Author Topic: Live Tracking  (Read 6574 times)

Ryan Glaze

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Live Tracking
« on: June 27, 2015, 06:10:00 AM »
Will there be live tracking? My wife is hoping she could monitor the progress of the event so she would know when she could leave the poolside at the hotel to see the finish...:)

John Garner

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Re: Live Tracking
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2015, 10:24:48 PM »
For the past few years, there has been "as live as we can make it" tracking. Splits are posted live from Noname, Barr Camp, A-Frame, and the Summit (and then again on the way back down for the PPM).

Pikes Peak Road Runners will be pulling the raw data and then posting the results with split locations as they get them to the website.

All of that said, pulling splits from along the trail is not as easy as it sounds. Cell phone coverage from the split locations can be hit or miss, or a transmitter could go bad. Thankfully these are rare, but note that one of the locations may not be able to report live on that particular day if there is a technical issue.
 


Ryan Glaze

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Re: Live Tracking
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2015, 06:05:24 AM »
Thank you John! I figured things might be spotty.

bradg33

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Re: Live Tracking
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2015, 03:57:39 PM »
Has anyone tried using Garmin Connect w/ Live Track for the race?  I know coverage is spotty, but it might be enough to provide SOME live info to spectators.  A few of the Garmin watches, my Fenix 3 included, will connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth and then provide literal live tracking to anyone with the right link (the Connect app emails a link to those you choose as soon as you start the live track session).  I've used it in a few half marathons and it seems to work well without being a huge drain on the phone battery (my iPhone 6 still had 90% battery after a ~1:40 half).  I'm planning to give it a shot this year.  I assume the updates will be "lumpy," as the phone will probably hold position updates until it has signal, then dump them all at once, then hold again until it has signal again, and so on/so forth.  But, it should give your "fans" a good idea of where you are (or were) at any given time.