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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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