Behind the Scenes

  • Newton Nation Recap

    The Badwater 135 kicks off tomorrow where Pam Reed is attempting to become the first woman person to complete the Western States 100, Hardrock 100 and Badwater in the same year. And then she will do Ironman Boulder three days later just for funsies.


    This is Pam. Getting ready to do the unthinkable. This is Pam. Getting ready to do the unthinkable.

    In Birmingham, Alabama, Newton teamed up with Mountain High Outfitters and Lululemon for a morning of running, yoga-ing and stand up paddle boarding.

    And then they all took a nap And then they all took a nap

    While people were napping in Birmingham, Chris McDonald and Mackenzie Madison both finished in the top five at Ironman Canada

    Meanwhile, up in Canada... Meanwhile, up in Canada...

    Team Elite Runners Scott Wietecha and Jeannette Faber raced the Goodletsville 4 miler in Tennessee

    And they are off... And they are off...

    Florida Ambassador Julio Lajara was 5th in his age group at the Huntington Disease Triathlon

    Julio checking his watch to make sure he went fast. Very fast. Almost the fastest. Julio checking his watch to make sure he went fast. Very fast. Almost the fastest.

    Running 5ks are so 2014, nowadays people run the super trendy 4.1 mile distance. Case-in-point: Alaina Andersen after the Westport 4.1.

    Post miles smiles Post miles smiles

    California Ambassador Van McCarty raced a distance almost as popular as 4.1 miles- he raced the Ironman distance Vineman Triathlon in California. Van ran a 3:05 marathon to win his age group.

    Onward to Kona! Onward to Kona!

    Send us a picture of your Newtons in racing action at, or tag #feelnewton on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.


  • Stop and Sip the Guinness

    Enter here for your chance to win a trip to the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon in 2016:

    Below is a true story, as told by Newton's VP of eCommerce David Dunn: I’ve spent the past year raving about an exceptionally unique half-marathon with an aid station that serves Guinness. Because I am a serious beer enthusiast, those closest to me always ask “…you drank some right?” And my answer, begrudgingly, “…no….but next time definitely.” The past two years I’ve been fortunate enough to support Newton’s presence at the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon. It’s a tough job. The original and most popular race in the amazing half-marathon race series presented by Destination Races, The Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half is truly a celebration of all we love about the sport of running. Now I’m not one of the Newton runners whose results show up in the weekly race report. I’m a 9:00 mile guy with a fullback frame that fits well with my penchant for beer. But I do love to run. And in 2014 I came to this race feeling fit. Fueled by my competitive side, I put my head down and pushed my way to the finish in a respectable time. But with the memory of that missed Guinness station lingering, I vowed to make 2015 a different experience. To slow the pace and find every opportunity to absorb all this spectacular race has to offer. At the start line, as the sun broke through the clouds, I meandered through stunning rows of grape vines lining the entrance to the Cuvaison Estate, and settled in between the 2:00 hr and 2:15 pace groups.

    Sunrise on the way to the Start line Sunrise on the way to the Start line

    A call went out for a volunteer to sing our National Anthem. An unabashed Bostonian quickly jumped in and grabbed the microphone. Entirely off-key, he passionately and respectfully belted out the Star Spangled Banner with enough enthusiasm to inspire participation from virtually all his fellow racers. It was the first of many wonderful moments that made this a day to remember and characterize the unique spirit of this race series. I ran the early miles with a runner from Texas who took the time to properly thank virtually every volunteer he passed on the course.  

    Not Guinness, but still good Not Guinness, but still good

    I stopped to listen to a Jerry-Garcia look-alike and his band play an exceptional rendition of Brown-eyed Girl.

    Sometimes, you just have to pause for a jam session. The finish line isn't going anywhere. Sometimes, you just have to pause for a jam session. The finish line isn't going anywhere.

    I heard the roar of the crowd as the race director’s 81 year old mother crossed the 5k finish line. I laughed with my colleagues hula-hooping at the post-race festival.

    Not your typical post-race festivities. They are better. Not your typical post-race festivities. They are better.

    The Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half certainly isn’t the only race to offer a festive race day experience. And there’s nothing wrong with racing hard and chasing a goal on the clock. It is a race after all. But for this average runner, on this day, this race gave me a refreshing reminder of the celebration of the social running experience. One I don’t often allow myself the opportunity to enjoy. Thank you Destination Races.  By the way, somehow that keg of Guinness didn’t make the 2015 course. But don’t worry, I managed to find an alternative or two. dd I hope to experience more Wine Country Half Marathon events in this series soon. You should too. Registration is open for many of these great events.

    Enter here for your chance to win a trip to the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon in 2016:

  • Newton Nation Recap

    Hello Newton Nation! Congratulations to everyone who hit the pavement in their Newton Juggernaut Rocket Ships over the weekend (aka "shoes").

    Team Elite Runner Fernando Cabada couldn't decide which race to do, so he did all of them. Fernando was the top American at Boilermaker, a few days later he raced the Buffalo Chase 4 miler where he picked up a new PR and made some friends (see photo for proof), and topped it all off with Rock and Roll Chicago two days later where he was fourth.

    Fernando and Friends after the Buffalo 4 Mile Fernando and Friends after the Buffalo 4 Mile

    Texas Ambassador Randi Schooley took a page out of Fernando's book and raced the Breckenridge 10k, Vail Hill Climb and Silver Rush 50 Mile within days of each other. Luckily, she lives in the Houston area, so she had plenty of mountains to train on.

    Randi on the uphilly section. All of the sections were uphilly. Randi on the uphilly section. All of the sections were uphilly.

    Clever Training in Florida joined forces with Newton's Carly Kennedy to do a beach clean up and run at Indian Rocks Beach.

    Once the beach was clean, Carly bought them all beers and they lived happily ever after. Once the beach was clean, Carly bought them all beers and they lived happily ever after.

    Team Elite Runner Jeannette Faber ran her first ever trail race over the weekend- the Bowie Park 6 miler. She managed to win and not face plant.

    Proof that she managed to keep her face on her face, and not on the trail Proof that Jeannette managed to keep her face on her face, and not on the trail

    We are days away from the 2015 edition of the Badwater 135 where Harvey Lewis will be returning in hopes of defending his title. Pam Reed and Meredith Dolhare will also be flying the flag for Newton Nation at Badwater.

    What tan lines? photo cred: John Borntrager The men's Fate are the most efficient Newtons for back floating. photo cred: John Borntrager

    Pro Triathlete Alex William Willis was 11th at the NYC triathlon, maybe Harvey Lewis can teach him how to save time in transition by leaving his shoes on for the swim.

    Diving into the pristine exotic waters of the tropical Hudson River Diving into the pristine exotic waters of the tropical Hudson River

    Georgia Ambassador Sara Maltby was the top lady overall at the Cremator Ultra 50 miler. Not to be confused with a cremeter. That is something else.

    And lastly, Newton's Expo team Yo and Don (also referred to as Yon in the office) and our VP of Ecommerce David Dunn (always referred to as David Dunn, despite being the only David in the office) worked the Napa to Sonoma Destination Race and then raced the race.

    Newton Running: Proud Sponsor of Destination Races. And people just rocking out. Newton Running: Proud Sponsor of Destination Races. And people who just want to rock out.




    Below you will find a series of Yoga poses designed with runner's in mind.  By following this guide and utilizing these poses you'll feel more connected and stronger with every run.
    Try them out and let us know how you #FeelNewton.
    yoga_for_runners1 Revolved Crescent Lunge

    REVOLVED CRESCENT LUNGE Tips: Twist the spine to one side, hooking the elbow outside of the knee. Stack the shoulders on top of each other. Use your core to keep your body lifted. #YogaForRunners #FeelNewton


    • Lengthens and stretches the spine.
    • Creates flexibility in the rib cage.
    • Stimulates the internal abdominal organs and kidneys.
    yoga_for_runners2 Side Plank

    SIDE PLANK Tips: Align your shoulders with your supporting wrist, creating a 90 degree angle. Keep your body in a strong, straight line without sagging in your stomach or hips. Keep your legs strong and core engaged.  #FeelNewton #YogaForRunners


    • Strengthen the wrists and elbow joint
    • Increase abdominal strength
    • Firm and tone the body
    yoga_for_runners3 Figure Four Pose

    FIGURE FOUR POSE This is a big hip releaser….get ready!

    Tips: Sit back into a seated position and cross one ankle above the opposite knee and flex the foot. Focus on a point on the floor to help secure your balance. Keep your weight in the standing heel and your hips level as you slowly hinge further to about 90 degrees at the standing knee.  Shift the torso and chest forward.  The goal is to ease the elbows to rest on the fronts of the shin.  Switch sides and repeat. #YogaForRunners #FeelNewton


    • Opens and released hips
    • Hamstring stretch (the more you lean forward)
    yoga_for_runners4 Extended Side Angle

    EXTENDED SIDE ANGLE Tips: Focus on keeping the weight off of your bottom arm and keep your upper body lifted by reaching up with your top arm.  Roll your shoulders back and keep your legs firm and strong.  HOLD IN YOUR STOMACH! #YogaForRunners #FeelNewton


    • Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees, and ankles
    • Stimulates abdominal organs
    • Increases stamina
    yoga_for_runners5 Downward Facing Dog


    DOWNWARD FACING DOG Tips: Relax your head and neck and gaze towards the front of the mat.  Keep your arms shoulder distance apart and your feet hip distance apart. Stretch your heels toward the floor (they don’t need to touch!). Engage your core and breathe normally. #YogaForRunners #FeelNewton


    • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
    • Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
    • Strengthens the arms and legs
    • Improves digestion
    yoga_for_runners6 Warrior III

    WARRIOR III  Tips: Your arms, torso, and raised leg should be positioned parallel to the floor turning your body into the letter “T.”  Try to make sure the hip [of the raised leg] stays level with the opposite side. Reach in opposite directions with your arms and legs, stretching your body to the max! Remember to keep your gaze soft and keep breathing! #YogaForRunners #FeelNewton


    • Strengthens the ankles and legs
    • Tones the abdomen
    • Improves balance and posture
  • 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.

  • It’s good to be 7

    The Truth About Newton Running

    Like a carefree first-grader effortlessly bounding across the playground, Newton Running celebrated its 7th birthday in late March at the IRONMAN triathlon in Oceanside, California. My co-founder Jerry Lee and I began living a dream the day we started Newton Running. A dream founded with a revolutionary idea, a small assortment of demo shoes and a resolve to change not only the world of running, but through giving back, perhaps even change the world.


    As I reflect on the past seven years, and Newton’s growing place in the running market, I have never been more proud of the direction of our company or inspired by the uplifting daily reminders of the positive impact we've had on runners around the globe. Perhaps most gratifying is Newton’s unwavering commitment to a consistent set of innovative beliefs that have guided the company from its earliest days and led so many runners to find a home with the Newton tribe.

    At Newton, we believe in:

    Helping You Run Better:

    • There's a "Right" way to run. This doesn't mean all runners run alike or that you must run a certain way to enjoy running or the unique benefits of Newton running shoes. Simply that the best-practice fundamentals of posture, position and cadence apply to us all. And when followed, they lead to healthier more efficient running. 


    • Every runner can run better. Did you know that running form drills are a standard part of the training regimens for most of the elite athletes who work with Newton? We learn to swim, to ride a bike, to follow a disciplined training plan. A small focus on the fundamentals of running can yield enormous benefits for us all.


    • No other running shoe helps improve your running like a Newton. Our lightweight, level platform and patented Action/Reaction technology supports better, more efficient running through maximized ground-to-foot energy transmission. There's nothing else like it.


    The lasting power of personal relationships:

    • Virtually every Saturday, I lead a group run form clinic out of the Newton Running Lab in Boulder, Colorado. This opportunity to connect with fellow runners as they experience the Newton difference and discover the feel of efficient running is always one of the most rewarding parts of my week. 


    • If you attend a major marathon or IRONMAN expo, chances are good that Jerry Lee or I will be there, usually on our hands and knees fitting customers in shoes. We live for our running community. Personally engaging with new and seasoned runners alike who share our passion is and always will be core to our success.


    • Our customer service team is on a first-name basis with an impressive list of Newton runners, many of whom have been loyal Newtonites since our 2007 launch and proudly display a closet full of colorful Newtons from virtually every launch. We are so grateful for their loyalty.


    In giving back:

    • We founded Newton with the goal of establishing a double bottom line. Profitability supporting the committed team that makes Newton run, while also sharing in our success with those less fortunate, or in crisis. To date Newton has given more than $1.5 million to charitable causes. 


    • From trail clean-ups, to food drives to evenings serving meals to those in need, giving back together bonds our team in unbreakable ways.

    It's good to be Seven. Thanks to all of you who have joined us for the ride and here's to along run into the future.

  • Meet The Dogs Of Newton - Week 16 Hello Ollie

    Dogs of NewtonI’m a dog’s dog. You know, a ball-chasing, pretty-boy, shoe-chewer who craves constant attention. Yep, that’s me.

    My name : Ollie Foppa Dunn. Don’t start with the middle name. The dork that named me had some unhealthy obsession with a former Colorado Avalanche star and wanted to live out his failed hockey dreams through me. Doesn’t he know dogs can’t skate? I am one world-class belly-sliding snow dog, however. Give me a hilly Boulder snow run and I’ll out-glissade any Newton clad biped. I’m fast (downhill at least).

    While I’m honored to be featured here, truth is I almost never get invited to the Newton offices. Seems my fancy-pants dad thinks monitoring my trash can obsession all day may disrupt his productivity. I call that an inflated sense of self-importance. It’s a good thing he’s in the shoe business. Where’s that bright-orange one? Woof.

  • Experience Spartan World Championships With a 14 Year-Old

    I sat on the steep hillside with a 5-gallon bucket of gravel between my legs, protecting it from spilling. This was just a temporary stop to collect my strength as I climbed up the Killington, Vermont ski run. It was a brutal reminder that ski slopes are for skiing down and that is it! This same obstacle was my biggest challenge at my first Spartan Beast several months ago in Utah. The sight of a bucket now makes me cringe. Descending the hillside, with my bucket in my arms, I thought I might actually cry. As I dumped my gravel into the bin at the end, successfully completing the obstacle, I said to myself, “Pull yourself together, you still have a long way to go.”

    Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013-start line

    Show Time

    I had no idea this race would be so hard. Standing at the start line, I felt welcomed amongst my new Spartan family. I appreciated the cheers and well wishes from my fellow racers as my name was called to the start line of the Spartan World Championships. I found myself standing amongst some of the world’s greatest athletes. There were Olympians from around the globe as well as Xterra, USTAF and Trail World Champions, Professional Obstacle Course Racers, Adventure Racers, triathletes and marathon winners. This talented group of athletes, including the Spartan Pro Team, will be featured in the NBC Sports Network TV special about the World Championships on October 19th.

    Given Spartan’s history and the presence of NBC TV, most of us assumed we were about to embark on the toughest, most grueling 13-mile course ever designed by Spartan. Little did we know how humbling the day would be—the steep climbs, cold water and grueling course would sideline even some of the world’s most fit athletes.

    Climbing & Descending

    The first part of the course was mainly a steep never-ending trail climb up the hills of Killington Ski Resort. I was happy with my selection of running this course in my Newton Distance. I knew there would be a lot of serious climbing so I chose to stay on the lighter side with my shoes. I had done my last Spartan Beast in my Newton All-weathers. The unique lug design of Newton shoes is not only great for forefoot running but also provides great traction on these difficult courses. Spartans were once again falling, slipping and sliding on the steep descents and I was able to keep my footing. There were a few walls and round hay bails to climb on our way up, which is always fun.

    Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013-wall traverse

    Living and training at 7,000 feet in Park City, UT, as well as only carrying 98 pounds on my small frame, was a great advantage on the first part of the course. I was surprised to find myself hanging with many of the elite females for the first six to seven miles. It was only when we encountered the heavy obstacles, that their more adult bodies became a huge advantage for them.

    Two-thirds My Weight

    Upon reaching one of the few black diamond ski runs at Killington, I peered up the steep slope.  As far up the mountain as I could see, it was just a stream of racers carrying something. As I approached a pile of sandbags, I quickly realized there was only one size. Many of the weighted obstacles at Spartan Races have female and male sized weights. This was the World Championships, though, what was I thinking. There was no time to stop and think. This was a race!

    Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013-60#sandbag carry

    As a competitive athlete, you learn to improvise as you go. I wasn’t sure how I would handle this heavy obstacle but knew I just had to get moving with it. I grabbed my sandbag, tossed it up onto my back and began the long trek. I would alternate carrying the weight on one shoulder, then the other. When both shoulders got fatigued, I would place it evenly across my upper back and neck.  The one thought I had the entire time was, “Why is a 14-year-old girl carrying what a grown man is carrying?” At the time, I had no idea I was carrying 60 pounds, literally two-thirds my body weight. All I knew was, “It was heavy”.  It was only after the race, that I had learned the actual weight we were all carrying.

    Burpees & Perseverence

    The Hercules Hoist gave me my first set of burpees. A cement bucket is hooked to a pulley system.  You must use a rope to pull the bucket up to the top. As I started to hoist the bucket up, I would quickly find myself being pulled up in the air as the bucket returned to the ground. “You got to be kidding me! I’ve done this before. This cement bucket must be heavier than my last race.” After being lifted off the ground several times and only getting the weight half way up, I realized Hercules would win today. I immediately started doing my 30 burpees.

    Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013-rope climb

    During the entire race I was reminded, “I had it easy.” I was not carrying a tumor, like my new friend, Iram Leon. He is 32 years old and living with an inoperable brain tumor, yet not letting it slow him down. I had two healthy legs unlike the amputee that crawled up the entire Killington ski slope on his hands and knees or like the female amputee who stood at the start line with me. I was able to just be at the event, unlike my dad and many others that left this world too soon. It wasn’t hard to put my pain aside and persevere.

    Having previewed the course the day before, I knew the water obstacles would come at miles seven and ten. Seeing all the water on this course, I also knew I wanted a shoe that had great drainage, not one that would hold water. I had poured water in my Newton trainers prior to the race to see how quickly it would drain out. Unlike many Spartans, I was not intimidated by the water, but rather excited. As a two-time triathlon national champion, I had been battling it out in the water since I was five years old. I didn’t take into account, however, how much wearing shoes affected your ability to swim. I was especially glad I didn’t wear a hydration pack like so many did. It would have been yet another thing to weigh me down as I swam across the frigid water and climbed up the rope climbs.

    Tarzan & The Tyrolean Traverse

    The Tarzan Swing was nearly impossible! I heard of only one female who made it successfully across. This obstacle consisted of ladders and ropes suspended from a bridge in the middle of a lake. After swimming out and climbing up to the top of the bridge, there were about five or six little ropes. One had to swing across these ropes to get to the bell. I made it across two ropes then fell about ten feet into the lake.  As I swam to shore, my only thought was, "I think I’m turning into an ice cube." As I crawled onto shore, it was burpee time again.

    Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013-barb wire

    Next up, the Tyrolean Traverse. Imagine a rope suspended across water; a kids dream, an adult’s nightmare! I may have moved slower than Sid, the two-toed sloth, but I made it! I hung below the rope with just my knees and elbows draped over the long rope that spanned the freezing cold, irrigation pond for the ski resort. There was no way I was going to fall off that rope, swim to shore, do 30 burpees and then have to reattempt it again. It was pretty intimidating seeing Elite men wrapped in a foil blanket at the edge of the water, hypothermic and unable to continue on. Today, the Tyrolean Rope would separate the winners from the losers. All I could think was, “Just hang on!” I have some great rope burns on my arms to show for my effort.

    Tyrolean Traverse- Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013

    Pushing Beyond

    The Spartan World Championships pushed me farther, mentally and physically, than I have ever been pushed before. However, with this being said, I know I have not reached my limit. There is always a take home lesson I learn from every race; whether it is a triathlon, a marathon, an aerial skiing competition or a Spartan Race. Spartan reminded me how crucial the mental component of a sport can be. Even if your body wants to give up, you can usually mentally keep pushing on and many times your body will recover. If you give up mentally though, it is over immediately.

    Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013-fire jump

    For many, crossing the finish line on Saturday was the end of their race weekend. Placing first in the world in the 19 & under open division and 28th amongst the elite females was perhaps my greatest accomplishment ever. However, the most important race to me was actually the next day. For the first time, Spartan offered a charity race. Beat up and exhausted but willing to do it all again, my team of five athletes, Team Winter, set out Sunday morning to try to capture the Spartan Charity Race Title. Our team raced for the 1 in 6 men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, the cancer that took my 40 year-old-dad from me when I was only 9-years-old.

    We were expected to navigate a two- to three-mile course, with the fastest three times from each team counting. Seeing some of Spartan’s best obstacle course racers smiling at the start line Sunday and getting their “Spartan On” for something bigger than themselves was a great sight. These guys and gals went out with revenge and were ready to give everything they had left for their cause. Although Team Winter took 2nd place by only a few seconds, we were proud to stand on the podium as one of the top five teams in the world. Each team took prize money home for their charity and most importantly raised awareness for their cause.

    Finish Line Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013

    Spartan World Championships was great training as I headed into my sixth marathon on October 12th on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island—my second to last continent on my world marathon tour for prostate cancer awareness. Keep following Newton for my next race report!

    Never Give In!


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