In March, Newton Running announced their official shoe sponsorship of the 35th annual BolderBoulder.
Impressively there will be 11 Newton Running Elite team members and 25+ Newton Running employees running in their new “We live this stuff” shirts.
One of those elites is Tyler McCandless who will be running for Team Colorado along side Josh Eberly and Sean Quigly. This is the first time McCandless is competing in the race after moving to Boulder a few years back. Now that he is a home owner, works in Boulder as a research assistant at NCAR, coaches at Centaurus High School in Lafayette, and is now part of the Newton Running Elite team he is looking forward to competing in his first Bolder Boulder and considers it his new “Hometown Race.”
“I am looking forward to being on a team, its 3 people which score just like in college. You don’t have that experience in a road race, you are just competing for yourself. That aspect is really cool. Then there’s only 30 people in the race, and there are a lot of friends and students out there to cheer for me, I’ll be taking it all in.”
“Newton is absolutely the coolest company, They are just all about grass roots and true to form with running, so for them to be sponsoring BB is great, it’s their hometown, it’s one of the biggest races its an honor to represent both them and Boulder in Team Colorado.”
“Its fun to be part of a team that really cares,” said McCandless. “They send out weekly race reports and I will get emails from folks congratulating me on my races, so now that we are all part of the same event it will be really fun getting together afterwards and chatting about the race.”
McCandless has nothing notable planned in his race strategy except, “don’t go out fast and blow up since you are at altitude, but if you want to be top 10 then you need to stay in top contention, so if its letting them go at half way or being on their heels, you have to be there. And also seeing where my teammates are and seeing if we can work together if you can.”
Team Colorado has a history of finishing strong, McCandless stated would love to continue the tradition.