A new smartphone app, expected to become valuable to the sports tourism industry, will allow out-of-town visitors to find a good place to run, walk or ride. In addition, it can help visitors find a local group's training session. Running USA recently reported on the app's development as a boon to sports tourists in new areas of the U.S.
Localeikki, a new app, is a national database of recreation locations that are publicly accessible and locally recommended. Input an address and your activity choice and localeikki will find local running/cycling locations others have shared.
According to the website, “Not only will you know where to go, you'll see pictures of what it looks like and what features are present (e.g., bathrooms, drinking water, parking, surface, hills, baby jogger friendly). Want to find a regularly scheduled ride or run? We have that information too! You'll be able to find us on the web and as an app for your mobile devices in late summer/early fall 2013.”
The program is also recruiting athletes and organizations around the country to add their favorite runs, rides, hikes, etc. to localeikki in order to create a fuller database.
localeikki was founded in summer 2012 by Tracy McMillan in Flagstaff, AZ. McMillan and her partner Taylor Thomas believe that great places to play exist in communities across the country - athletes just need to be able to find them.
Information about localeikki is available at http://www.localeikki.com/ .