Race Reports

  • 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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  • Huffman Wins Texas Motor Speedway Du

    WH runNewton athlete William Huffman had a great start to the triathlon season last week, winning the Texas Motor Speedway Duathlon in Fort Worth Texas on February 20.  His time was 1:01:14.

    "It was a very windy day," says Huffman. "There were 14-mile-per-hour winds with gusts up to 32 mph, making for a challenging bike ride. But it feels good to start the season with a win."

    Huffman's next race is the Clermont ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup in Clermont, Florida on March 5, 2011, where he will be competing in the elite division.

  • Weekend Race Report: rev3, Sedona Marathon


    The Newton Triathlon Team Costa Rica swept the standings at the Revolution 3 Half Ironman Triathlon in Costa Rica over the weekend. Placing second through fifth was Pablo Montoya, Dominique Cocusse, Galiano Luconi  and Milton Esquivel.

    In the Olympic Distance event, French pro triathlete  Romain Guillaume placed sixth in the Pro division. View full results here.


    Also last weekend, Laura Kelly won her age group (eighth overall) at Arizona's Sedona Marathon. "I signed up at the last minute despite having having tired legs from doing a mountain bike race and trail race the previous weekend," says Kelly. "I was nervous about all the pavement and 1000 feet of ascent but ended up having a great run. I love my Newtons!"

  • Cieslewicz Scores Second at Uwharrie Mountain Run

    Newton athlete Rachel Cieslewicz placed second at last weekend's Uwharrie Mountain Run in Ophir, North Carolina, and wrote this report:

    When I made the commitment to race the 20-mile Uwharrie Mountain Trail Run this year, I had no idea that I would be moving both my home and business the week before. I think on a every level I like to squeeze maximum craziness into every aspect of my life. At least I am never bored!

    Needless to say, I left for the 2011 La Sportiva Mountain Cup opener feeling a bit unprepared. I had missed more runs than I took due to moving issues and then putting my SI joint out again.  I suppose it shows the power of a strong mind, faith that I was supposed to go, and again my amazing chiropractor and acupuncturist, Greg Freebairn, putting my hips back together yet again.

    Luckily I am queen at jumping into things head first with a blind fold and figuring out the details later. In many cases, I have paid, but in exponentially more, I am rewarded with adventure, a true sense of living and feeling, and huge help from many. On Thursday AM before I left I hadn’t even packed yet. I chose my bag and proceeded to put everything I could winter clothing wise into it. I had no idea what the weather was going to do and I didn’t want to freeze. It is amazing what I can fit into a light weight black diamond daypack including two pair of my Newton Running shoes. I think I could get the best packer award for sure.  Into my bag I placed a 5oz container of First Endurance liquid shot which is one of the only calories sources my poor sensitive belly can handle.

    Continue reading this article on Rachel's blog at NewAgeAthlete.com.

  • Amanda McIntosh Races three 50Ks in 8 Days

    Big Bend Finish Pic



    Earlier this month, Texas-based running coach, Amanda McIntosh, drove 2500 miles to run three 50-kilometer races in one week. The two-time Leadville Trail 100-mile winner (1999 and 2000) has run in Newton shoes exclusively since July 2009.

    "I had done the Bandera 50K/Big Bend Ultra Run 50K back-to-back before (they are eight days apart)," says McIntosh. "This year, my good friend, Cesar Torres, invited me to his Q50 race in Mandeville, Louisiana (the day after Bandera). I thought why not and inivted five of my most-fun running friends to me. We rented a van and the rest is history."

    The group drove to Bandera, Texas, for the first race on Saturday, January 8, where McIntosh finished third female (first Master), wearing the Newton Terra Momentus trail shoes on the very rocky, technical course. Twenty minutes after finishing, they hit the road bound for Louisiana with a quick stop on the way for an ice bath and shower.

    They arrived in Mandeville, Louisiana, at 1:30 a.m., took a nap, and got up to run the Q50 50K, on Sunday, January 9, where she placed second (first Master), wearing the Neutral Trainer as the course that was one-third on road.

    On Monday, the group of six returned home to Texas, then headed to Big Bend National Park, Texas, the next Saturday. At 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 16, McIntosh capped off the hectic but fun-filled week-long road trip with another impressive second-place finish.

    Find out more about Amanda McIntiosh at http://traversetrailrunning.com/theteam/amanda.

  • Ryan Maloney Rocks Carlsbad Half Marathon

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    Type 1 Diabetes athlete and sixth-grade student Ryan Maloney (pictured above, left), ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon last weekend in 2 hours 17 minutes in his Newton running shoes. Ryan's run also raised $1500 for Team Glucomotive, a program of the non-profit Insulindependence, which inspires and supports athletes with diabetes.

    Ryan stopped five times during the race to test his blood sugar, and at one point had to eat some extra sugar to keep his blood sugar stable.

  • Weekend Race Hangover Report

    Heather Fuhr en route to breaking the course record at the Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run.


    In last weekend's racing news, the talented Heather Fuhr added another notch to her ultrarunning belt at the Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run in Avalon, California. She sent us this report:

    "It was an incredible day on Catalina Island with clear skies and warm temperatures. I thoroughly enjoyed the day from start to finish (OK, maybe the last three miles straight downhill weren’t all that great). I finished in 6:52, second overall, about eight minutes behind the first male finisher, and about 30 minutes faster than the previous women’s course record.  My stability trainers worked perfectly on the trails of Catalina – so thanks for the great shoes!!

    Ryan Maloney, a 12-year-old with Type 1 diabetes, won his age group (male aged 9 - 12) at the Stephen Strasburg 5K Run at San Diego State University on Saturday, the young runner's first time on the podium. In his Newton Special Edition PCF shoes, Ryan ran an impressive 20:56 for the 5K distance. 

He is training for this weekend's Carlsbad Half Marathon, where he will run as part of Team Glucomotive and raise funds for Insulindependence.org, an organization that inspires and supports people with diabetes in their athletic pursuits.

    So far, Ryan has raised $1200 in pledges for Insulindependence.org, with which he has been involved since he started racing at the age of nine.

    Lastly, Jarrett Wyatt, 36, of Phoenix, Arizona, who lost an incredible 160 pounds while running in Newton shoes, ran the P.F. Chang's Rock n' Roll Marathon on Sunday, finishing in 3:34:26. At the race's gear expo, Jarrett conducted this interview with Fox Sports AZ: Rock n' Roll Expo.

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