The Red Bull X-Alps 2023 started this week, and you can watch it from anywhere in the world with a live tracking app built on CesiumJS.
This is the twentieth anniversary of the World’s Toughest Adventure Race, a nearly two week long race for the world’s best hike-and-fly athletes, who hike, run, and paraglide across the Alps. Champion Christian Maurer, who has won the previous seven races, will be back to compete against new and returning athletes from around the planet.
While only thirty athletes and their supporters compete, anyone can participate in an immersive digital experience by live tracking the race in an app built by zooom productions with CesiumJS.
During the last Red Bull X-Alps, the interactive site had more than 4 million visits, not to mention the many more people getting updates on YouTube and social media.
The race is complex and dynamic. Athletes pass 12 turnpoints in five countries, but between those turnpoints they adapt their routes to the terrain and weather, and given the extended distances and time involved, anything can happen.
Viewers following the race in real time in the CesiumJS app can view athletes' positions, on land or in air, on a 3D map, along with metrics such as speed, altitude, and remaining distance.
The race began June 11 and will run for nearly two weeks.
To visualize your own GPS tracks or other data in Cesium, check out our CesiumJS Quickstart tutorial.