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Communications leader, author, Ironman Athlete and family man, Russell Newell shares his story with Angee, proving that success can take many forms both on and off the job.

Russell has traversed from being a communicator for government agencies in Iraq during the height of the war, writing for Disney-ABC Television Group’s president, and now as the Director of Executive Communications for United Healthcare. But his identity is not just his career. He’s completed multiple Ironman triathlons and just published an entertaining book about his misadventures joining that competition. All of this while being a husband and father of four young children. Through it all he reflects on the adventure, fun and lessons learned.

Russell’s book, Irondad Life: A Year of Bad Decisions and Questionable Motives-What I Learned on the Quest to Conquer Ironman Lake Placid was released on May 4, 2021 and can be purchased at any book retailer. His website is

Russell Newell

Russell NewellA senior communications executive, critically-acclaimed best-selling author, and six-time Ironman, there’s never a dull moment in the life and times of Russell Newell. He plunged into the world of Ironman triathlon in 2012 at Lake Placid and has explored every cutting-edge nutritional supplement and muscle recovery tool to coax his creaking body to get out of bed each morning to swim, bike, and run. He has sought every aerodynamic adjustment and equipment edge to beat his arch rival, Jim Kane, in a series of races more fraught than the last ones. With a very accommodating wife and four young kids, he’s continued to race these torturous, bank account-sucking, narcotic-level addicting affairs, while poorly trying to balance his family life. His book, Irondad Life, explores just how poorly.


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