Garmin International, has announced a new Forerunner lineup that brings integrated music capabilities, full-colour mapping, and advanced training, safety and tracking features to its popular GPS running smartwatches.

Designed with the runner in mind, the new Forerunners – Forerunner 45, Forerunner 45S, Forerunner 245, Forerunner 245 Music and Forerunner 945 – will not only track a run, but will monitor stats, crunch the numbers and get to know all about an athlete’s performance, training history, goals and more.

The new Forerunner series is designed to meet the needs of all runners, no matter how far or fast they run.

“Each new Forerunner takes what its predecessor has done very well, and enhances it with even more features, making it easier for you to simply focus on your workout while your watch does the thinking.” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales.

Engineered for runners, by runners, each new Forerunner features lightweight materials and an intuitive 5-button design that is easy to operate with or without gloves, and in any weather condition. The watches include an always-on, sunlight-readable display with GPS, all-day activity tracking, smart notifications, wrist-based heart rate, and new safety and tracking features that allow users to share their real-time location with chosen contacts in case they need help.

Whether training for a 5K or something far longer, the new Forerunner line is compatible with Garmin Coach, free training plans that adapt based on a runner’s goals and performance.

In addition to 5K plans, Garmin users can now train for a 10K or half-marathon with the help of three running coaches – Jeff Galloway, Greg McMillan and Amy Parkerson-Mitchell – to guide and motivate them.

With features specific to each model, the new Forerunner smartwatches deliver key running metrics and insight to every kind of runner, whether they’re training for their first 5K or already have dozens of finisher’s medals decorating their walls. Each watch is built with purpose in both form and function to help athletes train smarter, and possibly harder.

Forerunner 945

Forerunner 945 for Triathletes and Multi-sports athletes

Made for the driven, the qualifiers, the elite, the Forerunner 945 is a premium running and triathlon smartwatch that holds up to 1,000 songs and lets users sync playlists from select preloaded streaming services, including Spotify and Deezer, or transfer music from a computer.

What’s more, while out for a run or bike ride, athletes can make convenient payments right from the wrist with Garmin Pay™ contactless payment solution5.

Whether hitting busy city streets or densely covered trails, full-color, onboard maps on the Forerunner 945 will help guide serious runners and multisport athletes so they never get lost on a run.

Mapping on the Forerunner 945

To help athletes become better, faster and more efficient come race day, the Forerunner 945 also includes key performance monitoring tools while adding training load focus, a new feature that will sort an athlete’s recent training history into different categories based on activity structure and intensity.

They can also see all six running dynamics on their watch with the use of a Running Dynamics Pod or compatible heart rate strap. Additional built-in activity profiles, including skiing, hiking, golfing and more make it easy for users to change up their routine with ease.

Forerunner 945

Intended to be worn all day, the Forerunner 945 will provide athletes with additional insights to their body’s performance, and with Pulse Ox4, they can see how well their body is absorbing oxygen.

The Forerunner 945 features up to 2 weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode, up to 36 hours in GPS mode and up to 10 hours in GPS mode with music.

The Forerunner 945 is available now at US$599.99. It is also available in a Triathlon bundle, which includes blue and black silicone bands, HRM-Tri™, HRM-Swim™, and a quick release kit for a suggested retail price of $749.99. To learn more, visit www.garmin.com/Forerunner.