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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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All Things Newton in Kona

Posted by on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 @ 7:00 am | 3 Replies

KonaAloha from Kona! Team Newton is representing in Hawaii, supporting all of the Newton pros and age-groupers training and racing in the Ironman World Championships this week.

For those of you in Kona, here are some Newton activities and events to check out:

Slowtwitch Lounge

Defending World Champion Craig Alexander will be on hand signing autographs on Tues., Wed., and Thurs. afternoons.

Newton Boothlocated at St Michael’s on Allii Dr.

On Tues., from 6-7 pm Craig and Natascha Badmann will sign autographs at the booth

On Wed,. from 3-4 pm Michellie Jones will sign autographs

At the Expo we’ll also be selling special Crowie ‘evolution’ t-shirts and Newton tribal socks. Proceeds will go to support the St. Michael’s drug rehab program.Picture 1

We’re also creating a special commemorative book from the 2009 Ironman World Championships and we’re asking all of the Newton tribe to come and sign the book. We’re hoping to get photos and signatures from everyone wearing Newtons in the race!

For those of you at home, be sure to go to Itunes and download the Crowie Backstage App for your Iphone. Very cool behind the scenes photos, updates and insight on Crowie’s training and racing.

Here are the Newton sponsored athletes we’ll be cheering on:

Craig ALEXANDER                             BIB #1                   PRO MALE
Natascha BADMANN                      BIB #120               PRO FEMALE
Michellie JONES                                BIB #121               PRO FEMALE
Jozsef MAJOR                                   BIB #39                 PRO MALE
Pete JACOBS                                      BIB #161               PRO MALE
Jessica JACOBS                                  BIB #145               PRO FEMALE
Tatiana VERTIZ                                  BIB #1872            Female 18-24
Hans MUELBAUER                           BIB #172               Male 25-29
Jason TUFFS                                       BIB #1089            Male 35-39

…and of course all the age-group triathletes who have worked so hard to get here! Best of luck to all of you!

We’ll try to post more from Kona later this week….

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Crowie Continues his Winning Ways

Posted by on Friday, February 13, 2009 @ 10:51 am | 1 Reply

crowie-geelongTeam Newton pro Craig “Crowie” Alexander kicked off the 2009 racing season in perfect form, winning last weekend’s Snap Ironman 70.3 race in Geelong, Austrailia. It was apparently a tight race in brutally hot temperatures until T2, when Crowie tied on his Newtons and quickly dropped rival pros like David Dellow, Luke Bell, Cameron Watt and Jimmy Johnsen, to eventually win by over three minutes. Kiwi Samantha Warriner won her 70.3 debut on the women’s side.

Read more here and here.

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Watch Crowie in Kona on TV this weekend

Posted by on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 9:29 am | Leave a reply

Tune in to NBC on Saturday, December 13, 2008 from 2:30-4:00pm ET and watch Newton athlete Craig Alexander bring it home on Ali’i Drive in the Distance S. “Crowie” ran the fastest marathon split of the day (2:45) en route to winning his first Ironman World Championship.

Watch Craig’s personal recap video:

And here’s some footage from the race (complete with thrilling Pirates of the Caribbean music).

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