A few weeks ago, Mr. Robb Monkmon contacted me and let me know that I might find his app helpful as a solo runner. He is one part of the duo that is React Mobile.
React Mobile is a free application designed to keep you safe, and it is currently available for iPhones and certain Android devices. They’re working on expanding the Android list, too; so keep checking the Google Play store for updated versions.
I was using an HTC Hero, and it wasn’t available; but I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 now, and it works. I’ve been using the app for over a week, and I want to walk you through using the app.
After downloading and installing it, acess it, and open it. You’ll see this screen.
Below is what the app looks like.
At the top of the app, you have four tabs. You map is on the left and shows your current location on a map. Send SOS is next, and it sends an alert with your gps coordinates to your chosen contacts. You list whomever you want informed of your gps location and safety status in the Contacts. You can also send a text using the Send SMS feature.
The bottom of the app includes access to settings and the follow me feature. Because the follow me feature shows my location, I won’t demonstrate it, but trust it’s cool. It allows you to choose all or some of your contacts list and let them track you from start to destination.
If you touch the shield, you send an SOS alert to your contacts. This is what it looks like.
Then it automatically asks if you want to call 911. You can choose not to call them, and you can easily cancel your alert by pressing and holding on the shield again. You’ll have to enter a safe code to cancel the alert, which automatically updates your contacts that you’re safe.
This app is perfect for anyone who travels alone at any time for any reason. College students on campus late at night, recent grads working late hours, singles going on blind dates, folks new to town, or frequent business travelers like insurance adjusters or home health workers-so many people could use this app for safety.
Recently in Knoxville there have been a string of assaults. Some of them have occurred on the greenways or near parks, and the local running community has been on guard using the buddy system for weekly social runs. But many runners are still out there pounding pavement solo, and React Mobile is a great way to stay safe. I’ve recommended it on Facebook to the running community and to the local news, and I’m happy to share it here, too.
How do you stay safe running (or not running)?