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Explore the world’s athlete playgrounds on the new heatmap.

The Global Heatmap

A marathon PR in Berlin, a bikepacking adventure in Mongolia and a ski down the slopes in Utah. Each of these plus over a billion other Strava activities were used to create the new Heatmap. It includes over 27 billion kilometers of data, overlapping to show the most frequented spots for sport on the globe. This incredible visualization was created with 200 thousand years of movement including thousands of marathons and countless coffee rides. What looks like a multihued map of the Earth is actually the white hot visualization of over 1 billion activities on Strava.

We dove deep into the map and found some of our favorite pieces of art, created by effort.

Skiing in Salt Lake

Salt Lake City has 6 resorts within an hour drive and countless backcountry lines. With all of the heat those athletes are generating, it’s a wonder the snow stays so light and fluffy.

Hiking the O and W in Torres del Paine, Patagonia

The “O’ and “W” routes are the two most popular treks in the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile's Patagonia region. You can clearly see the shapes of the letters in the heat!

Kiteboarding in La Ventana, Baja, Mexico

La Ventana Bay is one of the world’s premier kitesurfing destinations. It’s home to international competitions as well as being a great place for beginners. The heat coming off of the coast shows just how many Strava athletes have visited this hot destination!

Mountain Biking vs. Skiing in Whistler, B.C., Canada

Bikes in the summer and boards in the winter, Whistler is a year-round destination for athletes seeking that premium Canadian gnar. Comparing the cycling and snow sport heat maps shows how the two groups use the mountains differently.

Hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain

The path of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage appears almost like the Great Wall of China, except it’s made from thousands of athletes’ footsteps. Even if you zoom out, it’s still so clear!

Ironman Kona Swim in Hawaii

This could be the hottest section of ocean on the entire heatmap: the swim leg of Ironman World Championships in Kona. You can even see a hole where the turnaround buoy was.

Swimming, Running and Cycling in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most active cities on Strava and this equatorial city loves every type of sport. Comparing the run, bike and water layers show you how Brazilians use their city differently for each sport.

Swimming the Channel Between England and France

According to the English Channel Swimming Association, there have been 2,226 successful swims since 1875 and 105 so far in 2017. That’s not enough to make this section of ocean as white-hot as Kona, but you can see that a handful of those swimmers have put their efforts on Strava.

Rarefied Air on Mt. Everest

Although we know of a couple Strava athletes who have laid tracks all the way up to the highest point on Earth, the heat starts to cool down around Everest base camp. We’re still a little short of breath just looking at the level of activity above 5,000 meters.

The Antarctica Marathon: A Sliver of Light in the Dark

Have you ever traveled to another city to run a marathon? How about another continent? What about to the most remote continent on Earth? This sliver of light is the course for the Antarctica Marathon. At least you don’t have to worry about finishing before sunset!

Burning Man

Is this the work of fitness-crazed aliens? Not quite. The unique pentagonal pattern of Burning Man’s pop-up city is forever etched into the Heatmap thanks to all of the runners and cyclists who have used Strava to explore it. Check out how the perimeter has slightly shifted over the years!

It's Hot in the City

Here’s the heat from London, LA and Paris – three very active cities on Strava. Can you tell which is which?

What Else Can You Find?

Discover something else amazing in the new Heatmap? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Hélènka Guillaume

    Very fun and nice visuals!

  • Sébas Meller

    Hi there, those are great visuals!
    BUT please! The Torres del Paine National Park is the most symbolic park in Chile and NOT Argentina!
    I’m chilean, and this sounds for me like putting the Grand Canyon in Canada! 😀

  • William Surles

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. This is more exciting than Christmas morning!

  • Robert Blakemore

    I just want to say thank you to team that built the new heatmap. I’ve been hoping one would be made for the last couple of years. This is so cool!

  • Local

    Check out Iowa and you can see multiple years of RAGBRAI.

  • Ioannis Charalambous

    The original marathon in Greece! Great stuff

  • Marcos Miranda

    What am I missing? I’m failing to understand the point of this map. What’s the use in seeing hundreds of golden lines that represent places where cyclists ride at? It doesn’t give me full routes or any type of interaction. Should I be on my lap top for this?

    • Barret Rubble

      I’m using it for multiple sports. Island circumnavigation on my outrigger canoe for one. Can ck. kiting and windsurfing spots for wind direction most used in relation to general swell direction .

  • Lucas S Ramalho

    Thanks Guys!!

  • Erik Göthlin

    Many Thanks for this analysis!! I had troubel getting to work this morning when the map popped up….. I have seen many useful aspects of it to in my work as a Biologist at the county adm.

    • nanofan

      Hi Erik! Can you tell me some of the useful aspects you found on this map regarding Biology? Thanks a lot!

      • Erik Göthlin

        The map tell us which Nature conservation areas, and tracks within theese areas that are popular to use in excercise. It could be used to prioritise information etc within and between conservation areas.

        • nanofan

          Thanks a bunch!

  • Nicolas Aristizabal Mejia

    Excellent initiative! Can’t stop playing with it

  • Sebastian Bauer

    And even the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife is clearly visible in the middle of the western German Eifel outback 😉 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/74db12270a5e99aaeb576b76a97240209b3a41a28ae62a8f16dea8d29e9ec22f.png

  • Jean-Charles


    L’étape du tour 2017 : plus de 15000 participants, cela se voit !

  • Randy Winter

    This is the Shamrock Endurance Ride (50 mile horse event) in Wyoming ridden by Erica Churgin and Cheryl Winter in 2016 and 2017. Way cool. Very remote private ranch so their tracks are the only ones.

    • Dart Vader

      This ties in nicely with my first interest in the heatmap visualisations. How many rides are depicted above? Like a couple for the orange and a handful for the magenta/red? Were they plotted with the default heat opacity of 80%, or much less to bring out the low number of events recorded?

      My more general questions are : Over what time period was data collected for the heatmaps? And did Strava access many of the other training logging apps out there (because I recorded about a dozen cycles and runs using Runkeeper since last September, over private courses that are not used by the average triathlete), and I am curious if Strava has captured these on the heatmap.


    Amazing and crazy, so coool thank you !!

  • N Hl

    It’s interesting that there is activity in Pyongyang, North Korea.

  • Dart Vader

    Anyone know the answer to my questions on the heatmaps :

    Over what time period was data collected for the heatmaps?
    Is a scale available relating heat colour to event density on the map?
    Will a single event in a very isolated area show up on the most sensitive opacity setting?

    Strava access many of the other training logging apps out there (because
    I recorded about a dozen cycles and runs using Runkeeper since last
    September, over private courses that are not used by the average
    triathlete), and I am curious if Strava has captured these on the

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