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Craig Alexander Chats with Newton about 70.3 World’s

Posted by on Thursday, September 8, 2011 @ 3:41 pm | Leave a reply

This coming Sunday, September 11 is the first time that the Ironman 70.3 World Championships heads to Las Vegas. For the first time since 2007 2-time Ironman World Champ and Newton athlete Craig Alexander will be toeing the line. We had a chance to have a quick chat with Craig to check in before the first of two big races.

Sir Isaac: So Craig, are you excited for the race this weekend?

Craig Alexander: I am! You know, I haven’t really raced much this year since I was dealing with a viral infection that kind of threw off my schedule. I got my Kona slot by winning at Ironman Coeur d’Alene and felt great in that race. Now I’m really feeling good and rested.

SI: After having been away from Ironman 70.3 World’s for a few years, do you have any feelings going into it?

CA: I’m excited, you know? I’ve always felt that this is my best distance and I always do a 70.3 four weeks out from Kona (Ironman 70.3 Muskoka) so this fits right in with that. I went back to Clearwater (the former site of the Ironman 70.3 World’s) in 2007 because I though it was the right thing to do after having won the title in 2006 but I haven’t been back since. It’s always a hard doing Kona and then doing a 70.3 four weeks later.

SI: Any thoughts on the new venue in Las Vegas versus Clearwater?

CA: The new course is a bit more of a test and certainly not as flat as the course in Clearwater. The wind in Vegas can often be a good test to see what it’ll be like in Kona.

 

Craig gets an impromptu ice bath in the creek with Lucy and Aussie

 

SI: How does this race fit into your training and lead up to Kona?

CA: The timing of this race is better with 70.3 World’s coming before Kona. As I mentioned before, since I normally do a 70.3 four weeks out from Kona, I haven’t really had to change my schedule for this race. I am focused on this race though. I’m going into this weekend thinking there’s nothing else on the schedule.

SI: Knowing that the new MV² is available, what model of Newton will we see you in this weekend?

CA: I’ve always worn the Distance S so I’m going to stick with what I know works and what I’m used to. The MV² is a great shoe but it’s not something that I’d want to switch to halfway through the season.

SI: On a slightly different note, what’s your favorite pre-race dinner?

CA: Usually pasta with some protein, maybe some chicken. I have a pretty good diet in general so I don’t really have to change it too much. I think your body gets used to eating a certain way and it’s best to just stick with what works.

SI: What are Aussie’s (Craig’s son) long runs up to now?

CA: About the length of the driveway! Actually he’s more into ball sports like football (soccer for us Americans in the crowd). Lucy (Craig’s daughter) is actually more of the endurance athlete. She’s at swim squad several days a week and is running races here and there.

We’d like to wish Craig all the best this weekend in Las Vegas. The whole crew here in Boulder as well as as those in Las Vegas will be cheering every swim stroke, turn of the pedals and step of the run! Go get ‘em Craig!

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Race Report: Wendy Mader – Trifecta

Posted by on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 @ 10:06 am | Leave a reply

In 2010 I was the Boulder Irongirl winner and was comped an entry into the 2011 race. Since Irongirl was one of my strongest performances in 2010 I decided I would definitely be back to defend my title.

Two months before Irongirl 2011 I found out about a GOTRIbal contest to have dinner with Chrissie Wellington on August 26th, the night before Irongirl. I was one of 10 winners chosen. Two weeks before Irongirl I found out I could stay at my friend’s house in Steamboat so I registered for the Steamboat Triathlon. The race was August 28th, the day after Irongirl.

The Trifecta weekend. Friday night dinner with Chrissie, Irongirl Sprint Saturday followed by Steamboat Olympic Distance Triathlon Sunday.

I drove to Boulder Friday afternoon, enjoying a long chat with Dave Ward, Diamond BeachBody coach, then stopping to pick up Dura Race Wheels in Berthoud from my Timex Teammate Kim Hager. Thanks Kim! I picked up my race packet at the Boulder Reservoir before heading to Bacco for girls night out with Chrissie. There, 10 wonderful GOTRIbal women shared stories, laugher and friendship (refer to blog post Dinner with Chrissie).

Saturday morning I headed to Boulder Rez to race the Irongirl Sprint Triathlon (400 swim, 17 mile bike, 5k run). Coming off Ironman Lake Placid on July 25th and the Horsetooth
10k Swim the previous weekends, I did not know what to expect when it came to racing a sprint, since I have not been doing traditional speed workouts***.

The Irongirl course is the same at the Boulder Sprint Triathlon course expect only a ¼ mile vs ½ mile swim. I was in the 4th wave and seemed to have passed most women in the first 3 waves. It felt good to run to t1, no nagging ankle or calf pain. The bike course was fast, I averaged 23.5 mph. Quick t2. Again if felt so good to run without any injuries holding me back, quick leg speed and calm breathing. I knew I was gonna have strong finish and was blown away by my 19:29 5k time. I was pleasantly surprised with the results of my race on Saturday. I beat my time from 2010 by 2 minutes.

After awards I quickly transitioned to my car. Drove 75 minutes to Fort Collins, lots of traffic, to let the dogs out. Then picked up my husband Don on my way up Poudre Canyon, 3 hours to Steamboat. After arriving in Steamboat, packet pickup, dinner with friends, the leg fatigue was setting in. I spent $6 for 20 lb bag of ice followed by a 20 minute ice bath, the ultimate recovery before bed. (http://running.competitor.com/2011/08/videos/recovery-the-ice-bath_15966)

My legs felt great Sunday morning. I had no expectations for my race performance other then to do what I could on that day. I was having a great weekend already.

Racing Steamboat on Sunday was my first time doing the entire triathlon. I had been there the first year and swam as a team which made me aware of the weeds in Catamount Lake. The bike and run course is rolling, a fair course for those that are strong climbers and those that prefer flat lands. The rollers were not that steep, short enough to sit or stand and power over. I had some moments on the bike that I was not pushing myself, the thought that someone might pass me on the bike kept me focused to push harder when I caught myself slacking. I was surprised to average 23.2mph even more surprised how good my legs felt on the run. The most difficult part of the run was the steep hill at the turnaround. In the end, I raced my fastest finish time for an Olympic distance triathlon and was the overall winner of the Steamboat Triathlon.

The weekend ended with a drive back to Fort Collins from Steamboat Springs. Two days, two distances, two wins, plus an amazing dinner with a world-class leader and triathlete and a great group of peers.

Here are pictures and a video from the race. The weather was perfect Sunday.
http://www.steamboattoday.com/photos/galleries/2011/aug/29/2011-steamboat-springs-triathlon/

*** My “untraditional” approach to speed work consisted of Insanity the Asylum, a 30-day BeachBody program I started on August 1st. I had completed Insanity and P90X in the winter 2010 and spring 2011 as an injury resistance program then stopped in May to focus on Ironman training. After completing Insanity, the next step in the progression is Insanity the Asylum. Having some left leg pain from from Ironman Lake Placid, I was able to minimize the pain in August spending some time with adjusting my bike fit and strengthening my glutes/core with Insanity the Asylum.

www.getfit-getstong-getfast-getwendy.com

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Change of Pace

Posted by on Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 2:30 pm | Leave a reply

Stephen Gartside, COO Newton Running

32 years of running marathons, I thought it was time for a change of pace and living in Colorado I turned to the trails and discovered I like ultra running.  This past weekend I did the North Fork 50, only my 6th ultra, but with a plan in mind.  That plan is to try the Leadville 100 once in my life.  This is the year and the training has been both challenging and fun.  I miss the roads a little bit, but the adventures on the trail have been great.  My strategy has been simply more miles, slower pace, lots of trails and some high elevation training.  I run a lot early in the morning before work, so a lot of my runs have by on trails lit only by my head lamp and the moon.  Living and training in the mountain above 8,000ft I have come across raccoons, deer, elk, coyotes, foxes and even one mountain lion.  I have run a lot of miles solo, but enjoy when I can get friends to head out early with me.

Just a few more big training weeks and it’s time to start a little taper.  On race day, I have a few of my best running buddies including my wife pacing me for the last 50 miles.  It’s a 4am start four Saturdays from now, and I hope to finish before the sun rises that next Sunday morning.

We all love running at Newton and put the shoes to the test ourselves.  I can say I have gone through a few more pairs of Newton Running shoes this year putting in the 100 mile weeks.

Happy trails.

 

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Race Roundup: Downhill Mile, Dawg Days XTERRA, Ironman Austria

Posted by on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 @ 12:56 pm | Leave a reply

The Downhill Mile

A few weeks after racing in Western Africa, Roberto Mandje placed second at The Downhill Mile road race in Superior, Colorado, on July 4th.

“I figured it’d be fun to race such a short
distance,” says Mandje, who clocked 4:10 on the fast course. “I would’ve liked to run quicker,
but with zero speed work and barely a week after returning from Africa, I’ll take it. I always enjoy racing  and supporting local races.”

 

Colbert Tops Women’s Field at the Dawg Days XTERRA

After breaking her foot during the run leg of the Dawg Days XTERRA offroad triathlon a few years ago, Lucia Colbert, 54, was thrilled to find herself leading the women’s field at this year’s race, held on June 25th in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She rocked the 0.5-mile swim, 12-mile mountain bike and 4-mile trail run with a total time of 2:06:00 and the overall women’s victory.

“I didn’t have my best day because of a sore hamstring, but ended up winning by staying steady,” says Colbert. “I wore my Lady Issac Guidance Trainers to protect my toes from all the rocks. In fact, the men’s overall winner also broke his toe on the run!”

Find full results here: http://xterraplanet.com/races/view_results.cfm?race_id=1222

Awesome at Ironman Austria

Belgian Marino Vanhoenacker won the men's race in 7:45:59.

“There’s nothing quite like the “Big Show” of Ironman Austria,” says Newton Running athlete Meredith Dolhare. “They’ve been doing this event for a long time, and have it down right. The swim was beautiful, the bike was one of my favorite courses ever, and the run can be super fast. Spectator and volunteer support are second to none for a European race.”

Dolhare had a great race in Klagenfurt, Austria, on July 1, especially considering that she had completed Ironman France just one week earlier. Her time of 11:35:22 placed her 26th in her age group.

“I went faster in all three disciplines, and my legs held up pretty well,” says says. “I was very surprised to have ridden so well, however, I wish I could have carried that into the run. Incredibly enough, the top-five women in my age group went under 10 hours. Last year, my time would have been ninth, so I am kind of shocked at the placement.”

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Race Roundup: Patriot Half, Eagleman and Mooseman 70.3

Posted by on Friday, July 1, 2011 @ 10:53 am | Leave a reply

Wendy Mader’s Report from the Boulder Sunrise and Kansas 70.3 Triathlon

“June is early for me to be racing. I train primary indoors November through May, with plenty of functional strength training over the winter and spring. I love summer because my schedule allows me to get outside more in the hot temperatures.  After taking five months off swimming (October to February), I swam about a dozen times.  I have struggled with injuries the past two seasons and was unsure how my running would go this year. Cycling is still my weakness yet my favorite event to train.

In the Boulder Olympic Distance race,  I swim a fast 1.5 k, the swim must have been short, then made up for it a week later swimming  a long 1.2 mile course in  Kansas. Both races I was first out of the water in my wave.

My bike felt strong at each race. Two very different course terrain. I love the mostly downhill course that Boulder has to offer, not a fan of the rolling, bacon strip type course in Kansas. I felt strong both weekends and came off the bike first in my wave. I guess I am getting stronger on the bike.

Leading both races after the bike I was worried about hanging on to my lead during the run, struggling the past two year. This year I feel like my running is back on form.  In Boulder my calf tightened up and I held back on the run, still finishing strong, taking first female overall.  In Kansas, I ran my fastest half marathon after biking. I won my age group and a slot to Vegas 70.3 World Championships.

Next I’m looking forward to Ironman Lake Placid July 24th!”

Hellstedt Scores Fourth at Patriot Half

Triathlete Brett Hellstedt placed fourth among the elite competitors (seventh overall) at the Patriot Half in East Freetown, MA on June 18. His time was 4:29:11 for the half-distance triathlon south of Boston. The course involved a one-loop swim in a clean, clear lake, two loop bike on flat, country roads and one loop run on rolling quite roads.

“I don’t really have the volume of training to expect a great half result at this point,” says Hellstedt. “That said, I was pleased with my day.  It was the hottest temperature I have experienced all spring which made the run a bit of a struggle but all in all was  very pleased with the race and my day.”

Find full results here: http://www.sunmultisportevents.com/Patriot_Triathlon/2011_Results.htm

Holderbaum Hangs Tough at Eagleman 70.3

In his build up to the World Championships in Kona, triathlete Chad Holderbaum raced his sixth Eagleman 70.3 triathlon in Cambridge, MD, on a hot day in June. He placed 9th amateur overall, taking fifth in the 30-34 age group with a time of 4 hours 17 minutes.

“The day went really well for me and I had a personal best by 11 minutes on the course,” says Holderbaum. “I really pushed my pace on the bike and averaged over 25mph. And even though I faded some on the run, I still managed to run a 1:29 half marathon in the grueling heat thanks to my awesome Distance Light Weight Trainers!

Pierre-Olivier Dupuis Has “Best Race” Mooseman Ironman 70.3

It was a great day for Pierre-Olivier Dupuis, who has his best race ever at the Mooseman Ironman 70.3 in New Found Lake, New Hampshire on June 5.

Dupuis finished the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13-mile run with a time of 5:21:20, placing him 11th in his age group.

 

“This was my fifth half Ironman, but my first in the 70.3 series,” says Dupuis. “The water was cold as hell at just 57 degrees. This was the hardest course I’ve ever done with long steep hills, but it turned out to be my best ever race. It and second-fastest 70.3 race and I ran my best half marathon off the bike (1:39:00)!

This race came on the heels of completing the Sorel-Tracy Duathlon on May 15 (where he finished second in his age group), and Oka’s Sprint Triathlon on May 29, where he finished 11th overall (first in his age group) with a time of 1:13:30.

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Race Roundup: Britton Memorial Tri, Rev3 Quassy 70.3

Posted by on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 8:51 am | Leave a reply

Smith Fourth at Buster Britton Memorial Sprint Tri

Newton Running athlete Neal Smith placed fourth in his age group at the Buster Briton Memorial Triathlon in Pelham, Alabama on June 11.

The 25-year-old sprint-distance triathlon took place at the beautiful Oak Mountain State Park and is one of the longest running triathlons in Alabama. The race honors the life of Buster Britton–one of the Birmingham area’s original triathletes that lost his life in a fun run after completing the Hawaii Ironman only a short time earlier.

“Despite an extremely hilly course and high temperatures, I bettered my time from last year by over 8 minutes,” says Smith, who finished 29th overall with a time of 1:05:53. “I improved most significantly on the run thanks to my Newton Light Weight Distance Trainers!”

Revved Up at Rev3 70.3

The Rev3 Quassy 70.3 Triathlon boasts an amazing venue with an extremely hilly bike course and very challenging (though beautiful) run in Middlebury, CT.

At the June 4th event, Andrew Salmon placed 15th in his age group (63rd overall) against a very competitive field.

“My day went well despite not having the greatest swim,” says Salmon. “I rode the bike smart hoping to put a solid run up on the board. Thankfully proper pacing on the bike allowed me a to post a top-nine run for my age group of 1 hour 23 minutes.”

Josh Gelman, television producer for 48 Hours, also competed at Rev3 Quassy, is pictured here wearing the Gravity Neutral Performance Trainers.












Another Hot Day at Eagleman 70.3

Newton Running athlete Chad Holderbaum raced at the Eagleman 70.3 Triathlon in Cambridge, Maryland last weekend, his sixth time at the half-Ironman event.

As always, the heat is a challenge and it is a great course gearing up for Kona,” says Holderbaum. “The day went really well for me and I had a personal best by 11 minutes on the course. I really pushed the bike and averaged over 25mph and even though I faded some on the run, I still managed to run a 1:29 half marathon in the grueling heat!

Holderbaum finished 9th amateur overall and 5th in the 30-34 age group with a time of 4:17.

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Race Roundup: XTERRA Moab, Teva Mountain Games and More!

Posted by on Monday, June 6, 2011 @ 4:11 pm | Leave a reply


MORF in Moab

Team MORF was back at the races last weekend, with Debby Sullivan placing 9th women (first in her age group) at the XTERRA Moab triathlon in Utah.

“The race went well for the most part,” says Sullivan. “It has been really hard to mountain bike much or spend time time running on trails since they are all still covered in snow up here in the Colorado mountains.

The swim started out in Ken’s Lake and it was cold!  I got in the water extra early to adjust, which helped me tremendously. The swim went smoothly and I felt good during most of the mountain bike. The course was very technical but I was had fun and pushed hard on the out-and-back Steelbender Trail.

At the bike turnaround I was in fourth place, but the return trip I did not go as smoothly. I held strong despite not being at my full strength due to an injury to a month-old ankle injury, but continued to do well during the run until I rolled my ankle and hobbled the last 2.5 miles to the finish.”

Read more about Debby’s race on her blog, dsulli.blogspot.com and an article about the race on Sky Hi Daily News.

Jeremy Freed Second at Teva Mountain Games 10K

Less than a week after winning the citizen’s division at the Bolder Boulder 10K, Newton Running’s Jeremy Freed placed second against a stacked field at the Teva Mountain Games Spring Runoff 10K trail race in Vail, Colorado. Freed, wearing the MV2 Speed Racer on muddy and partially snow-covered trails, battled against national trail-running champion Max King before King pulled ahead for the win in 41:30. Freed finished just 10 seconds back.

Check out this article for a race recap and photos on Examiner.com.




Roberto Mandje Third in Half Marathon Despite Run-In with Taxi

Newton Running’s Roberto Manje completed the toughest race of his career last weekend in West Africa, finishing third in the long half-marathon course with a time of 1:12:50, despite being hit by a car mid-race.

“The race started at 10:30 a.m. instead of the scheduled 8:00, by which time the 90+ degree heat combined with 95% humidity was brutal,” says Manje. “On top of all that, the race was 23.5K (instead of the usual 21.1K half-marathon distance.) But the toughest challenge was getting nicked in the hand and side by a taxi. YES! The race organizers didn’t even close the roads so cars zoomed by the whole way. When the taxi hit me, I fell down momentarily passed out before getting up and finishing the race. I’m happy to be alive and survive all the carnage to finish third!”

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Freed is Fast at Bolder Boulder 10K Citizen’s Race

Posted by on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 @ 12:53 pm | Leave a reply

On Memorial Day weekend, 54,000 runners toed the line of the start line of the 33rd annual Bolder Boulder 10K, including Newton Running employee Jeremy Freed. Freed pulled away in the first mile to win the highly competitive race by a 40-second margin. The victory was sweet for the runner, who competed in track (1,500 meters) for the University of Colorado, but spent much of his college career hampered by injuries.

“My pre-race goal was to ideally finish in the top few individuals and I figured that it would take somewhere around 30:30 to do so,” says Freed. “I hadn’t raced the Bolder Boulder since I was a sophomore in high school, so I was excited to be able to be part of such a great running event again.

I started out in the top 10 and ran a very comfortable 4:48 for the first mile. At about a 1.25 to 1.5 miles, the pace started to lag and I decided to take the lead. I never relinquished the lead and it was exciting to finish up in Folsom Field in front of a great crowd! My 30:28 finishing time was a PR [personal record], which is always satisfying.”

Read more about Freed’s race in this Boulder Daily Camera article.

The elite race brought many elite runners to Newton Running’s home town of Boulder, Colorado, including American distance star Ryan Hall (center) and 2007 NCAA National Cross Country Running Champion, Josh McDougal, pictured here with Newton Running‘s Kara Henry. Hall finished 7th (top American) in the men’s elite race.  For full results, visit: http://bolderboulder2011.onlineraceresults.com/

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Race Roundup: Early Season Triathlons Test Athletes

Posted by on Friday, May 27, 2011 @ 2:50 pm | Leave a reply

Fast out of the Blocks

It’s only May and yet triathlete Andrew Block has raced more than many of us race in a year! He sent us recap of his season so far:

“I started the year racing well and looking great in my special-edition Newton Running PCF Distance Racers and new Team BC/Newton/MultiSports Gear! My first race was the Carlsbad Half Marathon, where I again placed seventh in my age group (40-44).

Three weeks later I competed at the San Diego Half marathon where I set a half-marathon PR on the hilly course and placed fifth.

On February 27, I ran in pro triathlete Kate Major’s Run to Help the Aussie Flood Victims, where Beaker Concepts donated product and of course ran a very fast Beach 5K, followed by the Palm Springs Triathlon, where I placed fifth yet again.

Last Spring Race was the Rhoto Oceanside 70.3. As it was always a “B” race, my main goal was to have a fast run. Alas, I developed leg cramps during the swim, and when it came time to run, my fast legs were not there. Regardless, I managed a commendable run and was happy to have a FRESH pair of Newton Running Light Weight Trainers, I believe is the best shoe for me!

Now I’m preparing for the Fontana Half Marathon on June 4, while we await word on getting into the St. George Marathon where, in 2010, I qualified for the Boston Marathon again with a more than 20-minute cushion.

Lemos Has a Great Day at Columbia Triathlon

On Sunday, Christopher Lemos competed in Maryland’s Columbia Triathlon, which is one of the most challenging and longest running (EST 1984) Olympic distance races in the USA; attracting world-class professional and amateur athletes from around the globe.

Lemos shaved over five minutes off his race time over last year’s Columbia Triathlon. He exited the water in fourth place and moved up to third during the bike portion, and then into second during the run. Unfortunately, that’s when things unraveled a bit and in the last couple of miles, Lemos’s pace slowed, yet he still finished a very respectable fourth out of 132 (in the 30-34 age group) with time of 2:09:27.

His next race is the Subaru Eagleman 70.3 Ironman on June 12th.

Team MORF is Without Limits

Vanessa Carmean competed at last weekend’s Without Limits Summer Open Sprint Triathlon, and in her report on the MORF Racing Team blog, managed to have a lot of fun despite going off course.

“I had a bit of a mix up on the bike course but it was a beautiful morning and I was excited to be racing again!” reports Vanessa. “I had taken some time off from running while I tried to rest and repair what I thought was a running-related injury (but was really just a result of doing too much too soon), but was what really helped was doing some exercises. My last two races were really the most running I’ve done in a few months, but I have a green light to resume training now, so I’m looking forward to that.

Read her race report here: http://morfracing.blogspot.com/2011/05/without-limits-summer-open-or-5-great.html

 

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Newton Athlete Jeremy Freed Motivates Kids to Run

Posted by on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 8:54 am | Leave a reply

Newton Athlete Jeremy Freed recently began a series of presentations about the value of exercise and good nutrition to hundreds of kids  at Parmalee Elementary in Indian Hills, Colorado, Marshdale Elementary in Evergreen, Colorado, and West Jefferson Middle School in Evergreen, Colorado.

“A parent involved with organizing the a kid’s race called the Evergreen Rodeo Stampede Fun Run asked me to  speak to the local students about the importance of running and exercise, sharing my experiences in sports and the importance of proper nutrition for long-term health,” says Freed.

Freed also got the kids fired up about an upcoming race called the Kid’s Rodeo Stampede Fun Run, sponsored by Newton Running, on May 28, as a chance to get a taste of the thrill and sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing a race.  The competition includes a 1-mile, 2-mile and a 50-yard dash. “Spreading the message of youth health literacy is extremely important and, as an athlete, I feel that I can be a good example and provide a meaningful message,” says Freed.

“The kids really responded well to the 45-minute presentation,” says Freed. “I spoke for a bit and then got them off the floor and running in place, doing plyometrics and stretching. The kids then got to ask questions about the presentation before they returned to class.

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