Scott Newbury, or “Newbs,” has been a fan of the Drake Relays for many years, as a spectator and participant. The past few years he’s taken advantage of some of the marketing hype that comes with an event like the Relays, especially when one of the best hurdlers in the world hails from Des Moines.
As part of her Asics sponsorship, Olympian Lolo Jones makes an annual autograph signing stop at Fitness Sports in Windsor Heights during Relays Week. Since 2010, this is an event Newbury makes sure not to miss.
In each of three visits, he’s gotten to see Jones’ sense of humor and has fired back accordingly.
“Hey Lolo,” he quipped to her last April. “I have a passport. I can travel overseas, and I’m a great sherpa. Ask any of my triathlon friends.”
“You need to come to London,” said Jones as she began writing the invitation on his shirt. “Newbs, call me.”
“I also gave her my Kum and Go business card,” says Newbury. “She called and texted me a few times before her trip to London.
“OK, no she didn’t,” he admits. “But I would have gone in a heartbeat. I’m sure she threw my card away right away. She does have a great sense of humor.”
While she didn’t call for a personal assistant in London, Newbury remains a fan.
“I love my signed shirt,” says Newbury. “I’m sure there are not many people that have a personal invitation to London from Lolo written on a shirt. I’ll keep this forever.”
This fall Jones tried out for and made the U.S. Bobsled Team and hopes to earn a spot on the team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“I didn’t make it to London,” says Newbury. “But I’ve been practicing my Russian and learning all I can about bobsledding. If Lolo makes the (U.S. Bobsled) team next year, I’ll keep my offer open to her. I can carry her bobsled spikes as easily as I can carry her track spikes.”
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