Introducing the Forerunner® 225 – the First Garmin® GPS Running Watch with Wrist-Based Heart Rate from Mio, Developers of Industry-Leading Optical Heart Rate Technology

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced the Forerunner 225, the first Garmin GPS running watch that
measures heart rate at the wrist. The Forerunner 225 will integrate
industry-leading optical heart rate technology developed by Mio, an
award-winning performance wearables brand acclaimed for EKG accuracy
demanded by athletes everywhere. The Forerunner 225 features a colorful
graphic interface showing runners their zone and beats per minute at a
glance, and a built-in accelerometer that provides distance and pace
data for indoor running with no need for a separate foot pod. To keep
runners active between workouts, it doubles as an activity tracker
counting steps, calories and distance. A move bar with vibration alert
reminds users when they’ve been too inactive, and sleep monitoring for
ample recovery.

“After more than 10 years of developing GPS running watches we are very
excited to team up with Mio to introduce our first device featuring
wrist-based heart rate,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of
worldwide sales. “Getting and understanding your heart rate is more
comfortable and easier than ever with the Forerunner 225’s real time
results on a colorful gauge – allowing runners to evaluate and adjust
effort quickly so they can focus on their run.”

“We are proud of our partnership with Garmin. When the leading brand in
GPS teams up with a leading brand in wrist-based heart rate monitoring
technology, it’s a win for athletes at all levels,” says Liz Dickinson,
CEO of Mio Global. “More and more, athletes are recognizing the role
that heart rate plays in their training intensity and efficacy, and it
has become evident that heart rate is a must-have feature in wearable

How it Works

To measure heart rate at the wrist the Forerunner 225 uses a built-in
optical sensor that shines light into a user’s skin and measures the
amount of light returned. Because there are slight changes as blood
pumps through the wrist, the sensor detects those changes and uses an
advanced filtering process to determine reliable and accurate heart
rate. Additionally, a light seal on the back of the watch blocks out
ambient light to help ensure proper heart rate detection.

Easy to Understand Heart Rate Data

The Forerunner 225 displays a colorful gauge to show a runner’s zone and
beats per minute in real time, allowing users to easily follow training
programs that require set times or distances within a certain zone. The
gray, blue, green, orange and red areas on the gauge show runners at a
glance if they are in the warm-up, easy, aerobic, threshold or maximum
heart rate zone. Zones are preset based on the user’s age-based max
heart rate estimate but can also be customized directly on the watch or
in Garmin Connect™.

Stay Active and Connected

The Forerunner 225 keeps runners on track with their training programs
and encourages them to stay consistently active throughout the day.
Water resistant to 50 meters1 and boasting up to four weeks
battery life in watch mode with activity tracking and seven to ten hours
with GPS and wrist heart rate active, the Forerunner 225 is optimal for
training long hours in all conditions. During indoor runs its built-in
accelerometer allows runners to capture accurate distance and pace data
without needing a separate foot pod accessory. Available advanced
workouts let runners of all levels create custom, goal-oriented workouts
with vibration alerts for time, distance, calories and heart rate to
push themselves to their highest potential.

Between workouts the Forerunner 225’s activity tracking features monitor
valuable data including steps, distance, calories burned, and sleep, and
its move bar with vibration alert provides motivation to stay active all

Connected features include automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, a free
community where users can save, plan and share activities, social media
sharing and live track. When paired with a compatible smartphone2
the Forerunner 225 will automatically upload a completed run to the
Garmin Connect Mobile app for post-run analysis and instant sharing on
social media sites. Runners can also use live tracking to allow friends
and family to follow along during training or on race day to see stats
in real time.

The Forerunner 225 will be available in black/red and will begin
shipping in Q2. It will have a suggested retail price of $299.99.

For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and
wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live
an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units,
including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.
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About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN).
Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United
Kingdom. Garmin and Forerunner are registered trademarks. Garmin Connect
is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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About Mio

Mio Global is an acclaimed pioneer in sport and fitness wearable
technology. Mio sport bands and watches are equipped with industry
leading heart rate accuracy and fitness tracking solutions to help
athletes at all levels set and surmount their fitness goals. The company
headquarters is in Vancouver, Canada. For more information, visit

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