Can you tell how hard a race was by holding a race medal? Can you understand the difficulty of a race course by looking a single race photo? No. In fact, there’s really no way to describe your big event without data. But data isn’t pretty. Or, is it?
BigLife Printhouse offers runners a unique service. They’ll take your race day .gpx file and turn it into a work of art. Remember and appreciate your race with a poster-sized map that displays your personal performance data in a beautiful and intuitive design.
I decided to try out their service by sending in my race data from the 2014 NYC Marathon. I downloaded my .gpx file from Strava, and chose a design that matched my office decor. A few days later I received a draft copy for approval.
The print arrived about a week later with a nice note from Sadie at BigLife Printhouse. The 24″x36″ print fit nicely into a standard photo frame and found a spot above my running bookcase. As an injured runner, it reminds me of the good times and inspires me to stay positive throughout my physical therapy and recovery. I will make it to Boston in 2017!
I find myself reminiscing over the complexities of the New York course. The bridges, the neighborhoods, and long-forgotten race day memories come flooding back when I look at my custom race print. Also, having the visual data makes it a lot easier to talk about the experience with others, especially non-runners! “How long was your marathon?”
I’ll never forget my experience in NYC, but I never would’ve remembered it as clearly without my personalized race poster. Keep this in mind as a gift for the runner in your house, even if that runner is you.
BigLife sent me a complimentary print for review.