New York City Marathon 2008 in Google Earth

Since today is the ING New York City Marathon, some of you may want to follow along in Google Earth. First, we have a map of the route which comes from If you turn on the 3D Buildings layer you will see many of the buildings of New York, and even the bigger bridges mapped in 3D.
In addition, someone has created a “3D driving simulator which lets you find shortcuts for the New York Marathon. Better yet, it lets you drive a truck around the Marathon course using the Google Earth plugin. You use the Google Maps window to approximate the route of the marathon, and then drive the little truck in the plugin complete with the 3D buildings. (NOTE: The GE plugin is currently only available in Windows). This simulator is courtesy of the driving simulator demo from the Google Earth plugin gallery. via GoogleMapsMania

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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