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.


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)


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.


Crowie Continues to Dominate

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

Crowie Alexander drive

(photo lovingly ripped from 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

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

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


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!


Coffee with Crowie

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


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.


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….


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.


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).


Craig Alexander Testifies: I Don’t Modify my Newtons!

Posted by on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 2:09 pm | 4 Replies

There’s been a rumor floating around that Craig Alexander, aka Crowie, shaves the lugs off his Newton shoes. Now, we do know that Crowie did shave his head, his face, his legs, and most importantly, a bunch of time off his run in Kona, but NOT his shoes. To quell the rumor mill once and for all, here’s Crowie’s response in his own words:

“For a while now I have been aware of a rumor circulating that I in some way alter my Newton Running Shoes.

Crowie\'s \To be brutally honest, this is insulting to me on every level. What is being suggested is that I would promote a product to my fellow athletes and then not actually use it myself. I feel this is a massive attack on my integrity. The truth of the matter is, I ran in Newton running shoes by choice for three months before I signed on as a sponsored athlete with the company.

And in fact, when I placed second on debut in Kona last year, I was not under contract to Newton Running. I have not trained or raced in anything else since the end of July last year.

The great thing about being a consumer is you get to try products and choose what you like. So anyone considering buying running shoes, I urge you to do exactly what I did, and that is to try everything that is available and then choose the best.

If you look at the post- race photos of me at the finish line last Saturday (click photo above to enlarge), you will notice that my shoes are in no way altered from their intended state. Also, the photos of my little post-race celebration, which I heard has also been misinterpreted, will show on close inspection that nothing has been done to the shoes.

Just to clarify, I took my shoes off at the finish line to beat out the flames because they were ” smokin’ hot” after having just run a 2:45 marathon.

If in the future, anyone out there feels the need to make an ill-informed opinion about any of my sponsorships, please feel free to contact me before you make a total and utter fool out of yourself. All you are actually doing is bringing myself and a great product and company into disrepute. Have some backbone and question my integrity in person rather than through an anonymous chat site.

The people starting these rumors need to pull their heads in. You are out there intentionally spreading lies and mis-truths. I’m not sure what your agenda is, but you should have a good look at your own motives and integrity.”

Craig Alexander is the 2008 Ironman World Champion.

Now, to be clear, Newton’s head designers mad scientists, Danny Abshire and Ian Adamson, have and will continue to work with our pro athletes to experiment with Newton’s shoes, ‘tuning’ the technology to test new innovations. This is a critical component of Newton’s design process; real world tests with the world’s best athletes to continue to push the envelope of shoe technology.

Stay tuned here for an upcoming preview of Newton’s spring ’09 shoes, featuring some really cool new innovations!