Going for a run without a smartphone: Alternatives to fitness trackers and smartwatches

Going for a run without a smartphone: Alternatives to fitness trackers and smartwatches
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Go running without a smartphone, smartwatch or fitness tracker and still track and record your route? It sounds surreal, but thanks to many approaches it is already possible.

Like smartwatches and fitness trackers, smartphones can interfere with jogging. We present you with alternatives. (Source: Maridav /

Jogging is part of everyday life for a constantly growing number of people. The morning lap around the lake or in the city park is a must. Many of you are certainly using fitness trackers, smartphones or smartwatches to record your route and the time you have run.

But nowadays there are many approaches that make it possible to track running routes without an electronic device. Advantage: You don’t have to think about the device or ask yourself questions like “Where to put your smartphone while jogging?”. Below we present you with the relevant options.

AlsterRunning: Record Hamburg’s most popular running route with a chip

The AlsterRunning system is unique in Germany. In Hamburg, six measuring stations were installed around the Outer Alster, i.e. on the most popular running route in the Hanseatic city. They can be used to measure the time on the individual sections of the route as well as overall.

To the AlsterRunning website

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And this is how the system works: Every registered runner gets a chip that is installed on the shoe under or between the laces. When passing the measuring station, the chip uses RFID technology to communicate with the induction loops in the ground. The station receives the chip number, which can be uniquely assigned to a runner. The exact time of passing is recorded and saved. The distance time is calculated from this.

Exact data on the run in the online account

AlsterRunning is free to use, only the chip costs around 20 euros once. A second chip is available for 10 euros if multiple running shoes are used. You can access the stored data in the online portal and share it with others. The site even has a leaderboard that shows the fastest times of the day and new personal bests.

Useful: According to the website, the chip can not only be used on the Outer Alster. The software recognizes if you have also walked around the Binnenalster and also adds the distance. The chip can also be used at many running events in Hamburg. This includes the hella hamburg half marathon, the BARMER Alsterlauf Hamburg and many more.

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