Zwift introduces running routes where you can ditch the cyclists

Work out in a bike-free virtual world
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Online fitness platform Zwift is ready to set runners free for the first time, introducing dedicated routes without hordes of cyclists.

There's now five run-only routes that can be accessed through the platform, which requires a treadmill, a wearable footpod (like the Milestone Pod or Stryd) to track movement and a compatible laptop/desktop computer or Apple TV. Those new routes now available are:

  1. 5k Loop - 3.1 miles (100ft elevation)
  2. 11.1 Ocean Blvd - 6.9 miles (171ft elevation)
  3. Chili Pepper - 5 miles (157ft elevation)
  4. Jon's Route - 7.8 miles (192ft elevation)
  5. That's Amore - 4 miles (179ft elevation)

Essential reading: Going for a virtual run with Zwift

Zwift, which launched back in 2014, initially catered for cyclists before introducing running support earlier this year. Until now, though, runners had to share that virtual space with cyclists. And while it certainly made the environments feel more alive, it's nice to know you can say bye bye to the two-wheelers, if you want less distractions while you're out virtually running.

Since the launch of the run mode, Zwift has tried to improve the experience, adding three flexible training plans for runners that are designed to fit into the time you have available to train. Activities on Zwift also now count towards challenges on Strava.

So, it's good to see the platform beginning to better cater for runners who prefer hitting the treadmill instead of throwing on all the layers and putting in some miles outdoors.

Zwift running is free to try out and all of the new run-only routes are available to test out now.

Zwift introduces running routes where you can ditch the cyclists

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Michael Sawh


Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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