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Face down through a Michigan winter

21 May 2008 @ 9:22 AM  / Customer Stories / Sports / Fitness Blog /


We always love getting good stories of how you use your Garmin, and when we read this one from Jim in Wyandotte, Michigan, we just had to share it. A distance runner who tamed Detroit's 26.2 miles in 3:34 last year, Jim knows about endurance and resilience.

Forerunner201 Jim writes: Here is one for you, and it's absolutely true.  I live near Detroit, Michigan.  A friend and I met at his house on November 22, 2007, to take a trip downtown.   We were going to run Detroit's "Turkey Trot."  The weather was perfect - for almost the last time that year.  Following the race, I got out of my friend's truck, packed my own car with all my things and went home.  Lo and behold, when I got home, my Garmin Forerunner 201 was missing. I looked everywhere. I called to see if he had it in his truck... he did not.  I had lost it. 

Let's move ahead five months.  I had purchased a Garmin Forerunner 201 from a friend who had injured his leg, and was going to be inactive for a while.  Michigan had one of the worst winters in its history, fourth-most snow ever, over 65 inches.  On April 19, 2008, as the weather broke, my friend was changing the oil in his car, and he noticed a black wristband with a little green stripe.  He went over, kicked, and uncovered a Garmin 201.  He picked it up, brushed off the gunk from the face, and pushed the power button! 

After 5 months face down, exposed to one of the worst Michigan winters ever, it turned on, and still had one hour of battery left.  He checked the history, and sure enough, the last entry was for November 22, 2007, 6.2 miles.  He even took it out and ran with it, 3.2 miles before the battery finally died.

I received my watch the next day.  All he said was, "You're never gonna believe this one!"

I thought you might like to know!  And that is absolutely true. 

By the way, the watch I bought from my injured friend... I accidentally left it in my coat pocket and asked my wife to wash my running clothes.  She did, watch and all.  This was before I got word of my other watch being recovered.  I picked it out of the bottom of the wash-tub, and the face was filled with water!  I just let out a yell, "No!"  Certain of its death, I pushed the power button.  I've been pushing the power button ever since.  I've logged over two hundred miles with my very clean Garmin Forerunner 201.  The water is almost completely evaporated from the face and it never got into the electronics.  Wow!

So, I'm going to give one to my oil changing buddy!  I'm not sure which one yet.  But, I'll be using Garmins for life!

Thanks, Jim, for that amazing testimonial. Anyone who has a story to share, please send them along to us and you could be featured on the Garmin blog.


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