Garmin® Sets Pace for U.S. Record-Holders Deena Kastor, Ryan Hall in Training for Chicago and New York City Marathons

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the
global leader in satellite navigation, today announced its sponsorship
of American distance-running record-holders Deena Kastor and Ryan Hall
as they prepare for marathons in Chicago and New York City,
respectively. To honor these elite athletes’ pursuit of victory in these
major world marathons, special limited-edition versions of Garmin’s new
FR60 fitness watch will be available exclusively at the race expos and
select retailers in those cities.

“Deena and Ryan have been training with Garmin devices for some time,
and we are thrilled to see our relationship grow as they rely on Garmin
technology to take on the world’s best,” said Stan Brajer, director of
Garmin Fitness Sales and Marketing. “As our fitness division grows with
products such as the innovative FR60, we have worked with top-tier
runners, gold-medal coaches and Tour de France cyclists, and Deena and
Ryan exemplify that excellence as true global ambassadors of the sport
and our brand.”

As fans and fellow runners in Chicago and New York cheer Kastor and
Hall, they’ll also get their first look at Garmin’s sleek and stylish
FR60, a fashionable wireless hub for fitness data, in new
limited-edition colors – black and gray with a blue bezel for men, and
pink and gray with a silver bezel for women. These new models come
packaged with Garmin’s premium soft-strap heart rate monitor and tiny
SDM4 foot pod for tracking speed and distance indoors and out. The
limited-edition colors will be available in Chicago at Garmin’s
interactive retail store at 663 N. Michigan Avenue as well as Fleet Feet
Sports, Naperville Running Co. and the marathon expo at McCormick Place
Convention Center. During marathon weekend in New York, the new FR60
models can be found at Paragon Sports, NY Running Co., JackRabbit Sports
and the race expo at Jacob Javits Convention Center. These FR60 bundles
will then take a victory lap beyond Chicago and New York, coming to
specialty fitness retailers for a limited time.

On Oct. 11 in Chicago, Kastor will be racing in her first marathon since
injury forced her to withdraw early in the 2008 Beijing Olympic
Marathon. The bronze medalist in the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon and
winner of the 2005 Chicago Marathon (2:21:25), Kastor currently owns the
American women’s marathon record (2:19:36), an improvement on her
previous record-setting mark at the 2003 London Marathon (2:21:16).

“Garmin makes an incredible product,” Kastor said, in giving a glimpse
of how she uses her Forerunner in training. “I get a head start on Ryan
for hard training runs and he tries to catch me. I usually look at my
Garmin to see what pace I’m running or how much ground I have to cover
in order to hold him off. I tease him right before I start by saying
‘Catch me if you can.’ Then, it is only my Garmin giving me information
to fend him off. It is my secret weapon.”

After placing third in Boston in April (2:09:30), Hall is a favorite in
his New York City Marathon debut on Nov. 1. In 2007, Hall won the men’s
Olympic Trials Marathon in New York, paving the way for his 10th-place
finish in Beijing. He’s currently second all time on the American list
with a personal best of 2:06:17 from the 2008 London Marathon.

“Garmin’s an essential part of my training,” said Hall, who holds the
American half-marathon record of 59:43. “I spend a lot of time on the
road, and I’ve done tempo runs in Africa where I’m on a long hill in the
middle of nowhere, along the villages, and I look down and know my mile
splits, I know my pace, I have all that stuff right there for me.”

The new waterproof, soft-strap heart rate monitor packaged with the
limited-edition FR60 models is streamlined and more comfortable than
ever. The entire strap is fabric and the sensors are like thin swatches
of vinyl on the underside. The module that sends the data to FR60 and
other compatible Garmin fitness devices snaps to the outside of the
strap, satisfying the requests of runners who get chaffed at the mere
thought of an extra anything against their skin.

The central element of the user-friendly FR60 system is an advanced
fitness watch which interfaces wirelessly with other ANT+™ compatible
fitness devices such as a heart rate monitor, a foot pod that monitors
speed and distance or third-party fitness equipment at the gym or at
home. While the FR60 processes much of the same data as its GPS-enabled
predecessors, those functions are packaged in a very compact device the
size of a typical fitness watch. FR60 comes with a wireless USB ANT™
Stick that plugs into the user’s PC or Mac and automatically downloads
workout data stored on the watch to a personal computer. No cables are
necessary as the FR60 quickly synchronizes with the computer once it is
in close proximity. By using Garmin Connect, users can automatically log
their workouts, track their totals, share workouts with coaches, friends
and family and participate in an online fitness community with similar

The men’s version of the FR60 weighs just 44 grams, the women’s model
weighs 41 grams, and each has a user-replaceable battery with a one-year
life. To learn more about FR60’s user-friendly features, watch the quick
and informative FR60 tutorial videos at’s Learning Center.
Embeddable versions for online reviews can be found at the GarminBlog
channel on YouTube.

The FR60 is the latest breakthrough from Garmin, which has spent 20
years using technology and innovation to enhance users’ lives, making
Garmin a household name in the automotive, aviation, marine, wireless,
outdoor and fitness industries. To learn more about the FR60 and
Garmin’s other products and services, go to

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