August 14, 2003
Garmin® Unveils GPS-Enabled Forerunner™
201 Personal Training System
OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin
Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today introduced the Forerunner
201 — an
integrated personal training system that offers an easy-to-read
display, ergonomic wristband and GPS sensor to provide users
with precise data on speed, distance and pace for a variety of
athletic applications. Thanks to its lightweight, compact, waterproof
design, the Forerunner 201 is a practical tool for serious athletes
as well as people simply interested in personal fitness.
"The Forerunner 201 is easy to use right out of the box
and delivers the benefits of GPS technology at an affordable
Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "The
Forerunner 201 provides athletes with user-configurable features
and built-in performance tracking that will help take them to
the next level in their personal training."
The Forerunner 201 uses an integrated GPS sensor to measure
training time, pace, distance, lap time, lap pace, lap distance — even
calories burned. Because the GPS sensor provides latitude, longitude
and altitude data, the Forerunner 201 knows how far and how fast
athletes have traveled — and how steep of a slope they
climbed on a particular run. When users enter their body weight
into the unit, the Forerunner calculates how many calories they
have burned over the course of their workout. It also stores
lap histories for up to two years. For instance, data like lap
time, lap distance and average pace is automatically archived
and statistically calculated to provide an accurate performance
record over time. Users can retrieve lap data for a previous
workout, for a particular date, or over a specific time interval.
Garmin has also built in three innovative features on the Forerunner
201 that enhance personal training. The first feature is AutoLap™,
which automatically records lap data at user-configured distance
intervals. The second is AutoPause™, which automatically
pauses the lap timer when the user travels slower than a specified
pace and restarts when he or she achieves the specified pace.
A pace alert will sound if the athlete is going too fast or too
slow, based on the user-configured pace. Further, the Forerunner
201 is also equipped with a distance-and-time alert, which sounds
when the user has reached a specified distance or duration in
his or her training session. Finally, users are never alone in
their personal training, because the unit provides a Virtual
Partner™. With this unique feature, the user sets the training
goal by configuring the Virtual Partner’s pace and workout
distance. By guiding users to run with the Virtual Partner, the
Forerunner 201 helps them achieve their training goals. A simple
glance allows users to see if they are keeping up or falling
behind the Virtual Partner, and a countdown distance/timer helps
to keep the user focused on the finish line.
Another feature that puts the Forerunner 201 ahead of the pack
is its integrated GPS navigation capabilities. Athletes can mark
specific locations, look up and navigate to these points using
the plotter display, and retrace their steps to a starting point.
While the Forerunner is a self-contained training system and
does not require a PC for performance analysis, Garmin goes the
extra mile to provide software for serious athletes who want
to track their athletic performance over time. The software will
be available as a free download from Garmin’s website.
Other specifications of the Forerunner 201:
- GPS: 12 parallel channel GPS receiver for 99 percent
- Weight: 2.75 oz.
- Display (WxH): 1.5" x 0.9"; 100 x 64 pixels
on FSTN display with LCD backlighting
- Physical size (WxHxD): 3.3" x 1.7" x 0.7"
- Battery: Rechargeable internal lithium ion
- Battery Life: Up to 15 hours (typical use)
- Water resistance: Submersible to one meter for up to
The Forerunner 201 is expected to be available in November
2003 at a suggested retail price of $160.70. It ships standard
a charger stand that also connects to the serial port on
most PCs for uploading/downloading GPS data.
International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:
GRMN) group of companies, which designs
and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices — most
of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in
the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products
serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless
and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman
Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United
States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information,
visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. GARMIN
is a registered trademark, and Forerunner, AutoLap, AutoPause
and Virtual Partner are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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