I received a notice last night from the operator of the website that provides our half marathon course maps (like the one in the photo above), that Google Maps has begun charging for the use of their map data, and that they’ll need to begin charging us to use them as well.
The maps have been free for us to use for more than a decade, so I really can’t complain. However, they do require a significant amount of time to create and maintain, especially as many half marathons change their routes each year.
What I’d like to get a sense from you is, how important are these race route maps to you? Are they what you visit our website for, or is the other information we provide on races, training, etc., the primary reason you visit?
Please let me know in the comments below — thanks!