Marathons have gained increasing popularity in recent years for both athletic competitors and those with fitness goals. Major marathon events attract at least 20,000 race participants and even more spectators making it a formidable task to locate one’s friends and family. Supporters have an even more difficult time getting updates on the location of race participants since sections of the running path are closed to the public. This paper addresses the need for a location-aware device for real time communication among race participants, race volunteers and supporters in the audience during a marathon event. Author Keywords Marathon, social network, running, location-aware, physical activity, fitness, real time, race results
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