Athlinks now offers Predictive Pace Map Tracking through the Athlinks App as part of our new Premium Race Day product. Map Tracking allows members to view participants' projected location on a map within the Athlinks App. This is enabled by a combination of timing data in CT Live and predictive algorithms based on runner paces.
Map Tracking is not meant to offer hyper accurate location data, but is meant to offer general information on athletes' locations. You can increase the accuracy of predictions by adding timing locations along your course, even if you don't intend to publish results for those points.
Since Map Tracking is a feature driven by ChronoTrack Live's scoring engine, you must use CT Live to score your event.
This guide will show you how to enable Map Tracking for your event and upload a map to the Course.
Before you can use Map Tracking, you must contact your Regional Sales Manager to have map tracking enabled for your CT Live event.
Prepare Your CT Live and Athlinks Events
- Make sure that your CT Live event is properly linked to Athlinks
- Configure and publish your Event Landing Page
- Add any needed Timing Points to each course in CT Live for which you'll be offering map tracking
- If you are not using CT Live for registration, frequently Import Athletes into CTLive. This allows athletes to be searched and added to tracking lists.
Generate Your Map(s)
In order for Map Tracking to work, you must generate a course map and download it as a KML or GPX file, then upload the file into CT Live. There are several ways to create this type of file, but the easiest is using Google Maps or a fitness route mapper such as Strava or Map My Fitness. We recommend using one of the sites specifically made for creating exercise maps because they will be more-fully featured. Here are a couple:
- Map My Fitness http://www.mapmyfitness.com/routes/create
- Check out the how-to article for manually creating a map HERE.
- Strava - https://www.strava.com/routes/new
- You can view a tutorial about using the Strava's Route Builder within the builder itself
These sites will require you to make a free account before you can use them.
When creating your map, there are some key things to keep in mind:
- Do not combine multiple course distances into one file. Create a separate KML/GPX file for each of your course distances.
- Always begin laying out your course from the starting line location.
- Make sure the full course distance is identical to the course distance in CT Live.
- Avoid using any of the snap-to-road features as this may make the course distance longer or route the course through incorrect areas of the map.
- If your course cuts across a field or a gap between roads where maps don't show a passage, this is especially important.
- You may need to cut corners and hug the sides of the roads to get to the desired distance. For most athletes and spectators, they will not zoom in close enough to notice.
- If you generate a map by driving/biking/running the course using a Garmin or similar device, you may need to save the course in a simplified format to prevent the file from being too large. (Maximum KML/GPX file size allowed is 4MB)
- Currently, we only officially support 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, and Full marathon distances. Other distances can work, but initial predictive paces default to half-marathon calculations.
- Make sure you save maps as either KML or GPX format.
Uploading a Map
Once you've prepared a KML/GPX file for each of your course distances, you can upload them to your CT Live event.
- Go to the Scoring > Course tab and click the Race you'll be uploading a map to.
- Now, scroll down to the Course Setup area and click the + Course Map button. If you do not see this button, please conact your Regional Sales Manager to have the Race Day Premium services enabled for your event.
- In the window that appears, click the Select File. Locate the KML/GPX file for the correct course on your computer, then click Open.
- Click Complete & Save. You'll see a progress bar for a few seconds as the file is processed, as shown below.
- When the processing completes, you can view a preview of the course map. If you added any split points to your course, you'll see those marked with orange circles at the appropriate distances along the course. The Start point will be marked with a gun icon, and the finish point will be marked with a flag icon.
- To finalize the map upload, click Close. If you need to make any changes to the map, you can click the Edit Map button that will have replaced the + Course Map button. In the window that appears, click Remove Course Map which will then enable you to upload a new map.
- Repeat steps 1-6 for each of the different Course distances for which you'll be offering tracking.
In order to facilitate Map Tracking, add a timing line as close to the start line as possible in order
to get a first read for an athlete and begin their progress on the map. We recommend putting this 100m or less from the start line. This timing line must be in addition to your Start line equipment, if any.