Google Maps Producing ‘Street Views’ of Western States 100 Course

Competitor Magazine wrote about our Western States Trekker project.

Ever wonder what a trail race course really looks like before you run it? Google Maps is working on a way for you to find out.

Three years ago, Google made the Grand Canyon the inaugural subject of its Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack system that allowed 9,500 panoramic images to be shot in areas only accessible by foot. The ability to take Street View to remote, hard-to-navigate places, such as the Grand Canyon, can make those places accessible to a global audience.

Next up is the course of the Western States 100 trail race from Squaw Valley to Auburn, Calif. The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) announced recently it is working in conjunction with Google Maps to digitally map the course of the Western States 100.

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Learn more about Western States Trekker on our project page.