Editor’s note: Today’s guest blogger is Robert James Reese, executive producer for Runner's World Online. Read how Runner’s World’s 40 Million Steps website used Google Maps APIs to build a virtual tour of an around-the-world run.
The journey of one runner's trek around the globe is an amazing feat, and at Runner’s World we wanted people to share in the experience. To do this, we created the 40 Million Steps website, which allows people to relive Tom Denniss’ record-breaking, 622-day, world-spanning run.
The site uses Google Maps APIs to allow people to relive Denniss’ 16,300-mile run. Using Satellite View, users can click on the map to see the thousands of photos and nearly 400 videos captured during Denniss’ journey, making it feel as if they were there.
|Users view Day 1 of the run and are able to click through his progress.
We used the Geocoding API and the Elevation API as editorial tools. The Geocoding API helped us to fact-check location names, and we used the Elevation API to find out and highlight interesting facts about the run, such as its lowest and highest points.
We set out to build the site to impress our audience and give them something really cool that they hadn’t seen before. There’s arguably no better way to experience the joy, pain, exhaustion and exhilaration that Denniss felt during his run around the world—and Google Maps APIs were key to bringing his adventure to life.