the week all shown running at once as
they were running at the same time.
The graphic would show all the little avatars at the
starting line, yours being one of them, you'd pick which
speed you'd like to watch the race played at, from "real
time" to 10 times or so actual speed, then push "GO".
Then sit back and watch a virtual race to see how you
||If you have the particular brand of addiction that finds marathons fun or important then I doubt the virtual will provide your fix.
||I do like the idea of marathon as racing game. Racing games are all centered on virtual motorized vehicles - ice sleds or motobikes or Mariokarts or what-have-you. Zipping around, caroming off obstacles, firing laser balls. Much better would be the marathon - jostling for position within the throng, the occasional subtle thrown elbow, the hyponatremia and incontinence. It would take race games to a whole new level.
||Well for those like me who run, it's fun to track your progress and see how you compare to other runners. This is a bit more exciting than just comparing times though. You wouldn't know if you beat "Bob from Menlo Park" until you watched the race complete with both avatars closing in on the finish line and one person winning. You could get little competitions going without ever actually meeting the person. Unless of course you wanted to.
||Getting people together to do an actual marathon isn't something that's going to happen every week at every popular running trail or path in the area. With this, every week you'd be able to join in a marthon at your favorite jogging trail that you run at a time that's convenient to you. In fact, you could configure what time frame the participants are included from. It could be that day, that weekend, week, month whatever.
||Could work for bikes too.
||It occurred to me you could also select what kind of
people you wanted to race against. Age group,
gender, even stuff like body mass index, beginner,
intermediate, advanced etc.
||The race could occur any day of the week and
encompass any time frame and any competitors you
||It's the only marathon you could win every time.
Start by running against 60 year olds who are just
starting out. Although where I live you get these
freaky old people who've been running every day
since the 1960s who are in amazing shape so no
guarantee of a win there, which could be frustrating.
Anyway, start by competing against one group, then
as you get better, start racing against a tougher
||The fact that these races aren't happening in real
time is what really appeals to me. Every day there's a
marathon at any place you want with the
competition you've selected. Having run my share of
real marathons and not being a big fan of big sweaty
crowds, I really like this idea. Unbunned as it may