April Racing Recap


April racing is in the books for the Migonis Multisport team and overall the results were fantastic.

The month started off with a great performance by Chris Ogden at the Skunk Cabbage 10k race in Ithaca, NY.  Chris had to miss some key training time leading up to the day due to various reasons so he wasn’t going into the race 100%.  However, that didn’t stop him from running a PR for the course and executing a near perfect race plan and ending the race with his fastest mile of the day.  Chris’ multisport season will start next week at the Fly By Night Duathlon.  Congratulations Chris!

First year team member Jaimee Balloni had herself a day at the Boston Marathon.  In arguably the worst conditions the race has ever seen, Jaimee was one of the few athletes in the huge field to not only PR, but PR by A LOT!  She ran a fantastic time of 3:13:40 in monsoon like condition besting here time of 3:19 from last year when it was 70 degrees and beautiful outside.   Her time was less than 30 minutes behind the overall winner and averaged out to 7:24 pace for 26.2 miles.  Well below her goal of 3:15 at the start of here training.  She said herself after the race that if the conditions were like last year she probably could have gone another 6 minutes faster.  Jaimee’s time put her 406 in the women’s field which had nearly 14,000 finishers.  Great job Jaimee on a very impressive performance in one of the biggest races in the world!

On April 22nd, Emily Zipprich got her multisport season underway at the same pace she did last year, the Delaware Valley Duathlon in Doylestown, PA.  Emily hasn’t done much training since her Marathon last month, so this was seen as a training day and not a race.  Without much training under her belt, Emily preformed amazingly in the 5k run, 25k bike, 5k run event.  She crossed the line in 1:44:16.  A great performance for Emily at this point in the season.  Well done Emily!

The month ended with several MM team members racing at the very popular and highly competitive Tour of Battenkill bike race.  The race featured a combination for paved roads, dirt roads and gravel roads which challenged the riders bike handling and flat fixing skills.  Flat tires were going to happen, but keeping the amount as minimal as possible was the key to a good day.  The Migonis Multisport Team raced the 42 mile race and the team members included Matt Ryan, Ryan Meek, Mark Zipprick, Jordan Halverson and Matt Migonis.  The weather, which was 100% rain all day the day before, held out pretty well for race day, but made the three dirt sections a little tricky.  Still the guys did very well and no one got a flat!

Coach Migonis lead the way finishing 1st overall in a time of 2:05:13.  Ryan Meek, who suffered and then recovered from a bad fall within the last 10 miles, finished 8th overall in 2:17:36 which was also good enough for 3rd the 40-49 age-group.  Yet another way that Ryan showed us all just how tough he is.  Finishing shortly behind Ryan was Mark Zipprich in 9th overall (2:19:01).  Mark was 3rd in the 30-39 year old age-group.  Matt Ryan was next across the line in 11th overall, 4th in the 40-49 age-group in a time of 2:24:37.  Jordan Halverson was the 5th man across the line in 2:34:59 which put him in 29th overall ad 4th in the 30-39 age-group.  This was the first time Ryan, Matt R., Mark and Jordan had raced an actually bike race. There were no actual team results, but with all 5 of the MM team riders in the top 29 it would be a good guess that they were the top team overall too.  Awesome job guys!


Skunk Cabbage: http://leonetiming.com/

Boston Marathon: http://www.baa.org/

Delaware Valley Duathlon: https://delawarevalleyduathlon.com/

Tour of Battenkill: http://tourofthebattenkill.com/

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