On the heels of successfully releasing Pace Partners for cycling, Zwift included Run Pace Partners in last week’s Zwift update. They appeared in-game early this week, and the release notes say there are four Run Pace Partners:
- Alton Able is an A category runner who will keep a spirited pace of 14kph/8.7mph (4:17/km, 6:54/mi) around the Dust in the Wind route.
- Billie Benoit is a B category runner and loves the Big Loop route, targeting a speed of 11.9kph/7.4mph (5:03/km, 8:07/mi).
- Cara Cadence is a C category runner holding a speed of 9kph/5.6mph (6:40/km, 10:44/mi) around the Sand & Sequoias route.
- Dax Diesel is a D category runner who feels most at home on Jon’s Route at a conversational (7:30/km, 12:04/mi).
We signed in to test the new feature and only Billie, Cara, and Dax were live. Alton probably needed to take a breather! This is only a FutureWorks (read: “beta”) release, though, so there may be times when some Pace Partners aren’t live, or they behave a bit differently than described. All part of the process!
How to Join a Run Pace Partner
Joining a Pace Partner is easy. From the join screen, click the Watopia tab (Pace Partners are currently only available in Watopia). Then click the black Pace Partners bar at the top of the rider list, select which Pace Partner you’d like to join, then click the orange “Run with…” button to get going!
Here are shots of each Run Pace Partner in action:
Have you joined a Run Pace Partner yet? What did you think? Share below!