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Old 04-02-2008, 11:57 AM   #1
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Distance measurement

Can anyone please tell me where I can find a distance measurement device for checking the distance on my 400 and 800m routes? I was thinking of the wheel device I have seen track coaches with, but I am not picky. Thanks to anyone with any tips!
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:22 PM   #2
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Re: Distance measurement

They have them at Home Depot and Lowe's in the tool department.
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:43 PM   #3
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Re: Distance measurement

I always used google earth, may not work for people who live in rural areas though.
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:52 PM   #4
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Re: Distance measurement

It may not work well for such short distances, but http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/ (wfs) lets you mark routes using Google Maps (and save them). Depending on how much detail Google has for your area you can zoom in quite a bit to increase accuracy.

I've also seen the wheel-measuring devices at Home Depot as well.
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Old 04-02-2008, 02:38 PM   #5
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Re: Distance measurement

Thanks very much! I have messed a little bit with google earth and the gmap pedometer. I must have been doing it wrong. If I can't figure it out, I'll swing by Home Depot or Lowes.

Thanks again! jb
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:09 PM   #6
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Re: Distance measurement

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Thanks very much! I have messed a little bit with google earth and the gmap pedometer. I must have been doing it wrong. If I can't figure it out, I'll swing by Home Depot or Lowes.

Thanks again! jb
Another online resource is www.mapmyrun.com (wfs). Very intuitive, I don't think you'll have any trouble (I have not tried out the google version to compare). Mapmyrun has street map, satellite, and hybrid views. Obviously not as accurate as the wheel-type, but cheaper and faster if you're not too picky.
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:04 PM   #7
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Re: Distance measurement

Why not a pedometer? A contractors wheel will cost you around $60 while pedometer will cost you around $30.
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:57 PM   #8
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Re: Distance measurement

Garmin Forerunner!!
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Old 04-03-2008, 07:18 AM   #9
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Re: Distance measurement

Low fi solution. I walked a measured 400 meter track and counted the number of steps. Then plotted out a there-and-back loop right out of my garage.

This worked for me, as I also host a lot of workouts at public parks.
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Old 04-03-2008, 07:32 AM   #10
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Re: Distance measurement

I used my old 50 meter climbing rope. I just laid it out on the road and marked every 50 meters. Close enough for me.
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