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Best Stopwatch for Running

Updated on October 22, 2014

Best Stopwatch for Running

If you are looking for a gift for your favorite runner (even if that is yourself) consider this awesome stopwatch. It tells you:

- how fast (or slow) you ran each section of your run

- how FAR you ran

- calories burned

- and more.

It will log your miles for you.

It will put your running stats online.

So far the only thing I know it doesn't do is.... make some food for you to eat when you get back and wash your stinky running clothes.

If you want to know what I think is the best watch for runners (and why) then read on!

Great Watch for Runners - Built-in GPS and packing information makes running more fun!

May be available in additional colors.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom (Black/Volt)
Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom (Black/Volt)

Water resistant Nike+ SportWatch features TomTom GPS which means this watch will tell you:

- what time you ran

- what distance

- your pace

- your heart rate (if you buy optional sensor),

- your calories burned.

You can view your mapped route, including the pace you ran it and showing changes in elevation (hills) on

Rechargeable lithium polymer battery charges via USB, provides eight hours of run time with the GPS and sensor both turned on, up to 50 days of standby power

Join challenges and connect with friends as a member of routes, find popular running areas, share activity on Facebook or Twitter

This watch's coaching feature will even remind you to run.

Keep your running history (automatically log your runs) and more...

Keep reading to learn why this watch is our personal favorite.


My (our) experience with using this watch for running

running with stopwatch on
running with stopwatch on

I gave this Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom to my son for his birthday in early September. He had just decided to run the Philadelphia Marathon. He had never even run a half-marathon, never run a 10K race.

Yes, he's a good runner, had run track in high school, but this was quite a goal. It was also a great generator of gift ideas. I jumped online and discoved that there were already official race t-shirts for the 2012 Philadelphia marathon. I purchased one and was super proud that it came in time for me to give him for his birthday. I wanted him to know that I believed in him and his slightly crazy idea.

I don't think running marathons is crazy, but when you only have a couple months to get ready and you have a heavy school workload with a senior project and are busy applying for jobs after graduation and.... well it was ambitious. So he'd told me he really needed a watch for training and sent me some links (not sure how much faith in me that he figured I needed links to possible watches). They all had good reviews, though every watch I looked at had some people who didn't like it, as well as those who loved it.

How to choose?

I selected this watch because someone commented on how light and slim it is. We have a bit of a love/hate relationship with watches in our family. Love to know what time we ran, hate the feeling of a watch on our wrist. This stopwatch tells you pace, time, distance and is light enough for you to forget it's on your wrist. Perfect!

running marathon
running marathon

So did this stopwatch help my son reach his running goals?

This watch was a huge help to my son as he trained for the Philadelphia marathon. Ironically, it got left in the car, much to his dismay on race day when he had to jump out of the car without a lot of warning, because my husband couldn't find a place to park. While Dan said he hit "the wall" and hit it hard, he still managed to finish the race in 3 hours and 45 minutes. The clock time above reads higher because it takes a little while for runners to cross the starting line. But tracking elements in each racer's bib allows race officials to tell every runner exactly how long they ran the race in.

Our compliments to the organizers of the Philadelphia marathon which was well-done. Dan said the idea of printing each runner's first name on the bibs large enough for people to read, was "genius". If you are standing on the sidelines as the runners go by, you can read some of the names and call out to individuals.

You can read a bit about my own running experiences at this page about distance running or check out other gifts for runners below.

Other Gift Ideas for Runners

Horizon Fitness T101-3 Treadmill
Horizon Fitness T101-3 Treadmill

For a treadmill that gets up to real running speed (10 mph) and has solid customer reviews, it's very affordable (under $700 when I checked). I find there is nothing like having a treadmill available in your home to keep you doing some form of exercise in all kinds of weather. I highly recommend.


I love this movie. Ideally I like to watch it while running on the treadmill, but even if you don't have a treadmill, this story will inspire.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

I haven't read this yet (which also means your favorite runner may not have gotten to it either). But of people who have read this book, most of them liked it a lot!

2013 Running Calendar - A3 Inspirational Calendar (Gift for Runners)
2013 Running Calendar - A3 Inspirational Calendar (Gift for Runners)

Running calendars help give me a little more push to lace up my running shoes and head out the door (or start the treadmill). A sure winner!


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    • gracedeeb profile image

      gracedeeb 5 years ago

      nice lens, good information

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      toyotacommander 5 years ago

      nice lens, i like it

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      Ontoddy 5 years ago

      I'm building up to it, I have just started to walk fast for a distance of 3,5 Km every other day, hopefully I can get jogging in a couple of months.

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      emeeyon 5 years ago

      Well no because I am only in 4th grade

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      imagelist lm 5 years ago

      I read, and it was good...

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      Robz007 5 years ago

      I really like the look of those watches.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Good lens. I would like to buy one,.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Very nice job on this stopwatch review :)

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      10kaday 5 years ago

      Liked your lense you should check mine out and tell me what you think and how I can improve it. Thanks

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      Love this. What a great lens! And congrats to your son, what a huge accomplishment!

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      Brett 5 years ago from Asia

      Great option for running enthusiast, I like that it records your speeds over the run, not just the average and time.

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      ILIKEWHATIDO 5 years ago

      Watch that suitable for marathon and not only that it is sportsman timer counter watch.

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      SurvivalFood1 5 years ago

      This is on my wishlist!

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      ohh... my son would love this watch...

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @Buechertest: Thanks for stopping by and sharing that info. Good luck with your running!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Prefontaine is a great movie. I should buy that watch. Nice Lens! :)

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      Buechertest 5 years ago

      That's my running watch since 3 month an I like it.

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      dwiz123 5 years ago

      I want one of these! I just started running, and have only done 5k so far.

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      peterkamal 5 years ago

      maybe i should buy one of these watches

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      peugeotcommander 5 years ago

      nice lens, i run from time to time

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      Adam Turner 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.

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      pinoyrecipe 5 years ago

      nope, however i want to be one

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      maryseena 5 years ago

      Not at all. But thanks for sharing your impressions on the stopwatch.

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      artmarks 5 years ago

      The watch looks really cool. I think the most important feature is that it saves the distance you run. This way you can see if you made progress :)

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      Benjamynn 5 years ago

      Could be a good gift. Happy holidays :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      timer is the best:) good website


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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Good info!

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      Ursel001 5 years ago

      I like to run and it is great to have watch like this:-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great choice.

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      CarinLeonardo 5 years ago

      Not i'm not.. but i'm so interested with best stopwatch running.. Thanks for this great lens..

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @safereview: I bet he'll love it.

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @PNWtravels: Yes, we'll be adding another one of these watches at Christmas time to another family member and none of the rest of us is going to be running a marathon, that's for sure.

      Biggest advantage is being able to run a route that you have only some idea how far it is, then run along and check both how far he had gone and his pace per mile along the route. Then he'd go home and plug it into his computer and got his running logged automatically for him. Very cool.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I'm more of a jogger than a runner - I've only done some 5Ks - that seems to be my limit before my body rebels - shin splints, plantar fasciaitis or some other malady. Thanks for sharing your research about stopwatches for runners - very helpful even for those who don't do marathons.

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      amitsarkar lm 5 years ago

      Well not this time but love to have a watch like this...

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      Baddew Fibes 5 years ago

      Yes, have done half marathons before. Thanks for a great lens.

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      MichaelDubrovnik 5 years ago

      No and I don't know how you all can do this... thumbs up!!

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      Bob 5 years ago from Kansas City

      Not so much a runner any more, but my son runs cross country so this is an awesome gift idea. Thanks, this is a great lens!

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      Great lens and great choice.

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @GlobeTrotters: Sounds like you are going further than I am at the moment. I'm only running about a mile a day now, just getting started with it again.

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Great choice! I like it as well

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      GlobeTrotters 5 years ago

      Am running 5 km everyday. Not very fast, but fast enough I guess :)

      Am addicted to it I guess

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      These Stopwatch for Running is really nice.