Posts Tagged ‘Terenzo Bozzone

23
Aug
10

Pete Jacobs Wins 2010 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines

This year a new face conquered the 2010 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines held last Sunday in CamSur Watersports Complex.  From the land down under, Pete Jacobs of Sydney finished the 70.3 mile competition with a time of 3:58:41 beating last year’s winner Terenzo Bozzone of Auckland, New Zealand by about seven minutes, who finished at 4:05:54.  Coming into third with a time of 4:14:36 was Fredrik Croneborg of Sundborn, Sweden.  Filipinos joined the top 10 ranks with Neil Catiil (4:37:10) and Arland Macasieb (4:44:08) in eighth and tenth place respectively.

Pete Jacobs, 2010 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines champion (courtesy Ironman 70.3 Philippines)

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18
Dec
09

Shoe Review: K-Swiss K-Ona

K-Swiss isn’t particularly known in the Philippines as a company that makes running shoes so I was quite surprised when I saw several models in the local market.  One particular shoe that caught my eye was the K-Ona.

K-Swiss K-Ona

K-Ona is definitely a looker with its design.  It looks very breathable but what surprised me was when I lifted it—at mere 9 ounces it was one of the lightest shoes I’ve ever handled!

Judging by looks of the K-Ona one may think that this is just your regular cushioning shoes for those leisure runners but the K-Ona is anything but that—it was the pair that Terenzo Bozzone wore at the recent Ironman 70.3 CamSur (Philippines).  Not only was the K-Ona Ironman 70.3-certified (half-Ironman), it is also Kona-certified (full Ironman).  A very impressive ultra-lightweight shoe!

Top view

Shoe Features

An Ultra-light (9oz) and stable running shoe perfect for fast days, races, and triathlons.

  • Durability is achieved with an Aosta® II rubber outsole.
  • Flexibility is enhanced by anatomically correct flex-grooves.
  • Support is obtained with a direct injected urethane support cage with five-stripe branding on top.
  • Stability comes from a rigid TPU midfoot shank.
  • Breathability is enhanced by a Flow Cool System™ for moisture management.
  • Cushioning is provided by Superfoam® technology, an Si-18 technology crash pad and a k-EVA midsole.
  • Comfort is enhanced with a seamless upper construction.

Technology Features

Aosta II AÖSTA II RUBBER COMPOUND
High-density outsole provides unsurpassed durability from heel-to-toe.
Flow Cool System FLOW COOL SYSTEM
Enhances breathability and moisture management from heel-to-toe to keep feet cool and dry.
K-EVA K-EVA
Special formula EVA to provide maximized cushioning and enhance durability of the midsole.
Superfoam SUPERFOAM
A space-aged energy-return foam that resists compression and lasts longer providing cushioning and comfort.

Of course shoes are not meant only to be looked at, but to be worn.  It was love at first step as I tried the K-Ona for the first time and run with it on a treadmill.  The first thing I noticed was how comfortable it was, not to mention that you hardly feel that you’re wearing a shoe because of its light weight.  Of course you know you’re wearing one because you land softly on the surface.

Don’t you just love the scent of new shoes?

The Test: Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

Four days before SCSM I decided to have a piece of Kona myself, K-Ona I mean.  I’ve never had this much fascination with a shoe before and that same night I had it for a 6.75K test run.  It was one of those rare shoes that you need not break-in—it was excellent out of the box!  With just a single test run this shoe earned my trust that I decided outright that this would be my SCSM pair.  They said never to try anything new during race day but hey, if it’s good enough for Ironman, it’s good enough for me!

Ready for some action in Singapore!

Unlike other shoes that force you to conform to, the K-Ona is perfect for forefoot and heel strikers alike because of its excellent cushioning in these areas.  The rubber outsole is also very durable as it hardly exhibit any wear and tear even after a full marathon.  And unlike other shoes that feels hard after a long run, the Superfoam remains soft and comfortable even after the end of the 42K spree.  I’ve never had a shoe that was this comfortable that I actually never worried about my feet all throughout the run.  The flow cool system was also better than other cooling system used by other brands as you get unobstructed air flow from virtually all directions, which proved to be very useful for those humid runs like SCSM.  All these without sacrificing weight!

Among other noticeable features of this shoe are the excellent grip (despite the holes on the soles), excellent fit, seamless construction, no “hard” zones, and interesting shoe laces.

Even the soles feature the Flow Cool System™

The only drawback of this shoe was that it is definitely not for those who need stability or motion control as the midfoot shank provides only a moderate amount of control. You may also want to think twice before running into that puddle of water or mud as it may enter through the holes under the soles, although it may dry faster than other shoes would.

Aftermath of SCSM: My K-Ona didn’t get dirty during the marathon, it was during the claiming of the finisher’s medal!

Conclusion

The K-Ona is easily one of the best shoes in the market as it is very versatile in terms of use (good for sprints and long runs) and target audience (forefoot and heel strikers). It offers one of the best rides while maintaining support, good traction, and some level of control without sacrificing breathability and weight.  Even the insoles were very well made like those custom insoles. Add to that cool looks without breaking the bank. Don’t just take my word for it, seasoned Ironman champions use it!  It was a “perfect” shoe for that “perfect” race. If there’s anything more I’d like, that would be to have another pair (wait, make that two)!

25
Aug
09

Bozzone and Bentley: The Rulers of Ironman 70.3 Philippines

The inaugural race that is Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines last August 23, 2009 held in Pili, Camarines Sur (CamSur) saw two world champions competing: the reigning 70.3 champion Terenzo Bozzone (New Zealand) and Ironman Hawaii World Champion Chris “Macca” McCormack, with the former ruling from a come-from-behind victory (03:51:25) and the latter settling for second (03:52:18)—a testament to world-class level of competition this race brought on our shores.  Cameron Brown settled for third place (03:52:31).  The women’s category was anything but a walk in the park either as eleven-time Ironman Champion of the Hawaii Ironman Championship Lisa Bentley (Canada) won the competition (04:24:29) followed by Gina Kehr (04:26:11) and Charlotte Paul (04:31:26).

Lisa Bentley and Terenzo Bozzone are the first champions of Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines (Credit: Ironman Philippines)

Lisa Bentley and Terenzo Bozzone are the champions of the first Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines (Credit: Ironman Philippines)

The Champions

Terenzo Bozzone is a professional triathlete from New Zealand.  After finishing school he focused on multisport and won the 2001 & 2002 Junior Men’s Elite Duathlon World Championship and the 2002 & 2003 Junior Men’s Elite Triathlon World Championship.  In 2008 Bozzone won the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, Florida setting a new course record of 3:40:10.

Lisa Bentley is one of the most successful Ironman athletes of all time with 11 wins despite never having won an Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.  She is known as an excellent runner and often comes from behind off the bike to win.  Diagnosed in her 20’s with Cystic Fibrosis Lisa has become a role model for much broader audience.

Ironman 70.3

An Ironman 70.3, also known as a Half Ironman, is one of a series of middle-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run.  70.3 is the total distance in miles.  The whole and each part of the event is half the Ironman distance.  The length of the 70.3 event encourages a meeting of Olympic distance/short course triathletes and Ironman/long course triathletes.  Like the Ironman, the bike section is non-drafting.  Since 2006 an annual Ironman World Championships 70.3 has been held at Clearwater, Florida, USA during the month of November.  Some Ironman 70.3 events also act as qualifiers for the full Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, and it includes the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines.

Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines

Murphy Reinschreiber, Managing Director Asia Pacific World Triathlon Corporation credits Fred Uytengsu, CEO of Alaska Milk Corporation, with finally bringing the Ironman to the Philippines with the holding of the Cobra Ironman 70.3 at the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC).

Reinschreiber said after seeing Uytengsu’s passion, awarding the Ironman brand to the race was an easy decision to make.

“Our group is very selective at where we put our races,” he said.  “But then we meet a guy like Fred.  We see a venue like CamSur and a person like Governor LRay Villafuerte who is really very eager for it to happen…  So the decision to hold the race here becomes a very easy decision.”

The WTC official said the Cobra Ironman 70.3 is easily the biggest event in the WTC calendar in Asia this year.

“Ironman racing is different from other sports,” said Reinschreiber.  “It’s more than just winning.  It’s the experience of competing as athletes.  They are here to experience the local venue.  They are here to meet the other participants.  They are here to experience the whole race.”

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