| 1. Has an iPhone and runs with it.
|| 1. Has an iPhone or iPad available to track the runner (whether on the course cheering on several runners or following a family member from another state or country)|
| 2. Check your course map is available Marathon Maps
|| 2. Check your course map is available Marathon Maps|
| 3. Purchase 26point2GPS
|| 3. Download 26point2 |
'Clock' Splits email and Smart Mile Markers are nice features whether you decide to purchase 26point2GPS or not
| 4. Setup 26point2GPS
| 5. Email your UDID to your spectator(s). This is important. Without this the spectator has no way to follow you.
||4. Create a new event record for the runner you are going to follow. You can create as many event records as you wish in case you are following more than one person in a race. The Start Time and the Target Time are very important as the Smart Mile Markers are based on these values. You need to choose the correct map. |
You need to enter the UDID (easiest way is to cut and paste from the email received from 26point2GPS). The UDID field defaults to 'None', this needs to be changed or you will get a 'Failed, Could not find this UDID error' when you press the runner button
| 6. You do not need to wait for the race to try the app. It has many settings depending upon your running pace. You can try the app immediately.
Remember: the iPhone battery has limited capacity for GPS location tracking, don't send more accurate or timely updates than you think is needed.
If you are going to take a really long time to complete the race Manual tracking might be a better setting, its also easier for the person following you if you press the manual button at every mile marker.
| 5. Ask the runner to send a test location, make sure you can locate them on the map. For testing purposes it doesn't matter if you are traveling to run the event, the important thing is that you have the UDID correct.|
| 7. On race day start tracking as close to the start line as you feel comfortable. The first location sent will be especially important in a large event where it may take several minutes to reach the start.
|| 6. On race day press the Runner icon anytime you want an update on where the runner last sent their position. In addition to the Time you also get the GPS accuracy and runners remaining battery. The battery is a good indication if you should expect more updates or not.
You should have a rough idea of the runners pace and the distance between updates they are using. Example: If the runner is running 8 minute miles and sending location changes every 800 meters (1/2 mile) you only need to press the runner button once every 4 minutes.
Note in a large race it will take some time for a runner to reach the start line. The first position received should be at or close to the start line, might be a good idea to adjust the event time to match the time of the first position. Example: run starts at 7.00, first position retrieved at 7.11, change the event start time to 7.11 to keep the smart mile markers closer to reality.