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Posted by on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 @ 12:00 pm | Leave a reply

This weekend saw a ton of triathlon goings-on in the Newton family! Craig Alexander hit the bricks in his first race since his epic victory at Ironman Melbourne in March at Ironman 70.3 Eagleman in Maryland. The reigning Ironman (BOTH distances) World Champ was out of the water with the lead pack in a time of  23:17. He followed this up by laying down a blazing bike split of 2:03:57, which came on a flat but windy course that gave many athletes trouble. Coming out of T2 25 seconds down on the race leader, Craig and his Newtons did what they do best and took control of the race by posting a 1:15:07 half-marathon split for a winning time of 3:44:57.

A few hundred miles to the West, Newton pro Rachel Joyce was taking on brutal race conditions at Ironman 70.3 Kansas. After post the second fastest women’s swim time of the day in very choppy conditions, Rachel completely dominated the rast of the race. She posted the fastest women’s bike split by 7:11 (2:22:10) as well as the fastest women’s run split (1:21:21). These splits combined found Rachel just shy of a whopping 23 minutes in front of the second place finisher!

Holding down the Newtonian contingent at Ironman 70.3 Kansas on Sunday was part of Newton’s crack legal team, Thom W. On a day that saw winds kicking up a few white caps on Clinton Lake as well as record temps on the bike and run course made for a race that was a bit less than perfect. In the end though, Thom was super happy that he made it through such tough conditions and notching off his 2nd 70.3!

There were three Newtonians who joined Craig at Eagleman as well. Scott Burrow, Steve Johnson and Andrew Maxwell all set off into the tough heat, humidity and breeze. After flatting during the swim (“How?” you ask? In high heat tires/tubes that are pushing the limits of their inflation can expand and burst), Scott went on to have a solid race. Taking a break from his duties at the Newton Running Lab here in Boulder, Steve had a killer day, winning his age group with an awesome 4:03:47 which punched his ticket to Kona in October. Congrats Steve!

Big props to all who raced in Newtons this weekend!

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Craig Alexander Is Once Again King Of Kona!

Posted by on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 @ 1:39 pm | 3 Replies

If you follow triathlon even remotely, then you know Newton Running pro triathlete, Craig Alexander. You probably also know that twice he had won the Ironman World Championship as well as the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Well, this past Saturday, on a blisteringly hot day in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, the man affectionately known as “Crowie” grabbed yet another victory from the world’s best triathletes.

The day began with the pro field (greatly reduced thanks to the new Kona qualifying system for pros) starting at 6:30 AM. With former All-American swimmer Andy Potts out of the water ahead of everyone, Craig was in the first pack behind Potts with the majority of the pros in a time of 51:56.

As expected Craig’s transition was without incident and he was soon on the bike. If there were any doubts about how fierce a competitor Craig could be on the bike, they were erased as Craig stayed at or near the point of the spear on the ride out to the town of Hawi. For his part, Crowie proved not only was he a fierce competitor but that he can also throw. down a blistering bike leg by shaving a full thirteen minutes off his previous best bike split in Kona.

Craig left T2 about 4:30 down but quickly made the pass to take the lead. The battle which was expected from Andreas Realert did come, but never in a head-to-head match-up as the triathlon world had predicted. With Craig running his usual fleet-footed and efficient marathon, his lead began to get bigger and bigger after the half marathon. The “Crowie Edition” Newton Distance S’ on his feet were a blur of bright yellow as he tore through the Energy Lab. However, fans everywhere collectively gasped as, with about 2 km to go, Craig pulled up to stretch obvious hamstring cramps. After pulling it back together and bearing what must have been excruciating pain, Craig finally hit the last stretch on Ali’i Drive.

With the crowd going crazy and Craig picking the Australian flag from a spectator, it was pretty clear that he was unaware of just how close he was to history. Those of us watching the live stream and some near the finish were well aware that Crowie was withing seconds of breaking Luc Van Lierde’s  fifteen year old course record of 8:04:08. As he approached the finish line and finally got a glimpse of the clock, reality hit Craig. Sprinting the last few meters, he leaped across the finish line and into Ironman history in a course record time of 8:03:56.

With his win, Craig became only the fourth man ever to win three or more Ironman World Championships. He is also the oldest winner of the race at 38 years old and is the first person to ever win both the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and the Ironman World Championship at any time AND the only person to hold both titles in the same year!

The super bright colors of Newton Running were well well represented on the course in Kona as always. We’d like to extend a big congratulations to all the Newton runners who tore up the roads of Kailua-Kona this past weekend!

All of us at Newton Running would like to congratulate Craig on not only being an amazing person, sportsman and father, but for being the embodiment of a true gentleman and athlete. Congrats Craig! Here’s to #4!

Swim: 51:56
T1: 1:56
Bike: 4:24:05
T2: 1:58
Run: 2:44:03

Total: 8:03:56 (New course record)

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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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It’s Kona Time (+shoe giveaway)

Posted by on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 @ 8:57 am | 137 Replies

Let the Countdown Begin: 3 days until the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. As many of you already know, this is a particularly exciting year at Kona for Newton because Craig Alexander is going for a third World Championship title in a row. He just announced that he will represent Newton for the remainder of his pro career. We wish him the best of luck and will be posting live race updates Saturday via Facebook and Twitter.

For those of you not able to make it to Kona we are running a contest via Twitter, Facebook, and this blog to guess Craig’s run split. Closest time wins a free pair of shoes of their choice! You may enter by posting here, on facebook, or on Twitter via the hashtag #CAkonarunsplit

We also have a limited edition Kona visor that we are selling online (starting 10/7) and at our Kona expo booth. The visor sports Craig Alexander’s signature, and proceeds will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation via Athletes for a Cure.

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For those of you lucky enough to be traveling to Hawaii this week, be sure to come by our expo booth. We will be giving away Kona tees with each shoe purchase, and there will be a Newton athlete meet and greet/autograph signing on Thursday from 2:30-3:30. Starting today, if you are in Kona and on a training run, the first 50 people to come to the Newton tent at mile marker 2.5 on Alii Blvd. each day will get a free water bottle. See you there!

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Tuesday Race Hangover

Posted by on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 @ 10:09 am | 3 Replies

Even though it is now Tuesday and we hope you have already recovered from your weekend of racing, we wanted to give you a quick recap of Team Newton’s results.

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Craig Alexander (pictured left) placed third in the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon in 1:49:45.

Dev Paul got 16th in his age group Ironman France to qualify for Kona.

Tim Berkel got 2nd in Rhode Island’s Ironman 70.3 last Saturday improving upon his 5th place finish at the same race in 2008. He gave us an interesting recap involving a crash with a motorcycle:

“The bike course is a beautiful one-way journey towards Providence with undulating hills along the way. With a few kilometers to go before the end of the bike, I edged away from the group that contained Terenzo (eventual winner), Richie Cunningham, and Graham O’Grady. I might have only had about a 20 or 30 second lead on the main group, but it was enough to be out of their line of vision. As I was approaching the transition area, I had already taken my feet out of my shoes.

There was a photographer on the back of a motorbike in front of me as I was approaching the dismount line. I was alert and focused, but then the motorbike started to slow down. I was only coasting towards the line, but I needed to go around the slowing motorbike. Just as I was coming around the back of him, he swerved across the front of me to pull off the course, and I smashed into the back of his motorbike. I went head first over my handlebars and onto the pavement. I rolled my foot as I came down, and my bike and handlebars got scratched up a bit as well.

Coming out of the transition area and onto the run, I could feel a pain in my foot where I came down awkwardly from my crash. My race had been going quite well, and I was afraid that I was going to have to pull out because of my foot. Terenzo and the other boys were out in front of me, but I still had them in my sights.

After the first few kilometers the pain in my foot began to subside, but as we were heading into the second lap we got to a hill, and Terenzo put the hammer down. I kept him in my sight the rest of the run, but I just didn’t have enough energy to surge back to try to take back the lead. I crossed the line in second place, and I was only 50 seconds behind Terenzo.”

What races do you all have on tap for next weekend?

(photo credit: Kevin Coloton/Competitive Image)

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Monday Race Hangover

Posted by on Monday, June 14, 2010 @ 11:36 am | 2 Replies

Here in Boulder we had a rainy weekend but still pulled off a successful Natural Running Symposium on Saturday evening and form clinic in a downpour next to the raging Boulder Creek on Sunday morning. Soon we will have video footage available for those who could not attend. The weekend proved successful for Newton athletes as well.

Six days after winning REV 3 Quassy, Craig Alexander grabbed another win at the Boise IM 70.3. Despite nasty cramps, he came over the finish line with in an exciting finish with only 10 seconds to spare. Tim Berkel placed 3rd and had the fastest run amongst the top 5.

2010 Rev 3 Quassy

Look at that perfect form!

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Crowie Wins Aussie Long Course Championships

Posted by on Monday, February 22, 2010 @ 3:33 pm | Leave a reply

Another weekend, another victory for Craig Alexander.  This time, Crowie dominated at the Australia Long Course Championship in Huskisson, New South Wales.

It sounds like it was a bit of a wild race with two wrong turns for Crowie and the lead group. But, in what is becoming his trademark fashion, the two-time Ironman world champion bridged a significant gap coming off the bike leg to overtake defending champion Pete Jacobs on the run and with the fastest split of the day.

Read a full race report here.

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Crowie Continues to Dominate

Posted by on Monday, February 8, 2010 @ 9:28 am | 1 Reply

Crowie Alexander drive

(photo lovingly ripped from Competitor.com and @Delly Carr)

It was a great day for Newton Running at the Ironman 70.3 Geelong event in Australia on Saturday.   With the fastest run split of the day by almost a minute and a half, Craig Alexander took top honors proving that he will once again be a force to be reckoned with in 2010. Fellow Aussie Tim Berkel also had a great run and finished in 3rd place to round out the podium. Read the full race recap at Competitor.com.

Men
1. Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:53:15
2. Leon Griffin (AUS) 3:54:35
3. Tim Berkel (AUS) 3:56:10
4. Peter Schokman (AUS) 3:56:25
5. Clayton Fettell (AUS) 3:56:39

Women
1. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 4:14:32
2. Carrie Lester (AUS) 4:19:32
3. Lisa Marangon (AUS) 4:19:49
4. Samantha Warriner (NZL) 4:23:01
5. Suzanne Alway (AUS) 4:28:33

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Vote for Crowie!

Posted by on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 @ 10:45 pm | 1 Reply

Crowie Wins Kona 2009

Newton pro Craig Alexander has been chosen as one of the 12 finalists for “Male Athlete of the Year” by the United States Sports Academy. Crowie had a masterful triathlon season, capped off by a repeat victory at the Ironman World Championships. With his win in Kona, Crowie became just the fourth man in history to win back-to-back Ironman titles.

We think Crowie is a shoe-in to win but he’s up against some other athletes you might have heard of, guys with names like Kobe, LeBron, Usain, Manny, Roger and Tiger. It’s a public voting process so in the immortal words of Al Capone, “vote early and vote often!” Vote here.

The winners will be announced on NBC Sports and USA Today (not sure if there’s a prize) but please vote for Craig. He’s one of the nicest and hardest working guys in all of sport and he absolutely deserves this honor! Tell your friends!

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Coffee with Crowie

Posted by on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 @ 11:08 am | 1 Reply

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For those of you who will be at the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater, here’s a special offer. Two-time world champ and all-around nice guy Craig Alexander (aka Crowie) will be doing an exclusive Q & A session and autograph signing on Friday morning. Coffee and bagels will be provided. This session is free and open to the public, but you must have a ticket, which are only available at the Newton booth in the event expo area. There are only 100 tickets available, so get yours soon! Tickets will be available Wednesday morning starting at 9 a.m.

Crowie is not racing the 70.3 this year (he won the race in 2006), but we have high hopes for Chris Legh to podium.

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