2018 Team Migonis Multisport Highlights

12/10/2018

Recaps:

Brandi Brown
Brandi had a pretty low key racing season in 2018. She dealt with various injuries and unforeseen set-backs during her build-up to the Wineglass Marathon forcing her to pull the plug on the training. She did end the season with a very positive note racing well at the Syracuse ½ Marathon in November. Next season Brandi is looking to get another marathon checked off the list and do some triathlon racing again along with a half-marathon or two. We look forward to watching her comeback progress in 2019.

Joan Kane
Arguably one of the busiest racers of the Migonis Multisport team in 2018, Joan Kane once again proved that she is a true competitor and is always going make us believe that age is just a number. Just because you’re another year older each season doesn’t mean anything if you have the will and the work ethic to make your running and multisport dreams a reality. Joan toed the line at several running races including the Eire Canal Half-Marathon, Falling Leaves 14K Road Race, Old Forge ½ Marathon, Deerfield 5k, Lake Placid Classic ½ Marathon and a crazy tough trail ½ Marathon race in Newport Connecticut. She also scored two 2nd place age-group podium finishes at the two triathlons she raced in this summer, the Tupper Lake Tinman and the Delta Lake Triathlon. Congratulations on a great season Joan and we look forward to seeing you smash some goals in 2019!

Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan had a somewhat toned-down racing season in 2018 when compared to the past few seasons. Matt started off 2018 racing his first ever cycling event at the Tour of the Battenkill road race. 42 tough miles of riding that takes athletes over roads both paved and dirt. Matt also raced at the Heart Run 5k, Mini-musselman Triathlon, the run portion of the Musselman Triathlon as part of a relay, Mowhawk Hudson Marathon, Stockade-athon 15k, and his usual Turkey Trot 5 miler on Thanksgiving. Matt has already set-up a plan for next season that will include another marathon in March and several other key races that he hopes to do very well at. Well done this season Matt and good luck in 2019!

Steph Haddox
2018 was Steph’s first season with Migonis Multisport. She joined the team late in the summer, but was able to race her first ever 5k at the Leaf Peeper race in Waterbury, VT in late September. Steph blazed the course and won her first age-group award in the process. Not surprising to her coach that she would excel right of the bat and her first time out racing. It’s only a sign of great things to come for Steph and we can’t wait to see what she can do in 2019.

Justina McConnell
Justina became the first athlete from Vermont to join the Migonis-Multisport team when she came on board in March of this season. Justina only raced a few times this year, but her results were all huge improvements over her top times coming into the season. Her season started off at the Vermont City Marathon where she ran as part of a husband/wife duo in which each runner took on ½ the course. Justina was hoping to break 2 hours for her leg, but instead smashed that time clocking a 1:53:03 for the 13.1 mile distance. Later in the season she raced the Leaf Peeper ½ marathon and lowered her personal best time from 1:53:03 to 1:50:55 on a much harder course. Two weeks later she had another great performance at Humboldt Redwoods ½ Marathon where she ran a 1:51:30. Justina is still on the fence with what she wants to concentrate on next season, but rumors have suggested that her first triathlon might be on the schedule. Well done this season Justina and we look forward to watching you set more personal best times in 2019!

Chris Ogden
Chris Ogden had another solid season of racing in 2018. He started off the year at the Skunk Cabbage 10k in which he set a new personal best time for the distance. He then went on the have some great performances with several podium finishes in his age-group the rest of the season. In 2018 he toed the line at the Keuka Lake Triathlon, Mini-Mussleman Triathlon, the swim leg of the Musselman Triathlon as part of the relay, Cayuga Lake Triathlon, Finger Lakes Triathlon and the Baldwinsville Turkey Trot. Injury made the end of the season a little more painful than anticipated, but overall 2018 was a great year for Chris and we are excited to see what he can do in 2019!

Jaimee B 
2018 was Jaimee’s first season working with Migonis Multisport. Jaimee has a fantastic background in running from her high school, college and post college career thus far. 2018 saw Jaimee set three big PR’s. The first was at the prestigious Boston Marathon where she and all the other athletes ran through a “once and a lifetime” weather day for mid-April. The snow, sleet, rain and wind couldn’t keep Jaimee from blowing her goal and PR out of the water crossing the line in 3:13:40. Not may athletes, professionals included, ran anywhere near a best time for the 26.2 mile distance, but Jaimee ran 6 minutes faster than her best for the marathon! Later in the season she set another PR, but this time it was for the 15k distance and she did it at a life-long race favorite, the Utica Boilermaker 15k Road Race. Her time of 1:02:23 got her in the top 444 of the over 11,000 athletes who raced. Jaimee finished off her amazing season with an overall win and new PR for the ½ marathon distance at the Lake Placid Classic in October. Her time of 1:26:57 was over 4 minutes better than here previous best time. Three races in 2018 and three PR’s. Needless to say, we can’t wait to see what she does in 2019!

Michael Robertson
Michael had an eventful 2018 season, his first full season with Migonis Multisport. While he dealt with several injuries throughout the season, his 2018 was highlighted with a great day at the Challenge Roth event in Germany in July. Challenge Roth is an Ironman Length triathlon and Michael’s second crack at that race distance. He crossed the line in 13:04 which was 37 minutes faster than his previous ironman length race in Mt. Tremblant a few years ago. Michael planned on racing the Chicago Marathon and then some cross races in the fall, but an injury while learning to surf in Hawaii derailed his plans and the rest of his season. We are all hoping that a good off-season with some work in the weight room will get Michael’s body stronger and be much less injury prone in 2019.

Sami R 
2018 was Sami’s first full season racing under the Migonis Multisport team name. Sami found a love for trail running and racing in 2018 and raced four trail races the second half of the season. She finished all four and all four were full of adventure and very, very tough. She had to cross rivers, climb hills so steep she needed a rope and even ran through knee deep snow. It was truly a fun time and a real learning experience for Sami. She gained more confidence and drive to figure-out trail racing each time she toed the line and that’s only going to help her going forward. Great season Sami!

Elyssa Rosenbaum
Elyssa had a big year in 2018. She had her sights set on another Ironman finish, but this time is was Ironman Tremblant instead of Ironman Lake Placid. While things were going very well preparation wise leading-up the big day in August, things took a tough turn a few days prior to the race when she came down with an illness. Couple that with an hour delay to start the race and we were all worried this would be a day to forget for Elyssa. However, she found a way to break-through the barriers and fought all the way to finish-line seeing a huge PR on the clock when she broke the tape. It wasn’t the day she wanted, but it was still a fabulous performance when you step back and really look at it. In addition to Ironman, Elyssa also raced great at the Musselman race weekend doing very well in the both the mini-musselman and the full Musselman scoring a 5th place female spot in the Double Mussel competition. Other races that she toed the line in during the 2018 season included the Shamrock Marathon, the Green Lakes Triathlon, the Philadelphia ½ marathon and the It’s A Wonderful Like 5k. After 2018 Elyssa has a new Marathon PR, Ironman PR and a whole lot more confidence in her abilities and toughness. Well done this season Elyssa!

Phil S
Phil had a busy triathlon season in 2018, but it was full of fantastic performances. He scored either overall or age-group podium finishes in all but one of the races he competed in. He raced at the Maple Grove Triathlon (1st in age-group), Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon (2nd in age-group), Chisago Lakes Triathlon (1st in age-group) and the Trinona Triathlon (3rd overall). Phil ended his season at the Hopkins Royal Triathlon where he finished 4th in his age-group and it marked the one race he didn’t see the podium missing it by one spot. We are sure he will be back for more podium finishes in 2019. Awesome year Phil!

Annie B
Quite possibly the busiest member of the Migonis Multisport team in 2018, Annie has a knack for racing and racing well. Her top goal of the season was completing Ironman Lake Placid for the second time and besting her previous PR. She didn’t quite go sub 12 hours as she had hoped, but she still beat her time from her previous Lake Placid experience and did it on a much tougher weather day. High winds, some rain and a good dose of humidity made the conditions a little more difficult this time around. In addition to racing Ironman, Annie also did very well at the Wineglass Marathon, Keuka Lake Triathlon, Fly-By-Night Duathlon, Syracuse ½ Marathon, 27th Annual Jenny Kuzma memorial Bergen 5k, Dogwood 5k, Lilac10k, Buffalo Turkey Trot, It’s a Wonderful Life 5k and the Jingle Bell 5k. Most people take it a little easier on the races the year they do a marathon and/or an Ironman event, but not Annie. She is one tough athlete and a very determined individual. Next year she’s back in Boston trying for a new marathon PR in one to the premier marathons in the world. Fantastic season Annie!

Ryan Meek
Ryan had an eventful season in 2018 which was full of running and triathlon races and even a bike race. His season started at the Tour of Battenkill bike race in late April, where despite a nasty crash late in the race, still came across the line for a strong top 10 finish. He finished very well and collected some age-group awards at the Fly-By-Night Duathlon, Mini-musselman triathlon, Keuka Lake Triathlon and was part of the second place finishing Musselman relay team. Ryan had solid day at the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, Ironman 70.3 Syracuse and Syracuse Empire ½ marathon in addition to a PR day at the Utica Boilermaker 15k road race. He ended his season with a strong race at the Philadelphia Marathon. Ryan is going to stick to some shorter distance racing in 2019 and we are excited to see where that road takes him. Awesome job this season Ryan!