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Zwift RunPod tracks running in virtual environments

Online training platform Zwift have released a RunPod that connects to your device so you can train in the comfort of your home or on the gym treadmill.

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The launch follows the acquisition of running tech business Milestone this summer. The goal all along was the come up with Zwift’s own footpod, essentially a refined version of the popular MilestonePod. Something that has a more responsive feel for both indoor and outdoor running.

The RunPod is live now. It measures and broadcasts speed, cadence and distance when paired with Zwift via Bluetooth. RunPod calibration can be done within Zwift, so all you need to do is clip it on to your shoes and you’re ready to go.

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For those not in the know, Zwift is on online platform that creates virtual training courses. This includes anything from the fantasy island of Watopia, to routes inspired by Central London. The system takes the data from footpods to power your avatar. You can run alongside friends, those in the Zwift community and even compete for real-world prizes.

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At $29.99, the Zwift RunPod is a low cost alternative to more sophisticated foot pods from the likes of Garmin, Styd and Polar. It gives those who don’t already such a device, a cost effective way to get into the game.

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