Alyssa Bird, founder of The Nous Adventure Co., describes how they put their inReach to good use during an 894-km end-to-end relay run of Ontario’s Bruce Trail, dubbed the Nous Bruce Project.
The all-female team of 15 runners traveled the trail’s mixed terrain from the starting point in Tobermory to Queenston near Niagara Falls. Equipping each runner with the inReach not only provided a way to call for help in case of injury, the device’s tracking function let the team track the progress of each runner in real time – providing valuable lead time that would eventually help the team break the record for the fastest female relay.
Nous Bruce Project Finds Added Benefits of inReach’s Safety and Tracking Functions
According to Bird, ensuring the team’s safety was the primary benefit of equipping each runner with an inReach device.
“The inReach was super important to the safety of our project,” said Bird. “Runners could use the SOS feature to call for help in case of injury. Luckily we didn’t need to use it.”
As they soon realized, the inReach was also a critical part of their logistics.
“We set it up to send a signal every 10 minutes with an updated GPS coordinate telling us where our runner was on the trail,” said Bird, explaining that the precise locations of the runners would tell basecamp when to send out the next team of runners. “We were able to watch the runner from a computer at base camp to know whether the runner was moving faster or slower.” This way, said Bird, the driver could be alerted and valuable minutes could be shaved off from the lead time.
To learn more about how The Nous Adventure Co. used inReach’s tracking feature and relied on the device’s SOS function to keep the whole team safe, visit The Nous Adventure Co. blog or watch The Nous Bruce inReach Review video.