We’ve been having a bit of a challenge finding a mapping program that would allow us to map out the run/bike route while showing what countries we would visit. the number of location per layer seemed to be the sticking point. We even upgraded to Google Maps Pro but haven’t been totally successful. Still not sure if its the program or the user. :/ However, diligence has paid off some what and we do have a pretty decent map to share with everyone so far. There are 3 routes, each in 2 sections (due to the limit of locations per layer). One is for the run route, one for the bike route and one for the driving route the kids, critters and I will have to take to keep up.
As we gear up for Clarke’s run and prepare to order the T-shirts I’ve been trying to do some research on all the places in the USA that have high populations of descendants or immigrants from all of the 21 countries we hope to launch in. I’m also looking for places that are well known for those cultural ties. For example, I didn’t know that West 46th St in New York, NY was dubbed “Little Brazil Street” because it is historically a commercial center for Brazilians who live and visit that area. We picked our 21 countries from the studies we did on the highest internet use, specifically social networks. Those original 21 have changed so we will adapt. According to Internet World Stats as of 2012 the top 20 countries are as follows (in order according to the amount of internet use):
- United Kingdom
According to another site that I found, Epoch Times, there are 10 that use social media more than others. Those are:
- Czech Republic
So these are all the places where we thought we should aim his runs towards. So far I have places like NY, NY, or E. Newark, NJ, for Brazil due to their high Brazilian population and/or culture (according to Wikipedia). It’s really rather fascinating. I mean, as Americans we are taught from very early on that our country is a melting pot, or maybe now more like a tossed salad, lol. However, I don’t think it really hit home for me. This makes it more real for me, I think. Statistics aren’t everything though, and the internet is vast. If you know of somewhere that is culturally rich and would represent a country, any country, and is here in the USA where Clarke can run without having to acquire a visa we’d LOVE to hear from you. Any and all suggestions are welcome. We can’t promise to use every suggestion. Clarke will be trying to visit as many as he can though and invites others to join him. Even from abroad. See your country on the list? Want to run in your area to raise awareness and help get WTC going? Let us know. We will try to coordinate your runs and send you some shirts to pass out in your area too. This is a world project after all.