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TomTom Runner Review

Indoors or outdoors, the TomTom Runner is an easy-to-use, yet feature-rich GPS watch designed for runners and walkers of all skill levels.

With numerous styles of interchangeable wristbands, the Runner is one of the most fashion-forward GPS watches on the market. The Runner also boasts a slim design, one-button operation, and a high-resolution screen.

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Feature-wise, the Runner has two ways to enhance your training. You can race against prior workouts, similar to Garmin’s Virtual Partner feature; and you can also train with pre-programmed heart rate or pace zones, to help you maintain a set pace or intensity level.


Unique to the TomTom Runner is its ability to track treadmill runs without a foot pod, eliminating the need to carry one additional piece of equipment with you. A foot pod is basically a fancy pedometer — it’s how most watches measure non-GPS running. The Runner has a built-in accelerometer which calculates distance and pace by arm swing.

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Although the TomTom Runner has some nice training features, it is missing programmable interval and advanced workouts. This is most likely a trade-off for its sleek and simple design.

Overall, the TomTom Runner is a great watch for runners who want a slim, easy to operate GPS watch with a few nice training features.


  • Simple and sleek design with an easy-to-read, high resolution screen
  • Stylish, interchangeable watch bands
  • Training features that include racing against prior workouts as well as zone and pace workouts
  • Tracks treadmill workouts without a foot pod


  • Missing advanced workout capability
  • Designed for runners, not ideal for cyclists and swimmers (see TomTom Multi-sport instead)


As its name suggests, this GPS watch is mainly suited for runners. Simple, easy-to-use, yet loaded with some nice features, the TomTom Runner is a great watch for runners of all skill levels.


The Runner will work for casual cyclists looking to merely track time, distance, and speed. We recommend the TomTom Multi-sport for more seasoned cyclists.


The Runner is waterproof to 50 meters; however, its sibling watch, the Multi-sport, is better suited for swimming.



Battery-life: 10 hours exercise mode

Waterproof to 50 meters

Data Tracking

Time, Distance, and Speed/Pace


Workout History


Alerts & General Features

Auto lap

Customizable screens

Time/distance audible alerts

Vibration alerts

Training Aids

Zone Alert

Race Feature (similar to Garmin’s Virtual Partner & Racer)

Interval Workouts


Downloads activities to your computer


Heart rate monitor

Other Functions

Time of day



Ben Drew

Ben Drew

Ben is an avid road and trail runner, and has completed multiple marathons and ultras. A former running store owner, he now shares his knowledge and experience writing these articles.

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