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The brains behind Midnight Runners have launched the first on-demand running app, myCrew - think Uber or Tinder for runners – allowing runners to connect, and run with, other local runners.
The app, which launched mid-August, is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play, launched in London with 5,000 active users. Through the app, runners are able to create and join runs of up to eight people, based on your preference on pace, distance and location, which you enter into the app when you sign up.
Instead of focusing on competition and leader boards, myCrew wants to bring runners together, tackling both loneliness and safety in big cities as the evenings get darker. A good option for those who don’t want the cost or commitment of joining a local running club, myCrew is free, and allows you to chat to other runners on the app once you’ve signed up to run together.
Of course, the Tinder horror stories that make the headlines prove there can be a slightly sinister side of meeting strangers online. We asked myCrew about the safety aspects of the app, to which they confirmed each run host has to be vetted by the creators, allowing them to verify profiles. Unlike other apps of the kind, your phone number isn’t displayed (instead the app gives you the option to chat to runners once you’ve agreed to run together) and people can only see the runs if it matches their profile, for example a male would not be able to see a ‘female only’ run. Runs are only allowed to start from public locations and runners can report profiles they are wary of.
Greg Drach, co-founder of Midnight Runners and myCrew said: “Social running led me to lifelong friends, my girlfriend, finding my life calling and lots of adventures. We believe in the power of running together as a way of motivating, connecting and inspiring people. Now with myCrew we are making the process of meeting active people as easy and fun as possible, so people can log in anytime and find runs around them.”