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 coordinate 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 have 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*. A @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 website (http://www.comrades.com)
mapIT offers businesses high quality digital maps with accurate and extensive coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa and across the globe. Furthermore they offer this map data on the world’s foremost Location Based Services (LBS) platform, mapIT are an all-encompassing digital mapping company. Working together with TomTom Africa, Avusa and Partners, mapIT establishes innovative and comprehensive suites of digital mapping platforms to position itself as the leading international enabler of accurate location-based platforms throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. For more information visit http://www.mapit.co.za