App of the week: 'Ultimate Running Races'

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It's a great big world of racing out there -- and not only in Pittsburgh this weekend for the marathon. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.'s app for iOS, "Ultimate Running Races," is a combination guide to some of the more unusual events of all lengths, as well as a cool travelogue.

Who knew you could Race the Train for 14 miles in Wales? Or test your endurance in the Polar Night Half-Marathon, run 217 miles inside the Arctic Circle on an island in Norway? The course, lit only by torches, moon and stars, takes place in January, when natural daylight is practically nonexistent.

This $2.99 app includes cross-referencing by location, month and distance. There are ultramarathons and 5Ks, with some of the best-known track and field meets (Penn Relays) on display as well. Links to the events' websites and a bit of history are provided.

There's also the option of sharing the race page via email and social media.

"Ultimate Running Races" advertises with this line: "Good running apps are scarce, but this one will take you to places you never expected to go."

Even if you never take the Berwick Run for the Diamonds challenge -- a century-old 9-mile race in Pennsylvania that begins with a 4-mile uphill climb -- a literary run through this app is a trip worth taking.


Maria Sciullo: or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.


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