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If you’re a runner or a cyclist, you’re probably familiar with Strava, as it lets you track your workouts with ease. Some of the best features are behind a subscription, but the company has just announced that its Beacon live location tracking feature is available completely free.

Strava’s Beacon Live Location Tracking Feature

A subscription to Strava goes for $59.99 annually or $7.99 per month, and it comes with all sorts of features that are worthwhile for people who enjoy getting out there in the world and exercising. Now, Strava has decided to make its Beacon live location tracking feature available to all users, whether they pay for the service or not.

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Basically, you can enable the feature for safety purposes or just as a fun motivator to keep you moving. You can use Beacon to share your live location with up to three people who can track you as you move throughout the world. The people you’re sharing with will get a unique URL that lets them see your location updated every 15 seconds.

For safety, you can use this when you’re going out for a ride or run somewhere rural where you could get hurt or lost. If that happens, the friend who’s tracking you can get help to you at your exact location. Or they could choose to meet you along your route and join you for an excellent group exercise session.

It’s Not All Free…

Strava did say that live location sharing from devices like the Apple Watch and Garmin bike computers will still be part of the subscription as they’re more complex to integrate than the mobile apps.

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