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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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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 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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Registration Opens for Chris Legh Tri Camp in Vail, CO

Posted by on Thursday, April 14, 2011 @ 4:26 pm | Leave a reply

Two-time Ironman triathlete Chris Legh is hosting two triathlon training camps this summer in Vail, Colorado: June 16-19 and July 21-24, 2011.

This elite program is limited to a maximum of 15 participants in each of two sessions offered during 2011. The resort amenities and scenic setting offer the opportunity for the entire family to participate.

Package includes personalized coaching with world-class athlete Chris Legh along with support vehicles, test equipment, gear and full access to all resort facilities. It also includes three breakfasts at Ludwig’s Restaurant in the Sonnenalp, two specially prepared lunches and three healthy, gourmet dinners and three nights’ lodging.

The camp is hosted at the family-owned Sonnenalp Resort in the heart of Vail village, which has a 10,000-square foot European Spa and four landmark restaurants in an intimate, boutique hotel setting.

Camp prices are:
$1850 per participant in a single room
$1375 per person for two participants sharing a room
$1145 per person for two people; one participant and one non-training participant
$1250 per person for local participants

Click here to download the camp brochure.

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Training Day with Michellie Jones

Posted by on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 @ 3:49 pm | Leave a reply

Australia’s Michellie Jones is one of the most decorated female triathletes in the world. She won two ITU World Championships (1992 and 1993), a sliver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and a world championship at the 2006 Hawaii Ironman.

Jones lives in Carlsbad, California, works for Ideal Saddle Modification and is a Newton Running-sponsored athlete. This video by Competitor TV follows Jones as she prepares for the 2011 racing season.

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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

FOTOS NEWTON 15B

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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