How to make sure you’re safe on your runs

Going off on a run  gives you such a great sense of freedom. But it can also be worrying for some women – what if you get lost or something happens? Now Strava, the digital tracking phone app has come up with Beacon that will help people track your movements

‘Out running, be back by tea/breakfast/in time for work.’

For most of us,that’s as high-tech as safety notifications get, a Post-it on the fridge, a message to the kids or text to your partner.  But we all worry about our safety,  and our family and friends may worry even more.

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Hence Strava has come up with Beacon, (although it doesn’t come on the free account) which enables known safety contacts to see where you are during an activity in real time on a map. If you aren’t back on time, they can check to see where you are or if you’re stopped. If something were to happen to you, they’d be able to see your GPS location.

‘Let’s say it’s 3:30, you said you’d be home at 3:00 and you’re not moving towards home,’ said Ethan Hollinshead, Senior Product Manager at Strava. “That’s a good indication that they should see what’s up.

‘Where it’s really designed to help the cyclist or runner is in that peace of mind scenario – to keep people from unnecessarily worrying about you.”

Premium athletes can use Beacon from our mobile app now, whether recording with Strava or a compatible Garmin device. Make sure you have the most recent update and give it a try.

1. Open up the app and go to the record screen.

2. Tap the Beacon icon in the lower right.

4. If you are connecting Beacon to your compatible Garmin device, you will be prompted through a few steps to get your Garmin set up. (See specifics for iOS and Android.)

5. An orange dot will indicate when Beacon is active, letting you know your contacts can see where you’re going. 

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