Natural energy drinks brand TENZING has teamed up with King’s College London to create a Clean Air Tracker in a bid to help runners in the capital avoid polluted areas during their workout.
The tracker, which can be synced up with tracking app Strava, shows runners where to take the cleanest route as well as featuring a live Air Quality Score of the user’s path. The score shows how clean or polluted the route is and allows runners to tweak their journey accordingly. The tracker also includes ‘clean’ runs in each London borough, allowing runners to take the cleanest set routes in their area.
The brand says that the Clean Air Tracker can cut exposure to air pollution by up to 50% and will be rolled-out to offer a similar monitoring service to cyclists and walkers later in the year.
TENZING has also launched a Clean Air Run Club in London, allowing runners to attend a weekly clean air run through the city with the drink’s founders.
Andrew Grieve, researcher at King’s College London, said: “Every day I see people out for their lunchtime jog, running along some of the capital’s most polluted roads. Running is great for health, but it’s even better on low pollution routes. By partnering with TENZING I hope that we can help the London running community dodge air pollution and find that clean air run.”
Huib van Bockel, founder of TENZING, said: “We started TENZING Natural Energy, to offer people a natural alternative in a market dominated by synthetic energy drinks. What applies to the food and drinks we consume, also applies for the air we breathe. As keen runners ourselves, we were shocked to find out the appalling air quality we run in London. Now with our new tech based on King’s College’s data, we can help find runners the cleanest air routes to go for a run”