Why we love it
This map combines the passions of running and cartography into one stunningly minimalist marathon route depiction. Cartographers often illustrate enthusiasm for their interests by bringing them to cartographic life in a beautiful map. We love how this cartographer created a gorgeous two-toned marathon map, complete with mile marker points and a route elevation profile.
Why it works
This map brings the One City Marathon route into ultrafocus in two views, offering beauty and minimalism. The first view of the route is done in a bright, crisp hue displayed atop a clever, contrasting hue for remaining map information. The route's elevation profile provides the second view, depicting at which distance runners will encounter hilly stretches and flat terrain. This map works because it simplifies each detail and establishes an efficient display for the marathon route.
I am a cartographer from Newport News, Virginia. I have been working with GIS technology since 1999, learning and applying my skill sets with local governments and federal agencies and, recently, as a consultant.