I received this info from Garmin South Africa which highlights their support of trail running and gives some insight into where they see the Garmin fēnix fitting in the GPS marketplace:
South Africans spend a lot of time outdoors taking advantage of our beautiful country which is filled with unique places. None more so than trail runners who often make it their mission to run in faraway places accessible on foot. Trail running has boomed in South Africa over the last few years with runners looking to nature’s garden for new running routes. KwaZulu-Natal has a huge diversity of trails from coastal forests and sand dunes through to the mighty Drakensberg Mountains, all just waiting to be explored. Garmin Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd has recognised this and developed the perfect fitness watch for trail running and creating new trail routes, and in reaching out to the trail running community have entered into a sponsorship agreement with KZN Trail Running (KZNTR).
KZNTR promotes and organises trail running in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Interacting with trail runners and walkers of all different levels, KZNTR has a strong focus on the grass-roots of trail running. The company has a very open policy and runs a calendar for all of KZN’s events, placing it on the centre stage of trail running in the province. KZNTR’s main objectives are to continue to foster the trail running community at a grass-roots level while at the same time producing world-class events in beautiful and adventurous locations.
The Garmin fēnix has built-in GPS to guide trail runners on and off the beaten track and back again safely with comprehensive navigation capabilities and pioneering tracking functionalities, not to mention optimised altimeter, barometer, and compass sensors. The fēnix supplies outdoorsmen with all the navigational tools needed for essential real-time information whilst on the go. Of specific note the unit is able to upload exact navigation routes, previously only possible with larger hand-held units. The fēnix is easy to use, weatherproof and although it is built to endure the toughest outdoor conditions it is also a classic round watch design as a stylish day-to-day timepiece.
Garmin understands what an athlete needs, developing the fēnix for the outdoor fanatic was an obvious step forward. Keep a look out for the following KZNTR organised events where you can see the Garmin partnership in action:
- Talbot Trail Run Winter and Summer Series (6 events)
- Umngeni River Run
- Lesotho Ultra Trail
- Vivobarefoot Phezulu Trail Run
- Crazy Store 1000 Hills Challenge
- Nguni Trail Run
- Maweni Night Trail Series
- Gilboa Mountain Climb
Distributed by: Garmin Southern Africa
Contact: Michelle Hohls
Tel: +27 11 251 9964