The Best Running Apps Of 2020

Best Running Apps 2020 – Free Running Apps For iOS And Android

The Best Running Apps Of 2020

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Sure, running is one of the simplest ways to squeeze in a workout without spending money on a gym membership, fitness class, or personal trainer.

All it takes is a pair of running shoes and the motivation to hit the open road. After a while though, it can get monotonous putting one foot in front of the other, mile after mile.

Not to mention repetitive, which is not great for your muscles because it can cause overuse injuries and imbalances.

The easiest way to avoid this while still getting that runner's high is to download a running app and use it to create new courses, vary your paces and workouts, and track your progress.

Sounds good, right? Better still, there is an app for basically every type of runner—those that have next ran around the block before, as well as the those that are training for a big race a marathon.

No matter what category you fall under, you can use this list of the best running apps to create a cardio workout that's right for you and your needs.

What you have here is a list of the best running apps the rankings of real runners who use them. Most of them are free, all of them are awesome, and all of them are compatible with both Apple iOS and Android phones.

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1 Nike Run Club

Free: iOS Android

Rating: 4.6/5 Stars

Number of reviews: 900K

Reviewer Rave: “Nike Run Club is by far the best app I've ever used for running! It's guided me through my first 5k, half marathon, and ultimately, my first ever marathon just one week ago.

The training plans are flexible and challenging, the achievements help me keep my head in the game, and I honestly wouldn't run nearly as well if I didn't have the coaches in the background cheering me on.

Awesome app! I highly recommend to anyone and everyone who runs.” —

2 Strava

Free: iOS Android

Rating: 4.5/5

Number of Reviews: 500K

Reviewer Rave: “I love Strava and use it for all my platforms, past and present (currently Garmin, Peloton bike and Peloton digital). I would give it 5 stars if I could have the same run features for my power walks (detailed splits, weekly tracking, leaderboards, etc.). Otherwise, my go-to app for all things exercise.”

3 MapMyRun

Free: iOS Android

Rating: 4.5/5

Number of Reviews: 222K

Reviewer Rave: “Great app. Connects to myfitnesspal as an overall support for getting fit and eating well. Easy to use. Talks to you through the run giving updates on pace and distance: your music fades back to allow this to be heard.”

4 Running Pace

$1: iOS

Rating: 4.7/5

Number of Reviews: 83

Reviewer Rave: “I have had and used this app for a couple of years without rating it, and decided its time to give kudos where they are deserved to some little apps that are simple, but elegant in what they do.

Choose a distance and time, and it calculates pace; or distance and pace and it calculates time, as well as splits. I don't use it every day because I don't need to, but when I start dreaming about my next running goal, it helps me figure out the related stats that I want to know also.

If you have distance/time/pace/speed fitness goals, this will help you in your planning.”

5 Runtastic

Free: iOS Android

Rating: 4.6/5

Number of Reviews: 933K

Reviewer Rave: “Great tracking app! Love how it audibly announces your stats at every mile! Would for it to give stats at half-mile intervals, also!”

6 Couch To 5K

$2.99: iOS Android

Rating: 4.5/5

Number of Reviews: 13.5K

Reviewer Rave: “I used to hate running, I had tried so many times before but none with success. I heard an influencer talk about this app, and she told the same story I just did, so I decided to try it out.

This app is one of the best investments I have made for my health. It's a 3-days-a-week, 9-week programme in which you improve a lot and you barely notice the increase in level of difficulty.

In other words, you don't die trying, but you see results! I love this app.”

7 Peloton Digital

$19.49/month: iOS Android

Rating: 4.9/5

Number of Reviews: 75K

Reviewer Rave: “Been using the app for workouts for the last 4 months and I am obsessed with it.

Am particularly keen on the treadmill workouts—I love running outdoors but it’s not always practical and boy does this app take away from the monotony of treadmill running.

It even spurred me on to my faster 5k, 10k and 1 mile distances for the last 3 years in the short time I have been using it.”

8 Pacer

Free: iOS Android

Rating: 4.7/5 Stars

Number of reviews: 682K

Reviewer Rave: “All you need in an app. Counts your steps, measures distance and calories. Easy to use.”

9 RunKeeper

Free: iOS Android

Rating: 4.4/5 Stars

Number of reviews: 437K

Reviewer Rave: “It's pretty accurate with the GPS tracking and other stats which it stores whilst exercising. I how it compares your workout with previous ones. I mostly use it for when I run or walk.

I've got nothing but praise for this app. I took a break from it two years ago (due to no fault of the app, it's because I'd stopped exercising altogether) and when I re-installed it this year, it remembered all my previous stats.

I was pretty impressed.”

10 Vi

$9.99/month: iOS Android

Rating: 4.6/5 Stars

Number of reviews: 679

Reviewer Rave: “I was looking for something to help get me back into shape after having a baby and I needed something I could do on my own time rather than trying to make it to gym classes.

A friend recommended I try Vi and I’m so glad I did! The quality and variety of workouts are really impressive and after just a few weeks of using Vi I feel I’m already a better runner than I ever was before.


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The Best Running Apps Of 2020

Whether you are lacing up for the first time or you’re trying to hit that coveted runner’s high again, sometimes you need a little something extra to make your run stand out.

Luckily, there’s an app—or more a hundred—that can help. These days, apps can not only track your run, but also coach you, motivate you with music, keep you safe, and more.

To keep it simple, we rounded up our favorites from the past few years and narrowed them down to the best running apps across several categories, highlighting what makes each unique. Whether you’re just starting out as a runner or you’re a seasoned pro, this list will help you find the tools you need to get the most your miles.

Best Beginner Apps



Best for: Getting motivated to be more active

Human isn’t the most advanced activity tracker on this list, but it wins points as a strong motivator.

The app works in the background, tracks the time you spend being active (running, walking, and cycling), and nudges you to hit your “Daily 30,” or 30 minutes of exercise per day. But the real motivation comes from other people.

Human compares your data to other nearby users to create a leaderboard of who’s exercising nearby, so you can see how you rank against your neighbors.

Free: iOS | Android

Couch to 5K


Best for: Building your confidence by working toward a goal

The popular Couch-to-5K app does exactly what it says: Turns you from sedentary couch potato into a runner. It guides you through three 30-minute workouts per week to get you ready for a 3.1-mile race in only nine weeks.

Along the way, it tracks your time and distance via GPS, and a virtual coach gives you verbal cues about your workout. After each run, you can log your data to active.

com, and you can share your achievements with friends in the app’s newsfeed.

$2.99: iOS | Android



Best for: Starting a regular running routine

This app is centered on step-counting, but it’s a great launching point into developing a running habit, too.

Human, Pacer works in the background, logging your steps as you move around during the day to give you a picture of your activity level.

Un Human, you can also track runs with GPS and join group challenges, and if you opt for Premium ($5 per month), you can access training plans with video workouts.

Free: iOS | Android

Best Advanced Running Apps



Best for: Tracking runs and rides with a strong social element

Wildly popular among cyclists and runners, Strava is a great choice for casual milers and pros a. It offers in-depth GPS tracking, works with a variety of GPS devices, and tracks all kinds of metrics (especially if you opt for a Summit membership).

It’s also known for its popular segments feature, which shows how you stack up against other runners on the same route.

Premium users also get access to Beacon, a safety option that allows three designated contacts to monitor your location while you’re out running.

Free: iOS | Android



Best for: Building an adaptive training plan that fits your needs

Check out Runcoach to create a workout schedule and stick to it. Set a running goal and input information on your schedule, and the algorithm will deliver customized guidance on how to train. Want personalized coaching? (There’s an option to upgrade for $19.95 a month.) Use the app to reach out to USATF-certified coaches for help with injuries, nutrition, and more.

Free: iOS | Android



Best for: Finding new routes to run

Not sure where to run? Choose from one of more than 70 million routes on MapMyRun, Under Armour’s comprehensive tracker that records distance, pace, elevation, calories burned, and more. It integrates with a variety of major wearable trackers, as well as the My Fitness Pal app, so you can sync your diet and exercise info together for a clearer picture of your health.

Free: iOS | Android

Nike+ Run Club

Nike+ Run Club

Best for: Run tracking, photo sharing, and audio coaching

Engineered specifically for runners, the Nike+ Run Club app goes beyond basic tracking with several motivation and coaching features, such as end-of-run cheers from top athletes, built-in photo sharing that overlays your run stats with a photo from your route, and audio-based workouts from top Nike coaches to help guide you along the way. Plus, the audio-coached runs feature a Spotify integration so you can lay the coach’s cues over your favorite playlist—the best of both worlds.

Free: iOS | Android



Best for: Training with multiple tracking services

In addition to showing you information about your run—basics such as distance and time, but also steps, weather, and the name of the street you started on—the iSmoothRun app supports run/walk and interval workouts, syncs with a variety of devices, tracks shoe mileage, and can also send workout data to other training logs. We imported a slew of TCX files from Dropbox, then exported them all in one go to MapMyRun in a matter of a few seconds.

$4.99: iOS



Best for: Feeling you are running outside when on the treadmill.

Zwift is an online training ground inhabited up until recently by cyclists.

Users log in, sync their avatar to their iPad/computer/devices and then ride or run around courses, surrounded by other virtual athletes from all over the globe doing the same thing.

Download Zwift to your supported device— your phone, iPad, or cast it to your TV—then pair up your Bluetooth enabled footpod or supported treadmill and get going.

Free: iOS | Android


Best for: Making playlists for your run

The popular streaming app gives you the best music from then and now through playlists you or your friends create. You can also explore the world of Spotify to see what else people are running to, jamming to, or working out to.

One of the best parts of the app is it pairs with most devices, the new Garmin Forerunner 245, so once you have the app, you can take it with you just about anywhere you can take your devices.

Both commercial and commercial-free options are available.

Free or monthly subscription: iOS | Android

Apple Music

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Best for: Taking your favorite songs along with you on your run

Apple has dominated the portable music scene since the invention of the iPod, so it’s no wonder they have more than 50 million songs offered. Take the seemingly endless library of songs with you on your run to enjoy just about any music you could ever want on any Apple device. What’s even better is Apple offers deals for students, individuals, and families.

Plans start at $4.99/month: iOS

Amazon Music Unlimited & Amazon Prime Music

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Best for: Prime members and music lovers who want to jam out

There are two options here that both offer millions of song options from playlists and stations tailored to your favorite genres from past and present artists. For Prime members, that includes more than 2 million songs, while you can upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited which includes tens of millions of songs for hours of commercial free-listening.

Prime Music free with Prime membership, Music Unlimited plans start at $7.99/month: iOS | Android



Best for: Finding music to match your stride

Although it’s always good to pay attention to the sound of your feet, listening to music is a great way to up your energy level on a run. WeavRun will help with that. It remixes pop songs to match your pace, so you can run to music without worrying about a slow song messing up your stride.

Free: iOS



Best for: Making treadmill workouts a little easier.

Treadmill workouts are the top class category on Aaptiv and range in skill levels so newbie runners have just as many options as marathoners.

Some trainers push technical form, others are popular among those people who are race training, and some just to have fun.

Before you choose a run, you can check out all the details in the app, including estimated distance, peak speed, peak incline, and music style, so you know what you’re getting yourself into.

Free 7-day trial, $14.99 per month: iOS | Android


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Best for: Catching up on the latest books.

Sometimes you don’t want to get lost in the music or have the beat mess up your stride. Sometimes you just want to get lost in a story or show. That’s where Audible can help you out. The audio app offers audiobooks, shows, and podcasts from your favorite writers and personalities with a massive library of content for whatever you’re in the mood for.

Plans start at $14.95/month: iOS | Android

Apple Podcasts


Best for: Keeping track of your favorite podcasts

There are literally thousands of podcasts out there for you to discover and listen to, and the one place most of them can be found is on Apple Podcasts.

It’s home feed will always keep you updated on the latest show trends, the top selections in your favorite categories, and biggest names to launch their own podcast.

Just subscribe to your favorite shows, and they will be waiting for you the next time you plug in for a run. (Looking for some of the best pods out there? Here are our picks for the best podcasts for runners.)

Free: iOS

Google Podcasts


Best for: Discovering new podcasts

Similar to Apple Podcasts in that pretty much all of your favorite shows live in the Google ecosystem, but our podcast fanatics on staff love that the app always shows you when a new episode is ready to be downloaded. If you’re bored with your current allotment of shows, the app is also very useful in finding shows that will ly match your tastes.

Free: Android


Best for: Curating all your favorite shows by category.

Yes, Stitcher provides thousands of free podcasts to download and stream, but you can also sign up for Stitcher Premium to get exclusive content, full comedy albums, and ad-free versions of some of your favorite shows.

(And a lot of hard to access archived episodes of uber-popular shows are fully available if you are a member.

) One of the best features is you can create your own podcasts playlists, meaning you can batch all your comedy/true crime/sports podcasts all in one place so your favorite shows don’t get lost.

Free: iOS | Android

Best Motivation Running Apps



Best for: Keeping your mind occupied while running

Runtastic is a full-fledged run tracker, but it also stands out for its unique “Story Running” feature. Download stories ($1 a piece) in the app to listen to podcast-style tracks as you run. Each story is roughly 35 to 40 minutes long—just about the same duration as your typical daily workout.

Free: iOS | Android

Charity Miles

Charity Miles

Best for: Running for a cause

Charity Miles is a great way to add some altruism to your workout. It tracks your distance and donates 25 cents to a preselected participating charity for every mile you cover. Your runner’s high just got even better.

Free: iOS | Android

Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run!

Best for: Turning your run into a video game

If lacing up for a run sounds daunting, try adding a little primal fear to your routine with Zombies, Run! This app puts you in the middle of a zombie apocalypse by providing a series audio stories and missions for you to listen to as you run, mixed in with your own music. Follow the audio prompts to collect supplies, fortify your zombie-proof base, and save humanity—what’s better motivation than that?

Free: iOS | Android




Best for: Automatically getting help in case of an accident

Road ID is better known for its bracelets that identify you to first responders after an accident (if it unfortunately happens).

But the company also has a handy app that lets you share your location with friends and family, and it sends them an SOS message with your location if you stop moving for five minutes and don’t respond to the app’s alert.

Better yet, your contacts don’t even need the RoadID app to use it—they get alerts via text or email.

Free: iOS | Android

Safety: Companion


Best for: Instantly letting friends and family know if you’re unsafe

Similar to RoadID, Companion allows you to pick contacts to share your location with while out running (or doing anything else). Select who you want to monitor you, and they can see your location in real time, either in the app or via text.

It comes with built in “Safety Triggers” to detect falls or when you veer off course, and it will notify your contacts if you don’t respond to the alert prompts.

You can also adjust your destination and timing as you run, and immediately call 911 if there’s an emergency.

Free: iOS


12 Best Running Apps 2020 – Apps for Runners on iOS and Android

The Best Running Apps Of 2020

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Running apps have come a long way. At one time, it seemed there were too few to choose from. Now, the number of options can feel overwhelming. From AI trainers to social networks sharing out workouts to just-the-basics, today’s apps offer dozens of features, all designed to help you maximize every mile. It’s up to you to decide what you need.

Not sure what that looks for you? Check out this list of our top picks for some extra guidance. Whether you’re a beginner just looking to jog or an advanced runner searching for your next dependable route tracker, you’re sure to find something that appeals to you.

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adidas Running by Runtastic


The Three Strips purchased Runtastic, the running and fitness tracking software company in 2015, so you might know this app under a different name.

The company recently rebranded the platform into two different apps, adidas Running and adidas Training—and the Running one gives you live route tracking, voice coaching, and even a custom cheering feature to motivate you to dig deeper along the trail. Set goals, take on challenges, and get alerted when it's time to switch out your shoes.

Footpath Route Planner


Ready to break away from the beaten path? This iOS-only app allows you to plan your own routes using your phone's touchscreen.

The service then “snaps” the route to roads and trails, measures distance and elevation, and then provides turn-by-turn directions once you're out on your way.

Save up to five routes at a time with the free version, or pay $3.99 per month for unlimited paths, premium maps, and more.



Whether you’re just starting a running routine or you’re an experienced marathoner, MapMyRun can help you reach your full potential.

Track workout stats (calories burned, distance, pace, elevation), stay motivated with group challenges, and receive responsive training plans that adapt to you as you progress.

This app can even sync with more than 400 devices, from Garmin and Apple watches to smart shoes, so you can keep all your data in one handy location.



No matter your fitness level or goal, the RunKeeper app has something to offer you. Set and track goals (weight, pace, distance, etc.), save and discover great running routes, join challenges, and score weekly workouts that are tailored to your fitness level and progress. Plus, track your non-running activities.



This easy-to-use running app doubles as an all-day activity tracker. Record steps, flights, calories, distance, BMI, blood pressure and active time. Then, sync your data to MyFitnessPal, Apple Health and Fitbit. Take your training up a notch with personalized running plans and guided workout videos.



Create a running workout heart rate, heart rate zone, or pace and let the iSmoothRun app guide you every step of the way. After your run, export your workout data (distance, location, pace, heart rate, power and more) to any number of other training logs, including MapMyRun. This app also has a built-in metronome to help you increase your running stride.



This wildly popular app includes standard tracking features, plus access to a wide community of runners and cyclists.

Break to share your run with the Strava network, comment on friends’ runs, and use the “Segments” feature to see how your time on a particular route compares to other runners who have done it before.

Upgrade to a monthly membership and you can add “Beacon,” a safety feature that allows you to share your live location with family members and friends.

Nike Run Club


Keep your running momentum going with in-ear coaching from Nike trainers, plus in-run cheers from fellow runners. Celebrate the end of a tough run with cheers from top athletes Mo Farah and comedians Kevin Hart, and join monthly challenges to earn trophies, milestone badges and prizes when you achieve your goal.

Couch to 5K


If you're aiming to run your very first 5K (3.1-mile) race, the Couch to 5K app is your ticket to the finish line. Let the audio coach of your choice guide you through three 20-to-30-minute runs per week and you’ll be 5K-ready in a short nine weeks. The program also includes workout tracking and sharing to help you stay on track.



Meet Vi, the running coach in your ear who pays attention to your biometrics and uses that information to adapt your workouts in real-time. The more runs you get under your belt, the better Vi gets to know you and your goals, offering you more efficient and effective workouts as a result. You won’t find any pre-recorded workouts here.



The Runtastic app offers standard running tracker features a built-in GPS, audio cues and running challenges. Upgrade to the premium version to unlock standout features “Story Running” (podcast-style stories from a variety of genres, including adventure, travel, fantasy and more) and targeted nutrition plans.

Zombies, Run!


Turn every run into an epic adventure with the Zombies, Run! app. This game app uses immersive audio to put you in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Here, the only person who can save the rest of humanity is you. Each run becomes a mission to collect much-needed supplies, while outrunning zombie hordes. Save the world while you walk, jog, run or sprint your way to greater fitness.


The Best Running Apps Of 2020

The Best Running Apps Of 2020

Assemble the right apps and your smartphone can become the ultimate running companion. It can track your runs, provide the soundtrack, coach you through an interval session, guide you along a route in a new city, or even amass a horde of virtual zombies to keep you on your toes during your training. Below you’ll find our picks of the best running apps available in several categories.

Best Run Tracking App: Strava

Track all your runs and, more importantly, compete with Strava’s gazillion other users over automatically recorded segments.

No other app offers you the chance to become the world record holder(!) for the half-mile run between your house and the shops.

Strava also offers paid-for services such as a training pack to help you prepare for a race, a suite of more in-depth analytics and a safety beacon feature so nominated people can check on your whereabouts.

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free, premium £5.99 a month

Best Run Coaching App: Nike+ Run Club

There are so many run tracking apps available that it takes some out-of-the-box thinking to stand out from the crowd with interesting, unique features, and that’s just what the Nike+ Run Club app has done.

The Guided Runs section in particular is a triumph, leading you through speed sessions, long runs or beginner runs, many of which have famous athletes Mo Farah and Eliud Kipchoge on board to provide some motivation via your headphones.

Recently a Run With Headspace collection was launched to encourage users to run mindfully and use their training as an opportunity to escape from the stresses of the day. You can also simply track your training, and people who use the app also often get early access to new Nike products.

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free

Best Apple Watch Running App: iSmoothRun

The perfect app for those who love to spend hours poring over their run stats and planning workouts weeks in advance. iSmoothRun turns your Apple Watch into something a fully-fledged running watch, adding guided workouts, in-depth metrics and more. The app also links with all manner of external hardware and apps, so you can export your running data to your existing accounts.

Download from App Store | £4.99

Best Beginner Coaching App: One You Couch To 5K

Building up to running 5K without stopping is a terrific thing to do in and of itself, but it’s also the gateway to harder drugs – sorry, longer distances. There are many apps offering guidance through the process, but we fancy the Public Health England plan is the best option out there.

It’s completely free (some others have the ol’ “first one’s free” switcheroo, followed by in-app purchases) and you are given audio support throughout each guided run from a surprising mix of people, including athletics legend Michael Johnson and comedian Sarah Millican.

Start the programme today and in nine weeks you’ll knock out 5K a champ.

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free

Best For Losing Weight: Weight Loss Running By Verv

There are many reasons to take up running, but for a lot of people the primary motivation is to lose a bit of weight.

This app helps do just that by creating eight-week plans to help you lose weight using interval running workouts and diet advice. Each workout is guided by an audio coach to keep you on track.

There are different levels of workouts your existing fitness, and Running For Weightloss also links to other apps Fitbit and MapMyRun so your workouts are synced to them as well.

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free, premium £7.99 a month

Best For Treadmill Running: Zwift

Treadmill running can be a bit of a grind, but if you link up to the virtual training app Zwift it becomes far less monotonous.

You’ll need a footpod or treadmill sensor so your Zwift avatar mimics your running pace in the app’s various virtual worlds.

These include the island of Watopia, complete with mountains, a jungle and underground tunnels, plus routes in London, New York and Innsbruck among others.

You can also undertake structured workouts within Zwift: the app has several options to increase the intensity of your training, or just enjoy the scenic virtual surroundings, which are definitely nicer to look at than whatever wall your treadmill is facing.

The bigger the screen, the better and more immersive Zwift is, so a treadmill with a tablet holder is good, and a large monitor or connected TV to watch your avatar run is ideal.

Un cyclists, runners don’t currently have to pay to use Zwift, so it’s definitely worth giving it a go to see if you enjoy using it.

Download from App Store and Google | Free | How To Get Started With Zwift Running

Best Running Pace Calculator: Running Pace

When you have a target time in mind for a specific race it’s always useful to see how it breaks down into your required pace per mile or kilometre.

This free app will do all the calculations for you, and you can also break races down into smaller chunks – for example you could see what time you need to hit the 10km, 20km 30km and 40km marks of a marathon to ensure you achieve the overall time you’re chasing.

Download from App Store | 99p

Best Route Planning App: Runnin’ City

Download this app before flying off on your next city break or business trip. Runnin’ City offers guided audio tours of 120 cities, directing you along 5K, 10K or 15km routes that pass by major tourist sites and offer brief facts about what you’re seeing.

Importantly, you can download the routes and audio so you can follow it without getting charged horrendous amounts for data.

The experience isn’t perfect by any means, but then no app has truly mastered live directions, and as you can well imagine the routes send you through some of the busiest parts of town, but if you want to get the lie of the land on an early morning run this is just about perfect.

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free

Best Running Game App: Zombies! Run

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Many have tried, but no fitness app has nailed gamification as successfully as Zombies! Run, which casts you as a survivor of a zombie apocalypse, running missions to help ensure the continuined existence of the human race. A first-class story and the ultimate motivation to run faster – zombies chasing you – make this an app every runner should try. 

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free, premium £2.29 a month

Best Reward App: Running Heroes

Apps that reward you for your exercise are only successful if (1) it’s easy to record your exercises and (2) there are rewards that are actually worth earning. Running Heroes succeeds on both counts, linking easily with apps Fitbit, Strava and Garmin Connect to count all your activities.

which count towards worthwhile prizes substantial discounts on running gear and races, as well as free treats craft beer or avocado toast. It’s also possible to earn the prizes within a couple of weeks via commuting by bike or running, so prizes arrive frequently enough to keep you interested.

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free