Create a Garmin Running Course from MapMyRun

I decided to follow up with my original blog post titled “Create Garmin Forerunner Course from GMaps” with the steps to do the same in MapMyRun. The goal of this exercise is to provide an easy way to create a course on your Garmin Forefunner watch that you have never run before. This is really great when you plan on going travelling and have mapped out a course in advance for your enjoyment.

This method requires a few less steps and I generally like the mapping tool better on MapMyRun (Classic) compared to the GMaps mapping.

The steps are as follows:

1) Map the course on Map My Run. Here is a link to the Boxing Day Snowman Run in Hamilton – December 26, 2010 (16.26 km) which I recently had the pleasure to be part of as a sample for this tutorial. What a fantastic run that was!

Save the Route and select the “Export this Route” Option

Map My Run Screen Step #1 - Export Route

Pick the GPX option as the CRS option is no longer available on the newer MapMyRun.

Map My Run Step #2

Then save the file on your computer to use on the next step.

Map My Run Step #3


You should now have a GPX file of the map created in Gmaps Pedometer saved on your computer and ready to be converted to a Garmin Training Centre  course.

The fine people at GpSies will now do the hard part :). Please visit their Convert Tool developed using the link provided and upload the GPX file you just created to their site. So click Browse on their site, locate the file you just created and it should now show up in the white box as being selected. Change the convert to option labeled “Track” drop down box to Garmin Course TCX.

GPSies Convert Tool to create Garmin Course File

Click the “Show Options” button to set the title of your new course and the speed you plan to run it.  Please ignore the fact that it says MPH if you have your Forerunner and  Garmin Training Centre  Software using metric. I found that it will use Kilometres per hour if you use Metric units or Miles per hour if you use Statute units despite what the GPSies screen says. If you plan to run 11 km/h then just out that into the box provided as per my example. It is important to set this appropriately as it will be used for the course settings.

GPSies Convert Tool Options

You are almost there! After you click the convert button if all went well you should now be offered to save the Garmin Course TCX File.  Simply save this file onto your computer and you are now ready to load it into the Garmin Training Centre to upload to the Forerunner GPS or use it elsewhere.

This will open with a window to save the file for later importing into your training software. Save it in a place that is easy to find and load up your Garmin Training Centre software.

Click on File – Import – Courses and navigate to the place you saved the file.

Create Garmin Forerunner Course from MapyMyRun Step #3

Then simply select the file you saved in the previous step and you should now have the course in your courses list.

Sync the new course to your watch after naming it properly and now you are ready to go running….

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11 Comments on "Create a Garmin Running Course from MapMyRun"

  1. bottle
    10/02/2011 at 3:35 pm Permalink

    Unfortunately this export option is currently not available in
    I was hoping to find other method though.

  2. runningsamadhi
    10/02/2011 at 3:48 pm Permalink

    Hi Bottle,

    I have been using the classic site to get access to this feature on MapyMyRun. At the top if you click use the old classic website then you should be able to have access to that feature. I like the ease of use of the old site better anyhow…

    I hope this helps.

  3. Kim
    15/02/2011 at 10:52 pm Permalink

    This walkthrough was exactly what I was looking for today–thank you for taking the time to post this 🙂

  4. Daniel
    01/06/2011 at 4:24 pm Permalink

    Thanks for doing this. I’m not particularly tech savvy so was shocked at how difficult this whole process is.

    I thought the Garmin software program do all this and would make it really simple but it doesn’t. The software is pretty poor. I wouldn’t have spent so much money if I’d known.

  5. runningsamadhi
    01/06/2011 at 4:31 pm Permalink

    Thanks for your comment Daniel. Yes the software leaves a lot to be desired in certain areas. The mapping is one area that needs work and as such requires a site like MapMyRun or Gmaps to map a route first.

    Garmin recently updated the software with a number of enhancements including fixing the bug I had in the past that would wipe out the entire file on reload. I am quite thankful for this upgrade as that was a pain to restore the history of my workouts when I had an import that broke the XML data file.

    I would still recommend using the backup feature in the software in case this happens to you.

  6. Catherine
    29/05/2012 at 1:02 pm Permalink

    The classic version is gone and the new version does not support CRS, but has a perpetual sign “Coming Soon.” I’m not holding my breath, because soon has already meant more than one year by my count.

    Thanks for this article.

  7. Sue
    29/06/2012 at 1:55 pm Permalink

    Could you post a screen shot of the location to click “use the old classic website”? I can’t find this, and wonder if it is simply no longer available.

  8. runningsamadhi
    02/07/2012 at 11:12 am Permalink

    Hi Sue, you are right, they have unfortunately blocked access to the old classic site. I am going to update this once the tools are done on MapMyRun but at the moment only GPX / TCX files are supported on thier site for importing.

  9. Jennifer
    15/10/2012 at 10:27 am Permalink

    Hi there. I’m trying to do this but I don’t think mapmyrun classic is available anymore? and the new site doesn’t have a save to garmin crs button? I’m struggling. 🙁

  10. runningsamadhi
    30/10/2012 at 4:52 pm Permalink

    Hi Jennifer, sorry for the touble you had. MapMyRun has still not added the course export option to their mapping system. I have revised the post to add the additonal steps now needed to get the job done. I hope this helps.

  11. Murphy9
    17/01/2013 at 7:59 am Permalink

    Thanks a million for this. It’s so much easier doing this than fighting to create a course in either the Garmin Connect of the training software (especially when it keeps freezing on me or lets me finish mapping everything then won’t let me save).

    Your a star.

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