Measuring distance using Google Maps

Laflamme02Laflamme02 Member
edited December 2013 in Resources
I use this tool pretty frequently to plan out training distances and the like. It allows you to measure out distances in bodies of water using Google Maps. I thought I would share.
Consider this my Christmas present to the Forum.

Merry Christmas

[url="http://www.freemaptools.com/measure-distance.htm"]

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  • Thanks!! I mapped out a swim that my coach and I had been arguing about, and I win!:)
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
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  • Another option is www.mapmyrun.com . Just be sure to check the box where it allows you to not follow the roads.

    -LBJ
    "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot
  • I use routebuilder.org. All good choices.
    -Sumner
  • Within the Google maps 'Map labs' there is an option to measure distance through Google maps
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    edited December 2013
    So we got:
    http://routebuilder.org - on line, no conditions
    http://www.freemaptools.com/measure-distance.htm- on line, no conditions
    https://maps.google.com - on line, activate map labs (link: bottom left corner)
    http://www.mapmyrun.com - on line, sign up/login
    http://connect.garmin.com - on line, need a Garmin device

    https://www.google.com/earth/download/ge/agree.html -off line, no conditions

    December 25, added Garmin to the list

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  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    FYI the Google Maps Labs distance calculator is not available in the new version of Google Maps (which I think has been pushed to some, but not all users). For the time being there is an option to revert to "Classic Google Maps" if you need the distance measurement.

    Personally I think Google Earth is the best overall option, and for browser-use only I use the "Plan Courses" app in Garmin Connect, which presumably is similar to MapMyRun.
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer Admin
    edited December 2013
    FYI also, while this is not a problem for the US I guess, Google Maps hi-resolution, and as many other Europeans will know, is non-existent for huge swathes of coastal Ireland. (Ironic, at least to me, given how Google employees there are here and how much tax Google avoid paying). I haven't seen a Google resolution update of the south Irish coast in maybe 5 or 6 years and the west end of the Copper Coast and much of the local Waterford & Cork coast is still just a blur.

    If you are looking for high resolution of the entire island of Ireland, then believe it or not, bing.com/maps/ is complete, though it has no standalone app, and no measurement tool. The OSI maps of Ireland are also good, but the interface is antiquated.
  • dc_in_sfdc_in_sf San FranciscoMember
    edited December 2013

    FYI also, while this is not a problem for the US I guess, Google Maps hi-resolution, and as many other Europeans will know, is non-existent for huge swathes of coastal Ireland. (Ironic, at least to me, given how Google employees there are here and how much tax Google avoid paying). I haven't seen a Google resolution update of the south Irish coast in maybe 5 or 6 years and the west end of the Copper Coast and much of the local Waterford & Cork coast is still just a blur.

    If you are looking for high resolution of the entire island of Ireland, then believe it or not, bing.com/maps/ is complete, though it has no standalone app, and no measurement tool. The OSI maps of Ireland are also good, but the interface is antiquated.

    There is actually a built in distance calculator app in Bing, it's just unnecessarily hard to find (you may have to wait a few seconds for the app to load after clicking the link).

    It can also be accessed from the list of Bing Map Apps

    Alternately in any map if you close the default left hand panel (normally directions or list of locations) you should get a panel that has an "EXPLORE MAP APPS see all" link at the bottom, this will take you to the list of map apps and from there you can select the Distance Calculator.

    To use just drag the flag from the left panel to map, dragging additional flags adds extra waypoints.

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  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    dc_in_sf said:

    There is actually a built in distance calculator app in Bing, it's just unnecessarily hard to find.

    get it done, @dc_in_sf@msft :)
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    edited December 2013
    New list:
    http://routebuilder.org - on line, no conditions
    http://www.freemaptools.com/measure-distance.htm- on line, no conditions
    https://maps.google.com - on line, activate map labs (link: bottom left corner)
    http://www.mapmyrun.com - on line, sign up/login
    http://www.bing.com/maps/ -on line, no conditions BM
    http://connect.garmin.com - on line, need a Garmin device
    http://milermeter.com - on line, no conditions

    https://www.google.com/earth/download/ge/agree.html -off line, no conditions


    BM = Bing Maps. All others use Google maps
    December 28, added milermeter to the list
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  • I am eagerly awaiting my Bia Sport, which I'm told will do all these wonderful things, and do the GPS thing in real time.
  • One more to add to the list:

    http://milermeter.com/

    This makes use of Google Maps. I've been relying it for at least three years - initially just to measure my running and walking routes, but regularly this year to double check swim distances when I don't trust my Garmin 910 (e.g. cold water swims where I don't stray too far from the starting point. More turns and fewer long straightish stretches means less accuracy from the GPS).

    I haven't had enough of a chance to play with the other sites mentioned above to give a feature by feature comparison, but I think it matches up favorably in terms of ease-of-use. Then again, as I said, I've been using it frequently for some time, so I would expect to be comfortable with it.
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    edited December 2013
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • @dc_in_sf ... Bing Maps Distance Calculator App?....Windows only. (Linux user here). ~X(
  • dc_in_sfdc_in_sf San FranciscoMember
    @loneswimmer I think it uses Silverlight so that is probably the issue, fairly certain there was never a Silverlight plugin for Linux
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  • wendyv34wendyv34 Vashon, WAMember
    I just found this:

    http://map.openseamap.org
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  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    OK, @wendyv34, I'm gonna regret this because it'll be obvious and I'll look like a dork. But how do you measure distance there? I found under Tools "Trip planner" and I set a start point and an end point. But what then? I can't seem to find a way to tell it that's my whole trip.
  • Double click at the end point, dork! :ar!
  • OK, I'm gonna sound like a dork for this (too) but, it gives the distance in Nautical Miles... What's that in SCY?

    According to Google Earth, you lose about 1/2 mile for 3.8. I.E. 3.8 miles = 3.3Nautical Miles.
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited October 16
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    To make things easier - not - we have:
    1 lane = 25 m
    1 (international) nmi = 1.8520km => 741 lanes

    1 lane = 25 yards (22.86 m)
    1US nmi = 1.8520km = 20253yd 2.1549ft => 810 lanes
    1UK nmi = 1.8532km = 20266yd 2.5250ft => 811 lanes

    http://www.metric-conversions.org

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • You can use Google to convert any unit to equivalents. If you use Chrome you don't even have to open Google, just type into the address bar:

    convert 10 nautical miles to ...
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited October 17
    Google Search accepts arbitrary units too, so if you were, say, wondering how long it would take you to swim the distance of the English Channel at a 1:40 per 100m pace, you could search:

    "1 minute 40 seconds per 100m in hours per 18.1 nautical miles"

    Result: 9.31 hours

    https://www.google.com/search?q=1+minute+40+seconds+per+100m+in+hours+per+18.1+nautical+miles
  • Thank you guys! (and Iron Mike, you do know I'm joshing, right?)

    I asked Google how long it would take me to swim the English Channel and it said "At the rate you're going, the rest of your life!"

    NiekIronMike
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