Running has long gone social with countless running-focused Facebook-esque sites popping up daily. And there are already several running apps on the market. However, none have combined both the social and tracking portions as uniquely and effortlessly as Runmeter by Abvio.
In fact, I'm going to make a bold statement and say that I believe Runmeter is the best executed running app on the market, hands down.
What gives me the authority to make such an outlandish statement? Oh, a few thousand miles of running, two marathons, a couple of half marathons and about 10 pairs of worn out shoes, but I digress. I'm not telling you this so you'll pat me on the back. I'm telling you this because I want you to know how seriously I take running and the aspects of it, whether it be a pair of shoes or an iPhone app.
Now, Runmeter has come a long way since the beginning as I found out when I had a chance to meet the app co-founder Steve Kusmer at this year's Macworld in San Francisco.
"We started coding in October 2009, and released 1.0 in September 2010, followed by 4 major upgrades since then. We're just now crossing over 10,000 hours of development time. Very few iPhone apps out there have had as much effort poured into them. We're just as excited about the innovation ahead of us today as we were in day one," remarked Kusmer.
When I met Kusmer, you could just feel the excitement in his voice about the new 5.0 version. As he showed me the ins and outs of the app on the show floor I was amazed and in awe, but a bit skeptical because some running apps look and sound good, but are difficult to use and require too much setup. Then you have to plug it into the computer and sync, etc.