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There’s no denying we live in a technology filled world. While running is not a new sport, there are cutting-edge gadgets and programs to improve the running experience. One technological advancement that can actually make running easier and more enjoyable are apps. Since there is an app for just about everything, it is no surprise that there is a wide range that are all geared toward running. We have scouted the 8 best apps for runners, and they’re all free! So lace up your favorite running shoes and start burning serious calories!

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Run with Map My Run: This little app does it all! You can calculate distance, pace, and calories burned along with GPS route tracking. The app also tracks diet, weight and even allows you to compete on local courses. This app not only tracks your running, but over 600 other activities as well.

Nike + Running: Nike is one of the most recognizable fitness companies in the world, and they have created a running app! The app is perfect for tracking progress towards your goals, competing in challenges, and staying motivated.

Charity Footprints: If you’re ever searching for new ways to motivate yourself to get moving, why not turn your run into a charity event? This app allows you to do just that! You set a goal, select a charity, find sponsors, and get running. Can’t find others to join in on your cause? Sponsor yourself! That way you are contributing to your favorite charity and getting your heart pumping at the same time.

First Aid by American Red Cross: All physical activity (and everyday life) can lead to injuries, so you should be prepared! No need to pay for a first aid class though, this app by the American Red Cross is free. Bonus: all of the content is preloaded, so you don’t need access to wireless internet or even reception to refer to the information.

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5K Runner: 0 to 5K Run Training: Everybody has to start somewhere! Even if you haven’t slipped on your running shoes in ages you can run your way to a 5K. The app takes you through a training program over the span of 8 weeks, training 30 minutes at a time for three days a week. Before you know it you will be ready for ridiculously fun themed races.

Rock My Run: Keep the music playing! This app has any playlist you could ever want in a variety of genres. Not only can you choose your tunes by genre, you can also search for playlists that are a certain length or beats per minute.

Strava Running and Cycling-GPS Run and Ride Tracker: New scenery can make a run more exciting, and this app will help you discover routes in your area. This app also makes your workout part of a social network, creating a community of runners. You can follow your friends, climb leaderboards and find routes that others in your area love.

Stretch & Run: When you are focused on your running it can be easy to forget that there’s more to this exercise than pounding the pavement; you need to stretch! This app walks you through stretches you need to be doing before and after your run so that your body is ready to run.

So now that you’re aware of all the new ways to make running more fun and efficient… what are you waiting for?