Measuring distance using Google Maps

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!:)
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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
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  • I use routebuilder.org. All good choices.
    -Sumner
  • Within the Google maps 'Map labs' there is an option to measure distance through Google maps
  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • 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 :)
  • 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
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • 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.
  • 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(
  • @loneswimmer I think it uses Silverlight so that is probably the issue, fairly certain there was never a Silverlight plugin for Linux
    http://notdrowningswimming.com - open water adventures of a very ordinary swimmer
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