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Craig Alexander on ESPN Australia’s Aussies Abroad

Posted by on Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 11:00 am | Leave a reply

As we approach both the 2012 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas as well as the big daddy in Kona it’s a good time to take a look at some of the back story on the man who currently holds both titles. As the man known as “Crowie” to his legions of fans, Craig Alexander is a true gentleman and ambassador for the burgeoning sport of triathlon and this video tells us a bit more about who the real Craig Alexander is.

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Kona 2010: Stellar Marathon for Craig, Newtons Everywhere, and Contest Winner

Posted by on Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 3:24 pm | 1 Reply

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photo courtesy of ironmanlive.com

Craig Alexander may not have gotten the 3-peat we were all hoping for, but we’re still as proud as ever to have him as part of the Newton family. He ran a blazing 2:41:59 marathon, which was the 2nd fastest of the day. Over the course of the run, he made up a huge amount of time over his rivals and moved from 16th to 4th place during the race. With pavement temperatures hovering around 120 degrees, this is a commendable feat.

“I don’t think I lost this race today, but there were three guys who had  incredible days ahead of me.,” Craig graciously said.

We would also like to congratulate Tatiana Vertiz, who placed first in the 18-24 women’s age group, and the rest of the Newton athletes who finished including Jozsef Major, Heleen Bij De Vaate, Yvette Grice, Rhae Shaw, Wendy Mader, Pam Reed, and Ian Dargin.

At Newton Running,  we are proud to report that out of a shoe tally taken of all the competitors footwear choices, our shoes were the second most prevalent on the course right behind Asics, but ahead of Nike, Brooks, Saucony, and all others. You can check out the total count here.

And now for the announcement that you’ve all been waiting for… We received over 300 guesses across Facebook, Twitter, and this blog, and there was a three-way tie between those who guessed 2:42:00 (one second off). The randomly selected winner is Chance, who commented on the original blog post. Please email us at media@newtonrunning.com to collect your shoes!

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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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Kona Competitor Book

Posted by on Monday, April 5, 2010 @ 10:41 pm | 28 Replies

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At last year’s Ironman World Championships in Kona, the team from Newton Running was on hand cheering on all of the athletes who worked so hard to get there – especially the ones wearing Newtons! At our booth we set up a guestbook of sorts, inviting all the Newton athletes to share their thoughts before the race.

We also did our best to get pictures of as many people running the race in Newtons as possible. The end result is Newton’s 2009 Kona Competitor book – 40 pages of photos and quotes capturing the spirit of the race and the determination of the athletes. We’ve sent out these books to everyone at the race who shared their contact info with us, but we still have a handful left.

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If you’d like to have one of these books, please leave us a comment below or send a note to media@newtonrunning.com and we’ll send you one, while supplies last.

**NOTE: All books are now sent out, sorry if you missed out!**

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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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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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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!

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