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: 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. My favorite vacation run was in the trails of south mountain in Phoenix, AZ. I always get lost through the trails and it took me a lot longer to navigate my way out of the trails than I thought it would. This app would be great to use for these times.

  2. We were sailing a boat on our vacation in the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands and our first stop was Port Townsend where I needed to do an 18 mile training run. Woke up to it POURING. We were anchored in the bay and my husband took me in the dingy to the dock and away I went. It was a very memorable wet run but it’s also very beautiful there. It was a cold ride in the dingy back to the boat. A run I won’t forget 😉

  3. Traveling in New Zealand, I was based out of Wanaka while doing some summer mountaineering. Stuck in a house with 8 other people I didn’t remotely connect with, I’d run the trail along the lake to connect with myself and refocus. I remember one night as I headed back, turning around to be confronted with a full moon that seemed to take up the entire night sky. I’ve never in my life before or after seen anything like it and while any pearls of wisdom that might’ve come to me at the moment have been forgotten over the last 20 years (yikes), the image has stayed sharp and pure…. These days as I’ve taken up running again as a result of relocating away from family & friends in NW Washington to Portland suburbs I’m rediscovering my love of running as a way to refocus and find myself as I’m at home alone with small children and no support. The running reminds me of what I’m capable of and gives me strength, freedom & confidence.

  4. Running early morning in the Quarter in New Orleans, I got mistaken for a local and was asked for directions by a tourist. I was able to point them in the right direction in my favorite city in the world!

  5. My favourite vacation run would have to be when I ran the sea wall around Stanley Park in Vancouver. Running next to the ocean was amazing for this inland mountain girl.

  6. My most memorable vacation run I’ve ever taken is the only vacation run I’ve ever taken. It was last summer along W Market Street in Akron/Fairlawn, OH. I ran from my hotel up and down W Market and into the Summit Mall parking lot. It wasn’t particularly scenic but I’m exited to have an activity listed in my Garmin account that says “Akron Running” instead of all of the local communities I usually run in.

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