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  • Newton Nation Recap

    After spending the day reviewing the Newton Nation archives, it has been verified that this past weekend was the most successful weekend in the history of people racing in Newtons. Ever.


    Across the pond, in a faraway land known as "Europe," David Hauss won the European Triathlon Championships.

    David Hauss. Like a boss. David Hauss and his magic Tri-Racers


    On Saturday, five Newton employees tackled the Leadville 50 Mountain Bike race. They were lead by Don Reichelt, followed by Erin Kersten, Tom Curran and Yo Schmidt. West Coast Account Manager Brad Jacobs figured 40 miles was close enough. It's not Brad, it's not.

    Erin and Don. Don held a "how to fall off your bike clinic," Erin did not attend. Erin and Don. Don held a "how to fall off your bike clinic," Erin did not attend.


    On Sunday, half of the Newton office tackled the Leadville Silver Rush 50 mile Run. Team Elite Runner Kara Henry broke the course record by 26 minutes. There is a lot of Zombie walking going on in the Newton Headquarters today:

     Tom Curran, Mary Wolber, Brian Salin, Sabina Parigian, Anne Klein, Stephen Gartside, Kara Henry, Brent Abbott and Rich Miyamoto. Ready for action and altitude.
    Tom Curran, Mary Wolber, Brian Salin, Sabina Parigian, Anne Klein, Stephen Gartside, Kara Henry, Brent Abbott and Rich Miyamoto. Ready for action and altitude.


    At Boilermaker in New York, Fernando Cabada and Tyler McCandless were the first and third Americans respectively

    Podiumers (now a word) Fernando and Tyler Podiumers (now a word) Fernando and Tyler


    The Man, The Myth, The Legend Craig Alexander was second at Vineman followed by Timothy "T.O." O'Donnell in fourth and Chris "Big Sexy" McDonald in ninth. In the lady race, MacKenzie Madison was seventh.

    Meanwhile, back in "Europe" Chris Bagg was the top American at Challenge Roth Meanwhile, back in "Europe" Chris Bagg was the top American at Challenge Roth


    The hits keep on coming...

    -Days after Western States and days before Badwater, Pam Reed completed the Hardrock 100 in sub 40 hours

    -Ambassador Alaina Andersen ran a quick 74 minutes at Boilermaker. She let Fernando and Tyler beat her, so there wouldn't be any awkwardness at the next Newton gathering

    -Texas Ambassador Maria Reed had the top run split at the Shadow Creek Relay Tri in Pearland, TX

    -Ambassador Moira Horan won the Judy Flannery award for her excellence in the sport of triathlon and her service to the triathlon community

    -Ambassador Bart Rein ran the Catoctin 50k on Saturday and said it was the hardest thing he has ever done. That means you did it right, Bart

    -Newton CPA Beth raced Boulder Peak over the weekend, the countdown is on to Ironman Boulder. No pressure, Beth.

    and lastly, a huge dose of Monday Motivation:

    NASCAR Driver Landon Cassill raced 770.3 miles in 27 hours over the weekend. He started with a 300 mile NXS race on Friday night, flew out to Muncie at 1 am on Saturday morning where he raced the Muncie 70.3 and qualified for the World Championships with a 4:36 half Ironman. He immediately flew back to Kentucky where he finished 28th in the 400 mile NASCAR Cup race on Saturday night. Nothing is impossible.






  • Feature Friday v2.0


    boxWelcome to Feature Friday with a twist. Instead of a shoe feature, we are going to drop some Newton Company knowledge on you. Have you ever wondered about the little "B" in the bottom corner of your shoe box? That is a B Corporation Certification symbol. Newton Running was the first Running Shoe Company to become B Corp certified. This initiative influences everything we do from our packaging that is made entirely of recycled materials, to the practices at our Headquarters of composting and bicycle commuting (not at the same time. We live dangerously, but not that dangerously). So what does all of this mean? Glad you asked! Here is the Cliffs Notes version to becoming B Corp certified, and what it means for Newton. And you- the Newtonites.

    To become B Corp certified, Newton had to complete an assessment that addresses:

    • Governance and transparency
    • Environmental Responsibility
    • Community Responsibility
    • Employee Treatment

    _E4A0091The documentation process is extensive, and took Newton a year from the time we decided to start the process to the certification completion. Newton will have to repeat the assessment every two years. The process becomes more rigorous with every recertification. It is B Corp's method for pushing companies to make ongoing incremental improvement

    Jerry's B Corp Thoughts

    To learn more, look here:  http://


    We're starting a new weekly blog to showcase the Newton Nation and the amazing races and places that Newton Running shoes take you each weekend.

    We hope you enjoy it.  Now on to the 4th of July version.

    We hope you all had a great 4th of July!  We have a simple math equation for determining if the holiday weekend was a success: add all of the fingers and eyebrows that survived the fireworks show, and subtract the number of hot dogs you ate. It is like golf, the lower your score the better. Negative numbers are best.

    • Georgia Ambassador Sara Maltby was the overall winner at the Bad Marsh Night 50k in Beaufort, South Carolina.
    Sara Sara Maltby
    • Arizona Ambassador Jonathan Schaller was 2nd in his age group at the Arizona 4th of July 4 Miler. Even better, this is the first picture he has submitted where he is awake, upright and wearing shoes. It only took 65 tries.
    Picture1 Jonathan
    • Team Elite Runner Bob Weiner won the Evergreen Freedom 5k, nice work Bob!
    Shauna BOCO on Green Mountain-Where's Shauna?
    • Newton Sales Support for Europe, Shauna, hiked Green Mountain on Saturday. She submitted photographic evidence. The Board is currently reviewing it for validity.
    Brenda Brenda Carwan
    • Team Elite Runner Brenda was the third overall female in Slovenia. Don’t worry Brenda, Michellie Jones can help you find a giant ATM for your giant check.
    Scott Scott
    • Team Elite Runner Scott won the Born in the USA 4 miler. From the looks of his pic, an Oak tree was a close second (or Ash tree? Maple tree? Christmas tree? We are bad at nature)
    Rick Rick Arminger
    • Ambassador Rick Arminger crushed Ironman Frankfurt over the weekend. It was warm. Very warm. So warm the finish line beer was warm. And that was Rick’s entire race report.
    Alaina Alaina
    • Ambassador Alaina Andersen was fourth in her age group in the Cazenovia 10 miler. Up next she will be racing Tyler McCandless and Fernando Cabada at Boilermaker this weekend. Consider yourselves warned, fellas.
    Linda and Jim Linda and Jim
    • Arizona Ambassadors Linda and Jim Ballard took a group of 24 runners to run the Alaska Marathon. Then they took a week long cruise where they managed to run 2 minute miles with the help of a moving ship. That is one way to beat the buffet.
    Nik Quick Nik
    • Team Elite Runner Nik won the North Canton 5 miler. There was no one in sight at the finish. Not even a Christmas tree.
    Bart Bart
    • Ambassador Bart Rein was 4th in his age group at the BRRC 5k, up next is the very climby and rocky Catoctin 50k. We don’t know what a Catoctin is, but it sounds intense.

    Have a great week Newton Nation and let us know what you're up to by using #FeelNewton across social media.

  • Food on the Run with "The Newton Chef" Justin Cogley

    Salmon Kale Sandwich & Green Juice

    Delicious After Run Meal or Snack Delicious After Run Meal or Snack

    Our Newton Chef, Justin Cogley (Food & Wine’s Best New Chef 2013).  Has developed a great recipe to help you recover this summer with a high protein and tasty snack which will taste great after any run.

    Here's the recipe.

    Chef tip.

    With a few of these easy recipes you can make a simple sandwich into something refreshing and tasty. I used Salmon since it is going strong right now, but you could sub. Halibut, Chicken, or even Avocado.

     Pine nut mayonnaise-

    1/2 cup raw pine nuts, soaked in hot water for 2 hours

    1/2 cup of the soaking liquid

    2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

    1 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

    In a blender, combine the pine nuts, water, olive oil, and lemon juice and blend until smooth. around 3 min. The mixture will thicken as it sits. Use or store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

    Raw kale, carrot, golden raisin slaw

    3 bunches of kale, stem off, washed, dried and sliced

    1 carrot peeled and sliced thin

    Sesame dressing

    3 TBSP rice vinegar

    2 TBSP dark sesame oil

    1 TBSP canola or light olive oil

    splash of soy sauce

    2 TBSP sesame seeds

    1/4 cup golden raisins

    Mix all together to form a broken vinaigrette. Check seasoning. Next fold in the Golden Raisins ( adding the golden raisins adds some nice sweetness)

    Since melons are just coming into season. This quick drink is very refreshing.

    Melon, Celery, Ginger, Apple

    2 Cups chopped french melon (or your favorite)

    1 Granny smith apple, peeled and chopped

    2 celery stalk

    small knob of ginger ( peeled and chopped)

    Chef tip. Peeling ginger with a spoon works so well!

    1/2 cup fresh OJ

    juice of one lime

    12 mint leaves

    1 cup crushed ice

    Put the first four ingredients through a juicer. (alternately blend in a high speed blender and strain) Next, add the juice into a small pitcher and pour in fresh OJ and the lime juice.

    Crush the mint leaves with the ice and add to the pitcher. Stir and enjoy.

    Find out more about Justin here: or follow him on instagram to see where he's running today:




  • Fuel For The Run!

    Let's face it eating healthy while on the go can be a feat in itself! Check out this portable, healthy snack from Chef Justin Cogley that will keep you operating at your best even when time is not on your side!



    Makes about 20 Bars

    4 Cups Oats
    1/2 Cup Sliced almonds (no skin)
    1/4 Cup Sunflower seeds
    1/4 Cup Flax Seed
    1 Cup Diced Dried apricot
    1/2 Cup Dried Cherry or Cranberry

    1/2 Cup grape seed oil or coconut oil
    1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
    1/2 Cup Brown sugar
    1/2 Cup Maple syrup
    1 tsp. vanilla
    pinch of salt


    Pre heat oven to 350. degrees. Bake in a 9 1/2 by 12 by 1 inch pan. ( or something similar) The bars should be about 1 inch thick. (the 1 inch is my preference for a thicker chewy bar)

    Mix the dry ingredients together. Heat all the wet ingredients over medium low heat until the sugar is combined. Next, pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix until combined.

    Once the mixture is all combined put into the baking pan. Put the pan into the oven for 7 minutes at 350 degrees. At 7 minutes pull out the pan from the oven and press the bar down all around with a spatula. This will help it stay together later. Then return to the oven for 8 more minutes. After a total baking time of 15 minutes pull out and let cool for 20 minutes. Finally cut into bars. They will last for around 5 days at room temperature. Take on your next running adventure

  • Post Workout Pork Recipe

    Exercising depletes your resources and fuel stores from your muscles. Eating within an hour of completing your workout will help to increase your recovery time and set you up for success on your next workout . Below is one of our favorite post workout recipes from Chef Justin Cogley. If you're short on time, consider grabbing a Lärabar or something that will refuel you on the go!

    Milk fed pork, Apple, Kale, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Steamed Rice

    1 cups long-grain white rice
    1 1/2 cups water
    1 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)
    Total Time: About 30 mins
    Makes: About 3 cups

    Place rice and measured water in a medium saucepan with a tight fitting lid and bring to a boil over high heat. Add salt (if using), stir to incorporate, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer undisturbed until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit covered to steam, about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve. Check Seasoning

    Raw Kale Salad

    1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped
    1 cup small diced green apple, (about 1 apple) squeeze some lemon juice on it after you dice it
    1 pound fresh Tuscan kale, washed, rinsed, and patted dry (any type of Kale would work)
    1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    3 Tbsp olive oil
    1 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
    1 Tbsp honey Or agave syrup
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 cup fried pumpkin seeds

    Use a sharp knife to cut out the tough midrib of each kale leaf, and discard or compost. Slice the leaves crosswise into thin slices. The easiest way to do this is to work with a small bunch of leaves at a time, stack the leaves and roll them into a loose cigar shape. Then using a sharp knife, work from one end of the "cigar" to the other, slicing as thin as you can. Place the kale slices into a large bowl.

    In a smaller bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, rice vinegar, honey or agave salt, and pepper. A hour before serving, toss the kale together with the dried cherries, green apple and the dressing, allowing the kale to marinate a bit. Right before serving, Top with the fried mustard seeds

    Roast Pork Shoulder

    1(3-4 lb) pork shoulder butt, roast
    2 Cups apple juice
    2 Tablespoons Fennel seed, Toasted and Ground
    1 Tablespoon Coriander seed, Toasted and ground
    1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
    1 Teaspoon brown sugar
    2 Tablespoon salt
    Fresh Ground Pepper (to taste)

    Using hands press the brown sugar and spices well into the meat on all sides making certain to adhear the spice mixture to the meat. Place the roast in a casserole dish with a lid. Add the apple juice.
    Cover tightly.
    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Add the roast for 15 min. and then immediately reduce the temperature down to 200 degrees F. Roast for about 4 hours or until the meat is falling-apart tender (cooking time will vary depending on the size of the roast). Slice meat as desired. CHECK SEASONING.

    Now put the dish together. Put around half a cup of rice,(depends how hungry you are) top with a portion of the pork, finally adding the kale salad on top. Top with more fried pumpkin seeds. Enjoy after a long run.

  • Running Fare

    When award-winning Chef, Justin Cogley, won an entry to the Big Sur Marathon, he wasn’t a runner. He is now.

    Justin Cogley had always been an athlete. But then life as a chef kind of got in the way. Until last year, when the award-winning Cogley, who is Executive Chef at Aubergine Restaurant at L’Auberge Carmel (in Carmel, California), won an entry into the Big Sur marathon. He wasn’t a runner. Encouraged (and heckled a bit) by his colleagues, the 36-year-old Cogley decided to do it.


    With just a month to train, he bought some Newtons, did a Newton running clinic at the local running store, and started running. He managed to pull off a 3:50. He’s been running and racing (in Newtons) ever since.

    Now, Cogley logs 50 miles a week, he started doing triathlons and longer distance running races, he’s lost 27 pounds, and he’s inspired several servers at the restaurant to take up running, too. He’s even started making breakfast (homemade granola, vanilla yogurt, and apricots) for the Treadmill’s twice-a-month running group.

    Most recently, Cogley placed 39 out of 509 participants in the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K in San Francisco. The former professional figure skater, who spent four years touring the world with Disney On Ice before trading his skates for his chef’s hat, says, “It’s silly that I didn’t fall into another sport earlier than this year.”

    Cogley, who travels a lot for work, says running has not only been a great way to see other cities around the world, it has helped him deal with nerves and stress, and it’s lead him to cut out his late-night after-work snacking—a common pitfall for a chef’s waistline.


    Although his lifestyle hasn’t always been the healthiest, he says, for the most part his work has always been about lighter fare and pure flavors. “It’s about trying to find the purist flavors in every product.” He looks for ultra-seasonal ingredients to make things like local vegetable-based sauces and simple seafood dishes. He even uses teas, such as chamomile as a stock.

    Some of his favorite dishes? Salmon slowly cooked in a tea-based stock. “Its super healthy, no oils. It’s not seared or baked, so it doesn’t get over-baked. It just stays in that liquid on top of the stove for about 15 minutes.” For breakfast, he goes for Amaranth porridge with apple and chopped chestnuts. “Amaranth is way healthier than quinoa.” And, here, he shared this delicious salad recipe (below), noting, “We use a lot of vinaigrettes made with juices, not oils.” Of course, he says, there’s always room for a little dark chocolate.

    For more food inspiration you can follow Justin on Twitter or Instagram @JustinCogley.

    Fennel and Persimmon Salad with parsley and apple



    1/4 cup Persimmon Sauce (recipe to follow)

    Persimmon Vinaigrette (recipe to follow)

    4 heads of Shaved fennel

    1 bunch of Sliced chives

    15 each Parsley leaves

    4 each peeled shaved raw Chestnuts ( save for final plating)

    1 ripe Fuyu Persimmon peeled and sliced into 16 slices

    2 each Sliced Apple ( I prefer Honeycrisp variety)

    Serves 4 people.

    Persimmon sauce

    4 ripe persimmons

    1 Tbsp lemon Juice

    1 Teaspoon Salt

    1 Cup of Orange Juice

    Combine all in a sauce pan and cook over low heat for 20 Min. Let cool and then blend in a blender. Reserve.

    Persimmon Vinaigrette

    1 cup of OJ reduced over low heat in a saucepan until reduced by 1/2. Take off heat and add the reduced OJ to a small mixing bowl. Add 2 Tbsp of the Persimmon sauce ( from above) and season with salt to taste.

    Add 1/4 cup of olive oil and mix with a whisk. It is ok for the sauce to be broken.

    Shaved Fennel

    4 heads of fennel

    Cut off the fennel tops and save some of the fronds for garnish. Shave the 4 heads of fennel thinly on a Japanese mandolin. If you don't have a mandolin it is a real good kitchen tool to have. (Alternative: Slice the fennel thin.) Put the fennel in a bowl and season lightly with salt and olive oil to taste. Add the shaved chives and parsley leaves to the fennel mixture.

    Sliced apple

    Slice apple thinly with a knife (half moon shapes) and toss with lemon juice and a touch of olive oil, Salt (Always Taste)

    Finished Plate:

    Combine all ingredients (fennel salad and raw apples) and toss lightly with the Persimmon vinaigrette. ( around 2-3 TBSP, depending on taste) Pick a nice large salad plate and add some of the persimmon sauce to the bottom. Add the salad on top of the puree. Add Sliced Raw Chestnuts. Season with some finishing salt. Also use any edible flowers if you have them.

  • Newton Running Elite Rack Up A Record 100 Wins In 2014

    Boulder, Colo., Jan. 8, 2015 – While 2014 was an incredible year for the Newton Running brand; it was also an important year for a celebrated group of runners representing the Newton family.  The Newton Running Elite team is a group of runners who toe the line at races spanning distances of one to 125 miles across all terrains. The team is comprised of men and women who balance elite running with family, busy work schedules and other commitments.  One thing they all share is the love of running and racing in Newton.


    At the start of 2014, this group of 15 fearless Newton runners, nine located in Colorado with the remainder throughout the US, established a goal of not only competing in, but also winning 100 races by the end of the year.

    On New Year’s Eve, the team accomplished what they set out to do in record-breaking freezing temperatures, earning their 99th and 100th wins at the Resolution 5K in Denver, Colo.  Throughout the year, there were standout performances including four Olympic Marathon qualifiers and several other team members expected to soon meet the qualification standards, as well as wins at local favorite and world-renowned races.  A few of the athletes with notable highlights are:

    Mike Andersen (Detroit, Mich.) won the 2014 Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon with a personal best time of 2:24:54. Mike has a goal of qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials and is close to accomplishing it with his fast marathon time.
    Kristen Arendt (Boulder, Colo.) is a Newton team member who has been making running headlines since high school.  In 2014, Kristen earned a big win at the USATF Colorado State Half Marathon Championships.  Up next is qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials and competing at the major U.S. Championship races for road, track and cross country.
    Fernando Cabada (Boulder, Colo.) held the 25K American record for several years and has claimed the title of US Champion three times.  His most recent personal victory came at the 2014 BMW Berlin Marathon with a blazing 2:11:35 performance, which earned him the fifth fastest marathon performance of 2014 by a US male.
    Brenda Carawan (Georgetown, Texas) logged the longer distances setting a new women’s course record by three hours at the 125-mile Nove Colli road race in Italy finishing second overall behind the lead male runner.
    Melody Fairchild (Boulder, Colo.) established herself as a top Masters runner winning multiple USATF National Masters titles in her first year as a Masters athlete including the Tulsa Federal Credit Union 15K in October.
    Tyler McCandless (Boulder, Colo.) is a top American distance runner, PhD student, and coach who in 2014 earned his personal best marathon time of 2:15:26 at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in Minnesota, which also served as the 2014 USA Marathon Championships.

    The Newton Running Elite team races to help create a connection with the running community and to motivate others to take the first step on their own running journey.  The team doesn’t stop at racing however, as members also volunteer their time to encourage runners at a number of races around the country, host youth running events and also raise money throughout the year to support worthy causes.

    Expect to see great things including new team racing and personal goals from Newton Running Elite team members in 2015.  Kicking off the New Year, Newton Running welcomed its newest athlete just this week.  Jeannette Faber joins the team with a running resume that includes a 2:32 marathon PR.  Jeannette’s accomplishments also include being selected to represent the USA as part of its three-person team at the 2013 IAAF Marathon World Championships in Moscow.

    To learn more about Newton Running and the Newton Running Elite team, visit and

    About Newton Running

    Boulder, Colorado-based Newton Runningis the leader in performance running shoes that promote gait efficiency for people at all levels of the sport, from first-time 5k runners to seasoned marathoners. Newton Running’s patented Action/Reaction™ technology provides dynamic shock absorption, energy return, ground feel, minimal heel-to-toe drop, and lightweight comfort. Newton Running form clinics, hosted in partnership with specialty running retailers worldwide, help runners learn their natural running motion. In addition to its devotion to help people run better, Newton Running is committed to corporate responsibility through sustainability efforts and through the support of numerous charitable organizations and has been recognized for these efforts by achieving B Corporation status. Newton Running is the official footwear and run course sponsor for the IRONMAN U.S. Series and presenting sponsor of the Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathon Series. Newton Running shoes are available at hundreds of specialty retails across the country and around the world or at

  • Just Tri It!

    As you contemplate your New Year’s Resolution, consider taking inspiration from amateur triathlete Dan Stubleski.


    While you contemplate your New Year’s Resolutions, consider taking inspiration from Dan Stubleski, who didn’t run, swim or bike competitively until he took up triathlons four years ago at age 34. Although he now rides with a local team (Fraser Bicycle Team Green), he doesn’t have a coach and he works full time. Still, this year, he placed first in his division (35-39) at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii and he was the overall top amateur finisher, in a time of 8:50:22. We caught up with him recently at his home in Washington, Michigan, where he lives with his wife (who he describes as “the best Sherpa EVER!!!!”) and two kids, ages 12 and 10.


    Before you started doing triathlons had you ever raced running? No, no racing before. I just ran for fun. I was competitive in team sports.

    Did you bike or race bikes? My first race was the South Maui Triathlon in 2011.

    What about swimming?  I knew how to swim, for fun, but did not start really swimming until I signed up for the South Maui Tri. I started swimming at the Romeo High School pool.

    So triathlons are quite a bit different than playing basketball. How did you start doing triathlons? Well, I bought my first road bike because I was into watching the Tour De France and thought that riding might be fun. I bought my first road bike and loved it. I discovered Triathlon when looking for a bike race during a trip to Maui with my wife in June of 2011. We were already booked to go and I wanted to bring my bike. I thought it would be cool to do a race while I was there, but could only find triathlon and not just bike racing. I figured why not? I’ll try it!

    You came 2nd in your first triathlon, the South Maui Tri, which was Olympic Distance,  and then went straight to the IRONMAN Steelhead 70.3 in Michigan…were you hooked after the first one and just decided to go for it? Oh heck yeah, I was hooked! I figured I did well at the Olympic distance, and loved it, and Steelhead was within driving distance, so why not?

    When did you set your sites on a full IRONMAN? I did not set my sites on IRONMAN until after I completed the 70.3 (which actually wasn’t a true 70.3 because the swim was cancelled).

    Looking at your resume, it looks like you performed well from the get go and then just got stronger? Were you surprised at your performance?  I was surprised at my performance in Maui. I really just wanted to finish. I never expected to finish second overall! It wasn’t until after like my 3rd or 4th race that I stopped being surprised and knew that triathlon racing must be my thing.

    Was IRONMAN Texas your first full? Yes, Texas 2013.

    When did you set your sites on Kona? After my 2012 race season—I raced well in 2012 and set my sites on a full IRONMAN and qualifying for Kona 2013.

    In 2013, you placed 2nd in your age group and 26th overall at Kona. How did that race rank for you in your list of experiences? I think I have to say my best race experience was Kona 2013, my first time racing there. There is nothing like it! Just the feeling of being in Kona was awesome—the crazy, exciting atmosphere. Just standing on the pier. Crossing the finish line for the first time in Kona, the feeling is indescribable!


    What were your goals heading to Kona this year? My goal was to win! Isn’t that always the goal? Lol! I also wanted to improve on my marathon time.

    What were you worried about going in? If I could improve on my time from last year.

    Did you know you were the first amateur? I did know I was in first. It was close for most of the race. Toward the end though I knew I had a little time on the second place guy.

    Obviously, you won, so the race went well. What were the highlights? Well, I had a bad swim. I picked a spot that proved to be not good! It was crowded. Everybody wants to be first so everybody wants to start the swim up front. The spot I chose was crowded for most of the swim. My favorite part was the bike. I love to ride. I got a new Specialized Shiv this season and sometimes I just can’t get out of the saddle!!! My bike was descent, considering there was a head wind heading to Hawi and pretty much all the way back from Hawi! I had a PR on the run, 2:58:19. I was excited, happy, proud! I couldn't believe I had done it!

    Was your family there to watch? This year just my wife, but last year for my first Kona, my wife and kids were all there.

    And you raced in Newtons? Yes I did. I raced in the Elites, the green ones. When I first started wearing Newtons I wore Distance S. I sometimes still train in them.

    Why Newtons? Honestly, because Crowie [Newton athlete/triathlete Craig Alexander] wears them! That is how I discovered them. I was wearing another brand for my 2011 season and they were too wide, sloppy. I knew that before my 2012 season I needed to find a new brand. I saw Crowie in Newtons and looked them up and thought I’d give them a try. I have been hooked on them ever since. Love them. The guys that work in the Newton tent at the race venues got to know my wife because we were in there shopping so much!

    So, why do you do what you do? I do it because I love it. I love to exercise. It makes me feel alive! Lol, most people don’t understand that!

    What do people think back home? Everyone is excited. Everyone is happy for me and they want to hear my Kona story, which I am happy to tell!

    What’s next? Well, I had a lot to think about and consider. I kind of wanted to go pro, but with the changes to the pro race that Ironman made, it really doesn’t make sense for me. All of the sold out races that I could have entered and close to home races are no longer pro races. So, I am going to stay amateur.


    Do you have any advice for newcomers to triathlon? For the newcomers in the sport, start slow and enjoy the journey. It takes a lot of dedication to do this sport. It gets a little easier the fitter you get.

    What about any New Year’s Resolutions? My goal for the year is to go faster each time I race. To win again in Kona would be awesome!! We will see. I think I can still improve in all areas.

  • Running for MS

    Country singer Julie Roberts has seen many ups and downs. Through it all, she’s thankful for a lot, including, running.


    What are you thankful for? There was a time when this was a tough question for country singer, Julie Roberts, to answer. But these days, she is thankful for a lot. For one, she is thankful for running, but more so, for her ability to run.

    You may be familiar with the blonde country singer through her music, or even through her brief stint on the music show, The Voice. But what her fans did not know until 2011 was that Roberts had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005.

    Although her first album was certified gold, selling more than 500,000 copies, Roberts’ second album did not perform as well and she parted ways with her recording label in 2010. Then, as she began to work on an independent album, the Nashville, Tennessee floods hit and she lost her home. “That was a difficult time. I had planned on being home to work on my record and then the flood came. We lived in four different places as we rebuilt our home.” To boot, in 2013, Roberts was a contender on The Voice, but surprisingly was not picked for a team. “There are ups and downs in life in general. Things are good and bad and you just have to keep going.”

    julie roberts

    The Diagnosis

    When she first started to notice her symptoms, Roberts says, “I had just released my first album and was touring non-stop…while I was on the road, I was holding the microphone like I always had for years and my hand went numb and I couldn’t hold the microphone. It wouldn’t happen all the time but every once in awhile my hands would go numb or my vision would get blurry, like when I was signing autographs.”

    With the symptoms becoming more noticeable, Roberts visited her doctor, who sent her to a neurologist and the diagnosis was confirmed. Not wanting to admit the diagnosis publically, Roberts began to exercise more, and even to eat healthier. In 2006, she joined her first running group, in her hometown of Nashville. “I love this group because some people are in the music industry, but there are a lot of people who do so many other things…We stay in contact throughout the week and every Saturday we meet.” And, they race together—5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons.

    Running for MS

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    “Running is definitely an escape for me, whether I’m with someone or alone. I feel like it centers me in my day. And it gives me a chance to see the cities.” These days, Roberts and her Newtons are seeing a lot of cities, approximately one to three a week. In addition to touring for her music, Roberts is also touring with the National MS Society, doing talks, presentations and playing her music. Work, which she says has given her a new purpose. “This work has honestly changed my life.”

    “Most people think they can’t exercise with MS, I tell people how important it is for me physically and emotionally to be active. I say just ‘start walking, walk 10 minutes.’ Whatever your goal is start with small goals.”

    One of Roberts’ goals is to show the world that MS doesn’t have to define your goals in your life. “There are challenges in my business. People are sometimes afraid to book you because you have MS and that you won’t be able to play a show. I want to show my industry and everyone else with MS that they can do whatever their goals are and that MS doesn’t have to define your goals in your life.” She adds, “A lot of people I meet work in the corporate world and they’re afraid to tell their boss they have MS. If I can go out and use my platform of music and show what MS looks like for me, hopefully it will help people around the country that face the same challenges I do.”

    New Inspiration

    “When I look back 10 years ago, I was on my first radio tour, trying to get them to play my music. Now, I’m flying into the same airports, but I’m going to visit people with MS and to try to inspire them to not give up. I know my music also inspires people, but I feel much more fulfilled than I did 10 years ago.”

    As for her running goals, Roberts just ran the 5-mile Boulevard Bolt in Nashville over Thanksgiving with her running group.  And in addition to trying to run in her Newtons in each city she visits, Roberts has a 50-mile Walk for MS, in Savannah Georgia, scheduled at the beginning of March and a half marathon in Nashville in April (as part of the Rock’n’Roll marathon series). “I always like to have goals,” she says. Ultimately, she adds, “My goal is to continue to be active and healthy. It energizes me and makes me happy.”

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