introducing RunGo and seeking feedback about its accessibility

App Developer

I'd like to start by thanking David Goodwin of AppleVis for allowing me to post here and share RunGo with your community.

I'm Craig Slagel the founder of RunGo, that is an app that helps runners by offering turn-by-turn voice navigation along running routes. It was initially designed to help sighted runners but since it was inspired by my dog who is a retired guide dog we also designed with accessibility in mind. We recently got featured by Apple as a top Accessible app and have a good number of visually impaired and low vision runners using RunGo. I would love to get more feedback and bring more awareness about RunGo to the visually impaired community. RunGo is on both iPhone and Apple Watch and fully accessible on both.

I want to start by sharing a story from Rose Sarkany, one of our visually impaired users, who has Usher's syndrome and her feedback has really helped us improve RunGo. Here is her story http://runningforchange.weebly.com/blog/run-go-solo
My favourite quote from her blog post was: "My confidence grew and so did my pace. It seems like I was running as if I have no vision issues at all. I was able to run freely as I let the app guide me. It was liberating.”

RunGo is designed for outdoor running or walking, but we do plan to add treadmill support with iOS 11. On RunGo you can create routes in the App or on the https://routes.rungoapp.com website that is much better for low vision users. The route creator on the website also allows you to add custom messages along the route or at turns that can make a route more accessible. Like "Turn Right on Main street, and continue down the stairs", the "continue down the stairs" is a custom message. I am also happy to help you and work with race directors to create routes. You can also find routes created by the community or verified routes created by us, verified routes are ones we have checked to be accurate, safe and scenic. You can also just run, and the app will record and track your run, and give voice feedback on pace and distance along the way.

In addition to voice navigation, RunGo can also vibrate at and before turns, and with the Apple Watch we offer unique taps before and at turns for left, right and straights. We also fully support Voiceover and Siri. On the Apple Watch Series 2, you can sync a route to the watch and run without your iPhone.

We know there is more we can do to make RunGo even better and more accessible I look forward to your feedback. RunGo is a free app and doesn't have any ads, we do have some paid features but all the core features like running tracking voice navigation and route creation are available for free.

Here is the link to download RunGo: https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id712628644?pt=1785848&ct=apple...

Thank you and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Craig Slagel
Founder
RunGo
http://RunGoApp.com
craig@rungoapp.com
+1-604-831-8287

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Hi, I just wanted to check

App Developer

Hi, I just wanted to check and see if anyone had a chance to try RunGo yet?

Thank you
Craig Slagel

Just Got It

Greetings.

Thanks for creating this app, and reaching out here to let us know about it and get feedback.

I installed the app today, and will give it a go tomorrow. I do not run, but I do long walks daily with my guide dog. I have some set routes, but to keep us both on our toes, I am constantly trying to come up with new walking paths. I am looking forward to walking with this app tomorrow and see what I think.

Thanks.

RunGo

Hi Craig, I'm going to give this app a try. Looking forward to the treadmill feature too. Since I can't read the screen, it will be nice to know pace, distance, etc. Thank you!

RunGo and Treadmill

I am a treadmill runner and really look forward to utilizing the RunGo app during my workouts. Thank you for considering the treadmill runner, as I think most blind people probably utilize their treadmill instead of the outside option. Can't wait to test drive this one.

A couple of questions for Craig

If I create a custom route does it remain private or does it become publicaly available?"
Is there a tutorial or other documentation that explains this and some of the app's features?
Thanks

When you create a route on

App Developer

When you create a route on the website or app you have to option to make it Public or Private, you can change this at anytime later on the website by re-saving a route.
Public routes are searchable and visible to anyone
Private only visible to the route owner or anyone they share the route with.

First Try

I have only had a chance to try it once so far. Silly summer thunderstorms...

I absolutely love the ability to say, "Start running with Run Go."I wish more apps were integrated with Siri.

I assume the route construction section of the app is using direct touch as I could not get anything to happen, except at a bottom of the screen tab bar. I have not had an opportunity to fully investigate the route section. I will see if I successfully saved my first route, and if it recalls and cooperates.

I wish the spoken updates were available at frequencies of less than one mile. As a walker, not a runner, half or quarter mile pace information keeps me pushing. Run Keeper does pace and distance updates based on elapsed time, and I like that approach too.