Race Reports

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

    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!"

  • Race Roundup: Early Season Triathlons Test Athletes

    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

  • Newton Athlete Jeremy Freed Motivates Kids to Run

    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.

  • Race Roundup: Seoul Aquathon, Encinitas 5K, River Run 10K

    2011 Seoul ITU Triathlon Asian Cup

    Oh Young-Hwan (pictured left) was the overall winner of the Aquathalon at the 2011 Asian Triathlon Cup Festival in Korea. ‎The Aquathalon is comprised of a 1.5 swim and 5K run. At the same race, Newton Running athlete Jina Park placed third in her age group.

    Lemos Prime for Columbia Triathlon

    Christopher Lemos of North Bethesda, Maryland, competed in Pikes Peak 10k on April 17 on a brisk and windy day. He had decided to enter the race only the day before as a speedwork session. He placed 10th in his division out of 185 with a time of 34:59, and was 50th male overall against a very competitive field.

    Lemos is gearing up for this Sunday's hilly Columbia Triathlon in Ellicott, Maryland on May 22. "The race includes a 1.5 K swim, 41 K bike and 10K run. I'm starting to taper now and am hopeful for a solid race," says Lemos.

    Block Burns Through Encinitas 5K

    This weekend was California's annual Encinitas Sprint Triathlon Festival, which includes a 5K, a triathlon and duathlon. Andrew Block (pictured here) took a fine second place in the men 40 to 44 age group and was 23rd overall in the 5K.

    "Above all I was thrilled to set a PR of 17:23   in my tried, true and trusted Newton Running Distance Light Weight Trainers!" says Block.

    Lucy Loves Her Newtons

    Lucy Ryan (pictured here in here in her favorite women's Distancia in pink) won the fourth annual Family Education and Support Center River Run 10K on April 23, 2011, in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada. Her time was 50:04.

    "At least once after a race someone asks me
    about my Newton shoes and the first thing they say is: 'I heard you have to get used to them.' I'm quick to respond that in my case, I didn't need to get used to them at all, even though I was a heel striker when I began using them."

  • Race Roundup: Wildflower, St.Croix 70.3, Mad City 100K

    Wild About Wildflower

    Julia Eyer (pictured left) won her age division (13 to 15 year olds) at the 29th Annual Avia Wildflower Triathlon on April 30. She also participated in the following day’s Olympic-distance relay triathlon (she did the run leg), with her team, called the Pink Ponies” scoring sixth.

    Raff Stellar in St. Croix

    Newton Running athlete Gabriel Raff, who was competing in the male 25 to 29 age group age group, placed 7th overall (with only six pro men finishing ahead of him) at the Ironman 70.3 St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, on May 6.

    “I had a good race overall, but my feelings were changing dramatically minute after minute, especially during the bike,” reports Raff. “I started minutes behind the Pro Men, but had a solid swim, almost entirely alone with no pack to follow and lost two minutes on the lead Pro Men.”

    "I had high expectations for the bike portion considering that cycling is my strength (I set a personal record of 4:42 in Kona last year and wanted to ride really hard in St Croix). But that day it wasn’t possible. My legs felt empty with no power and when I reached the transition, was about eight minutes behind my expected time.

    Considering that I didn’t have my legs on the bike, I thought I wouldn’t be able to run and I had to overcome all sorts of negative thoughts. By mile 4, my legs started to return and I began running smoothly. I decided to finish as I hard as possible and achieved the 5th fastest run split of the day!"

    Watch for Gabriel next at the Florida 70.3 Ironman later this month and at the World Championships in Kona.

    Roy Pirrung Scores 66th Win

    Roy Pirrung of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, won his age group (60-64) and at the Mad City 100K USA National Championships in Wisconsin. For full results, visit: http://www.madcity100k.com/home.php

  • Race Round Up: From Boston to Baghdad

    Boston or Bust

    Boston Marathon weekend a big one for the Newton tribe. Leading up to the big day, Newton shoes were flying off the shelves at the  pre-race expo.

    On Boston Marathon Monday,  Newton was well represented among the 27,000 runners, including Newton athlete Bob Weiner, who ran 2:29:13 and placed second in the men 45-49 age group.

    And at his 18th Boston Marathon, Dr. Mark Cucuzella, owner of Two Rivers Treads Center for Natural Running, ran his 18th Boston Marathon last weekend, finishing in a time of 2:37:00 (placing 164th overall and 15th in his age group).

    We'd also love to give a HUGE congratulations to Customer Service queen Erin Gehlsen, who ran a 3:57:09!

    Race Recap from MORF Racing

    Vanessa Carmean of MORF Racing will kick off her 2011 racing season in a few weeks with the XTERRA Pacific Championships in Santa Cruz, CA, and in the meantime, wrote this recap of her stellar 2010 season.

    "I've been running and racing in Newtons since 2007, but last year was my first season racing in the Distance Performance Racers," says Vanessa. "I had some very fast runs (for me) and  was really pleased with the improvement in my run times at Boulder Stroke and Strides (one of several PR's last summer) and the Colfax Half Marathon so I was really happy with the Distance shoes!"

    Follow Vanessa and Team MORF on their blog at: http://morfracing.blogspot.com.

    "We Love you Here in Iraq!"

    A few weeks ago, CW2 Ronnie Hicks  took the overall win at the U.S. Army Reserve 10.3 km Birthday Run with a 37:53 in Baghdad, Iraq.

    "My time was not blazing fast, but what do you expect after three weeks off for R&R (vacation)?" said Hicks. "I was 15 seconds-per-mile slower than usual! But the Terra Momentus were excellent choice for these conditions! Thanks for recommending them!Thanks for the support you guys provide and we love you here in Iraq!"

  • Race Roundup: A Victorious Weekend for Newton Runners


    Hagg Wins Minnesota 10-Miler

    Newton athlete Kortney Hagg won the Fred Kurtz Memorial 10-miler in Minnesota on April 9. Her time was 1:07:22 for the time-handicapped race that has a staggered start based on past finishing times.

    "I wanted to beat my Twin Cities 10-mile time and to do that I would have to run about 6:45 per mile," Kortney reported on her blog. "I started out too hard - was doing about 6:30's the first mile and a half and then I toned it down. I always seem to go out too hard and need to learn to pace better and get stronger towards the end."

    Read her full race report at http://kortneyhaag.blogspot.com/.

    Rachel Rocks Las Vegas


    Also last weekend, Salt Lake City runner Rachel Cieslewicz mopped up the competition at the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Half Marathon, though she had to work hard for the win.

    “Every time I tried to pull away from [eventual runner-up] Tracy Joslin she just kept catching me and I was really worried,” said the 2009, 30-34 division XTERRA Trail Run National Champ.  “I knew I was going to have to really push it on the climbs and suffer in order to put a gap into her, and thankfully that worked.”

    Read Rachel's full race racap at her website, New Age Athlete.

    McCarty Rebounds from Injury with Master's Win at Wine Country Half Marathon

    Knee issued forced runner and triathlete Van McCarty, 40, of San Luis Obispo, to take a three-month training break over the winter. But just five weeks after resuming training, McCarty ran a near-PR time of 1:16:19 (his best time for the distance being 1:15:40) at the Wine Country Runs Half Marathon in Paso Robles, California. His time was good enough for fourth overall and top Masters runner.

    "I planned to race only myself and no one else," says McCarty. " I did not have a good sense of what kind of time or effort I could do, so I never looked at my watch and just ran 'comfortably hard.'"

    View full race results here.

  • Race Roundup: IM California, Pan Am Valparaiso, Dry Creek Half Marathon

    Awesome in Oceanside

    Felipe Loureiro (pictured here), of Breakaway Training and Natural Running Certified Coach competed at last weekend's Rohto Ironman 70.3 California, in Oceanside, California, placing 12 in his division.


    Huffman Scores 14th in Valparaiso

    Globetrotting riathlete William Huffman just finished a successful trip to Chile during which he placed 14th at the Valparaiso Premium Pan American Cup Triathlon.

    The course in the coastal city of Valparaiso presented a very challenge bike course, rough open-water swim and a very hilly run course. "The week before the race, I spent long hours studying the nuances of the course and was able to identify some game changing factors on the swim and bike courses," says Huffman.

    Huffman had a strong swim start in a large main pack of swimmers, and exited the water in 8th position, but a tight wetsuit momentarily slowed his transition onto the bike.

    "I absolutely loved the bike portion and thrived on the steep hills," says Huffman. "By the second lap of 8, a lead pack of about 25 athletes had formed and I was able to open up significant gaps on the steep and technical descent of each lap."

    During the run, Huffman turned in a 34:33  for 10k, which included a 15-second penalty for misplacing his helmet in T2. He finished with a total time of 1:53:08 for 14th place.

    Huffman is now ranked 238th in the world and 20th in the United States in the ITU rankings, with many more races to come this season.

    Dry Creek Half Marathon Not So Dry

    Newton athlete Rachel Cieslwicz was in Idaho on Saturday for the Dry Creek Half Marathon, another stop on the La Sportiva Mountain Cup circuit.

    Cieslwicz fought muddy, slippery conditions to place fifth woman on a difficult course against tough competition. "I felt like I was running on butter!" she says. If I race in conditions like that again, I will need to put little screws into my Newtons for traction. The good thing is I worked really hard at the last race which will leave me that much more fit," she says.

    Read her race recap on her blog, New Age Athlete.

  • Race Roundup: Miami Tri, XC Worlds and Pan American Cup



    Miami International Triathlon

    Christopher Lemos of North Bethesda, Maryland, placed 10th in the Men's Elite Division with a time of 2:01:56 at the Miami International Triathlon on March 20th, his first time competing as an elite. "Overall it was a great day to kick off the season with little prep and big competition in what I had considered more of a training race," says Lemos.

    Since the Miami event is part of the 5150 Triathlon Series, Lemos's performance there qualified him for the national 5150 championships Hy-Vee Triathlon 5150 U.S. Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 4, 2011.

    Santiago Pan American Cup

    Meanwhile, Newton athlete William Huffman placed 15th at the ITU Santiago Pan American Cup Triathlon in Chile, and was the youngest, at age 18, athlete among the field of 53 international elite athletes, most of whom are full-time athletes. He was also the top American, with a time of 1:51:04.

    William sent us this report:

    "I exited the water in the main pack, which gave me good position going into a quick transition to the bike. During the bike portion, which had some long inclines that tested everyone’s power, several groups bridged up to our main pack and we eventually reeled in the breakaway group during lap 7 of 8, using everything we had.

    The intensity of the bike at the elite level was a new experience for me, since this was my first ITU Olympic distance ITU event. By the bike's end, our lead pack grew to 25 and I was very pleased to hold onto my position near the front.

    But the race really came down to the run, which was hot and very fast on a hilly course. I had one of my best run performances so far and ran 35:04 for 10K ."

    This weekend, William will compete in an ITU race in Valparaiso, Chile.

    Cross Country World Championships

    Newton's top runner, Rob Mandje competed this past weekend in Punta Umbria, Spain, at the IAAF World Cross Country World Championships. The former Olympian finished a disappointing 111th position with a time of 41:54.

    He sent us this recap:

    "Unfortunately the race didn't go at all as I had hoped. I'd gone into the event feeling fit and very strong after a few 130 - 140 mile weeks. Having the World Championships in Spain, my birth country, was a big impetus for high expectations, as well as having friends and family around to watch.

    One hundred meters into the race I caught a fellow competitor's foot in my knee. My leg buckled but I stayed on my feet. The start of World XC is a total mad dash with elbows and legs flying everywhere.

    Somewhere into the first lap the throbbing of my right leg (where I got kicked) got worse and worse and by 3 kilometers I knew I wouldn't have a good race or regain my pace. I didn't fly all the way to Spain to DNF, especially with friends and family there. It was by far my most disappointing race.

    Yet, I am very fit and it's still early in the year. I look forward to having down time with family in Spain before returning to Colorado's Rocky Mountains, where I'll resume my high-level training and continue the pursuit of my 2011 goals.

    Now while training, I repeat this message to myself: 'Fall down: 9, Get up: 10.'"

  • Race Roundup: Desert Tri, Double Iron

    Vertiz Leads the Way at the Desert International Tri

    Newton athlete Tatiana Vertiz (pictured far right) was third woman at the Desert International Distance Triathlon on Sunday, March 6th near Palm Springs, California.

    A Lost Bike Doesn't Stop Jacob Evans From Snagging Fourth at FloridaDouble Iron 2011

    Here is Jacob's race recap:

    Last weekend I had the pleasure of racing in the inaugural Florida Double Iron triathlon just outside Tampa, Florida in Flatwoods Park. The race consisted of a 4.8 mile pool swim in a 50m outdoor pool, the bike totaled 224 miles on a ~7 mile loop, and the run was 52.4 miles on a 1.747 mile out and back.

    The weekend had its ups and it’s downs, but the downs began around 6:15 a.m. on the way to the race. We pulled into a gas station on the way to the pool to grab a bag of ice and some coffee when I went to check out the bikes on the back of the car. To my dismay my race bike was missing. A long story short--it had fallen off the bike rack. At that moment someone pulled up next to us and said he saw my bike laying in the street just a block back. Aaron and I jumped in the car and went back to where the guy said he saw it.

    My bike was not there, and the race was starting in 45 minutes.

    At this point I was prepared to withdraw from the race and curl up in a dark hole by myself. My only crew member Aaron would have none of it.

    We waved down an officer and let him know what happened. Within a few minutes later we were driving to the pool and Aaron was assuring me that he’d have his bike ready to go when I got out of the pool for the bike section.

    By 7:00 a.m. I found myself in the pool and ready to start the race. I opted not to wear a wetsuit since the pool was around 80 degrees. The race director said go and we were off. I had three other guys in my lane. My original goal was for a sub 2:25-2:30 swim. I came right in at 2:24:07!

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