Friend Report (beta)

Your friends are out there doing some amazing runs. Sometimes, what’s really amazing is that they’re finally getting back in the groove after life took them away from it for a while. Other times, the amazing thing is that they’ve been steadily working towards their goals for months without fail. Or it could be that they’re finally hitting their goals, setting PR’s and achieving things they set their sites upon years ago.

Whatever they’re doing, wherever they are in their training, the fact is, having someone recognize their hard work and perseverance can make all the difference.

The problem is that it can be hard to keep track of it all. Have they started running regularly again? Was that last race a personal record? Did they really run before 6am three times last week?

That’s the problem we’re trying to solve. Smashrun’s Friend Report doesn’t just tell you how much your friends ran, instead it does its best to put that running in context.

The new Smashrun Friend Report will get sent out every Tuesday and will show weekly highlights for each of your friends. And if you want, it can also include a number of different leaderboards – you can select the ones you care about or turn them all off entirely.

We’ve decided to beta test this report before releasing it (the calculations are really tricky and there’s a ton of permutations). So, if you’ve got a few active Smashrun friends (or if you are following some interesting runners), shoot an email to and we’ll add you to the beta.



To be honest, I don’t really care what ‘friends’ are doing. Maybe if I was a member of a local running club I might be marginally interested. I blocked Strava from sending me likes from ‘friends’, many of whom live thousands of miles away.


One thing we’ve tried really hard to do, is to make social features on Smashrun entirely optional. When you first configure your profile, you simply say No Social, and that’s that. It’s like they don’t exist.


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