Garmin Forerunner 610 May Giveaway

In celebration of summer BBQ season nearly being upon us, it’s time for a giveaway (or BBQ sauce)!  Given how hard to get the new Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS-enabled touch screen watch is, I figure it’s only appropriate that I give one away.  It was either that or giving away a case of BBQ sauce…and I’m pretty sure I know which one you’d prefer.


And the best thing is you’ve got nothing more to do than leave a single comment below (multiple comments don’t count around these parts!).


All you’ve gotta do down below is tell me how you plan to spend the upcoming three day weekend (for those in the US), for those in Canada, you can go with this past weekend.  And for those folks everywhere else in the world…we’ll just go with your plans for the weekend ahead.  Most importantly of course, is if a BBQ is involved…details are needed!

The entry period will run until Tuesday May 31st, 2011 at 11:59PM Eastern Time, at which point I’ll close the entry period and randomly select a winner.  Like the all my giveaways there are no restrictions on where the goods go to – so no matter where in the world you are, I’ll send to you.  The winner will get a brand new Garmin Forerunner FR610 (with HR strap).  It’ll be sent out Wednesday morning and you should have it a day or so later – or roughly ‘4-6 weeks’ ahead of everyone else waiting for their orders to get fulfilled.

(Note: If you’re active duty military and deployed and are unable to complete the entry method above, simply shoot me an e-mail and I’ll get ya entered in.  For those curious on how the giveaways work, here’s the deets.  In short – I purchase and giveaway everything here, these are not sponsored by Garmin.  Through careful planning I picked up a handful of them when they first came available…just so I could give them away to you.  Thanks all!)



  1. pvp

    I spent Saturday racing go-karts with my youngest son. I ran a training run Sunday. Rode a training route Monday. I also ran with my oldest son Monday. Ran out of time for the barbeque.

  2. I spent the weekend with my wife on her birthday (21 again…) we had a cheat day on saturday where we get to eat what we want (a la 4 Hour Body) so we had some champagne! Then to wipe away some of that guilty pleasure we went for a walk in the local parks near to us in Edinburgh. Next few days I’m going to get my kilt on and do some running in town (running bit I am serious about, but the kilt… have you seen how heavy these things are?). I have an iPhone trying to use runkeeper but the GPS is crappy so the garmin would get me on track and give me a nice new watch as well!

    Great site, reading it to help me pick the right kit for training!



  3. I am new to the blog and really enjoy it. A friend with a similar background as yours (Tri and IT guy) turned me on to it. Thanks for your work here and keep it up, you make a great read.

  4. Anonymous

    Quality time with our children!

  5. Bo


    Don’t understand why I can’t publish a comment under my google account anymore. It use to work fine, but now it wants me to sign up for a damn blog every time I attempt to post a comment.

  6. I spent Memorial Day weekend at a baseball tournament here in Houston with my son. Unfortunately, my husband spent the weekend in Shreveport at a softball tournament with my daughter :-(

  7. Anonymous

    Swimming with the kids, trying to get my laps in (sometimes with one of them on my back)!!

  8. Getting ready for Alcatraz!

  9. Training for a marathon and searching for a new GPS/HR monitor. This review has been great, like all of your reviews are. Thanks!

  10. Good luck, everyone!

    Although, fingers crossed I win this one!

  11. Thank you for your review. Very detailed!

  12. Friday night, Atlanta Braves game with T-Ball team. Saturday BBQ #1 and pool time with the kids. Sunday morning long, hilly 12 miler, and another Braves game that night. And finally a top it off BBQ last evening with two awesome Boston Butts smoked to perfecion. Now back to my regularly scheduled programming.

  13. Swimming with the kids and trying to get my laps in (sometimes with one of them on my back)!!

    (Second try, with ID this time).

  14. 16 miles of running with my family over Memorial Weekend. Good timees!

  15. MB

    Well, Friday was intervals at Hains Point, Saturday was Wash and Tune 7 Bikes Day, Sunday comes after Saturday, and Monday I rolled past your house* on this loop – link to

    *I’m guessing. Really :)

  16. Hey Ray

    Ran my first half-marathon this weekend, ended up with 78 min 31 s. I definitely have to care about nutrition next time 😉 – Greetings from Switzerland

  17. Spent the weekend camping with friends. Had to hike into the site so great workout with packs on!

  18. Jeff Giedt

    I eagerly awaited Saturday to start my weekend off right with a 17 mile trail run in Norris, TN watershed. After thrashing myself on the hills, all I had left to do was watch F1 in Monaco, the Indy 500 and hang on the dock of the lake resting. Perfect weekend!

  19. Love the blog, keeps me in the know. Thx!

  20. Mike Z

    I just spent this past weekend working in the yard. Would have loved to see how the heart rate stacked up!

  21. Since this weekend is up, this is what I did… 10 mile race on Saturday, 10 mile run, work, and beer on Sunday, 60 mile bike ride on Monday!!

  22. Love your blog. Keep it up!

  23. I had a much needed rest day on Saturday. Did my first long run of summer weather on Sunday. And cross trained on Monday :)

  24. Spent my weekend potty training a 3yr old. Oh yea!

  25. Tom

    I spent sunday riding my bike around the leman lake in switzerland, first 180km for me and at 33kmh I’m very happy with this “race” :)
    Chiken, Sausages and boudin noir where on the grill.

  26. Hey Ray! Didn’t do much training this weekend as I had two cysts removed from my scalp :-(. However, we did do some BBQ. Lots of grilled veggies from the farmers market along with sprouted lentils cooked baked bean style! Next week starts a new 1/2 marathon and sprint tri cycle :-)

  27. Well last weekend I ran my first ever marathon, so this weekend I will most definitely be spending it (still) recovering with a beer (recovery carbs!) and a BBQ steak (more carbs!) and trying to figure out exactly where it was that I went so wrong to cause me to blow up so spectacularly in the final 2 miles. I suspect it was setting out too quick. I could really do with a Garmin 610 to help me sort that out! – but I live in England and I bet you don’t really ship them all the way over here do ya? 😉

  28. Love the site and the reviews.

  29. Great contest.

  30. Just a long run saturday and maybe an Asado(most used term for bbq in latam) to watch soccer with family amd friends on sunday
    Greetings from Santiago de Chile

  31. Family time all weekend!

  32. I spent it running around nonstop. I’d like another one next weekend, please!

  33. jonanleecy

    running, sleeping!

  34. Great review.Big improvement over 405/410 series

  35. Kevin V

    Taking a mid-season break with a trip to Seattle and Portland to try ever type of food known to man.

  36. Ian

    Is it a Bank Holiday everywhere too?
    Here in Ireland it is, so a busy training and race weekend is ahead. First Olympic Race in what is due to be a mini heatwave so will be good with big crowds always. There’s a club partay with my Tri Club in an alcoholic beverage consuming premises type place (it’s been a while) but as of yet BBQ is not arranged! Criminal. Time to sort that out…
    Oh, and my 310xt lept from waist height to it’s death after an ow swim last night! Next one will be mollycoddled but a separate 610 for running/biking would clearly help me in the future!!! 😉

  37. I got some good bike riding and eating in this weekend.

  38. I spent the weekend pet sitting two Shelties and a Bernese Mountain dog along with a smokey grey colored kitty. Guess who’s boss??

    No parties, BBQ’s etc.. just work, running and taking care of said furry critters. Oh, and planning my summer marathon training to culminate with the running of my daughters first marathon in November!

    Saw you got in some great training this weekend, hope you enjoyed all!

    Thanks again for all your wisdom here, you input is truly priceless!


  39. I had planned to go caving and rappelling over the long weekend, but due to some travel delays on Friday changed plans at the last minute and stayed home instead. Got a lot of stuff done around the house and was able to get out for a good but hot trail run where I ended up soaking my feet crossing a river to get to some nice trails.

  40. Ran the Bolder Boulder 10K in 55:33! Not bad, considering that last week I was sick with a bout of strep throat/ear infection and newly-diagnosed asthma triggered by the respiratory infection. Thank goodness I had an inhaler at the end of the course! Hope you had a great weekend!

  41. Wore my old 305 and went on a waterfall hike with my two kids, brother, and three of his kids. (he will gladly take my 305 if I win!)

  42. I currently live in the 100 mile wilderness of Maine, which has been a pretty epic experience so far. This weekend I’ll be taking an extended ‘backcountry run/adventure’ to one of the ‘wild mountains’ (i.e. mountains without an established trail network) in the area. It’s going to be a delicious mix of trail running, hunting for old logging roads, bushwhacking, extended dips into lakes along the way, and sleeping in a hammock. The beauty – incredible views from Benson Mt, a few days ‘off the grid’ (including trail networks!), and the pain and poetry of self-sustained human movement through the wildscapes we too often ignore.

    In pursuit of the purity of experience –

  43. This past holiday weekend, I worked out on the ElliptiGO, ran, and spent some downtime with my family! Great weekend!

  44. Went to see Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers: An Evening of Bluegrass and Banjo.
    Yes, That Steve Martin. Encore was “King Tut”!

  45. Rested up before IM Florida base starts this week.

  46. I will be on the mountains for a three days holiday! So, running, bicking and chilndren-ing. Ciao

  47. We just had a long weekend, and I took my bike to bits, cleaned it (very long overdue), raced a 10k on the Monday, and then sat for hours catching up with friends and ingesting as much sugary goodness as we could manage. Well. I did race.

  48. Ciao. I will run on the mountains

  49. I just got back from vacation, I def need to get back on the diet bandwagon.

  50. michael lopez, i’m a little late with my comment but i live in New york and i was able to attend a couple of the fleet week events, my favorite being a day spent on the intrepid

  51. I spent my weekend planting our garden, putting up some birdhouses & a feeder, playing with my kids, and shooting some senior photos on Friday. Oh, and we had a tasty barbecue at friends house on Monday evening.

  52. KB

    Great blog!

  53. I spent my weekend at the beach…Saturday was an open water swim in the chesapeake bay…then sunday was a tough 2 hour sun bathing session :) My GF dragged me along for that.

    Pork looked great!!!


  54. I spent the weekend with my parents visiting, installing storm doors, learning the art of making my father’s potato salad, deviled eggs, and french toast, and keeping up with my walk-to-run training program.

  55. I spent the weekend doing my usual fast group ride and then slow smoking ribs!

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  57. Hi – I will be spending the weekend between family, cycling and surf ski – hopefully with a BBQ in between!

  58. took the weekend mostly “off” from serious training and did some nice, easy hiking in Joshua Tree.

  59. I’m spending the long weekend relaxing and continuing my recovery from the Fargo Marathon on May 21. A weekend filled with beer and BBQ – and no running – is absolute heaven!

  60. Jake C

    I spent the weekend relaxing when not training for Ironman Kansas 70.3 and having some great pulled pork at my cousins grad party!!

  61. Love that this has actual buttons instead of the silly touch ring of the 405.

  62. My FR50 is old now.

  63. I spent my 3-day weekend doing laundry, running and lounging by the pool daydreaming about the Garmin 610. 😉

  64. eat, run, eat, run, eat, run, beer, eat, run, beer, eat, run!!

  65. 15miles run at Delaware and raritan canal state part trail on Sat and another 15miles at Sandy Hook NJ then BBQ by the beach! 😀 on Sunday!

  66. Rick S

    working for a US company, its a long weekend for me although I live in Canada still.

    Saturday was: swim, coach kids soccer, 12k run pushing twin boys in the chariot & homemade sushi!

    Sunday: 3 hr mtb bike ride, pancake breakfast, outside time w/ family, bbq dinner

    Monday: Strength training and quality time with the family


  67. Don

    Well, the weekend has come and gone. I ran every day: 9 mi on Saturday, 20 mi long run on Sun, and a 6 mi recovery run on Monday. Sure do enjoy your reviews, Rainmaker.

  68. Dekel

    Don’t have specific plans for the weekend.

  69. I traveled to Missouri from Utah to visit family. Was hoping to get a good run and some good bbq too… but never found the time :( I returned home to lousy weather but fortunately it cleared up and I squeezed in an awesome ride :) Thanks for the great reviews/posts!

  70. Julius

    I hope I will go to sea or ride a bike in forests.

  71. I hope I will go to sea. Otherwise I will ride a bike in forests.

  72. MDW

    Ran, BBQ’d, spent time w/ friends and family, watched some soccer, and did some odds and ends around the house. Wish the weekend was longer!

  73. Will be going up mount everest, this will be an amazing training tool!

  74. Swim, bike and run.

  75. we are going on a walking and cycling trip to the Eifel Germany.

  76. BradL

    Catching up with some family that I haven’t seen in 9 months. Can’t wait!

  77. I just gat back from vacation so I def need to get back on the diet bandwagon. lol

  78. Wil

    hoping i win it. my 305 died on me

  79. Weekend activities included wine country, early riding, 1st outdoor swim of the season, and a ‘recovery’ of Knight and Day.’

  80. Spent all weekend working on the house….no time for training. :(

  81. Can’t wait to finally start using a Garmin after my Polar S725X tragically passed away during swimming mission in the local pool 😉

    Love your blog, keep up the good work!

  82. Scott F.

    So I posted yesterday, but it never showed up. So I hope this one works.

    Since the weekend is over, I’ll re-cap the 3 days. Saturday I worked. I got off work Sunday morning & took my wife to breakfast. After that came home & assembled an outdoor playset for our 2yr old…….for 7.5 hours!! On Memorial Day Monday I woke up bright and early to run in the WOLRDS LARGEST 10K race, the Bolder Boulder. I shaved 3:22 off my time from last year. After that, it was back home to fix the swamp cooler & get it back up and running. Then I took the family to Jamba Juice for smoothies. We came home a relaxed for a couple of hours before heading to the bro-in-law’s house for a cook-out. Then the wife & I finished off the night by watching a movie. (The Roomate)

    One helluva busy weekend & I was pooped out…..but lots of fun!!

  83. Went to Arlington Cemetery to hear president speak. Was hot, but fun.

  84. Had some time off work and hopped on a plane to enjoy some beach time with extended family in North Carolina. Ate too much food and will spend the next week running it off! Thanks for all the great info on your site, helped me make a very informed purchase.

  85. Iain

    eat, sleep, train, repeat…

  86. My bride of 31 years and I attended the wedding of our friends Ed and Jane’s oldest son. We have known Ed and Jane since college where they were all american swimmers. All of their children have been fish, but we cannot hold that against them. What a great family and a great time!!!

  87. I ran the BolderBoulder 10K. Read about it at link to

    The rest of the weekend I spent with my wonderful family! Got in a few workouts as well.

  88. Hello. I wouldn’t normally buy a product like this but if I were o win it, myself or my husband could put it to great use. Great contest. thank you.

  89. My wife is an RN in our hospital’s ER and she worked Saturday and Sunday, so I got to be with my kids all weekend. A lot of Saturday was spent indoors because of crappy weather, but when the sun emerged, my daughter decided to set up a Gatorade stand (10 cents a cup!).

    And Sunday was church, more of the Gatorade stand (which evolved to an egg stand to sell some eggs from our three chickens), basketball, baseball and enjoying another family dinner.

    I was exhausted by the time I rolled into work Monday.

  90. Spent the weekend enjoying family & friends :-).

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  92. I plan to spend my weekend cycling.

  93. Friday AM run, Saturday AM run, Sunday AM long run, Monday crosstrain the core … oh, and plenty of eating to make sure I don’t wilt away.

  94. Great Blog. Planned on doing an epic ride this weekend but spent it nursing a hurt knee instead. Bike crashes are no fun.

    Here is to remembering those who have sacrificed for us!

  95. I’m new to this sport and have fallen in love with running. Turning 40 this year and realised I needed to do something to keep me fit and healthy. I’ve been building to my first 10k which I just ran last Sunday! Was a Sri Chinmoy race in Melbourne Australia. So exciting to participate!

    Now I’m working towards my first half then full marathon (Run Melbourne in July, the Melbourne Marathon in October).

    Having a tool like the FR610 would help keep me focused and on pace during my early morning winter training runs Down Under (southern hemisphere = winter mid-year :( ).

  96. I spent the weekend with family and some work around the house. I did get in one 6 mile run, but missed the second 6 mile run. I have to make up for the missed milage this week.

    Thanks for the great information.

  97. Saturday I ran the Chicago Solider Field 10 mi race and set a PR by 4:16! Sunday 2 mi run followed by yard work and grilling chicken and potatoes. Monday saying thanks to those who given everything they could for my freedom and family BBQ time with smoker cooked ribs, corn and carmalized peach desert… Oh and a 4 mi run! :-) I would love a shot at a 610 to replace a 405 I’ve had since it’s release. Thanks!

  98. I’ll be running my first “long run” in my training schedule for my first marathon! Thankfully, my husband will be able to watch the kids, so I don’t have to push them in the stroller, like I do for the short runs. :)

  99. I worked 12 hours on Saturday, bummer. Hiked in the Sunol Regional Wildness for 2.5 hours with my wife on Sunday, awesome. Went for a 5k run in the rain on Monday, surprisingly fun. Oh, and enjoyed two different BBQ’S and the subsequent leftovers, triple awesome.

  100. Hoping to win the 610. Thanks for your reviews and posts. I enjoy them very much.

  101. in the market for a HRM/GPS. Would love to win this and see how it compares to other comparable products

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  103. Greetings from behind the Redwood curtain, it started raining as soon as I lit the BBQ.

  104. Another great giveaway from the best sports technology blog on the inter-web

  105. Took off a couple of days this past weekend…

    Grilled some chicken like a boss.

  106. Hmm – well, the weekend started at Wolf Trap, where I got soaked in a thunderstorm (and watching the lightning was exciting/scary). Saturday was spent taking my 3-year old nephew and 6 year old niece to the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum (or as they like to call it, the “dinosaur museum”). Sunday ran 7 miles in the heat. Monday biked 25 miles in the heat. Sadly, no BBQs for me.

  107. Ian

    Spent the weekend hiking around Tokyo before getting the bullet train to Kyoto and used your tips on eating well while flying!

  108. KS

    Love the blog. Keep up the good work!

  109. I spent my weekend working, and away from work I did some hiking/geocaching. Now can’t wait for next weekend as I’ll be doing the same.

  110. big_fish

    Belated first 5k of the year. Impact a Hero benefiting wounded soldiers. Ran it last year – excellent race.

  111. hoping to be trying out my new 610!!

  112. I wish I could say different, but I have no plans.

  113. Did some serious talking about our preparation for the ING Miami Marathon during our monthly ‘breakfast club’ and how the Garmin Forerunner 610 definitely would help to finish the marathon in 4 or less hours. By the way, I like all your reviews. Cheers!

  114. Love the free stuff…..even BBQ

  115. love the free stuff….even BBQ

  116. Celebrating our 20th anniversary!! Woot! Woot! Two days away, two rides without kids!

  117. Quoc Ngo

    Buying power ball tickets which has significantly less chance of winning than this contest

  118. Plans here are to work up as much stamina and shed some lbs before the end of the year. 20lbs is the goal.

  119. I just came back from Maui, Hawaii from an amazing 2 weeks of vacations during which I did the longest bike climb in my life, a 10 000 feet climb to the top of Haleakala!

  120. I just came back from Maui, Hawaii from an amazing 2 weeks of vacations during which I did the longest bike climb in my life, a 10 000 feet climb to the top of Haleakala!

  121. Spending time with the family at flagler beach and training with my garmin 405. Marathon training :)

  122. I ran my first ever double digit run with my husband over the memorial day weekend. We went to the coast and ran 5 miles to a light house and back. What a wonderful weekend we had.

  123. Swimming, biking and riding of course!

  124. Just found the blog, and the contest, a little past the 3 day holiday, but I’ll tell you what I did anyways. I spent most of the holiday at work and with my family, especially my Grandfather who was a WWII Army Ranger (landed at Point Du Hoc on D-Day). Overall, not much running done except a 6 mile tempo run on Saturday evening. This upcoming weekend, on Sunday, I will be running in the Navy 10 nautical mile race in Millington, TN.

    Overall, great blog. Thanks for all the work you’ve put into it.

  125. Bob

    Great work on the blog! Your reviews are always insightful!

  126. I spent Saturday preparing my first bbq. 10.5 pound Boston butt and 4 racks of baby back ribs. Started smoking at 5 am & let them go all day. Then I helped my girlfriend move into a new place for the entirety of Monday to work off all the extra calories.

  127. Fingers crossed