The Best iPhone Running Apps for 2013

Sifting through the app store, trying to find exactly what you want, is not an easy task.  Luckily, we have made the process extremely easy!  Check out these five fantastic running apps.  Each one offers unique features; surely, at least one of them will meet your running needs.  Whether you have serious training ambitions our simply want to move your body, these apps can help log your progress, keep you motivated, and enhance your running experience.

Check the iTunes store for screenshots and more specific product information.



Price:  Free
Last Updated:  October 9, 2012
Version: 4.3.2
Size: 16.8 MB
Languages: English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese
Requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
Customer Review: 4.5 stars


  • Provides information about speed, route map, distance traversed, calories burned, and elevation
  • Shares nutrition tips
  • Alerts about your friends’ activity and live map
  • Encourages with voice prompts as you run
  • Connects with Facebook and Twitter to share route stats
  • Provides information on ideal running routes in the area (over 26 million to chose from worldwide)
  • Sponsors challenges that include prizes
  • Joins over 9 million fitness fans in an online community


  • Winner of the Best Running App 2012 Reader’s Choice at
  • Turn off WiFi before running to improve battery life and GPS accuracy
  • Continued use of GPS dramatically decreases battery life



Price: $4.99
Last updated: September 21, 2012
Version: 8.0
Size: 26.5 MB
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese
Requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
Customer Review: 5 stars


  • Operates independently of a login-required website – all data can be access from your iPhone
  • Applicable for both beginners, marathoners and everyone inbetween
  • Provides training plans for 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon
  • Includes the option to design your own training plan
  • Records time, location, distance, elevation and speed
  • Stores data from years of training; uses the same space as a few songs
  • Provides workout stats, route maps and performance graphs
  • Includes a stopwatch
  • Utilizes GPS
  • Displays workouts on a calendar and organizes by route or activity
  • Provides a summary of the day, week, month or overall performance
  • Reports progress with more than 120 announcements including distance, time, speed, and elevation
  • Shares data via email, Facebook and Twitter


  • This app isn’t compatible with iPod touch due to the lack of GPS capabilities
  • Continued use of GPS dramatically decreases battery life


Zombies, Run!

Price: $7.99
Last Updated: November 10, 2012
Version: 1.5.1
Size:  398 MB
Language: English
Requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
Customer Review: 4.5 stars



  • Combines a running game and audio adventure
  • Delivers a story via headphones, complete with orders and voice recordings
  • Integrates information acquired during run into an online game
  • Adapts to any speed and any location – even treadmills
  • Includes 33 missions and 45 gameplay runs
  • Uses Zombie Chases for interval training
  • Provides run statistics including a map, run history, and a playback feature that allows you to relive the experience


  • Rated 12+ for various reasons (check website for more information)
  • Continued use of GPS dramatically decreases battery life



Price: $1.99
Last Updated: October 5, 2012
Version:  5.0.3
Size:  6.0 MB
Languages:  English, Danish
Requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
Customer Review: 4 stars


  • Provides voice feedback at various intervals
  • Shares running statistics with Twitter while in progress
  • Logs shoe mileage
  • Provides information about distance, time and route
  • Features one of the easiest-to-use setups
  • Provides route information from around the world
  • Links with to provide training programs for all skill levels


  • Nominated for Best Running App 2012
  • Works on iPhone as GPS and pedometer; works on iPod Touch as pedometer only.
  • Continued use of GPS dramatically decreases battery life


smartrunner app


Price:  Free
Last Updated: June 26, 2012
Version: 2.8
Size:  7.2 MB
Language:  English, German, Italian, Spanish
Requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
Customer Review: 4.5 stars


  • Tracks speed, duration, distance, temperature, wind speed and direction, elevation, and maps
  • Encourages competition
    • Join SmartRunner World League
    • Data will be compared with other SmartRunner users
    • Each running event has its own annual competition


  • Continued use of GPS dramatically decreases battery life

Use one of these iPhone running apps to enhance your running experience, track your workout progress, and keep you motivated.  No matter what your training program, one of these apps will definitely help you along the way.

About the Author:
Guest author Jessica Velasco works for a local design and marketing firm.  While they haven’t tried their hand at app design yet, they do work on various website design and graphic design projects; click here to see their portfolio.

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