Links: Race My Race, Random Hacks of Kindness, WorldView-2

Race My Race – Designed for athletes that want to visualize an upcoming event (running, biking, etc), this uses the Google Earth plug-in and gives you a test drive of your event. It has some slick features — an elevation overlay as you go, start/finish gates, easily controllable speed. The downside is that many places are just flat. For example, I had it simulate the Boston Marathon, and the first 90% of the race is useless — just flat scenery with a few hills. The end of the race (shown below) is kinda neat, with the 3D buildings all around. This simulator would do well to offer the option of StreetView, as that would make many of these courses much more lifelike. Still, it’s a neat project. (via All Points Blog)

Boston Marathon Finish

Random Hacks of Kindness – Google is partnering with The World Bank to host a codejam called “Random Hacks of Kindness”. As they explain: Random Hacks of Kindness will bring technologists and relief workers together to develop technologies that enable disaster victims to help themselves and give first responders and aid workers the tools they need to better help victims–to reduce loss of life and to speed recovery.
Google has built a variety of geo-related tools to assist after major disasters, such as Tropical Storm Ketsana, the Cyclone in Myanmar, and even back as far as Hurricane Katrina. The results of this gathering should help make these tools even more useful in the future.
DigitalGlobe launches WorldView-2 satellite – Just over a year ago, the GeoEye satellite was launched to provide exclusive imagery for Google. The WorldView-2 satellite was launched a few days ago aboard Boeing Delta II 7920, and promises to bring even more great imagery to Google Earth. You can read more on the DigitalGlobe site, or view the launch of the Delta 2 below:

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Hi,
    As someone involved with RaceMyRace, (the developer), I’d like to thank you for your comments – I’ve been a big fan of the GEB for a long time and having an app picked up by you is always an honour 🙂 (you kindly mentioned my F1 simulator last year).
    RaceMyRace is in it’s early days and any feedback is welcome. We are working hard to get more courses featured and we are confident that the app will appeal to promoters as a simple way, for them anyway, to get their races in 3D. We can’t, unfortunately, add extra terrain to those that, are by their nature, fairly flat but there are few covered where the terrain is more marked. Boston at least has a few bumps in it – Chicago on the other hand … 😉
    Incorporating Street View is something being considered as are further enhancements that are in the pipe-line to make the whole “Race” experience more fully featured. Version 1, we hope, is a good start.
    Thanks again for the review and I hope you will visit the site again soon – The New York Marathon is coming up soon and with that you can run on multiple courses and traversing the Queensboro Bridge on the lower tier of the 3d Model is quite funky 🙂
    Keep up the fantastic work.
    Kindest regards

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