Thursday, January 6, 2011

Nike & TomTom unveil NIKE+GPS sport watch; USTFCCCA releases national pre-season indoor rankings...

LAS VEGAS--One of the biggest raves from this week's annual Consumer Electronics Show was the launch of the Nike+ GPS Sports Watch.

The new running watch, unveiled at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, will provide athletes with the most dynamic and motivational running experience in the world thanks to its unique functionality, beautiful design, and direct connection to, the world’s leading running community with almost 4 million members.

The Nike+ SportWatch GPS is designed for high-performance with an extremely clear and readable user interface that delivers the information necessary to the user while in-run. It adds personalization and motivational features to the running experience, including audible sounds, challenges, run reminders and more.

The Nike+ SportWatch GPS is scheduled to be at retail stores and online in the U.S. and the U.K. beginning April 1. Broader distribution is scheduled for July 1.

The Nike+ SportWatch GPS is designed to be simple and intuitive with only three buttons and a Tap Screen for navigation. During the run, the new Nike+ SportWatch GPS captures location information while showing runners their time, distance, pace, and calories burned on an easy-to-read screen featuring a customizable layout. Throughout the run, the GPS receiver works in tandem with the shoe-based Nike+ Sensor to deliver highly accurate pace and distance data.

Courtesy of Nike, here's a short video revealing the watch.


The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its pre-season indoor track & field team rankings, and it has the University of Washington men's team ranked #22, and the women's squad ranked #24.

Defending national champions – Florida’s men and Oregon’s women – top the field early on. Preseason rankings are calculated using performance data from previous seasons and coaches and SIDs report those eligible for the rankings.

Washington is ranked on the men's side based on the Huskies returning defending pole vault champ Scott Roth and distance runner Colton Tully-Doyle, and on the women's side, distance runners Christine Babcock and Mel Lawrence, along with weight thrower Elisa Bryant.

The Huskies open the 2011 campaign on January 15th with the UW Indoor Preview meet.

The complete Division I rankings can be accessed here.

NOTE:  The media relations staff at Nike & the USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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