Endurance athletes will now be permitted to wear a Garmin multisport watch while competing in Adventure Races, without losing any data
Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, wearables have revolutionized life for adventurers, athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.
Garmin International, a unit of Garmin announced the Adventure Racing sport profile, a new activity profile that allows participants to track vital information and utilize their Enduro ultra performance multisport watch, while adhering to the rules and regulations of Adventure Racing competitions, making it the first GPS-enabled watch that is Adventure Race authorized. The new Adventure Racing sports activity is now available through a free software update. Athletes will receive the software update by pairing and syncing their watch to Garmin Connect Mobile.
“Adventure Racers have been training with Garmin products for years, and now with the introduction of the new Adventure Racing sports activity, they can actually compete without taking off their watch,” said Heidi Muller, international events and brand director of Adventure Racing World Series. “We are thrilled to team with Garmin to create an activity profile built for all aspects of training and competition, on a watch that can withstand the grueling elements and duration of an Adventure Race.”
An Adventure Race is a multisport orienteering competition through some of the most rigorous environments on earth. Each team, typically comprised of four members, competes in multiple disciplines including kayaking, mountain biking and trekking over hundreds of miles. There are no marked routes, but teams must navigate to specified check points along the way using only a map they receive hours prior to the start of the race.
Garmin Enduro is designed specifically for adventure racers and those who train to compete in endurance events. Enduro features advanced training features and key performance monitoring tools for peak performance. Athletes can quickly adjust settings to enable only the necessary features to get the longest battery life on a Garmin wearable to date. A full charge will provide an athlete up to 70 hours in GPS mode which is extended up to 80 hours with solar capabilities.
When using the Adventure Racing activity, location information is recorded but unavailable for racers to view during the event. Because Adventure Racing and orienteering competitions do not allow GPS navigation, users are not able to view GPS based data fields, but they can still record the track log. With Garmin Enduro on the wrist, competitors can monitor and record biometric data like heart rate and will be able to use other functions of the watch like altimeter, compass, alarms and timers. A verification page shows when the activity began and ended, allowing competitors to prove to an official that GPS navigation was disabled during the race.