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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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Race Roundup: Miami Tri, XC Worlds and Pan American Cup

Posted by on Thursday, March 24, 2011 @ 11:47 am | Leave a reply

Newton athlete Christopher Lemos placed 10th in the Men's Elite Divsion at the Miami International Triathlon.

 

Miami International Triathlon

Christopher Lemos of North Bethesda, Maryland, placed 10th in the Men’s Elite Division with a time of 2:01:56 at the Miami International Triathlon on March 20th, his first time competing as an elite. “Overall it was a great day to kick off the season with little prep and big competition in what I had considered more of a training race,” says Lemos.

Since the Miami event is part of the 5150 Triathlon Series, Lemos’s performance there qualified him for the national 5150 championships Hy-Vee Triathlon 5150 U.S. Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 4, 2011.

Santiago Pan American Cup

Meanwhile, Newton athlete William Huffman placed 15th at the ITU Santiago Pan American Cup Triathlon in Chile, and was the youngest, at age 18, athlete among the field of 53 international elite athletes, most of whom are full-time athletes. He was also the top American, with a time of 1:51:04.

William sent us this report:

“I exited the water in the main pack, which gave me good position going into a quick transition to the bike. During the bike portion, which had some long inclines that tested everyone’s power, several groups bridged up to our main pack and we eventually reeled in the breakaway group during lap 7 of 8, using everything we had.

The intensity of the bike at the elite level was a new experience for me, since this was my first ITU Olympic distance ITU event. By the bike’s end, our lead pack grew to 25 and I was very pleased to hold onto my position near the front.

But the race really came down to the run, which was hot and very fast on a hilly course. I had one of my best run performances so far and ran 35:04 for 10K .”

This weekend, William will compete in an ITU race in Valparaiso, Chile.

Cross Country World Championships

Newton’s top runner, Rob Mandje competed this past weekend in Punta Umbria, Spain, at the IAAF World Cross Country World Championships. The former Olympian finished a disappointing 111th position with a time of 41:54.

He sent us this recap:

“Unfortunately the race didn’t go at all as I had hoped. I’d gone into the event feeling fit and very strong after a few 130 – 140 mile weeks. Having the World Championships in Spain, my birth country, was a big impetus for high expectations, as well as having friends and family around to watch.

One hundred meters into the race I caught a fellow competitor’s foot in my knee. My leg buckled but I stayed on my feet. The start of World XC is a total mad dash with elbows and legs flying everywhere.

Somewhere into the first lap the throbbing of my right leg (where I got kicked) got worse and worse and by 3 kilometers I knew I wouldn’t have a good race or regain my pace. I didn’t fly all the way to Spain to DNF, especially with friends and family there. It was by far my most disappointing race.

Yet, I am very fit and it’s still early in the year. I look forward to having down time with family in Spain before returning to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, where I’ll resume my high-level training and continue the pursuit of my 2011 goals.

Now while training, I repeat this message to myself: ‘Fall down: 9, Get up: 10.’”

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Sign up Today for Ironman Canada with Athletes for a Cure

Posted by on Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 1:28 pm | Leave a reply

Even though the 2011 Ironman Canada (August 28, 2011) is sold out, you can still race!Subaru Ironman Canada

Become a member of Newton Running’s Athletes for a Cure team and make a difference in the fight against prostate cancer while competing in the race of a lifetime! Learn more at: http://www.newtonrunning.com/imc

Spots will go fast so Sign up today!

Learn more is this informational video featuring Newton Running co-founder, Jerry Lee.

 

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Race Roundup: Desert Tri, Double Iron

Posted by on Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 12:24 pm | Leave a reply

Vertiz Leads the Way at the Desert International Tri

Newton athlete Tatiana Vertiz (pictured far right) was third woman at the Desert International Distance Triathlon on Sunday, March 6th near Palm Springs, California.


A Lost Bike Doesn’t Stop Jacob Evans From Snagging Fourth at FloridaDouble Iron 2011

Here is Jacob’s race recap:

Last weekend I had the pleasure of racing in the inaugural Florida Double Iron triathlon just outside Tampa, Florida in Flatwoods Park. The race consisted of a 4.8 mile pool swim in a 50m outdoor pool, the bike totaled 224 miles on a ~7 mile loop, and the run was 52.4 miles on a 1.747 mile out and back.

The weekend had its ups and it’s downs, but the downs began around 6:15 a.m. on the way to the race. We pulled into a gas station on the way to the pool to grab a bag of ice and some coffee when I went to check out the bikes on the back of the car. To my dismay my race bike was missing. A long story short–it had fallen off the bike rack. At that moment someone pulled up next to us and said he saw my bike laying in the street just a block back. Aaron and I jumped in the car and went back to where the guy said he saw it.

My bike was not there, and the race was starting in 45 minutes.

At this point I was prepared to withdraw from the race and curl up in a dark hole by myself. My only crew member Aaron would have none of it.

We waved down an officer and let him know what happened. Within a few minutes later we were driving to the pool and Aaron was assuring me that he’d have his bike ready to go when I got out of the pool for the bike section.

By 7:00 a.m. I found myself in the pool and ready to start the race. I opted not to wear a wetsuit since the pool was around 80 degrees. The race director said go and we were off. I had three other guys in my lane. My original goal was for a sub 2:25-2:30 swim. I came right in at 2:24:07!

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Weekend Race Report: rev3, Sedona Marathon

Posted by on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 11:34 am | Leave a reply

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The Newton Triathlon Team Costa Rica swept the standings at the Revolution 3 Half Ironman Triathlon in Costa Rica over the weekend. Placing second through fifth was Pablo Montoya, Dominique Cocusse, Galiano Luconi  and Milton Esquivel.

In the Olympic Distance event, French pro triathlete  Romain Guillaume placed sixth in the Pro division. View full results here.

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Also last weekend, Laura Kelly won her age group (eighth overall) at Arizona’s Sedona Marathon. “I signed up at the last minute despite having having tired legs from doing a mountain bike race and trail race the previous weekend,” says Kelly. “I was nervous about all the pavement and 1000 feet of ascent but ended up having a great run. I love my Newtons!”

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Ironheart Racing Team Tackles Ironman Florida

Posted by on Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 9:49 am | Leave a reply

Picture 5The Newton-supported Ironheart Racing Team was founded in 2005 after David Watkins from Seattle underwent open heart surgery at age 34 to repair a congenital heart defect. After his aorta was replaced with porcine (pig) valve, he lost a functional heart beat for over 5 minutes. His family was brought in to say any ‘last words’ before he was wheeled back into surgery. “Fight, Be strong, We love you” was what they said. David made it through surgery only to suffer a stroke a month following.  Thirteen months later, he stood in the sand at the starting line of one of the world’s toughest endurance races, Ironman Coeur d’ Alene. To top it off, the temperature rose well beyond 100 degrees that day. 20% of the racers didn’t make it to the finish line, but Dave did. Only he crossed after the 17 hour cutoff.

“I’ve been haunted by this for the past 4 years.” David recalls. Now it’s time to finish what he started.“At first I wanted to teach my girls that no matter the obstacles, no matter the odds, if you believe in yourself, stay determined and work hard, you can accomplish amazing things. Now I want to add to that. It’s about not stopping if you fall short of your dreams. Rebuild, reassess, refocus and try again.”

Along with that, David has created the Ironheart Racing Team. It’s made up of approximately 50 athletes from across the country and has now gone international with members in the UK and South Africa. Some are supporters of Dave, but over half have stories like him.

“I am truly amazed at the group of athletes that we have on the team. Some are elite, others are first timers. Some of the stories will blow you away. Many of us have seen some dark days in the hospital. The team allows us to come together and celebrate our lives,” Watkins says. “We’ve created a team that will not only raise awareness for certain congenital heart charitable organizations, but hope to provide inspiration as well.” With over 1.8 million people affected with a congenital heart defects, Dave hopes to have Ironheart Racing be a platform to show these patients and their families that there is life after surgery and to never underestimate the power of the heart. The Ironheart Racing Team supports the Nick of Time Foundation, Adult Congenital Heart Association, Parent Heart Watch, Children’s Heart Foundation, and Mended Little Hearts. “This allows us to cover the full spectrum of congenital heart defects, from birth through adulthood,” Watkins says. “It’s important for us to reach individuals and families at different points in their lives. Some get diagnosed at birth, some as teens and others when they are adults. We want to provide support and awareness for all ages.”
Members raced in over 80 events from sprint triathlons and 5k runs to marathons and multiple Ironman events in 2010. 2011 will increase this even further with plans to host their own ‘Ironheart Classic’ 4 mile and 8 mile event near Seattle, WA in the spring.
Ironman Florida will bring 6 of these athletes together for the first time.

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Ironman Canada Race Recap

Posted by on Monday, August 30, 2010 @ 4:20 pm | 6 Replies

Last weekend at Ironman Canada it would have been impossible not to notice the Newton presence. We had one of our biggest company showings ever—around 30 Newton staff and athletes showed up to race, spread the Newton word, and raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Here are some highlights:

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Jerry Lee and Winter Vinecki at the Expo

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Beautiful race day in Penticton, BC—we lucked out.

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Dennis Meeker was the first finisher from Team Newton with a time of 9:22.

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Scott Burrow, Tory Oakland, and Ricky Jeffs cross the finish line showing off their Newton colors.

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We want to extend a big congrats to Jerry Lee, who finished his first Ironman.

 

In total, Newton raised over $70,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation through Athletes for a Cure, and hopes to raise that total over $100,000 by the end of the year.

 

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Monday Race Hangover

Posted by on Monday, May 17, 2010 @ 9:59 pm | 5 Replies

Newton Running is proud to support some of the world’s best triathletes like Craig Alexander, but we also have an amazing team of amateur and semi-pro triathletes across the globe. In what we hope will become a regular feature, here are some of Team Newton’s recent results.

Tatiana Vertiz

Tatiana Vertiz raced the schwag-filled IronGirl 10K in Del Mar CA, finishing third overall and first in the 20-24 age group with a time of 40:22.

XTERRA specialist Rachel Cieslewicz had an uber weekend of training and racing starting with the 5k Law Day on the University of Utah campus, followed by a hard core hill climbing day on the bike and a Sunday morning 22 miler training run. Perfect weekend for her half marathon next weekend in the La Sportiva Mountain Cup race series.

Triathlete Anthony Lee was 15th overall last weekend at the REV 3 Triathlon in Knoxville in the Half Ironman distance, running a 1:26 half marathon at the end of a very tough bike for a total time 4:51. This weekend, Anthony was 2nd in the duathlon race at the Cascade Lake Triathlon, finishing the 3-mile run, 15-mile bike and 3-mile run in a time of 1:15.

Anthony Lee with tri legend Natascha Badmann

Anthony Lee with tri legend Natascha Badmann

Joe McDaniel took second place at the Littlefoot Triathlon in Morrison, Colo. on Sunday – a great way to start his race season.

Julia Eyer

On May 1, Julia Eyer raced the Avia Wildflower Triathlon, a very competitive California race with thousands of athletes competing in Sprint, Olympic and Half Ironman distances. Julia placed first among under 16 year old females and fifth overall in the Sprint distance for a fantastic win.

Nato Amaral

And Nato Amarl raced in the International Sao Paulo Marathon in Brazil.

*Update* Guy Petruzzelli had what can only be described as a burly weekend of racing at the Starkerman Challenge in Michigan (4 events in 3 Days) On Friday he placed 2nd in the 5K run with a time of 15:32. Saturday morning there was a reverse triathlon which he won (4.4 mile run, 20 mile bike, 400 meter swim) Later that same afternoon, he won a 40K bike time trial on a “nasty, hilly course.” His weekend finished with a 5K/30.5K duathlon, in which he finished 5th.

Nick Stanoszek raced the Orlando 70.3 and placed 7th in his age group.

Tell us about your race results this weekend. We’ll send a Newton hat to our favorite commenter.

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Newton’s Goal: $100,000 for a Prostate Cancer Cure at Ironman Canada

Posted by on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 @ 9:51 am | 4 Replies

Need an entry to the sold out 2010 Subaru Ironman Canada? Well you just might be in luck. Newton will be offering 25 VIP entry spots in exchange for a 3,000 dollar donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Benefits of becoming a member of Team Newton include:

-Entry into the sold-out Subaru Ironman Canada
-VIP entry to Ironman Canada events
-Access to the designated Team Newton Running race transition area
-Pre-race BBQ
-One pair of Newton Running Performance Trainers and one pair of Performance Racers
-Team Newton Running cycling kit and race kit
-One pair of limited edition PCF Performance Racers

Prostate Cancer is a very important cause for Newton because co-founder Jerry Lee is a prostate cancer survivor himself. Check out his video below:

There will also be limited edition, blue and green PCF Newton Running Performance Racers for sale at the Subaru Ironman Canada race expo and also as a limited-release model in August 2010, and a portion of each sale will be donated to the PCF.

You can also donate to the PCF directly through Newton’s team website.

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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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