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1 Matthew Garrod GEOG 596A Capstone Project Proposal, 12/19/2012 My Race Pace: GIS Solution for Marathons 1

2 26.2 Miles?! Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder: "The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can't dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.” Kathrine Switzer, women's marathoning pioneer: "If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” 2

3 Just 2 Things… 1.How fast / what pace am I going to run? 2.Where can my family & friends find me along the course? 3

4 How fast / what pace am I going to run? 4

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6 Where can my family & friends find me along the course? 6

7 GEOG 863 GIS Mashups for Geospatial Professionals Spring

8 GEOG 863 Final Project Create a GIS Web Mashup with a clickable sidebar to interact with the map 8

9 GEOG 863 Final Project Used Google Maps API V3 with dojo JavaScript framework, PHP, and MySQL database for storing the polyline of marathon courses Created a sidebar to select a marathon and a goal time (i.e. pace chart) Created a function to calculate distance when a user clicks on the polyline Used time = distance / speed to calculate time of day the runner should be at the point clicked Included a map with a polyline of the marathon course selected Used Google’s direction service to calculate directions to the point clicked 9

10 GEOG 863 Final Project 10

11 Calculate Distance on Polyline 11

12 Calculate Distance on Polyline 12

13 Calculate Distance on Polyline 13

14 Calculate Distance on Polyline 14

15 Capstone Project Expand on GEOG 863 Final Project by adding the following GIS features: Create Python script with ESRI’s arcpy Python module to populate the database with marathon courses as polylines Include an option to download a GPX file that represents the course and goal time the user selected Add point layer on map for water stops along the marathon course Use Google’s elevation service to accurately determine changes in elevation for the course Enhance the function that calculates the distance from the start of the polyline to where the user clicked 15

16 Python Script Use standard Python library and ESRI’s arcpy Python module to: Manually find marathon courses on Garmin Connect (kml file) 1.Convert the kml to a shapefile 2.Simplify the polyline 3.Insert string representation of polyline (as JSON) into the MySQL database along with attributes associated to the marathon 16

17 Water Stops Add an option to toggle water stops on/off Insert the point features into the MySQL database representing water stops along a marathon course 17

18 GPX What is GPX? GPX (the GPS eXchange Format) is a light-weight XML data format for the interchange of GPS data (waypoints, routes, and tracks) between applications and web services on the Internet. (GPX, 2012) Add an option to generate a GPX file based on the marathon course selected and the goal time entered 18

19 Elevation Service Use Google’s elevation service to generate an elevation model of the selected marathon course elevationService.getElevationAlongPath({ path: latlngs, samples: samples }, plotElevation); 19

20 Enhance Calculate Distance Function 20

21 Research Search for web applications with similar functionality Demonstrate that I’m adding something new and of value Any changes to my project based on research? 21

22 Research – races2remember 22

23 Research - MapMyRun 23

24 Research – My Athlete Live 24

25 Research – XL Run 25

26 Changes after Research Options to adjust mile splits. Use Google’s elevation service to calculate when to slow down for positive elevation change and when to speed up on negative elevation change Real-time tracking based on runner’s goal time Add point features for medical stations Smart phone app? 26

27 Mile Splits from Elevation In addition to even mile splits, include option to use the elevation model to adjust mile splits 27

28 Mile Splits from Elevation Two pass balanced distribution around zero First pass will distribute seconds based on elevation gain or loss Second pass will alter seconds from first pass. Weighted depending on percentage in each distribution 28

29 Mile Splits from Elevation First pass. For every mile, add or subtract % of seconds depending on elevation change 29

30 Mile Splits from Elevation First pass. For every mile, add or subtract % of seconds depending on elevation change 30

31 Mile Splits from Elevation Second pass. Alter mile split seconds from first pass 31

32 Real-time Tracking Real-time tracking based on runner’s goal time. Possible simple smart phone app to update runner’s current position. 32

33 Timeline 33

34 Conclusion Purpose: Link web application from individual marathon sites and/or MarathonGuide.com Additional non-GIS features will be added (interval change to km, social media integration, print PDF of pace band, time to start line) Only web application that would offer the combination of time and distance with an interactive map (exception of XL Run) Incorporate real-time GPS tracking using smart phones with GPS Full featured smart phone app? Not yet, but a must 34

35 Citations Special thanks to Jim Detwiler Luff, Christine. (November 12, 2012). About.com. In Quotes About Running Marathons. Retrieved December 1, 2012, from Foster, Dan. (n.d.). GPX: The GPS Excahnge Format. In GPX: the GPS Exchange Format. Retrieved December 1, 2012, from [Course map of Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon]. Retrieved December 1, 2012, from: [Course map of Carmel Marathon]. Retrieved December 1, 2012, from: marathon-8k-national-championship-course [Image of Garmin Forerunner 405 watch]. Retrieved December 1, 2012, from: https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=11039 [Image capture of pace band from races2remember]. Retrieved December 1, 2012, from: [Image capture of MapMyRun map of Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon]. Retrieved December 1, 2012, from: [Image capture of map from My Athlete Live]. Retrieved December 1, 2012, from: [Image capture of XL Run iPhone App]. Retrieved December 1, 2012, from: GEOG 863 Final Project: 35


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