Garmin International Inc, a unit of Garmin Ltd, has unveiled the Forerunner 610 sports watch – ‘a slim, yet robust and weather-proof touchscreen solution for serious runners seeking an extra advantage.’
According to Garmin, Forerunner 610 can stand up to rain, sweat and splashes, and is responsive enough that it can be operated with running gloves.
Forerunner 610 was announced in preparation for world-class marathons in Boston and London, as well as the Australian Fitness Expo where it will be prominently displayed at Garmin booths in each location.
“Running with Forerunner 610 is like having a coach with you every step of the way,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales.
“From giving the basics such as pace, distance and time to monitoring your effort through heart rate, creating interval workouts and racing a friend on the other side of the world, Forerunner 610 becomes a necessary partner for all serious runners.”
Designed for the runner who is constantly seeking improvement, Forerunner 610 is Garmin’s new flagship model. The new Forerunner 610’s sleek stylish design complements the highly responsive touch screen and high resolution display.
This innovative design has drawn praise from the international design community by winning the coveted Red Dot Design Award, the world’s largest and most renowned design competition in a field of thousands of submissions from over 60 countries.
Forerunner 610 incorporates a range of features. It uses a vibration motor for alerts such as heart rate, pace and distance when audible tones cannot be heard (heart monitor included in some bundles or available separately).
With the heart rate monitor, Forerunner 610 also allows runners to track their training intensity via the new Training Effect feature. Training Effect measures the impact of exercise on aerobic fitness and lets you know how the workout improves your fitness as you go.
Forerunner 610 also introduces Virtual Racer. Here, runners can race themselves against their previous bests or against other users’ performances. These can be taken from runs stored on the watch or downloaded wirelessly from the huge and expanding Garmin Connect running community.
At Garmin Connect, users can quickly and easily log their workouts, track their totals, set goals, share workouts with friends and family and participate in an online fitness community of more than 50 million activities around the world.
Garmin Connect displays metrics such as time, distance, pace, elevation and heart rate. This information is shown through charts, illustrations, reports and a variety of map representations including street, photo, topographic, and elevation maps.
Meanwhile, with the growing popularity of the run/walk training method in the distance running community (e.g. a runner runs for five minutes, walks for one minute and repeats for the duration of the course), Garmin has included a new run/walk alert.
This alert allows Forerunner 610’s other features, such as, Auto Lap and Auto Pause, to remain active during a run/walk session.