BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — With runners geared up to compete in the Boston Marathon on Monday, Outside Interactive, a company born in Boston, offers an alternative way to run the 26-mile race from home.
The application is called "Virtual Runner" and it allows for users to run alongside HD videos, creating an immersive experience.
WBZ's Suzanne Sausville spoke with Outside Interactive founder Gary McNamee who said, "What's the number one issue with a treadmill? It's boring. Our internal motto is to make treadmill running suck less."
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McNamee came up with the idea for Outside Interactive when he was inside during the winter, training on a treadmill for the 2010 Boston Marathon.
"I got to thinking- maybe there's a way to experience the course while I'm on the treadmill," McNamee said.
According to the Outside Interactive website, the Virtual Runner app is designed to work with the existing technology consumers already own. The app can even adjust the speed of the video with a footpod attachment to the runner's shoelace using ANT+ or Bluetooth wireless technology.
WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports.