From backyard trails to exotic destinations, online running app delivers killer routes
— By Gordon Wright

Cyclists have used Strava for years to not only log their mileage and routes, but also compete against everyone else who pedals the same territory. Increasingly, though, Strava is gaining popularity among runners and hikers looking not only for friendly competition, but also the ability to explore the world.

Using features like “Build a Route,” Strava lets you check out new terrain and roll into a strange place with local-level beta. Strava works with GPS watches like Garmin, but it is most convenient using their mobile app, where your phone serves as your GPS tracker.

A Strava segment has been run or ridden in every country on earth, so a world-wide network of killer routes and “segments” are at your fingertips, no matter where you find yourself itching to go for a run.…