As per rules of 100 Days Of Running, if you need to submit a run data for a distance exceeding a certain distance as per rules, we require you to also submit a public activity link for that run on our data submit page (not yet live), i.e. something which anyone can click and see and verify your run details. For lesser distances, this is not required.
We sat down and went through some of the common apps people use for recording their runs, and analyzed how good or bad they are for sharing your run data. Based on our analysis, here is an app by app analysis to help you understand how to share your run data.
If you see any error or mistake in below, do let us know. It was a tough task going through all these apps and we may have missed some points which might change the recommendation status below, please let us know in the comments section at the end of the post.
List of apps covered
We have covered the following apps in this post:
- Garmin Connect (for Garmin device users only)
- Nike+ Run Club (not recommended)
- TomTom Sports (for TomTom device users only)
- Fitbit (recommended via Strava sharing)
Does not allow direct run recording from phone (only syncs run data from a Garmin watch). To share, click on the share icon, choose “Web Link” option, and then “Copy to clipboard” from the list of options. You can next paste this copied text on 100 Days Of Running data submit page on your mobile in the appropriate field.
The problem with this copied text is that it is of the below form:
Check out my running activity on Garmin Connect. #beatyesterday
Hence, you will need to remove the extra words before the link and just paste the link, which is of the form:
Before submitting on 100 days website, make sure that your activity link is public, i.e. it can be read by everyone. To confirm this, open your link in a mobile or computer browser when you are not logged in to your Garmin Connect account. You need to do this only once, to make sure all your runs are public.
To set your Garmin account runs as public, refer to the instructions we shared in our earlier article on sharing Garmin activity.
To avoid all this hassle, we recommend you connect your Garmin Connect account with Strava. That way, after your run syncs to your phone (or computer), it will automatically be exported to your Strava account. Copying activity links from your Strava account on a computer is much easier, once we have the automatic data integration between Strava and 100 Days Of Running, you will not be even required to submit your daily run data, our backend system will import it automatically from Strava.
Sharing the activity data from the computer is however easier. Just login to Garmin Connect website, open your run activity, and copy/paste the URL which you see in the browser to 100 Days Of Running data submit page.
There seems to be no option to share your running activity link from the Endomondo app. All you can share is a photo which contains your run details in a photo format. From our perspective, this is not useful for submitting data to 100 Days Of Running data submit page.
You can however share your run from the computer. Just login to your Endomondo account on its website, go to your activity, and then share the activity link which shows up in the browser URL bar. Make sure that you have set your privacy settings to “Everyone” in advance.
Nike+ Run Club
There seems to be no option to share your running activity link from the Nike+ Run Club app. All you can share is a photo which contains your run details in a photo format. From our perspective, this is not useful for submitting data to 100 Days Of Running data submit page.
There is a share via Facebook option on the NRC website, but it did not work for us. Directly sharing the activity URL also does not work since it requires logging in by the activity owner.
However, we have recently found out that Nike+ Run Club runs can be exported to Strava via an exporter tool. With that, it might be possible to share your runs from Strava, but recent updates from users indicate that Nike has blocked this option.
Recommendation: Do not use Nike+ Run Club app
Go to the app Settings section, set “Sharing Settings” to Everyone (for both Activities viewable by, and Maps viewable by sections). When you share, there is no direct option to share the activity link, but you can share to you email app (choose from the list of apps shown under share), and you will receive an email of the form below:
I just completed an activity with Runkeeper https://runkeeper.com/cardio/348900a0-b9e2-48d2-adae-6d6e2ddcc672
Copy and paste the link part from above to the 100 Days Of Running data submit page. Not a great way to share, but at least it works. The negative part is that this link can display only very minimal information about your run, unless the person opening the link is already logged in to their Runkeeper account. So, Runkeeper is not highly recommended, but you can use it for your runs, and for sharing your activity link.
Sharing the activity by logging in to the Runkeeper website and copying the link from there also has the same limitations. The link does not show full activity data unless the person viewing it is logged into their Runkeeper account, even when setting the privacy settings to share activity data with “Everyone”.
Similar to Garmin Connect in terms of easy of sharing. First update your Profile / Settings / Privacy / Activty to “Everybody”. You can then share run details via the share icon, choose “Copy to clipboard”, which will copy some text and the activity link together. Before pasting, remove the extra text.
Tanvir just finished a Runtastic run of 0.11 km in 01m 32s
Use the link from above for sharing at 100 Days Of Running data submit page.
Sharing from the Runtastic website works well. Just login, select your run activity, and copy the browser URL for the activity, and submit on the 100 Days of Running data submit page.
There seems to be no option to share your running activity link from the TomTom Sports app. All you can share is a photo which contains your run details in a photo format. From our perspective, this is not useful for submitting data to 100 Days Of Running data submit page.
Correction: As confirmed by @Pankaj in comments below, TomTom mobile app can actually generate the link to share via the “Copy Link” option (see image on right), instead of the “Share” option. The link generated this way can be submitted on our website (after removing the text before the link).
You can however connect your TomTom Sports app account with Strava, which will ensure that your runs get automatically exported to Strava, and from where you can share it, either from mobile or Strava website.
You can also share your run activity from the TomTom MySports website by logging in to the activities section, selecting an activity, and then clicking on the share icon at the bottom to see the share options. Select the link option and copy/paste the link generated to the 100 Days Of Running data submit page.
This is our app of choice for sharing data, whether directly using the Strava mobile app, or indirectly by sharing your run data from another app (provided it supports exporting data from that app to Strava).
On your Strava mobile app, go to Settings and uncheck “Private by Default” under Privacy Settings (i.e. make sure that the box is NOT checked). Next, go to your activity and press the share icon, and share to your email account by choosing an appropriate email service shown. Your email would have text of the form below:
Check out my run on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/1516010801/shareable_images/map_based?hl=en-US&v=1524062841
Copy and paste only the link from above to 100 Days Of Running data submit page.
There seems to be no option to share your running activity link from the Fitbit app. All you can share is a photo which contains your run details in a photo format. From our perspective, this is not useful for submitting data to 100 Days Of Running data submit page.
The Fitbit website also does not seem to have any activity sharing functionality. Looks like a pretty closed ecosystem to us.
@Rohan informs us that Fitbit data can be synced via Strava. That means you can use Fitbit app if you connect it to Strava, since sharing public activity link via Strava is straightforward.
Map My Run
Go into the Settings > Privacy section of the app and set “Default Workout Sharing” to “Everyone”. Sharing from the mobile turns up very limited share options, Facebook, Bluetooth and Messages, essentially useless for our purpose.
You can however login to Map My Run website on your computer, and then share the activity link right from your browser URL bar by copying the activity link from there and pasting it on the 100 Days Of Running data submit page. Example below:
Apps not supported
Some apps listed below in our knowledge do not have a public GPS activity link, that is, information which can be publicly shared with other participants and can be validated. As a result, these apps may not work directly (some of them might work if they support export of data to Strava, but that is something you need to explore)
- Samsung Health app
- Google Fit app
- Apple Health app
iPhone users can use a Apple Health app to Strava sync feature to export their data to Strava.
So, there we go with a thorough look at some of the post popular running apps, and how we can share our “public” run data activity links from those apps. It is very important that you test this out yourself before the event starts. Copy an activity link (from your mobile app or the app website), and see if it loads up correctly in a browser where you have not logged in to the app website. If that did not work, go back and check the privacy settings both on your mobile app and the app website and ensure that you are sharing your activity link with “Everyone”.
And finally, we recommend that you connect your app with Strava, so that your run data is exported to Strava as well.