Hump Day Giveaway: FASTZach

Adrienne here. Hi.

One of my all-time favorite things to do in a new place is go for a run. Seriously. On my list of things to do in new places "go for a run" is just under "try the local snack" -- both of which are in the top five.

The challenge with running in a new area, however, is figuring out a route. I've thrown myself on the mercy of various concierges, should I happen to be in a place with one. I've pestered friends, family, and BAMRs. I've studied a variety of different mapping sites and cobbled together turning directions. None of these choices is perfect, mind.

From a recent run in New Jersey, helpfully "laminated" against sweat and rain with packing tape.

Now I have a new tool in my arsenal: FASTZach. It's an easy-to-use app that will tell you where to go and how many miles it will take you to get there. Go look for yourself.

In FASTZach, you select your distance (up to 150 miles!), your preference for pedestrian paths, and your desire for points of interest. Then, bingo-bango, you get a route, which the app will talk you through turn by turn.

I've discovered FASTZach is also great for new routes in familiar places. I've generated quite a few even for my teeny town.

The folks at FASTZach want you to discover how useful their app is. Two lucky winners will get an annual subscription to FASTZach's service so that they can get out and route!


All you need to do is comment below and let us know the most memorable vacation run you've ever taken. Was it on the French Riveria? Around your mother-in-law's condo? Through the Outback? We want to know!


The fine print:ย This running giveaway sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. Part of a series of weekly running giveaways, it begins on 2/22/17 and ends on 2/28/17. We will announce two random winners on our Facebook page on 3/2/17, as well as notifying the winners by email. One entry per person. The value of this prize is $59.99. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.

205 responses to “Hump Day Giveaway: FASTZach

  1. I was on a trip with a friend (NO kids, NO husbands!) and set out for 4 miles. Got caught up in the gorgeous Alabama scenery and came back after more than 8!

  2. At a work conference in San Diego. The hotel ( Marriott or Hyatt) offered turn by turn routes on a path that took you out overlooking the ocean. Beautiful.

  3. My husband and I were honeymooning in the Napa Valley and went on a run from our hotel. We didn’t really know where we were going and accidentally ended up running on private property, but we were so glad we made this mistake, but we ended up getting such a beautiful early morning view of the valley.

  4. I would say it’s my run 2 spring breaks ago in Myrtle Beach – just a taper run (I was running the Diva half there that weekend), but I ended it w/ a barefoot run on the beach w/ my 3 kids, some of us closer to the water than others ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I have had the chance to run in a bunch of Canadian cities where I am travelling for work. Loved the river path in sunny Saskatoon – I ran there as an employee of the YWCA and again many years later as a United Way staffer. Also had a couple of super fun runs in Montreal – up and down the hilly cobblestones in old Montreal and along the waterfront.

  6. My first ever long run in our new home state of New Hampshire! I mapped out a hilly 13.1 miles and aimed to crush my PR. It was amazing to push myself on new, challenging terrain. All I could think about was how I was going to cross the finish line of the 2017 Chicago Marathon in October. I ended up embracing the hills and PR’d by over 9 minutes! Welcome to new beginnings ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. On Spring Break several years ago I was in the middle of training for OKC Half. We were visiting Ruidoso, NM and I was able to get in my long run at 7,300 ft, much different than the plains of my town in Oklahoma. On my run, I came upon a herd of deer eating their breakfast. In the quiet serenity, I was one with nature…amongst the herd…and appreciated the miles that much more.

  8. I travel a fair bit for work – so my most memorable run away from home was running along the canals of Leiden, Belgium. I had to pause to take my picture with one of many windmills.

  9. Last summer during an Epic Family Camping Trip out west, I did an early morning run of 6 miles on a trail in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, where we were camping. The run itself was a lot of fun (ND badlands! climbing up and down a small cliff to cross a dry stream bed!), but the most memorable part of the run happened when I woke up and left the tent to get ready for the run….and encountered a herd of buffalo roaming around the campground! Including a baby buffalo right outside the bathroom.

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