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Race prep made easy: A look at Garmin enhanced event database

Garmin continues to innovate with its latest release. They’ve introduced a subtle yet significant update. Their enhanced event database promises an even more user-friendly experience for those preparing for a race.

If you open up the Garmin Connect app you may be created with a message about the upgraded functionality. Presumably, it arrived via an update to the smartphone app.

“Use the enhanced event database to integrate verified races and event details seamlessly into your training calendar to help you plan and reach your goals. Create or search events from verified sources, like Ahotu, to get started,” the message reads.

Garmin Enhanced Event database

If you don’t see the message, the alternative is to head over to the “Training & Planning” tab in Garmin Connect and choose “Races & Events”. Then simply tap on “Find an Event”.

The company does not go into specifics on what has improved. But it is reasonable to expect that the database is more encompassing.

Lots of filtering options

This update also features refined search functionality. Users can filter events not just by activity type – a standard in many platforms – but also by participation mode. Whether you’re looking for in-person marathons or a virtual sprint, Garmin’s got you covered.

Of course, there’s the ability to search events by their dates and duration. Got a free weekend? Plug in the dates and see what challenges await.

But before you do that, tap into the radius feature. It allows runners, cyclists, and other athletes to define a specific distance, streamlining the search for nearby events.

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Finally, you can also filter events based on their source. Select events from official organisers, verified sources, or even tap into the expansive community of Garmin Connect users who create and share their own events. It’s a feature that not only promotes authenticity but also celebrates community spirit.

The challenge for many users, especially those new to the platform or the world of organized fitness events, has often been discovering the right events. With this refined search and filtering mechanism, Garmin effectively reduces the time and effort users need to spend sifting through endless lists. Instead, they can focus on training for their next challenge.

From countdowns to predictions

Having race event data directly on your Garmin watch significantly elevates the training and preparation experience for dedicated runners and athletes. By integrating this data, users receive real-time updates and insights about upcoming races, which can shape their training regimens, set expectations, and refine goals. The Race Glance Widget serves as the conduit for this feature, allowing athletes to sync their Garmin Connect calendar with their watches.

Once set up, the widget not only provides a countdown to the race day but also assists in managing training intensity, offers daily tailored workouts, and even predicts finish times based on various performance metrics. Such integration ensures that athletes remain informed and aligned with their training targets, making the journey to the race day more strategic and data-driven.

For those who’ve previously explored Garmin’s platform and felt overwhelmed or underwhelmed by the event database, now might be the perfect time to revisit. With this enhanced database, the chances are high that you’ll discover an event that not only matches your fitness goals but also your logistical needs.

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

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