Overview: The Garmin Forerunner 610 gives you the freedom to train
indoors or outdoors, while tracking every minute and every mile. The 610 provides accurate distance, pace, GPS position, heart
rate, calories and more. It can even guide you back to the starting point of
your run, giving you the freedom to explore new routes and always find your way
Shock/Water Resistant: The Garmin Forerunner 610 sports
watch is shock resistant and waterproof (IPX7) up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. The
sports watch is not designed for swimming.
High-Sensitivity Receiver w/ HotFix: The Garmin Forerunner
610 features HotFix satellite prediction, which means it locks onto satellites
quickly so you can be out the door and on with your run in no time. It also has
a high-sensitivity GPS receiver to stay locked onto satellites, even near tall
buildings or under tree cover.
Touchscreen Display: The Garmin Forerunner 610 features a 1.0" x 1.0"
monochrome LCD screen with a resolution of 128 x 128 pixels. The 610's sleek touchscreen is as rugged as it is
functional. The touchscreen display is different than most mobile devices. The
touchscreen is designed so you can operate it with your fingernail and optimized
to prevent accidental touches while running. You must press or swipe firmly with
your fingernail in order to select items and change screens
Profiles: The Garmin Forerunner 610 uses information that
you enter about yourself to calculate accurate run data. You can modify the
following user profile information; Gender, Age, Height, Weight, and Lifetime
Note: A lifetime athlete is an individual who has trained
intensely for many years (with exception of minor injuries) and has a
resting heart rate of 60 beats per minute or less. The lifetime athlete
setting affects certain weight scale calculations.
Training Tools: The Forerunner 610 offers various training
- Virtual Partner + Racer: Virtual Partner is a training
tool designed to help you meet your goals by encouraging you to run at the
pace you set. Virtual Racer is a training tool designed to help you improve
your performance. You can race against your own activity or one transferred
from your computer and Garmin Connect. The Virtual Racer pushes you to beat
your previous pace including hills where you might sow down and the final
sprint to the finish line.
- Auto Lap: You can use Auto Lap to automatically mark
the lap at a specific distance. You can also use Auto Lap to automatically
mark the lap at a specific position. This feature is helpful for comparing
your performance over different parts of a run.
- Auto Pause: You can use Auto Pause to pause the timer
automatically when you stop moving or when your speed drops below a
specified value. This feature is helpful if your run includes stop lights or
other places where you need to slow down or stop.
- Walk Break Alerts: Some running programs use timed
walking breaks at regular intervals. For example, during a long training
run, the program may instruct you to run for four minutes, then walk for 1
minute, and repeat. The watch will alert you with a beep or vibration when
its time to run or walk.
Interval & Custom Workouts: The Garmin Forerunner 610
multisport watch offers Interval & Custom training modes.
- Intervals: You can create interval workouts based on
distance or time. Your custom interval workout is saved until you create
another interval workout. Open intervals can be used for track workouts when
you are running a known distance, but want to keep track of how many
intervals you have completed. Interval workouts are not available in swim
- Custom: Custom workouts can include goals for each
workout step and varied distances, times, and calories. You can create
custom workouts using Garmin Connect and transfer them to the Forerunner
610. You can also create and save a custom workout directly on the 610. In
addition, you can schedule custom workouts using Garmin Connect. You can
plan workouts in advance and store them on the Forerunner 610. Custom
workouts are not available in swim mode.
Alerts: You can use Alerts to train toward a specific time,
distance, calorie, heart rate, and cadence goals. Each time you reach the alert
amount, the device beeps or vibrates and displays a message.
Training Effect: Training Effect measures the impact of an
activity on your aerobic fitness and accumulates during the activity. As the
activity progresses successfully, the Training Effect value increases, telling
you how the activity has improved your fitness. Training Effect is determined by
your use profile information, heart rate, duration, and intensity of your
|1.0-1.9 ||Helps recovery (short activities).
Improves endurance with longer activities (more than 40 minutes).
|2.0-2.9 ||Maintains your aerobic fitness. |
3.0-3.9 ||Improves your aerobic
fitness if repeated as part of your weekly training program. |
|4.0-4.9 ||Highly improves your aerobic
fitness if repeated 1-2x per week with adequate recovery. |
|5.0 ||Causes temporary overload with
high improvement. Train up to this number with extreme care.
Requires additional recovery days. |
Note: It is important to know that your training effect
numbers (1.0-5.0) may seem abnormally high during your first few runs. It
takes several activities for the device to learn your aerobic fitness.
Run History: The Forerunner 610 can save approximately 180
hours of run history. Your run history displays the date, time of day, distance,
run time, calories, and average pace or speed. The run history can also include
average heart rate data, if you are use the included heart rate monitor. When
the memory is full, your oldest data is overwritten. History is not recorded
while the timer is stopped or paused.
Heart Rate Monitor: The Forerunner 610 includes Garmin's
Heart Rate Monitor. The front part of the strap contains the heart rate module
and is made of flexible plastic. The part of the strap that goes around your
back is made of a soft fabric and is adjustable to your size. Once it's paired
with the GPS watch the first time, it will automatically recognize it each time.
When worn around your chest during an activity, the Heart Rate Monitor
wirelessly transmits your heart rate to the Forerunner 610 for instant feedback.
It has 5 heart rate zones, which you can customize based on your exact zones.
You can also set up heart rate alerts to notify you when you are above or below
your targets. Forerunner 610 provides heart rate-based calorie computations so
you can more accurately track your calories burned. Heart Rate Zone Chart:
Percentage of Maximum Heart Rate ||
Perceived Exertion ||Benefits |
|1 ||50-60% ||Relaxed, easy pace: rhythmic
breathing ||Beginning-level aerobic training;
reduces stress |
|2 ||60-70% ||Comfortable pace; slightly deeper
breathing, conversation possible ||Basic cardiovascular training;
good recovery pace |
|3 ||70-80% ||Moderate pace; more difficult to
hold conversation ||Improved aerobic capacity; optimal
cardiovascular training |
|4 ||80-90% ||Fast pace, and a bit
uncomfortable; breathing forceful ||Improved anaerobic capacity and
threshold; improved speed |
|5 ||90-100% ||Sprinting pace, unsustainable for
long period of time; labored breathing ||Anaerobic and muscular endurance;
increased power |
ANT+ Wireless Technology: When your workout's done, the Forerunner 610
keeps working. It wirelessly uploads your run data to Garmin Connect when in
range of your computer so you can go back and review your run on your own time.
It works via ANT+T wireless technology and the USB stick that comes with the
Free Garmin Software: Garmin offers two software options for
storing and analyzing your run data.
- Garmin Connect:
Garmin Connect is a web-based software. With a simple connection to your
Mac or PC, you can upload your runs to Garmin Connect to see your run on a
map, get more detail on each mile and share it with friends (all for free).
You'll be even more motivated when you see your miles add up in Garmin
Connect and can go back and see how you've improved from last week, last
month, or last year.
- Stored Activities: After you complete and save an
activity with the Forerunner 610, you can upload that activity to Garmin
Connect and keep it as long as you want.
- Analyzed Data: You can view more detailed
information about your activity, including and overhead map view, pace,
and speed charts, and customizable reports.
- Shared Activities: You an email your activities to
others, or post links to your activities on your favorite social
- Garmin Training Center:
Garmin Training Center is computer software that does not require the
Internet after installation. It operates directly on your computer (not on
the Internet). The Garmin Training Center software tracks and analyzes your
fitness activities. You can also use it to review activity history.
- Create Courses: You can create a course from your
past activities. Then edit the course and mark important points along
the course for your next ride.
- Review History: Load workout data from the
Forerunner 610 into Training Center to review your history easily. View
detailed graphs, maps, and stats, and back up all your activities in one
Footpod Compatible: The Forerunner 610 is compatible with
(sold separately). You can use the footpod to send data to the Forerunner 610
when training indoors, when your GPS signal is weak, or when you lose satellite
Body Composition Scale Compatible: You also can track
weight, body fat, body water and six other measurements when using the
Forerunner 610 with the
body composition scale (sold separately). The readings are stored on Forerunner
610, then automatically sent to Garmin Connect when in range of your computer.
Fitness Equipment Compatible: For even more options, the
Forerunner 610 also works with certain indoor fitness equipment so you can track
and store data from a treadmill run or an indoor cycling workout. This
capability helps you bridge the gap between your indoor and outdoor fitness
activities so you can continually track your progress. See a list of
facilities and compatible equipment.
Rechargeable Battery: The Garmin Forerunner 610 sports watch
features a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The battery can be
recharged using the included AC power adapter, or simply plugging it into a free
USB (type-A) port on your computer or laptop (charging cable supplied). Battery
Forerunner Use |
|1 week ||Training for 45 minutes per day
with GPS with the watch in power save mode the remaining time. |
|Up to 4 weeks ||Using the sports watch in power
save mode the entire time. |
|Up to 8 hours ||Training with GPS turned on the
entire time. |
Optional Carrying Case: An optional carrying case (150WTCHCAS,
sold separately) is available.