Just for Fun

  • 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 social@newtonrunning.com, 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://http://www.newtonrunning.com/feel-newton/newton-is-different


    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: https://chefsroll.com/justincogley or follow him on instagram to see where he's running today: https://instagram.com/justincogley/




  • 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.

  • Bachelorettes Gone Wild

    Part Three


    What was the best and worst part of running the Grand Canyon?

    Kara - The best part was running down the canyon at 4am into complete darkness with a bunch of crazy awesome chicks. There was just this epic sense of adventure and an incredible feeling of excitement. And nothing hurt yet which was a plus. The worst part was the complete loss of skin on the top of both feet. After running in the rain for 7 hours it seems that my skin gave up and abandoned ship. It looks like my feet have been boiled. Seriously…I can’t put shoes on.

    Cody - I don’t know if I could pin point that. The day was a total adventure from start to finish, the scenery was epic, the terrain was incredibly challenging, both mentally and physically. I guess the best part is the memories that we have from the entire day. It was truly the adventure of a lifetime.

    Sabina - To be honest the day was full of epic highs and major lows for me. The worst part for me was from mile 31-38 lets just say I was in pretty bad shape…soaking wet, in pain, and with 6 hours to go. The best part… well there are so many moments that come to mind but what really made it all worth it was at mile 45 the sky’s cleared and this amazing rainbow shot out from the middle of the Grand Canyon, it was a good friend saying hello. 

    Would you do it again?

    Kara - Maybe. It was an incredible experience but I’m ready for something new! What’s the next grand adventure going to be??

    Cody - You know, I think running the Grand Canyon should be a bucket list run, that said… I checked it off my list and have no plans of going back

    Sabina - I think that question is tricky.  If you asked me at mile 40 I would say NEVER AGAIN! But looking back on it now Never say Never. 

    Any Advice for someone wanting to run R2R2R?

    Kara - Be prepared for changes in weather. We were very happy that we packed rain gear and an extra base layer when 7 hours of thunderstorms rolled in.

    Don’t forget to eat! The easiest way to bonk is by forgetting to eat. Even if you don’t feel hungry, keep that food coming. We each packed a variety of snacks from pizza rolls to Fig Newtons, GUs and everything in between. You never know what you’ll end up craving so the more options the better!

    Remember, it always gets better. No matter how terrible you’re feeling, things will turn around and you’ll be laughing at the meltdown you’re having in no time.

    Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the views, laugh and have fun. This is supposed to be fun, even if it may not feel like it all the time. If you’re not enjoying it, then why even bother!

    Cody - Definitely plan out the route you're taking. The Grand Canyon is a total beast and if you get down there unprepared you still have to somehow make it back out. Plan on having extreme low points and extreme high points - if you're expecting that roller coaster of emotions, it's much easier to deal with. Lastly, know where the water stops are and plan to bring a variety of things to eat so you don't get flavor fatigue. Oh and definitely bring a poncho. 

    Sabina - YES! Knowing what I know now I would have done a lot of things a little different. 1) Don’t underestimate the Grand Canyon and mother nature, ITS A BEAST!  2) Train on the steepest mountain you can find, hike up it and run down over and over! 3) Enjoy every moment of it even if you are miserable because its EPIC! Good Luck :)

    GC9 At the top of the South rim the day before running rim to rim to rim. We were shocked and a little terrified at how massive the Grand Canyon really is.
    GC3 3am start at the South rim of the Grand Canyon.
    GC8 Ready to get rolling on our all day mission of running from the South rim of the Grand Canyon to the North rim... and then back to the South rim. A long day to say the least.
    GC12 Hiking up the North rim. A brutal climb that puts you at 8,200 feet.
    gc14 Finally a break from running up hill! We made up a lot of time running back down the North rim.
    gc16 We quickly realized that around every corner was the perfect photo op, but we had to limit ourselves in order to finish before dark.
    GC10 The last 7 hours were mainly spent in the rain. We had to accept it and move on with the fact that our ponchos were our new best friend.
    photo Words cannot describe how happy we were in this moment to reach the top of the South rim again.

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