After over 3 months with Global Rank 1 attached to my CS profile, I lost the top spot to @aaron_fitzsenry earlier today when he reached the remarkable total of 15335 streets! I never exchanged any message with him but today, I want to congratulate him on this forum for being a so consistent strider (and streak runner - I suppose), especially in the last months. He has logged around 1000 streets per month recently, and while I have remained consistently over 700 streets/month since June by running an average of over 13 miles or 21 km daily and collecting streets every single day, I could not defend this honorific lead any longer.
Aaron’s obvious goal of running all the streets in Rhode Island is both ambitious and inspiring, and I am often curious to follow his progress. I even calculated how many streets Rhode Island has and how much are still missing to complete this goal (hint: he has already run around 70%, but the last 30% with streets in the South West will be an interesting challenge). And while I am talking about Rhode Island, I also want to congratulate the other 2 runners from the smallest US state who are in the CS top 15 as well. They are very entertaining on social networks.
I also want to congratulate @jason (leader until June 28th 2021) and @krzysier (leader for most of 2020) who topped the list before me. I find their achievements very impressive and they have inspired me a lot, before I caught up and ever since. I even feel pain when they have no time to run new neighborhoods! Although I know it is never sure we will get the opportunity to explore new places indefinitely, I wish them to reach at least 20000 streets in the future.
While I congratulate the runners who I feel belong to the same family of hardcore striders, I think it would be nice to clean up the ranking a bit. I mentioned elsewhere the street miscount when several streets share the same name within a city. Unfortunately, it seems a fix is not easily available. On the other hand, a look at the currently hidden leaderboard was enough for me to realize that some cities are still not nested properly: Ottawa, Perth, Sydney and maybe others as well. A correction would be simple and nice, so as to make achievements a bit more comparable. What do you think @JamesChevalier?
Geography differs a lot all over the globe, and at the end of the day, we are collecting streets for ourselves and not to get kudos or likes, but since it is hard not to compare ourselves with others at all, a little bit more fairness would be nice.
Finally, putting the above limitations aside for a minute, I would like to share with the community a few numbers at the top of the ranking at the end of September 2021.
Global Rank 1: 15180 streets
Global Rank 10: over 9500 streets (this strider is private, rank 9 was at 10772 and rank 11 was at 9201)
Global Rank 20: 7709
Global Rank 30: 6503
Global Rank 40: 5928
Global Rank 50: 5789
Global Rank 100: 4757
Also, I am sorry that privacy reasons prevented me from sharing my life map in the last months. I look at others very often and I would have preferred to be able to share mine as well.
Keep on running / Bye.