The SpotRacer app uses real time GPS to connect runners with spectators, and it was created right here in town by Naperville native Sean Melcher.
“When you are out there trying to find your runner, you know where to roads are closed off, where the course actually is. You also get that runner’s predictive time too so that you know, it’s going to be freezing on Sunday morning, it’s going to be very early, you’re going to be tired. You can run in, grab some coffee, run back out when they’re two minutes away instead of 30 minutes away, cheer for them, run back inside where it’s warm,” said Melcher.
Both runner and spectator must have the app going to see one another, but there is no limit to how many people’s progress you can be tracking, allowing for spectators to see multiple runners.
While the app is free for download in the Google Play and iTunes store, each racecourse costs $1 per user.
And there are nearly 200 racecourses already loaded on the app, including our very own Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon.
The app is also often used to help people find each other after a race, when the finish line is congested.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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