Spring Racing is in Full Swig Now 10k's and 15k

04/19/2017 » Ithaca, NY Minneapolis, MN Jamesville, NY » Event Website

Several Migonis Multisport athletes kept the busy spring racing season going the past two weekends with 10k and 15k road races in New York and Minnesota.  On April 9th Chris Ogden raced in his first road race of the season at the Skunk Cabbage 10k in Ithaca, NY.  It was one of the better day’s weather wise in the past month, so it was a great opportunity for Chris to get his season rolling.  Chris crossed the line in 50:53, which was a very solid 8:10 pace and also a very impressive result seeing how it was only his second week back running after more than a month off with a foot injury.  Well done Chris.

On April 15th the lone Migonis Multisport athlete in the state of Minnesota, Phil Sconzert, competed in the Hot Chocolate 15k in Minneapolis, MN.  Phil ran a very impressive PR crossing the line in 1:13:05 which was good enough for 98th overall out of nearly 2,000 athletes and 8th in the very fast 25-29 age-group.  Excellent job Phil!

Also on April 15th, team members Randy Hadzor, Ryan Elliott, Alison Migonis, Kristin Mullally, Emily Zipprich, Lauren Polak and Kellie Nasiff competed at the InStride Sports Springtime 10k event in Jamesville, NY.  Athletes battled windy conditions and a tough course, but still had some very solid performances.  Oh, and they all had fun too!  Randy led the way with a second overall placing in a time of 37:52.  Ryan was the next to cross the line from the Migonis Multisport team breaking the tape in 44:15, which was good enough for 21st overall and 5th in his age-group.  Alison was next finishing in 44:20.  Her time was good enough for 4th overall female and 1st in her age-group.  Kristin Mullally came across the line next for MM finishing in 47:48 and taking home 3rd in her age-group.  Emily Zipprich came across the line in 48:37 for 4th place in her division.  Lauren Polak broke the tape a short time later in 52:31 good enough for 7th in her age-group.  Kellie, who has been dealing with various injuries all winter showed her toughness by running hard through some very annoying leg discomfort to finish in 1:00:38.  Great job everyone.  This was a great day for Migonis Multisport and yet another fantastic event for InStride Sports, which organizes and puts on the best family running events in central New York.  Mark your calendars for May 20th which is when InStride has their next great family race, the Third Annual CNY Orchard Run hosted by Beak and Skiff.  Migonis Multisport will see you there!!!!

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Some More Strong Racing 10k, short duathlon

04/02/2017 » Rome, NY NYC, NY » 3rd age-group, 1st overall, 1st age-group

It was another good weekend of racing for several Migonis Multisport athletes.  On Saturday Joan Kane ran one of her favorite races on the calendar, the Fort to Fort 10k in Rome, NY.  Joan scored another age-group podium with a 3rd place finish in the 50-59 age-group.  She finished in a time of 55:38.  Weather and a sore hip played a factor in the race for Joan today, but she powered through like she usually does for a solid finish.  Great job Joan!

On Sunday Randy Hadzor and Matt Toporowski took on a very deep field at the March Madness Duathlon in Central Park in NYC.  Randy lead the way and was the only athlete to finish the 2.2 mile run, 12 mile bike, 2.2 mile run in under 60 minutes when he crossed the line in a time of 59:24.  Randy is a short course duathlon superstar so a top finish today was not unexpected.  Matt also had a great race, winning his age-group and finishing 4th overall in a time of 1:00:53.  Just 9 seconds out of 3rd place and less than 40 seconds behind 2nd place overall.  Matt is training for 70.3 Chattanooga in May, so for him to be up near the front on this short race is awesome.  He looks to be well on his way to a good day in May.  Great job Randy and Matt and congrats on overall and age-group wins!

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PR’s, PR’s and Even More PR’s! 1/2 marathons

03/28/2017 » Palmer, AK, New Bedford, MA, Syracuse, NY » Event Website

Migonis Multisport had some more impressive results the past two weekends and there are some new half-marathon personal records (PR’s) for several team members.

The PR’s started way off in Palmer Alaska on March 19th, with Lauren Pfendler breaking the tape at the Green Day Gallop ½ Marathon in a new best time of 1:38:19.  Along with her first time breaking 1:40 for a half-marathon, Lauren also won the overall race in the female division.  Lauren is currently training hard for her first 70.3 triathlon race in early June and seems to be well on her way to a great performance in that event too.  Congratulations on the win and new PR Lauren!

Coach Matt Migonis was also racing on the 19th at the New Bedford ½ Marathon in New Bedford, MA.  Matt ran a very strong 1:15:34 on the day and while it wasn’t a PR for him, it was still a very good time, especially considering the conditions that everyone had to race in.  Well done Coach!

This past Sunday the PR’s really started flowing in.  Six of the eight Migonis Multisport athletes racing the 5th annual Syracuse ½ Marathon came away with new personal best times.  Ryan Meek lead the way with a new PR of 1:29:04, which was also good enough for 5th in his age-group.  This was a final tune-up race for Ryan who will be racing 70.3 Florida on April 9th.  Ryan Elliott was next across the line in 1:34:08 which was also a new PR for him.  Ryan has been racing a lot this late winter/early spring and seems to just keep getting faster while training for his second Ironman Lake Placid event in July.  Travis Glazier made it three for three in the men’s race by also scoring a new ½ marathon best time breaking the tape in a time of 1:42:52.  Travis is also getting ready for some long course triathlon racing this summer and this race marked the second half-marathon he’s done in as many months.  Great job gentlemen and congratulations on your new PR’s.

On the women’s side at the Syracuse ½ Marathon, Kristin Mullally raced her way to a new personal best mark, finishing in a time of 1:45:50 to lead the female contingent of the Migonis Multisport team.  Like Ryan Elliott, Kristin is preparing for a big summer of triathlon racing with Ironman 70.3 Syracuse and Ironman Lake Placid being her two big races of the year.  Brandi Brown was next across the line finishing in a time of 1:48:43.  It wasn’t a lifetime PR for Brandi, but it was a big “post-childbirth” ½ marathon PR.  Brandi too is training towards some 70.3 racing this summer as she hopes to get back to where she was a few years ago, placing very high-up in her age-group in most triathlon events.  The ever impressive Lauren Polak continued to defy logic and once again set a new PR for the half-marathon distance, which is the third half-marathon in a row that she’s done that.  Lauren broke the tape in 1:50:50 which was nearly 7 minutes faster than what she ran at this same race last year when she was just training to be a runner, not a triathlete.  Lauren is preparing for the Musselman triathlon in July.  Erin O’Connor also had a very good day and also set a new PR for the ½ distance when she came across the line in 1:55:39.  Like Lauren, Erin has decided to cross the fence and get into triathlon training and racing as well.  So far so good for Erin.  Nikki Garofalo rounded out the group running 13.1 miles for the first time since November when she raced the NYC Marathon.  Doing this race more for fun and with friends, Nikki crossed the line with a smile and in a time of 2:29:01.  Well done ladies!  You all kicked some serious butt!

These past two weekends are only the start of some busy weekends to come for Migonis Multisport athletes.  April will bring a whole bunch of running and duathlon races and even one ocean swim race in Hawaii. The 2017 racing season officially began back in February, but with all the PR’s set the past two weeks it feels like many athletes are already in mid-season form.  Should be an exciting 2017.

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New PR’s and another 100 Days Finished


This past weekend marked a huge feat for two Migonis Multisport athletes, Emily Zipprich and Elyssa Rosenbaum.  They both set new 1/2 marathon personal best times at the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC event in Washington, DC on Saturday.  Emily improved her best time by over 5 minutes while Elyssa went an amazing 7 minutes faster than her previous best time for the 1/2 marathon distance.  Emily finished in a time of 1:39:05 which was good enough for 608 overall.  Her pace was a blazing 7:34 for 13.1 miles.  Elyssa finished in a time of 1:41:33 which was a stellar 7:45 pace.  Her place was 801 out of over 12,000 racers in the 1/2 marathon.  Fantastic job ladies and congratulations on a great start to the 2017 racing season.

In other Migonis Multisport news, Matt Toporowski became the third member of the 100 days cycling challenge this season.  Matt started the 100’s days way back in December and managed to ride at least one hour each day for 100 consecutive days.  He did some outside, but the majority were done inside on the trainer.  His fitness improved by leaps and bounds on the bike while lowering his heart rate, increasing his power and smiling much of the way.  Matt is currently training for the Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga race in May with the hopes of qualifying for the 70.3 World Championships that will be held on that very same course in September.  Well done Matt and good luck in 2017!  You are well on your way to a great season.


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Cold Weather?! Who Cares About Running In Cold Weather? 13.1 miles, 4 miles

03/04/2017 » Syracuse, NY, Utica, NY » Event Website

While there was a bit of warm weather in the Central, NY area the past two weeks, there were also some brutally cold and nasty days too.  Unfortunately two of those days were the days of the Lake Effect Half-Marathon in Liverpool, The America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk in Utica and the Tipp Hill 4 miler in Syracuse.  Nonetheless several brave Migonis Multisport athletes joined the hundreds of other racers at each event determined to have good races and good fun despite the weather conditions.

At the Lake Effect Half-Marathon team members Ryan Elliott, Travis Glazier and Kristin Mullally all laced-up the shoes for what turned-out to be very good performances from each of them.  The weather was 65 degrees the day before the race, but overnight the temps plummeted and the wind picked-up tremendously.   Running by Onondaga Lake one can have plenty of wind to deal with, but do it on a day when the wind is howling at 25-30mph and you get very tough running conditions.  Ryan Elliott led the way on the day for Migonis Multisport finishing 37th overall and 9th in his very competitive age-group breaking the tape in 1:34:20, which is a new personal best time for 13.1 miles.  Travis Glazier, who just decided to do the race a few days before, also came across with a good time finishing in 96th place overall and a solid time of 1:45:28.  Kristin had a good day too.  She finished in 1:50:09 which was good enough for 142 overall and 13th in her very fast age-group.  While each of these athletes would have rather raced in the 60 degree temps the day before, each considered this a great start to the “spring” racing season.  Awesome job Ryan, Travis and Kristin.

At the Tipp Hill 4 miler this weekend, Randy Hadzor continued his impressive performances at one of his favorite races of the year.  Randy finished in 7th overall in a time of 22:37.  He always seems to find his way into or just outside the top 10 no matter how great the competition is up-front at Tipp Hill and no matter how big the field is.  Ryan Meek ran well too setting a new PR for the course while finishing 2nd in his age-group and 23rd overall in a field on over 1,800 racers.  Ryan’s time was 25:34, which like Randy’s was impressive on the very hilly and windy course that takes runners through some of the coolest places in the Tipp Hill area of Syracuse.  Well done Randy and Ryan!

Also racing this weekend was Joan Kane at the America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk in Utica, NY.  Joan has done this race several times, but this one took the cake for the coldest and windiest.  Having to run most of the 13.1 miles solo, Joan powered through and came to the finish in a very good time, especially considering the conditions. Her time of 2:07 was a little slower than she hoped, but today wasn’t about times.  It was about running for an amazing cause and beating the mental demons telling her not to run in the cold subzero wind-chill.  We are all proud of you Joan for running for this great charity and doing your part in helping those in need.  Well done!

Several more athletes will start their racing seasons in the coming weeks at races like the Rock and Roll ½ Marathon in DC and the ever popular Syracuse ½ marathon at the end of the month.  The 2017 racing season is officially here!!!!





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