• 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.







    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.

  • 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

    Julie 2

    “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.”

  • Home Victory

    Visualize what you want to happen in a race, and as Detroit native Mike Andersen discovered, it might just come true.


    For professional runners, we know there are moments that you dream of—running in the Olympics, winning a big event like the New York marathon and, winning a race on your home turf, in front of friends and family. The latter is the victory that took Mike Andersen by surprise when he won the 37th Detroit Free Press / Talmer Bank marathon on Sunday, October 19th.  “You have to plan a little bit, but you don’t really expect for it to happen,” he said of his run.

    For Andersen, who won the race in a personal best of 2:24.54, it was his second time running this race (he placed third in 2011) and only his fourth time running a marathon. As a member of Newton Running Elite Andersen wasn’t confident that the race would go in his favor since his training runs have been limited in recent months. He works full time at the Running Lab in Brighton, Michigan, coaches cross country at nearby Milford High School, and he and his wife (also a Michigan native), welcomed a daughter into the world last March. Although the 27-year-old Andersen’s time still isn’t quite fast enough to reach his goal of qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials in 2016 (he’ll need to run a 2:18 or faster), Andersen says he’s on the right path of dropping time.

    We caught up with him this week to hear the details of his win.

    “The craziest part about the race is that I didn’t take the lead until mile 26 and I wasn’t in the lead group. From step one, I was in third place. The first two guys went out fast and I just focused on my pace, my rhythm. At mile 15, I was 2 minutes back …at mile 19, I was down to a minute and 15 seconds, and I still couldn’t see the leaders. The next mile, I cut it down another 30 seconds and I hadn’t changed pace. I just stayed consistent.

    I had some friends out spectating and I kept asking about fourth place, I was worrying about that more than winning.

    At Mile 22, you come off of Belle Isle and the gap was now down to 45 seconds. Here, we were running along the riverfront and there are a lot of turns between mile 22 and mile 24. So, I still couldn’t see anything.

    When we finally came back to a straightaway, I could see second place and I closed that down quickly. I was 29 seconds back. I could just see first place now on straightaways. A former coach of mine was biking the course and he would pop up from a side road and get a count on first and yell out encouragement like ‘your only 20 seconds down.’

    The race finishes with a right hand turn up a hill that takes you to 26, and then an immediate left hand turn for the final .2 miles. My old coach said if you’ve got a move go now, he’s tired. The last thing he said is ‘7 seconds.’ I thought in 7 seconds I can be right there. I saw him [Zachary Ornelas] at the hill and I made up my mind to pass him quickly and go for it. As I passed him, he gave me a look of ‘nice job,’ he was a defending champion and had gone through some injuries of his own.

    So then my only focus was to turn left and go as hard as I could. I glanced to see how far back he was, and this crazy elation came over me for the last 100 meters. I was fist pumping and starting to cry.

    I kept thinking, stay on your feet. I had 50 meters to go and I couldn’t believe I was going to win the race. Getting to break the tape, it really was overwhelming—to test your self and have it come out perfectly, it’s amazing.

    My mom had my daughter (who was born in March of 2014) at home, but my wife Katie was there and my dad, too. Before anyone came into view near the finish, the announcer said, ‘the defending champion is about to make the turn. Oh wait, we’ve had a change,’ and as they said my name my wife started screaming. They ushered her up to the front to greet me at the finish line. It was one of those things where she was probably less surprised than I was. You know how you’re your own worst enemy. She said, ‘you’re going to do great. You’re fine, you did everything.’ But it’s hard to believe that for yourself.”


    What’s next?

    “This race was a huge confident boost. I have PRed every time, but I keep learning more about myself. I was definitely on top of fueling and figured a lot of things out training wise. I didn’t train as many miles or as crazy as the others. But I was more efficient with my time because I’m a dad now and working.

    It’s not about the watch, but figuring out where your limits are and being able to test them. To get to an Olympic trial time, I think if there is a race where there are more people at my level they may pull me along and help me drop time. And then if I can find a 4-month chunk to train more seriously that may lead me to a faster time.

    Marathons to me are still crazy, it takes a lot mentally to prepare for one. I don’t want to rush into the next one.”

    We know you coach high school kids, what do you tell them?

    “I am probably the more empathetic one (of the team’s three coaches), who puts things in perspective. The biggest thing I show is that it’s not just one day that makes you a good runner it’s an investment over time. Maybe someone isn’t at the front, but over a year you can move up by putting in an honest effort.

    Personally, I don’t have bad races because I don’t think of races as this negative thing, I think of racing as a reward for all the hard work you do. Running in general is like that and there are so many pressures in life, running is the last place you should be stressed out. If you allow yourself to relax and enjoy it you will probably go faster than if you’re concentrating on every single step.

    You also have to allow yourself to visualize success or it won’t happen. If you visualize it, it’s more likely to happen. At the Bolder Boulder, my Newton teammate Nik Schweikert was reading “A Champion’s Mind.” Three weeks ago, I texted Nik and said what’s the name of that book, I’d like to get some motivation. Nik sent me the book and that’s where I got the idea to visualize success. Even though I’m here in Michigan, the Newton team still played a big part in letting me run that well.”

    And what Newtons did you wear?

    “The Distance III, that’s what I reach for pretty much every day. They offer a nice compromise between weight and protection when you get to the later miles.”

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