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Race Roundup: Downhill Mile, Dawg Days XTERRA, Ironman Austria

Posted by on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 @ 12:56 pm | Leave a reply

The Downhill Mile

A few weeks after racing in Western Africa, Roberto Mandje placed second at The Downhill Mile road race in Superior, Colorado, on July 4th.

“I figured it’d be fun to race such a short
distance,” says Mandje, who clocked 4:10 on the fast course. “I would’ve liked to run quicker,
but with zero speed work and barely a week after returning from Africa, I’ll take it. I always enjoy racing  and supporting local races.”

 

Colbert Tops Women’s Field at the Dawg Days XTERRA

After breaking her foot during the run leg of the Dawg Days XTERRA offroad triathlon a few years ago, Lucia Colbert, 54, was thrilled to find herself leading the women’s field at this year’s race, held on June 25th in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She rocked the 0.5-mile swim, 12-mile mountain bike and 4-mile trail run with a total time of 2:06:00 and the overall women’s victory.

“I didn’t have my best day because of a sore hamstring, but ended up winning by staying steady,” says Colbert. “I wore my Lady Issac Guidance Trainers to protect my toes from all the rocks. In fact, the men’s overall winner also broke his toe on the run!”

Find full results here: http://xterraplanet.com/races/view_results.cfm?race_id=1222

Awesome at Ironman Austria

Belgian Marino Vanhoenacker won the men's race in 7:45:59.

“There’s nothing quite like the “Big Show” of Ironman Austria,” says Newton Running athlete Meredith Dolhare. “They’ve been doing this event for a long time, and have it down right. The swim was beautiful, the bike was one of my favorite courses ever, and the run can be super fast. Spectator and volunteer support are second to none for a European race.”

Dolhare had a great race in Klagenfurt, Austria, on July 1, especially considering that she had completed Ironman France just one week earlier. Her time of 11:35:22 placed her 26th in her age group.

“I went faster in all three disciplines, and my legs held up pretty well,” says says. “I was very surprised to have ridden so well, however, I wish I could have carried that into the run. Incredibly enough, the top-five women in my age group went under 10 hours. Last year, my time would have been ninth, so I am kind of shocked at the placement.”

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Race Roundup: Britton Memorial Tri, Rev3 Quassy 70.3

Posted by on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 8:51 am | Leave a reply

Smith Fourth at Buster Britton Memorial Sprint Tri

Newton Running athlete Neal Smith placed fourth in his age group at the Buster Briton Memorial Triathlon in Pelham, Alabama on June 11.

The 25-year-old sprint-distance triathlon took place at the beautiful Oak Mountain State Park and is one of the longest running triathlons in Alabama. The race honors the life of Buster Britton–one of the Birmingham area’s original triathletes that lost his life in a fun run after completing the Hawaii Ironman only a short time earlier.

“Despite an extremely hilly course and high temperatures, I bettered my time from last year by over 8 minutes,” says Smith, who finished 29th overall with a time of 1:05:53. “I improved most significantly on the run thanks to my Newton Light Weight Distance Trainers!”

Revved Up at Rev3 70.3

The Rev3 Quassy 70.3 Triathlon boasts an amazing venue with an extremely hilly bike course and very challenging (though beautiful) run in Middlebury, CT.

At the June 4th event, Andrew Salmon placed 15th in his age group (63rd overall) against a very competitive field.

“My day went well despite not having the greatest swim,” says Salmon. “I rode the bike smart hoping to put a solid run up on the board. Thankfully proper pacing on the bike allowed me a to post a top-nine run for my age group of 1 hour 23 minutes.”

Josh Gelman, television producer for 48 Hours, also competed at Rev3 Quassy, is pictured here wearing the Gravity Neutral Performance Trainers.












Another Hot Day at Eagleman 70.3

Newton Running athlete Chad Holderbaum raced at the Eagleman 70.3 Triathlon in Cambridge, Maryland last weekend, his sixth time at the half-Ironman event.

As always, the heat is a challenge and it is a great course gearing up for Kona,” says Holderbaum. “The day went really well for me and I had a personal best by 11 minutes on the course. I really pushed the bike and averaged over 25mph and even though I faded some on the run, I still managed to run a 1:29 half marathon in the grueling heat!

Holderbaum finished 9th amateur overall and 5th in the 30-34 age group with a time of 4:17.

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Race Roundup: XTERRA Moab, Teva Mountain Games and More!

Posted by on Monday, June 6, 2011 @ 4:11 pm | Leave a reply


MORF in Moab

Team MORF was back at the races last weekend, with Debby Sullivan placing 9th women (first in her age group) at the XTERRA Moab triathlon in Utah.

“The race went well for the most part,” says Sullivan. “It has been really hard to mountain bike much or spend time time running on trails since they are all still covered in snow up here in the Colorado mountains.

The swim started out in Ken’s Lake and it was cold!  I got in the water extra early to adjust, which helped me tremendously. The swim went smoothly and I felt good during most of the mountain bike. The course was very technical but I was had fun and pushed hard on the out-and-back Steelbender Trail.

At the bike turnaround I was in fourth place, but the return trip I did not go as smoothly. I held strong despite not being at my full strength due to an injury to a month-old ankle injury, but continued to do well during the run until I rolled my ankle and hobbled the last 2.5 miles to the finish.”

Read more about Debby’s race on her blog, dsulli.blogspot.com and an article about the race on Sky Hi Daily News.

Jeremy Freed Second at Teva Mountain Games 10K

Less than a week after winning the citizen’s division at the Bolder Boulder 10K, Newton Running’s Jeremy Freed placed second against a stacked field at the Teva Mountain Games Spring Runoff 10K trail race in Vail, Colorado. Freed, wearing the MV2 Speed Racer on muddy and partially snow-covered trails, battled against national trail-running champion Max King before King pulled ahead for the win in 41:30. Freed finished just 10 seconds back.

Check out this article for a race recap and photos on Examiner.com.




Roberto Mandje Third in Half Marathon Despite Run-In with Taxi

Newton Running’s Roberto Manje completed the toughest race of his career last weekend in West Africa, finishing third in the long half-marathon course with a time of 1:12:50, despite being hit by a car mid-race.

“The race started at 10:30 a.m. instead of the scheduled 8:00, by which time the 90+ degree heat combined with 95% humidity was brutal,” says Manje. “On top of all that, the race was 23.5K (instead of the usual 21.1K half-marathon distance.) But the toughest challenge was getting nicked in the hand and side by a taxi. YES! The race organizers didn’t even close the roads so cars zoomed by the whole way. When the taxi hit me, I fell down momentarily passed out before getting up and finishing the race. I’m happy to be alive and survive all the carnage to finish third!”

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Freed is Fast at Bolder Boulder 10K Citizen’s Race

Posted by on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 @ 12:53 pm | Leave a reply

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/

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Race Roundup: Early Season Triathlons Test Athletes

Posted by on Friday, May 27, 2011 @ 2:50 pm | Leave a reply

Fast out of the Blocks

It’s only May and yet triathlete Andrew Block has raced more than many of us race in a year! He sent us recap of his season so far:

“I started the year racing well and looking great in my special-edition Newton Running PCF Distance Racers and new Team BC/Newton/MultiSports Gear! My first race was the Carlsbad Half Marathon, where I again placed seventh in my age group (40-44).

Three weeks later I competed at the San Diego Half marathon where I set a half-marathon PR on the hilly course and placed fifth.

On February 27, I ran in pro triathlete Kate Major’s Run to Help the Aussie Flood Victims, where Beaker Concepts donated product and of course ran a very fast Beach 5K, followed by the Palm Springs Triathlon, where I placed fifth yet again.

Last Spring Race was the Rhoto Oceanside 70.3. As it was always a “B” race, my main goal was to have a fast run. Alas, I developed leg cramps during the swim, and when it came time to run, my fast legs were not there. Regardless, I managed a commendable run and was happy to have a FRESH pair of Newton Running Light Weight Trainers, I believe is the best shoe for me!

Now I’m preparing for the Fontana Half Marathon on June 4, while we await word on getting into the St. George Marathon where, in 2010, I qualified for the Boston Marathon again with a more than 20-minute cushion.

Lemos Has a Great Day at Columbia Triathlon

On Sunday, Christopher Lemos competed in Maryland’s Columbia Triathlon, which is one of the most challenging and longest running (EST 1984) Olympic distance races in the USA; attracting world-class professional and amateur athletes from around the globe.

Lemos shaved over five minutes off his race time over last year’s Columbia Triathlon. He exited the water in fourth place and moved up to third during the bike portion, and then into second during the run. Unfortunately, that’s when things unraveled a bit and in the last couple of miles, Lemos’s pace slowed, yet he still finished a very respectable fourth out of 132 (in the 30-34 age group) with time of 2:09:27.

His next race is the Subaru Eagleman 70.3 Ironman on June 12th.

Team MORF is Without Limits

Vanessa Carmean competed at last weekend’s Without Limits Summer Open Sprint Triathlon, and in her report on the MORF Racing Team blog, managed to have a lot of fun despite going off course.

“I had a bit of a mix up on the bike course but it was a beautiful morning and I was excited to be racing again!” reports Vanessa. “I had taken some time off from running while I tried to rest and repair what I thought was a running-related injury (but was really just a result of doing too much too soon), but was what really helped was doing some exercises. My last two races were really the most running I’ve done in a few months, but I have a green light to resume training now, so I’m looking forward to that.

Read her race report here: http://morfracing.blogspot.com/2011/05/without-limits-summer-open-or-5-great.html

 

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Newton Athlete Jeremy Freed Motivates Kids to Run

Posted by on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 8:54 am | Leave a reply

Newton Athlete Jeremy Freed recently began a series of presentations about the value of exercise and good nutrition to hundreds of kids  at Parmalee Elementary in Indian Hills, Colorado, Marshdale Elementary in Evergreen, Colorado, and West Jefferson Middle School in Evergreen, Colorado.

“A parent involved with organizing the a kid’s race called the Evergreen Rodeo Stampede Fun Run asked me to  speak to the local students about the importance of running and exercise, sharing my experiences in sports and the importance of proper nutrition for long-term health,” says Freed.

Freed also got the kids fired up about an upcoming race called the Kid’s Rodeo Stampede Fun Run, sponsored by Newton Running, on May 28, as a chance to get a taste of the thrill and sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing a race.  The competition includes a 1-mile, 2-mile and a 50-yard dash. “Spreading the message of youth health literacy is extremely important and, as an athlete, I feel that I can be a good example and provide a meaningful message,” says Freed.

“The kids really responded well to the 45-minute presentation,” says Freed. “I spoke for a bit and then got them off the floor and running in place, doing plyometrics and stretching. The kids then got to ask questions about the presentation before they returned to class.

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Race Roundup: Seoul Aquathon, Encinitas 5K, River Run 10K

Posted by on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 3:38 pm | 1 Reply


2011 Seoul ITU Triathlon Asian Cup

Oh Young-Hwan (pictured left) was the overall winner of the Aquathalon at the 2011 Asian Triathlon Cup Festival in Korea. ‎The Aquathalon is comprised of a 1.5 swim and 5K run. At the same race, Newton Running athlete Jina Park placed third in her age group.

Lemos Prime for Columbia Triathlon

Christopher Lemos of North Bethesda, Maryland, competed in Pikes Peak 10k on April 17 on a brisk and windy day. He had decided to enter the race only the day before as a speedwork session. He placed 10th in his division out of 185 with a time of 34:59, and was 50th male overall against a very competitive field.

Lemos is gearing up for this Sunday’s hilly Columbia Triathlon in Ellicott, Maryland on May 22. “The race includes a 1.5 K swim, 41 K bike and 10K run. I’m starting to taper now and am hopeful for a solid race,” says Lemos.

Block Burns Through Encinitas 5K

This weekend was California’s annual Encinitas Sprint Triathlon Festival, which includes a 5K, a triathlon and duathlon. Andrew Block (pictured here) took a fine second place in the men 40 to 44 age group and was 23rd overall in the 5K.

“Above all I was thrilled to set a PR of 17:23   in my tried, true and trusted Newton Running Distance Light Weight Trainers!” says Block.

Lucy Loves Her Newtons

Lucy Ryan (pictured here in here in her favorite women’s Distancia in pink) won the fourth annual Family Education and Support Center River Run 10K on April 23, 2011, in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada. Her time was 50:04.

“At least once after a race someone asks me
about my Newton shoes and the first thing they say is: ‘I heard you have to get used to them.’ I’m quick to respond that in my case, I didn’t need to get used to them at all, even though I was a heel striker when I began using them.”

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Race Roundup: Wildflower, St.Croix 70.3, Mad City 100K

Posted by on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 @ 7:20 pm | Leave a reply

Wild About Wildflower

Julia Eyer (pictured left) won her age division (13 to 15 year olds) at the 29th Annual Avia Wildflower Triathlon on April 30. She also participated in the following day’s Olympic-distance relay triathlon (she did the run leg), with her team, called the Pink Ponies” scoring sixth.

Raff Stellar in St. Croix

Newton Running athlete Gabriel Raff, who was competing in the male 25 to 29 age group age group, placed 7th overall (with only six pro men finishing ahead of him) at the Ironman 70.3 St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, on May 6.

“I had a good race overall, but my feelings were changing dramatically minute after minute, especially during the bike,” reports Raff. “I started minutes behind the Pro Men, but had a solid swim, almost entirely alone with no pack to follow and lost two minutes on the lead Pro Men.”

“I had high expectations for the bike portion considering that cycling is my strength (I set a personal record of 4:42 in Kona last year and wanted to ride really hard in St Croix). But that day it wasn’t possible. My legs felt empty with no power and when I reached the transition, was about eight minutes behind my expected time.

Considering that I didn’t have my legs on the bike, I thought I wouldn’t be able to run and I had to overcome all sorts of negative thoughts. By mile 4, my legs started to return and I began running smoothly. I decided to finish as I hard as possible and achieved the 5th fastest run split of the day!”

Watch for Gabriel next at the Florida 70.3 Ironman later this month and at the World Championships in Kona.

Roy Pirrung Scores 66th Win


Roy Pirrung of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, won his age group (60-64) and at the Mad City 100K USA National Championships in Wisconsin. For full results, visit: http://www.madcity100k.com/home.php

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Race Roundup: A Victorious Weekend for Newton Runners

Posted by on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 9:06 am | Leave a reply

Kortney Hagg (center) won the Fred Kurtz 10-miler.

Hagg Wins Minnesota 10-Miler

Newton athlete Kortney Hagg won the Fred Kurtz Memorial 10-miler in Minnesota on April 9. Her time was 1:07:22 for the time-handicapped race that has a staggered start based on past finishing times.

“I wanted to beat my Twin Cities 10-mile time and to do that I would have to run about 6:45 per mile,” Kortney reported on her blog. “I started out too hard – was doing about 6:30′s the first mile and a half and then I toned it down. I always seem to go out too hard and need to learn to pace better and get stronger towards the end.”

Read her full race report at http://kortneyhaag.blogspot.com/.

Rachel Rocks Las Vegas

Rachel won the 21K event in 1:36:19.

Also last weekend, Salt Lake City runner Rachel Cieslewicz mopped up the competition at the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Half Marathon, though she had to work hard for the win.

“Every time I tried to pull away from [eventual runner-up] Tracy Joslin she just kept catching me and I was really worried,” said the 2009, 30-34 division XTERRA Trail Run National Champ.  “I knew I was going to have to really push it on the climbs and suffer in order to put a gap into her, and thankfully that worked.”

Read Rachel’s full race racap at her website, New Age Athlete.

McCarty Rebounds from Injury with Master’s Win at Wine Country Half Marathon

Knee issued forced runner and triathlete Van McCarty, 40, of San Luis Obispo, to take a three-month training break over the winter. But just five weeks after resuming training, McCarty ran a near-PR time of 1:16:19 (his best time for the distance being 1:15:40) at the Wine Country Runs Half Marathon in Paso Robles, California. His time was good enough for fourth overall and top Masters runner.

“I planned to race only myself and no one else,” says McCarty. ” I did not have a good sense of what kind of time or effort I could do, so I never looked at my watch and just ran ‘comfortably hard.’”

View full race results here.

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Race Roundup: IM California, Pan Am Valparaiso, Dry Creek Half Marathon

Posted by on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 @ 9:00 am | Leave a reply

Awesome in Oceanside

Felipe Loureiro (pictured here), of Breakaway Training and Natural Running Certified Coach competed at last weekend’s Rohto Ironman 70.3 California, in Oceanside, California, placing 12 in his division.

 

Huffman Scores 14th in Valparaiso

Globetrotting riathlete William Huffman just finished a successful trip to Chile during which he placed 14th at the Valparaiso Premium Pan American Cup Triathlon.

The course in the coastal city of Valparaiso presented a very challenge bike course, rough open-water swim and a very hilly run course. “The week before the race, I spent long hours studying the nuances of the course and was able to identify some game changing factors on the swim and bike courses,” says Huffman.

Huffman had a strong swim start in a large main pack of swimmers, and exited the water in 8th position, but a tight wetsuit momentarily slowed his transition onto the bike.

“I absolutely loved the bike portion and thrived on the steep hills,” says Huffman. “By the second lap of 8, a lead pack of about 25 athletes had formed and I was able to open up significant gaps on the steep and technical descent of each lap.”

During the run, Huffman turned in a 34:33  for 10k, which included a 15-second penalty for misplacing his helmet in T2. He finished with a total time of 1:53:08 for 14th place.

Huffman is now ranked 238th in the world and 20th in the United States in the ITU rankings, with many more races to come this season.

Dry Creek Half Marathon Not So Dry

Newton athlete Rachel Cieslwicz was in Idaho on Saturday for the Dry Creek Half Marathon, another stop on the La Sportiva Mountain Cup circuit.

Cieslwicz fought muddy, slippery conditions to place fifth woman on a difficult course against tough competition. “I felt like I was running on butter!” she says. If I race in conditions like that again, I will need to put little screws into my Newtons for traction. The good thing is I worked really hard at the last race which will leave me that much more fit,” she says.

Read her race recap on her blog, New Age Athlete.

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