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** See Our Review in the July 20, 2016 of the Washington Post:


Virtual Runner is an exciting new approach to treadmill running. High Definition videos of popular courses speed up and slow down according to your pace, fully immersing you in the experience.

- Run your favorite routes during inclement weather or even while traveling

- Learn race courses and landmarks BEFORE you run them

Virtual Runner is designed to work WITH the existing treadmill and iPad. You simply install Virtual Runner on your iPad along with selected course videos.

A growing library of famous race courses, popular running routes and scenic destination runs are all shot in wide-screen from a runner’s perspective allowing you to see a course as if you were actually running it, at YOUR pace. Dolby Digital Sound also captured the natural sounds while the video was being filmed.

Courses are available through inApp purchases:

Some of the courses available are:

Scenic Destinations:
A Run Along the Great Barrier Reef
Australian Outback Run
The Hills of Bali
Cadillac Mountain Run, Maine, USA
Central Park 10k Run, New York, USA
Charles River Run, Boston, MA, USA
               Niagara Lake Run - 5k
               Niagara Falls Run - 5k
               Washington Mall Historic Run - 4.3 miles
and many more...

Road Races:
AJC Peachtree Road Race
Big Sur Half Marathon On Monteray Bay
Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler
TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10k
New Balance Falmouth Road Race 10k
Hopkinton to Boston, MA - 26.2 miles
and many more...

Our quick start guide can be downloaded here:

You can control the speed of the video manually or for a more interactive experience, you can add an ANT+ connection. ANT+ is the wireless protocol found in most of today's most popular sports watches and accessories, many of which you may already own!

ANT+ devices may be found here: www.thisisant.com/directory

Attach the ANT+ foot pod to your shoelace and plug in the ANT+ connector to your iPad. (On screen heart rate monitor display is available as an optional feature as well with an ANT+ compliant heart rate strap) Next, you select which video or videos wish to view and start the program. After a brief countdown, your video begins to play on your iPad or HDTV connected (via AirPlay) As you run, the foot pod transmits your pace to the wireless receiver. This data is read by the Virtual Runner Software, which adjusts the speed of the video based on this data. If you run faster, the video will speed up. If you slow down, the video will slow down. See your overall time, average pace, distance covered (by mile or km) cadence and heart rate. Virtual Runner is sure to make time fly and improve your overall treadmill experience.

Bluetooth foot pods and heart rate monitors can also be used with Virtual Runner. No connector needed since the iPad supports blue tooth.

** ANT+ connector sold separately.

What’s New

Version 3.16

Added support for Strava (signin, sharing)

Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

dowNNshift ,

Great for distance training, but clunky

This has been a great App for long distance treadmill training over the winter. I really enjoy the quality of the videos and the road races.

The interface of the App is clunky and took a little time to figure out, but once you create an account on Outside Interactive’s website and register your iPad, then the in-App purchases work. For those that complain about price, you get what you pay for. I’d rather pay $20 or $30 for a professionally made video that is a great training TOOL than some ad ridden free-mium App.

I hope that Outside Interactive posts a half marathon race course soon. One of the short comings of the App is that if you let a 10K or 7 Mile course loop it won’t accurately track your stats. This App works great with the Wahoo ANT+ footpod and receiver, which makes this App an even more powerful tool.

I am optimistic about this App evolving over time. It has technical features for distance runners, but the interface isn’t entirely intuitive. I think publishing a users manual would be useful in getting the App quickly and properly configured.

Strigilio ,

The next best thing to running outdoors.

I’ve been using this app since its inception. I’ve tried a couple different apps prior and none compare to the simplicity and realism of Virtual Runner. It has a scene for whatever your fancy is. I use this with a Garmin foot pod. It works reliably and flawlessly. Worth every 5 stars to me.

Kirafeara ,

No welcome email and no customer service

Race courses are pricey. Not sure if there are any free ones. Site is difficult to use. No help getting this set up and working. No customer service to talk to!


Outsideinteractive Visual Software Solutions LLC
66.7 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.



Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Central Park 10k Run $4.99
  2. Washington Mall 4.3 Mile Run $4.99
  3. Evening Run Through the Endless Forest $4.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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