Smartphone App that allows you to track SF Marathon runners

The SF Marathon just released this App you can use to track racers, social media, etc., as it happens live Sunday morning.

Like I previously wrote, Nick and I will already be Tweeting as we run, but through this App you’ll know our live position, and get a feel for the buzz in San Francisco that day.

If you’re interested, the App is free, and supported on Apple products, Android, and a few others.


This Sunday, follow Nick and me online as we race the SF Marathon

Well hell, looks like I’m actually going to survive training and run in the San Francisco Marathon this Sunday. (Our heat begins at 6:03 a.m. PST–do the math for your time zone).

It will be our first.

It is one of the toughest courses in the country.

There are going to be 24,000 people in our way.

Basically, what I’m saying is our focus is to finish the race, meaning we’re going to stick together and run it slower than we are likely capable of. Once we realized we didn’t care about our finishing time, we got another idea.

We’re both journalists and social media guys, why don’t we live Tweet/Facebook the race as we go? There really is no good reason not to. The only reason not to would be possible annoyance from the arm bands we’ll have to wear as we run, but that’s not a big deal. This is my Twitter account, and this is Nick’s.

So, we would like to invite you to follow us as we run. To check out our Twitpics. Reply to our updates with words of encouragement/discouragement. Do as your heart desires. Besides, I’m sure the digression of our health, energy and motivation will probably be funny to chronicle.

We would love to see your Tweets and comments during our race. To my knowledge, no one has ever tried this. Even if they have, it should still be interesting to see.

My Saturday training runs have been in the morning in about 85-degree heat at the start, and 95-100 at the end. My week runs have been 100-105 degrees for the last few weeks. That’s without adding humidity. The starting temperature for the marathon? Fifty-five degrees. C’mooooon.

My body isn’t going to know what to do.

On the positive, we will save lots of energy by not being sucked dry by the oppressive sun. On the negative, my teeth are going to be chattering up until we actually start racing. And I always race shirtless. This is going to be a problem.

Hipsters. And an idea so genius and simple, I can’t believe I’ll be (one of) the first to try it!


Just kidding. I love the hipsters. After all, I am part hipster. If there were Hipster Colleges, I would have a large enough heritage fraction to attend, or receive reduced tuition at state colleges. I’m like one-third hipster, one-third jock/athlete/meathead/what-have-you, and one-third potpourri.

That above picture (I beat everyone pictured) is from the Mass St. Mile during 4th of July weekend. I’m fist-pumping, because I’m in the middle of a “U-S-A! U-S-A!” chant. This was also the half-mile mark.

My friends and I decided to run this race, but to run it dressed as hipsters; partly for the irony, but mainly so we could dress like this:

I placed moderately, despite wearing cuffed, short khaki shorts and not running shorts. Also, it rained like a mofo. I ran 5:48, which I disputed. I think I ran 5:43. BUT WHATEVER, ALREADY! Without a doubt, the highlight was Casey (second from left) sprinting through the finish line like a mad man. I was rolling like none other.

That’s me, Casey, Nick, and Brent. That was the most fun I’ve ever had at a race.

What’s my one rule for races? Sprint the finish.

I left way too much in the tank. However, the positive side was I sprinted the last 200 meters like Tom Cruise in every movie trailer he’s ever been in. I passed five dudes in those 200 meters, and was adored by all the crowd, obviously. Because of how the bandanna is resting on my shoulder, I can’t help but think I sort of resemble a dog that has “cool owners” who dresses them in little bandannas and outfits.

Brent’s dog Lucy wears bandannas. But that’s because she’s a chick magnet.

A dog wears a bandanna, its a chick magnet. A guy wears a bandanna, he’s either high or handcuffed in the back of a patrol car, or both. Doesn’t seem fair.


I’m sure someone has done this, but no one’s taken it to the level Nick and I are…

So, Nick and I have this great idea. We understand we will not be qualifying for the Boston Marathon when we run in San Francisco in less than two weeks. So, we’re going to live Tweet the race. As we run, we’ll twitpic, tweet, and have GPS live-tracking us. We’re working on the GPS, but you can follow me at @ericSjorgensen and Nick at @nickWnelson.

We’ll try to Tweet you back, when applicable. We would love your encouragement or jeers, because we’re going to create a race timeline when we’re done that will include all the social media produced from our race.

If you want to follow along, at all, we start at 6 a.m. Pacific time on Sunday, July 31.

Set your alarms. Today.

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