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  • Masters of Mileage

    We love sharing stories that illustrate how deeply “we live this stuff”.  Hopefully you caught Kara Henry and Stephen Gartside’s pre-Leadville 100 interview. Their results and post-race comments are a source of Newton pride.

    Pre-race Dinner The Night Before Leadville Pre-race Dinner The Night Before Leadville

    Newton: Describe your experience at the Leadville 100?

    Kara Henry: Looking back, I’ll tell you I had a blast the whole day…but during the race it was a different story.

    I definitely had a few moments of ‘WHAT AM I DOING??’ but luckily those were few and far between. I had an awesome crew who bullied me out of every aid station and never let me sit down. It’s because of that alone that I ran an hour faster than my goal.


    Stephen Gartside: For me, the Leadville 100 has been a new challenge after years of road marathons. You can’t beat the big open country that makes up the 100-mile route. It gives you some road and plenty of trail, with all kinds of elevation. I find that quite the challenge.

    The day unfolded with 50 miles of pretty easy running, then the 50-mile trip home with pacers, which goes all night. It’s kind of like a party with everyone out there running, pacing and volunteering.  My kind of party and it takes more mentally than just about anything else you can cram into a day.


    What was your highest high?

    KH: Absolutely hammering the last mile when I realized I could get under 24 hours. Actually, the reason I started pushing was because I saw what I thought was another female racer in front of me…I even made my pacers be super quiet so I could sneak up on ‘her’. When we got close I realized it was a dude with long blonde dreadlocks. I was bummed but at least it got me moving.

    Kara nearing the top of Hope Pass Kara nearing the top of Hope Pass

    SG: The highest high is when you know you are done with Hope Pass. Or, anytime a good song hits the iPod as you down some fresh caffeine. Of course, seeing that finish line is pretty sweet.

    Stephen running down Hope Pass Stephen running down Hope Pass

    What was your lowest low?

    KH: I hate climbing Hope Pass at mile 55 more than anything ever. HATE IT. I told my pacer to stop talking and ‘get me off this f**#$ing mountain.’ (Sorry Thom)

    SG: The lowest low for me in 2013 was losing everything in my stomach at mile 63.  Thank goodness I bounced back pretty fast, which is what you learn running ultras. You can come back from a low point!

    What would you tell someone who is thinking of running an ultra?

    KH: Don’t. Just kidding…I would tell them to find a training partner. I had so much fun training for Leadville this year because I had a great group to run with. Last year I trained on my own and too many hours on the trails alone is NOT good for your social skills.


    SG: If you are starting out with ultras my advice is slow down and you will be amazed at how far you can travel.  Find friends that share your interests and thus the journey. The Leadville 100 for me each year is more like a 6-month journey of getting ready, leading up to the actual race day.

    gartside finish3

    If we asked you the day after the race, would you have said you would run it again?

    KH: Yep! Because I’m a dummy and apparently a masochist.

    SG: After 3 straight years at the Leadville 100, I may need a few years off which means probably returning as a volunteer or pacer for at least 2014-15.

    post race

    What about now, two weeks later?

    KH: Now I’m thinking that I definitely won’t run it next year, but I’ll definitely do it again. I’d like to try a 100 closer to sea level.

    Kara Henry with her pacing team Kara Henry with her pacing team

    Editor’s Note: If Kara has lead you to believe that her recovery is all about pizza and beer, she has you fooled. Kara is currently running from hut to hut in the Alps in preparation for the U.S. 100 Mile Champs this winter. Shhh…don’t tell her that we told you!


  • Running Group Gives Girls Confidence; Pregnant Nicole DeBoom Joins Fun Run

    i-tri Girls Learn Natural Running Form

    We're proud to be involved with many philanthropic organizations, abroad as well as those close to home. One such organization is i-tri Girls, a small New York non-profit started by one mom who wanted to help local high-school girls find empowerment through sport.

    She founded i-tri Girls as a community-based intervention program that fosters self-respect, personal empowerment, self confidence, positive body image and healthy lifestyle choices for adolescent girls. Through the sport of triathlon and a curriculum of physical fitness and nutrition activities, self-affirming lessons of respect, responsibility, teamwork and dedication, i-tri Girls develop healthy habits and attitudes that last a lifetime.

    Last week, Newton Running's Michael Blanchard held a natural running form clinic at the Gubbins Running Ahead store, and the girls all received a pair of Newton Running shoes.

    SkirtSports Founder Nicole DeBoom Leads Fun Run

    A 13-weeks pregnant Nicole DeBoom joined a running group at The Runner's Soul in La Grange, Illinois last Monday. The former Ironman Champion and founder of Skirt Sports took part in a fun run. Newton Running tech rep Justin Dyszelsk outfitted many of the participants a pair of test-drive Newton Running shoes.

    Runners of all levels are invited to take part in The Runner's Soul regular Monday evening runs at 6:30 p.m. Fine more information in this article in triblocal.com.

  • Freed is Fast at Bolder Boulder 10K Citizen's Race

    On Memorial Day weekend, 54,000 runners toed the line of the start line of the 33rd annual Bolder Boulder 10K, including Newton Running employee Jeremy Freed. Freed pulled away in the first mile to win the highly competitive race by a 40-second margin. The victory was sweet for the runner, who competed in track (1,500 meters) for the University of Colorado, but spent much of his college career hampered by injuries.

    "My pre-race goal was to ideally finish in the top few individuals and I figured that it would take somewhere around 30:30 to do so," says Freed. "I hadn't raced the Bolder Boulder since I was a sophomore in high school, so I was excited to be able to be part of such a great running event again.

    I started out in the top 10 and ran a very comfortable 4:48 for the first mile. At about a 1.25 to 1.5 miles, the pace started to lag and I decided to take the lead. I never relinquished the lead and it was exciting to finish up in Folsom Field in front of a great crowd! My 30:28 finishing time was a PR [personal record], which is always satisfying."

    Read more about Freed's race in this Boulder Daily Camera article.

    The elite race brought many elite runners to Newton Running's home town of Boulder, Colorado, including American distance star Ryan Hall (center) and 2007 NCAA National Cross Country Running Champion, Josh McDougal, pictured here with Newton Running's Kara Henry. Hall finished 7th (top American) in the men's elite race.  For full results, visit: http://bolderboulder2011.onlineraceresults.com/

  • Broomball Night in Boulder

    Broom 004 Last night, the ice rink across the street from Newton Running HQ was the scene of a fun yet "fierce" broomball tournament to raise money for Boulder Community Food Share, Boulder County’s food bank.

    Newton Running won the first round easily, beating their rival, real-estate firm WW Reynolds, 4 to 1, thanks in large part to the great goal-tending skills of Newton Running Regional Account Manager Tim McCulley, and the stick-handling skills of hockey star Hawk Wathen, the man who keeps the shoes moving out of the warehouse.

    Newton fell in the title round to a bunch of smack-talking pros, but a good time was had by the rookies, and more importantly, no one incurred any injuries that would interfere with today's run!

  • Guess How Many Steps and Win Free Shoes


    Seven-time Ian adventure racing world champion Ian Adamson and ultra-running legend and two-time Badwater winner Pam Reed share a penchant for pain and suffering. Both are training hard for the Badwater Ultramarathon in a couple of months.

    As part of their training and to raise awareness for an important cause, Ian and Pam are spending eight hours on a treadmill at the Rock'n'Roll Marathon in San Diego this weekend. To honor their pain, we're going to give away some Newton shoes to a couple of lucky winners.

    Since we launched Newton Running about three years ago, Newton has proudly supported the Trickle Up Foundation with a $1 donation for the sale of every pair of shoes. Trickle up was created to help poverty-stricken people in developing countries to launch micro-enterprises by providing seed capital grants and business training - it's a small non-profit that's making a big difference in the world.

    In order to raise awareness about Trickle Up, Ian and Pam will be running on the treadmill for eight hours straight wearing pedometers to train for Badwater. (Ian is running Friday for eight hours, Pam is running Saturday for eight hours).

    Here's how to win FREE SHOES.

    Guess at the number of steps they will each take over the course of the day. Two winners (for the closest guess for Ian) will receive a pair of Newtons of their choice. There are four different ways in which you can enter:

    1. Stop by our expo booth and write down your guess.

    2. Leave a comment on this blog post with each guess.

    3. Tweet your guesses and include the hashtag #NewtonRnRSD

    4. Leave a comment on the Facebook post announcing the contest.

    The contest will run until the end of the day on June 5th, when we will pick the winners, and break ties via a random drawing. You can read the full contest guidelines here.

    Sweating it out for eight hours of running in place will be good training for whats up next—both Ian and Pam will be running Badwater in July as part of  the seven-athlete Newton team. Stay tuned for more updates on the team.

  • Columbine Mile 2010

    This morning the Newton crew joined 500 elementary school kids in running a race around a one-mile loop that weaves around the playground and local neighborhoods of the Columbine Elementary School. The kids train for the event a few times per week leading up to the big race day, which has been occurring annually for 33 years. In an era of defunct phys-ed programs and skyrocketing computer and video game use, the event is vital in exposing kids to the benefits of physical activity, and from the facial expressions it looks the kids were have a great time.


    Danny Abshire, Newton co-founder, tries to keep up


    Jennifer Abshire encourages one participant on to the finish


    Jerry Lee, Newton co-founder, getting in the thick of it

    What percentage of these kids had perfect natural running form? Lots. You can read the full event report on the Running Times website.



  • Newton Staff Spotlight: Erin Gehlsen

    IMG_1273If you’ve ever called Newton Running’s customer service, there’s a good chance that you’ve talked to Erin Gehlsen. The next time you speak to her, offer your congratulations—at last weekend’s Colorado Marathon, running in the pink Universal Performance Racer, Erin posted a 3:39.27 marathon, a PR by over 45 minutes. This finish earned her a spot in the 2011 Boston Marathon (wearing the 2009 Motion All Weather)

    Erin started running in high school, thanks in large part to her father Jeff. One day during a period that she calls her “out of shape” stage, her dad dragged her off the couch to go for a run. Though she felt winded and tired, the experience gave her the running bug. Her first marathon was three years ago in Chicago, where she ran with a group of friends to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Iowa.

    In 2009 Erin joined Newton Running as an intern right after graduating from Iowa University. She quickly earned herself a full time job with her perennially upbeat nature, drive, and hard work. Today Erin manages the Newton Running wear test program and is a key member of the customer service and expo staff.

    When asked to talk about what it is like to work for Newton, she flashes her signature smile. “It’s an amazing place and it’s like a family. Everyone works really hard, but everyone is so supportive.” She enjoys the fact that she is able to spend a lot of time with customers on an individual and personal level. “So often I’ll speak to people who call to tell me they just had a PR in the shoes or got rid of an injury. One of the best experiences is when I’m at an expo and someone I’ve helped on the phone introduces themselves and gives me a big hug!”

    Outside of work, Erin likes to hike and snowboard, and she is an active member of the youth group at her church. So what’s next for Erin? Running the Chicago Marathon with her sister and father, and she will of course run Boston next spring. And then? “I don’t know...maybe a 50K?”

  • Team Newton Cleans Up at Colfax Marathon

    Newton Running had two relay teams in the Colorado Colfax Marathon Sunday May 16.  Newton Running won the Corporate Division of this mile high race finishing 3rd overall out of 470 relay teams in a time of 2:48:05.  The Newton Running Lab Team finished just a few minutes back.  Newton Running team members (pictured) included Ian Adamson, Hawk Wathen, James Batty, Jacob Edwards and Stephen Gartside.  The Newton Running Lab team included Jennifer Abshire, Danny Abshire, Jerry Lee, Paul South and Brian Metzler.  Good fun on a sunny Sunday morning in Denver.
    Newton Running entered two relay teams to race in the Colorado Colfax Marathon yesterday.  Team Newton Running won the Corporate Division of this mile high race, finishing third overall out of 470 relay teams in a time of 2:48:05. The Newton Running Lab Team finished just a few minutes back. Newton Running team members (pictured) included Ian Adamson, Hawk Wathen, James Batty, Jacob Edwards and Stephen Gartside. The Newton Running Lab team included Jennifer Abshire, Danny Abshire, Jerry Lee, Paul South and Brian Metzler. With sunny skies and cool temperatures making for excellent race conditions, almost 6,000 runners turned out for the fifth installment of the Colfax event — 600 in the marathon, 3,058 in the half marathon and 2,220 in the marathon relay. Good fun on a Sunday morning in Denver - congrats to both Newton teams!
  • Ian Adamson Comes Out of Retirement

    IanCovershotThis past weekend Newton's Ian Adamson escaped the snow in Colorado to find some sun, surf and most importantly, dry trails in Los Osos, California. For those of you who don't know, Ian is a seven-time adventure racing world champion, but he's been retired for several years and now works full-time on Newton's product development team and serves as our director of research and education.

    Ian's adventure racing days may be over, but apparently his quest for adventure hasn't been quenched. Ian has committed to run in this summer's Badwater Ultramarathon. He was in Los Oros for the Montana de Oro 50K trail run, and finished a very respectable 7th place  - according to Ian, "old man should have trained for more than a month."

    Newton runner Van McCarty won the race and set a new course record. Congrats gentlemen!


  • Newton Runners on winning Colorado Relay Team

    It was a big weekend for Team Newton athletes with races across the globe. We'll be posting race results and recaps throughout the day, but let's start with one of the longest races of the weekend...

    Newton Running Lab manager Paul South and Newton president Stephen Gartside were part of a 10-person team for the 12th annual Colorado Relay.  The “Robe Runners” took first place overall in the 170-mile relay race from Georgetown to Carbondale with a time of 19 hours and 35 minutes.

    Team Robe Runners - Paul South on the far left, Stephen Gartside in the yellow Newton visorTeam Robe Runners before the race- Paul in green, Stephen in the yellow visor

    ColoradoRelay09[1]And Team Robe Runners after 170-miles. Still smilin'!

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