This year's Ironman 70.3 Japan came down to the wire with two amazing athletes. One, former World Champion, Chris "Macca" McCormack, who's been at the top of the food chain in triathlon for a long time. The other, Newton pro triathlete and young gun, Tim Berkel.
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This weekend saw a ton of triathlon goings-on in the Newton family! Craig Alexander hit the bricks in his first race since his epic victory at Ironman Melbourne in March at Ironman 70.3 Eagleman in Maryland. The reigning Ironman (BOTH distances) World Champ was out of the water with the lead pack in a time of 23:17. He followed this up by laying down a blazing bike split of 2:03:57, which came on a flat but windy course that gave many athletes trouble. Coming out of T2 25 seconds down on the race leader, Craig and his Newtons did what they do best and took control of the race by posting a 1:15:07 half-marathon split for a winning time of 3:44:57.
A few hundred miles to the West, Newton pro Rachel Joyce was taking on brutal race conditions at Ironman 70.3 Kansas. After post the second fastest women's swim time of the day in very choppy conditions, Rachel completely dominated the rast of the race. She posted the fastest women's bike split by 7:11 (2:22:10) as well as the fastest women's run split (1:21:21). These splits combined found Rachel just shy of a whopping 23 minutes in front of the second place finisher!
Holding down the Newtonian contingent at Ironman 70.3 Kansas on Sunday was part of Newton's crack legal team, Thom W. On a day that saw winds kicking up a few white caps on Clinton Lake as well as record temps on the bike and run course made for a race that was a bit less than perfect. In the end though, Thom was super happy that he made it through such tough conditions and notching off his 2nd 70.3!
There were three Newtonians who joined Craig at Eagleman as well. Scott Burrow, Steve Johnson and Andrew Maxwell all set off into the tough heat, humidity and breeze. After flatting during the swim ("How?" you ask? In high heat tires/tubes that are pushing the limits of their inflation can expand and burst), Scott went on to have a solid race. Taking a break from his duties at the Newton Running Lab here in Boulder, Steve had a killer day, winning his age group with an awesome 4:03:47 which punched his ticket to Kona in October. Congrats Steve!
Big props to all who raced in Newtons this weekend!
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
"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."
"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.
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.
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."
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!"
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
"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
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."
Boston or Bust
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!"
"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!"