With today’s New York City Marathon starting shortly, fans will be able to live stream the entire 26.2 mile race via an app for iPhone, iPad and Android based phone sponsored by New York Road Runners. According to Fierce Cable‘s Steve Donahue, who plans to run into the race today, the app will change the way fans can view the race, as the most popular and anticipated feature will be the ability to track individuals runners. Donahue explains the importance of the app, as he thinks, “it’ll help motivate runners to finish the race” know that his friends and family will be able to track him throughout the ordeal.
Though Donahue does admit one drawback of the app: a users battery life can only last so long on the phones the runners keep on to broadcast their location. To avoid this dilemma, he plans on turning off his 4G capability during the race in order to extend his battery life on his Samsung Droid phone.