3 Best iPhone Apps for Runners

Urban runningIt’s about to get crowded in Indianapolis. This Saturday, approximately 35,000 runners will descend on the city for the annual OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon, the largest half marathon in the nation.

Want some extra motivation, or to track your progress during the run? Give one of these iPhone running apps a try.

1. Nike+ Running 

When it comes to run-tracking and mapping apps, this one is the uncontested gold standard. From mapping your runs using GPS to receiving encouragement from athletes such as Tim Tebow, this app just works. Each workout, it tracks your runs, calories burned and average pace.

The app also allows you to share your runs with your social media networks. It even allows you to log the weather conditions during your run.

Cost: Best of all, the app is free in the App Store.

2. RunKeeper

More than 17 million people use the RunKeeper app, which allows you to track your runs and long-term progress in a visually friendly manner. A bonus for Indy Mini runners: The premium version of the app allows friends and family members who can’t be at the finish line on race day to watch live maps of your progress.

Cost: Like Nike+, RunKeeper is also free. However, more advanced versions such as RunKeeper Elite, which offers premium features like the live run broadcast, start at $4.99 a month or $19.99 a year.

3. Zombies, Run!

For some, the only thing that can make running more enjoyable is zombies—especially when they aren’t chasing you. At least in real life.

A less data-heavy running app than Nike+ and RunKeeper, Zombies uses the idea of zombies chasing you to create optimum conditions for interval training. It boasts more than 500,000 users who have logged 11,000,000 kilometers on missions to collect and save virtual supplies and lives. Runners can choose from 60 different missions.

Cost: $3.99

What’s your favorite running app? Which ones did we miss?