Wednesday, August 17, 2016

GPX Heat Maps

I have been running a lot this year. I am currently training for the Kansas City Full Marathon. I was looking for a way to Heat Map my runs and I stumbled on the solution today.

Here is a sample Heat Map of my Downtown runs.

First you will need to get your files. I use the RunKeeper app to track my runs. RunKeeper allows you to download your run files in GPX format. The website I used to build the Heat Map allows you to use GPX and other files.

  1. Download your RunKeeper GPX files, or grab your files you want to import.
  2. Go to
  3. Click Create a Map
  4. Click the Upload data, up arrow on the right side of the screen
  5. Browse to your GPX files, or whatever format you used.
  6. Click the map settings button, little gear on the right
  7. Click Default Properties
  8. Change the opacity to .4
  9. Change the weight to 5
  10. Click the Tile Layers button (little stack of paper)
  11. Choose the background you want to use.


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