Local runners have joined joggers across the world who are turning to GPS art as a coping strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When the more relaxed Level 4 exercise conditions — which allows for the once-daily outdoor opportunity between 06:00 and 09:00 within a 5km radius from one’s house — came into place, joggers, cyclists and walkers were out of the starting blocks for their early morning exercise with a bang.
Even though South Africans have been subjected to stricter lockdown regulations than most countries, joggers have joined in the light-hearted entertainment provided by Strava Art.
By making a dash for this trend, they are able to trace a specific pre-planned route through their city, tracked by the GPS exercise app Strava, to resemble an image that displays on their Strava profile.
Runners map out some Strava Art
And the indomitable spirit of our very own fitness seekers have not disappointed with them mapping several Strava Art “pieces”.
Going beyond art
According to Business Insider, ultra runner Dane Sweet said the Strava Art trend goes beyond just producing art. Sweet reckons it is more about keeping people, who before the lockdown were used to running hundreds of kilometres a week, inspired during this time.
Sweet’s company, Ultra Running SA, has organised several running challenges, including a Strava Art section, to try and achieve this.
The company ran a social distancing running challenge for 14 days, open only between 06:00 and 09:00, with five different categories. It started by asking how far their followers could run within the lockdown time and distance restrictions, and expanded to include several other categories, including a Strava Art component.
International Strava Art attempts, of which many can be viewed on the theStrav.art website and Instagram account, show some real artistic flair.
A Strava Art piece of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo — mapped out by American “running artist” Lenny Maughan, in San Francisco — serves as a prime example of the intricate routes some runners are willing to follow in the name of art: