The Return of the Crowie
PRESS RELEASE: Craig Alexander blitzes a 3:48 to win 2016 Century Tuna Subic Bay Ironman 70.3
As one of the big, if not the biggest, names to head the start list of the 2015 Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic, all eyes were on multiple Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander to stomp off in the inaugural race. Then the unthinkable happened: on race morning, the race organizer announced that “Crowie” would be unable to even start the race owing to a bad back.
Seeking redemption from last year’s disappointment, the Newton Running champion returned with a vengeance against a field of heavy hitters that included fellow Australian Tim Reed, German Patrick Lange, and Austrian Tim Van Berkel.
Exiting the 1.9km swim just a minute down from early leaders Patrick Lange and Jonathan Ciavatella, Craig kept himself within striking distance of the leaders throughout the hilly 90km bike route that included the scenic Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).
By the time the leaders entered T2, Alexander was three minutes behind Lange who had broken away on the bike. On the scorching hot, one-lap, out-and-back run course, Alexander steadily reeled in the German until he finally overtook Lange shortly after the halfway point.
The Newton athlete broke the tape with a time of 3:48:56, no small feat considering Craig is already 43 years old. “I was very happy with my performance today,” says Craig Alexander. “My training leading in had been good but it was only my second race in seven months so there is always a little bit of the unknown. I just tried to be consistent across all disciplines. Whenever you win in a field that contains athletes like Reed, Van Berkel and Lange you are really made to work for it.”
With this first win for Craig in 2016, the 5-time Ironman World Champion is out to prove that age is just a number and that he can still definitely race to win!
Newton Running Philippines congratulates Crowie on his amazing feat and is excited to be part of competitive triathletes’ journey to excellence.
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About Newton Running: Based in Boulder, Colorado, USA, Newton Running was founded by its CTO and natural running advocate Danny Abshire, and by its CEO Jerry Lee, an avid marathoner. Based in the mecca of running, Newton Runners eat, dream, and sleep running. Its Newton Running Lab hosts running clinics and oversees the Newton Running coach certification program. The organization proudly supports charities like Athletes for a Cure, Trickle Up, and One World Running. Newton Running is also the official footwear sponsor of the 2013 U.S. Ironman Series.
Reference: Newton Running PR and Ironman.com, “Alexander sizzles in Subic Bay” | Photos courtesy of Sunrise Events and Anthony Yu