This weekend Dr. Mark Cucuzzella (1110) led a panel on running form in front of a packed house at the Boston Marathon Expo. This morning Mark ran a 2:34:21 at the Marathon placing him among the top Masters finishers, and making it the fourth decade in which he has run a sub-2:35 race. That’s what I call walking (running) the talk.
Congrats to all the Boston finishers! It was a great race with a new record time for the men and a thrilling finish for the women!
First of all, for those of you running in the 114th Boston Marathon next Monday, congratulations on qualifying! There are enough pre-race guides and preparation materials out there that I get butterflies in my stomach just skimming them, but we’ve got one more terrific resource you should really check out before Monday. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve heard us talk about Dr. Mark Cucuzzella before. He’s an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at West Virginia University and an expert in exercise physiology and running biomechanics (to be clear, he is not on the Newton Running payroll). He has run over 50 marathons and competed at Boston 16 times, finishing 5 times under 2:30.
The good doctor just sent us a detailed and thoughtful document entitled “How to Run the Boston Marathon.” Whether you’re running Boston on Monday, a marathon later this year, or even just a local 5K sometime soon, Dr. Mark’s guide is a very insightful tool you shouldn’t miss. Click the following link to download the pdf guide and by all means, pass this along to anyone you know racing on Monday: How to Run the Boston Marathon.
The team from Newton is on it’s way to Boston right now. If you’re in the area, please come by and say hello at the race expo. It’s free and open to the public. Also, don’t miss Dr. Mark, Dr. Dan Lieberman, Warren Green and Amby Burfoot from Runner’s World leading a seminar called “Shoes, Barefoot, Pose, Chi: How Should You Run?” on Saturday at 3pm presented by Runner’s World. Details here.
Otherwise, good luck to everyone at Boston. We’ll be cheering you on!
It’s a busy weekend for the crew at Newton Running with events and expos on both the left and right coasts. First up, is the expo at the LA Marathon on Friday and Saturday at Dodger Stadium – please come say hello to our team (Steve, Yo, Erin and Erica) at the brand new Newton booth. On the other side of the country, we’re teaming up with All3Sports.com to host a booth at the ING Georgia Marathon expo at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Timmy and Tory will be in Atlanta to answer all your Newton needs.
The expos in LA and Atlanta will be the first opportunity see (and/or purchase) our new Performance Trainers. In fact, if you come by our booth and try on a pair of new shoes, and say the code words “level platform,” we’ll give you a free gift (while they last).
Finally Danny, Ian and Dr. Mark are hosting our second Natural Running Symposium on Friday and Saturday in Boston, where we’ll also have our new shoes to try on.
We hope to see you out this weekend!
Our brand new expo booth will be at the LA Marathon
Next week at Luke’s Locker in Dallas we’re hosting a Natural Running Symposium, the first in a series of national educational seminars hosted by some of the top experts in running form, biomechanics and injury prevention.
This is a free, open to the public event featuring Newton Running co-founder and running form expert Danny Abshire, Newton’s R&D/Education director and adventure racing world champ Ian Adamson, and running science expert Dr. Mark Cucuzzella. On Tuesday evening, the team will lead an informative discussion about biomechanics, injury prevention and running shoe design. Then on Wednesday morning, Danny, Ian and Mark will lead a Natural Running form clinic starting at the Dallas store.
What: Natural Running Symposium
When: Tues., March 2 @ 6 p.m.
Where: Luke’s Locker, Dallas (3607 Oak Lawn Avenue) 214-528-1290
Hope to see you there…tell your friends!
Our next Symposiums will be March 19-20 at Marathon Sports in Boston and March 25-26 at Road Runner Sports in San Diego. Stay tuned for more dates and details.
Newton is proud to have some outstanding masters runners in our shoes. Three athletes in particular have had a great year – balancing families, full-time jobs and training to achieve some really impressive race results.
Bob Weiner is a father and a full-time attorney. Just a few weeks ago he finished third in the National Masters Marathon Championship at the Twin Cities Marathon with a time of 2:26. After the race Bob said, “My feet felt great and I had no toe issues at all. My Newtons generated lots of comments.”
Pam Reed is a renowned ultrarunner, a race director and a mother. This year she set an American record for running 496 miles in six days in June, and was the second place female finisher at the Badwater Ultra Marathon in July, finishing in just over 29 hours.
Dr. Mark Cucuzella is a father, a family physician and an expert in exercise physiology and running bio-mechanics. This year he ran Boston in 2:37, the Air Force Marathon in 2:36, and will defend his Masters Championship this November at the JFK 50-miler. In his spare time (!?) Mark loves to give back to the sport of running and he is involved in numerous community and children’s running programs. He also served as the race director for the inaugural (and very successful) Freedom’s Run in Shepardstown, WV earlier this month.
Congratulations to all of these athletes on their outstanding accomplishments in 2009. You’re an inspiration to us all!