Published On: Thu, Jan 26th, 2017


Strava, the world’s biggest social media service designed for athletes, has just announced that its location-tracking safety feature Beacon is to be integrated into select models of Garmin’s fitness trackers. Including Edge 520, Edge 820, Edge 1000, Edge Explore 820, Forerunner 230, Forerunner 235, Forerunner 630, Forerunner 735XT, and the Fenix 3.


Earlier this year, Strava created Beacon and launched it on standalone iOS and Android apps for its premium members. If you haven’t encountered it before, Beacon is a feature which enables cyclists and runners who exercise for the long periods outdoors to easily share their location to friends and family and give them peace of mind.

Using Beacon, users can choose up to three safety contacts who will receive a text message with a unique URL when an activity is just started. Safety contacts can click the URL to track the runner on a map in the real time, as well as view the remaining battery power without needing their own Strava account to see information. Beacon also saves contact settings, enabling runners to use it during future activities with one tap.

It should also be noted that Beacon is for Strava Premium members only. If you are concerned about safety on runs, the monthly membership costs is $6 while an annual fee is $59.

Beacon enables users to send their real-time, on-map location to a handful of the friends via text message, and even if those friends don’t have Strava or a premium membership. Strava already tracks users and sells the anonymized data to the planning groups and governments interested in improving biking, running and walking in cities and towns. Users can opt-out of tracking, of course.