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Race Roundup: Patriot Half, Eagleman and Mooseman 70.3

Posted by on Friday, July 1, 2011 @ 10:53 am | Leave a reply

Wendy Mader’s Report from the Boulder Sunrise and Kansas 70.3 Triathlon

“June is early for me to be racing. I train primary indoors November through May, with plenty of functional strength training over the winter and spring. I love summer because my schedule allows me to get outside more in the hot temperatures.  After taking five months off swimming (October to February), I swam about a dozen times.  I have struggled with injuries the past two seasons and was unsure how my running would go this year. Cycling is still my weakness yet my favorite event to train.

In the Boulder Olympic Distance race,  I swim a fast 1.5 k, the swim must have been short, then made up for it a week later swimming  a long 1.2 mile course in  Kansas. Both races I was first out of the water in my wave.

My bike felt strong at each race. Two very different course terrain. I love the mostly downhill course that Boulder has to offer, not a fan of the rolling, bacon strip type course in Kansas. I felt strong both weekends and came off the bike first in my wave. I guess I am getting stronger on the bike.

Leading both races after the bike I was worried about hanging on to my lead during the run, struggling the past two year. This year I feel like my running is back on form.  In Boulder my calf tightened up and I held back on the run, still finishing strong, taking first female overall.  In Kansas, I ran my fastest half marathon after biking. I won my age group and a slot to Vegas 70.3 World Championships.

Next I’m looking forward to Ironman Lake Placid July 24th!”

Hellstedt Scores Fourth at Patriot Half

Triathlete Brett Hellstedt placed fourth among the elite competitors (seventh overall) at the Patriot Half in East Freetown, MA on June 18. His time was 4:29:11 for the half-distance triathlon south of Boston. The course involved a one-loop swim in a clean, clear lake, two loop bike on flat, country roads and one loop run on rolling quite roads.

“I don’t really have the volume of training to expect a great half result at this point,” says Hellstedt. “That said, I was pleased with my day.  It was the hottest temperature I have experienced all spring which made the run a bit of a struggle but all in all was  very pleased with the race and my day.”

Find full results here: http://www.sunmultisportevents.com/Patriot_Triathlon/2011_Results.htm

Holderbaum Hangs Tough at Eagleman 70.3

In his build up to the World Championships in Kona, triathlete Chad Holderbaum raced his sixth Eagleman 70.3 triathlon in Cambridge, MD, on a hot day in June. He placed 9th amateur overall, taking fifth in the 30-34 age group with a time of 4 hours 17 minutes.

“The day went really well for me and I had a personal best by 11 minutes on the course,” says Holderbaum. “I really pushed my pace on 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 thanks to my awesome Distance Light Weight Trainers!

Pierre-Olivier Dupuis Has “Best Race” Mooseman Ironman 70.3

It was a great day for Pierre-Olivier Dupuis, who has his best race ever at the Mooseman Ironman 70.3 in New Found Lake, New Hampshire on June 5.

Dupuis finished the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13-mile run with a time of 5:21:20, placing him 11th in his age group.

 

“This was my fifth half Ironman, but my first in the 70.3 series,” says Dupuis. “The water was cold as hell at just 57 degrees. This was the hardest course I’ve ever done with long steep hills, but it turned out to be my best ever race. It and second-fastest 70.3 race and I ran my best half marathon off the bike (1:39:00)!

This race came on the heels of completing the Sorel-Tracy Duathlon on May 15 (where he finished second in his age group), and Oka’s Sprint Triathlon on May 29, where he finished 11th overall (first in his age group) with a time of 1:13:30.

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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 Round Up: From Boston to Baghdad

Posted by on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 1:59 pm | 2 Replies

Boston or Bust

Boston Marathon weekend a big one for the Newton tribe. Leading up to the big day, Newton shoes were flying off the shelves at the  pre-race expo.

On Boston Marathon Monday,  Newton was well represented among the 27,000 runners, including Newton athlete Bob Weiner, who ran 2:29:13 and placed second in the men 45-49 age group.

And at his 18th Boston Marathon, Dr. Mark Cucuzella, owner of Two Rivers Treads Center for Natural Running, ran his 18th Boston Marathon last weekend, finishing in a time of 2:37:00 (placing 164th overall and 15th in his age group).

We’d also love to give a HUGE congratulations to Customer Service queen Erin Gehlsen, who ran a 3:57:09!

Race Recap from MORF Racing

Vanessa Carmean of MORF Racing will kick off her 2011 racing season in a few weeks with the XTERRA Pacific Championships in Santa Cruz, CA, and in the meantime, wrote this recap of her stellar 2010 season.

“I’ve been running and racing in Newtons since 2007, but last year was my first season racing in the Distance Performance Racers,” says Vanessa. “I had some very fast runs (for me) and  was really pleased with the improvement in my run times at Boulder Stroke and Strides (one of several PR’s last summer) and the Colfax Half Marathon so I was really happy with the Distance shoes!”

Follow Vanessa and Team MORF on their blog at: http://morfracing.blogspot.com.





“We Love you Here in Iraq!”

A few weeks ago, CW2 Ronnie Hicks  took the overall win at the U.S. Army Reserve 10.3 km Birthday Run with a 37:53 in Baghdad, Iraq.

“My time was not blazing fast, but what do you expect after three weeks off for R&R (vacation)?” said Hicks. “I was 15 seconds-per-mile slower than usual! But the Terra Momentus were excellent choice for these conditions! Thanks for recommending them!Thanks for the support you guys provide and we love you here in Iraq!”




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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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