Garmin ForeRunner

Supported Fitness Devices, GPS receivers and file formats

TrailRunner directly and indirectly supports several workout recording devices. As it’s very time consuming to directly support fitness devices, I decided to interface with dedicated helper applications that do a much better job than I could do on my own. Go to TrailRunner > Preferences > Synchronize > Helper Applications to set the desired interface as described below.

Apple Nike+ iPod Sport Kit, Nike+ SportBand, Nike+GPS for iPhone.
Direct import of workout data when you attach your iPod as a volume, set the mount as volume option in iTunes. For the Nike+ SportBand and Nike+GPS iPhone app, in preferences set synchronization to, then in the main window click on Apple+Nike toolbar icon. Follow the screen instructions in TrailRunner to import your workouts from your account.

iPhone GPS Recording Apps
Most iPhone GPS recording apps are capable of sending a recorded session to your mac via email. If the file format is anything like GPX, KML or TCX then you can directly import the recording via drag and drop of the file onto the TrailRunner application Icon.
Some Applications like Trails, RaceBunny or iTrail use the TrailRunner native communication interface via wifi.
Read more about iPhone Apps supported by TrailRunner.


Edge 605/705/500/800/510/810
ForeRunner 620/910XT
Import directly from the Fitness device by attaching it via USB to your Mac. Set Garmin USB Mass storage as your helper application and follow the screen instructions in TrailRunner.

ForeRunner FR50, FR60, 310XT, 405 and 405CX
Garmin ANT Agent for Mac OS X allows you to transfer fitness data from compatible Garmin ANT devices to and from your Mac. Once your device is synchronized with your Mac, TrailRunner can access the data and import the local TCX files. Set the Garmin ANT Agent as your helper application and follow the screen instructions in TrailRunner.

ForeRunner 201/301/305/405, FR60, Garmin Edge 205/305/605/705
Import by using Garmin Training Center as the synchronization helper.
To send courses to your fitness device use the helper application LoadMyTracks or GPSBable (see below).


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Import by using Suunto MovesLink2 as the synchronization helper.


RS200, RS200sd, CS200, CS200cad or F6 heart rate monitor
Import by using TrackRecord as the synchronization helper using the Mac's built-in microphone, iSight or an external microphone.
Any other Polar HRM file containing distance information can also be imported into TrailRunner. This includes files with the .hrm extension or .xml extension that may come from
If you own a Polar S625x with Irda the only known way is to use a PC emulation with Polar Personal Trainer and then export a HRM file. Please let me know if you find any better solution. (Forum: MAC with polar watches)

Upload you data to, export as an Polar HRM XML file and import that into TrailRunner
Please let me know if you find any better solution.


Global Trainer GPS
Use the Timex Device Agent which works exclusively with TrainingPeaks. Export a PWX file and import the file into TrailRunner.


Supported GPS Devices
LoadMyTracks can communicate with most classical GPS devices like all Garmin, Magellan or even TomTom devices.
MacTravelRecorder can export GPX files from GPS mouses like the iBlue.

Another great software to connect your GPS device is GPSBabel. It's an openSource initiative and supports almost any device or file format on the planet like formats from devices like Garmin GPS, Magellan GPS, TomTom GPS, many map programs and other GPS receivers. Save your recordings as a GPX file and import them into TrailRunner.

Supported File formats
TrailRunner can directly read and import files in the following formats:

GPX (either containing routes or tracks)
TCX (Garmin XML Database)
FIT (Garmin Fitness Database)
KML (GoogleEarth)
PWX (TrainingPeaks)
HRM (Polar HRM files)
XML ( XML export)
fitlog (SportTracks FitnessLogbook)

If you have any different file format, use GPSBabel to convert it to any of the supported file formats above

Can I merge GPS data with workout data?

Problem: Is there an easy way to merge GPS data and HR data into TrailRunner?
Solution: When your heart-rate data contains distance information, the you can do the following:
- First import the track from your GPS device, iphone or file and make a route of it so that it appears in the routes list.
- Remove the activity as otherwise you cannot add a new activity for the same date. - Then import your workout from your ForeRunner 50 or HRM file and select the route in the import panel.
TrailRunner will now merge the Heat-rate data and the GPS Data based on the distance information.
Note: For not GPS enabled workout devices you require a food-pod while your where running as TrailRunner requires distance information for the matching.

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QuickGuide Introduction courte.
Utilisez TrailRunner avec Nike+iPod.
Utilisez TrailRunner avec ForeRunner.

> TrailRunner Help Book
> Tutoriel en anglais

Mise à jour: Jean-Daniel a écrit un cours d'instruction au sujet d'utiliser TrailRunner avec un ForeRunner:
> Garmin : les suites d'une intégration Mac OS

Garmin Training Center shows a different distance as TrailRunner does

Problem: Your ForeRunner device displays a distance for a workout. Garmin Training Center displays the same distance but TrailRunner displays a different distance.
Background: During the workout, your ForeRunner records geographical data points. At the same time your ForeRunner internally adds up the distances as a total distance so far. If you have intelligent recording enabled on your ForeRunner and the GPS signal quality isn't too good, the device will alter the recorded geographical course -- and therefore the derived distance -- after it knows better. Problem is that at the same time the overall distance should also be adjusted, which is not the case.
Status: To avoid confusion, TrailRunner usually displays the distance your device is displaying. But it could happen that the real distance, based on the mere data points, "slips through" in TrailRunner. This indeed is contradictory information but at the same time it is like impossible to me to "do it right".