Last week, Garmin introduced the newest addition to their line of GPS running watches, the Forerunner 610. Garmin's first sport watch to feature a touchscreen, the Forerunner 610 is able to stand up to sweat, splashes and rain. Durable during all seasons, runners can operate the touchscreen even when wearing running gloves.
The Forerunner 610 provides runners all the important statistics including distance, pace, calories, GPS location and more. Already being described as Garmin's new flagship model, this Forerunner offers vibrating alerts for when beeping alerts cannot be heard. Additionally, Garmin has included a run/walk alert to help runners keep track of their running and waking intervals while training.
Two features, the Virtual Racer and the Training Effect, are about more than logging miles; these features help improve a runner's overall workout. With the Virtual Racer, runners can compete against themselves or others using the Garmin Connect website. While Training Effect tracks a runner's training intensity to develop the most effective workout. The feature offers suggestions on how runners can improve both their fitness and statistics.
With all the new features and updates, the Forerunner 610 has become more than just a sports watch; it is trainer, a coach and a running partner. Dan Bartel, Garmin's Vice President of Worldwide Sales, touts the Forerunner's benefits, explaining, "Running with a Forerunner 610 is like having a coach with you every step of the way. 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, the Forerunner 610 becomes a necessary partner for all serious runners."
According to Garmin, the Forerunner 610 is expected to start shipping in June of this year. The Garmin USB ANT stick, charging cradle, AC adaptor and Forerunner manuals are included with purchase of the Forerunner 610.