The TapRoute mission is to promote general well being through the health and community benefits of outdoor activities. TapRoute’s primary service is a directory of individuals, businesses, churches or other organizations (a Tap) that provide a “water stop” for anyone out exercising – that could be someone on a 20 mile run or a half mile walk with a pet. A “water stop” can be as simple as just providing water or could include other things like energy drinks, a dog bowl for water, a bike pump or more.

The TapRoute idea was born while one of the original founders, Andrew, was running for exercise on neighborhood streets. At its purest form, the idea was simply about a runner being thirsty (maybe about to Bonk), and wishing there was a water cooler along his route.

Turning the concept inward, Andrew created the first “Tap” at his residence in Memphis Tennessee. Andrew’s Tap was a basic water cooler and cups in which he frequently cleaned and refilled. People stopped, people drank and ...
The TapRoute mission is to promote general well being through the health and community benefits of outdoor activities. TapRoute’s primary service is a directory of individuals, businesses, churches or other organizations (a Tap) that provide a “water stop” for anyone out exercising – that could be someone on a 20 mile run or a half mile walk with a pet. A “water stop” can be as simple as just providing water or could include other things like energy drinks, a dog bowl for water, a bike pump or more.

The TapRoute idea was born while one of the original founders, Andrew, was running for exercise on neighborhood streets. At its purest form, the idea was simply about a runner being thirsty (maybe about to Bonk), and wishing there was a water cooler along his route.

Turning the concept inward, Andrew created the first “Tap” at his residence in Memphis Tennessee. Andrew’s Tap was a basic water cooler and cups in which he frequently cleaned and refilled. People stopped, people drank and some even left thank you notes and money! TapRoute was born.

A second Tap was added at a house sitting at the edge of the Greenline (a rails to trails bike/running path in the heart of Memphis) that was put in a wooden housing and included a dog bowl. People began using that Tap immediately (before the concrete on the legs was dry) and its use has increased. Typical use in June/July 2015 has been averaging ~4 gallons/day had a few days with a mid-day refill being necessary.
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