Fall Racing Update


The weather is finally looking (and at some points feeling) like Fall in the North East.  And with that the Fall running and cyclocross seasons are in full bloom.  Last week Migonis Multisport athletes Emily Lesher, Matt Ryan, Chris Ogden and Emily Zipprich were all in action on the roads in various running races, while Michael Robertson took to the grass for the first time in his cyclocross debut.

Michael raced his first cross race in the middle of the week at The Night Weasels Cometh event.  Night cross races are fun and Michael had a blast.  He finished 51st in his race and admitted that he learned more and more throughout the race and his skills improved as he went along.  Next up is a much bigger and more prestigious race this weekend at the GP Gloucester event.  Michael has been working hard on improving his cross skills and his experience at Night Weasels will no doubt help him a great deal for this weekend.  Great job Michael!

On Saturday Emily Zipprich ran the Lake Placid ½ Marathon in beautiful Lake Placid, NY.  Emily went into this race with the plan to just run on feel and have fun while trying to smile the entire race.  She accomplished all three of these goals and came away with a 5th place finish in her age-group and was the 11th female to cross the line.  Well done Emily!

On Sunday Chis Ogden raced at the Empire ½ marathon in Syracuse, NY.  Chris ran very well shattering his previous best ½ marathon and running under 2 hours for the first time for the 13.1 mile distance.  The humidity definitely played a factor in the day, but Chris battled through and crossed the line in a time of 1:58:00.  This race put a cap on a great season for Chris who made huge improvements in both his triathlon and running races throughout the spring and summer and into the fall.  Now is rest time for Chris who will be back training soon and looking forward to an even better 2018 season.  Awesome job Chris!

Also on Sunday, Emily Lesher was racing at the BAA Half-Marathon in Boston, MA.  Using this race as part of her race prep for her next ½ marathon later in October, Emily ran very well finishing in just over 1:42.  Like the Syracuse ½, it was a humid and sticky day for racing in Boston on Sunday, but Emily battled through for a great performance.  Emily will be using the next 10 days to get in tip top racing shape for a shot at a ½ marathon PR on 10/22.  Great job Emily!

Matt Ryan was racing on Sunday as well, but not in the North East and it wasn’t a half-marathon either.  Matt was racing at the Chicago Marathon.  No stranger to racing marathons, Matt was very excited for the opportunity to run the 26.2 mile monster for the first time since becoming a member of Migonis Multisport three years ago.  His switch from triathlon to run training was pretty good and he was in fantastic shape heading into the race.  Matt ran very well for the first 16 miles before leg cramps and tightness crept in derailing what was looking to be a big PR day.  True to Matt’s nature he fought on and didn’t give-up crossing the line in 4:09.  While the race didn’t go as he had hoped, Matt isn’t letting it get him down as he is already looking forward to racing another 26.2 miler in the near future.  Well done Matt!


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One Season Ends and a New One Begins….


The 2017 triathlon season has officially come to a close for the Migonis Multisport team.  Over the past two weekends team members Katie Steward, Elyssa Rosenbaum and Travis Glazier swam, road and ran one more time in 2017 and came away with some great results.

Elyssa ended her busy season on September 17 as she raced at the very popular Rev3 Barrelman in Niagara Falls, NY/Canada.  It was an unexpectedly hot, humid day, but Elyssa raced strong, which included, among other things, a huge day on the bike averaging over 20mph for the 89km ride.  Elyssa scored at 7th place finish in the very competitive female 30-34 year old age-group.  Elyssa made some huge gains this year and it showed with a few podium finishes and an overall win at the Cazenovia Triathlon.  Elyssa will be shooting for a big day at Ironman Mont-Tremblant in 2018 and will no-doubt use the strong gains she made this year towards a huge 2018 season.  Well done this season Elyssa!

Travis was also racing the weekend of the 16-17th in his favorite race of the season each year, the YMCA Cortland Triathlon.  Travis improved his personal best time on the course scoring an age-group win and a 6th overall finish.  It was a 7 minute improvement over last year.  This put a cap on an amazing season for Travis who scored several breakthrough performances throughout the season.  This included finishing the first two 70.3 races of his career, a double race weekend, some podium finishes and setting personal best times at a few races throughout the seasons.  Travis plans on racing some fall road races as well and prepare for the upcoming arrival of his second child.  Fantastic job this season Travis!

Katie, who’s from Melbourne Beach, Florida raced in her first ever Ironman event at Ironman Chattanooga in Chattanooga, TN on Sunday.  Katie who had to battle a few colds, hurricane Irma and weeks upon weeks of hot humid weather in Florida to train and prepare for this race never doubted herself and the fact that she would make it to the finish line before the 12:40am cut off time.  She just kept saying, “keep moving forward and smile.”  She did just that with plenty of time to spare as she crossed the line in a time of 15:31:45 for her first official Ironman finish.  Up next for Katie is the NYC Marathon.  Awesome job Katie!

With the end of one season brings the start of another.  The triathlon/multisport season has officially made way to the fall road racing season and cyclocross season.  Chris Ogden and Michael Robertson got the season started with some solid first results.  Last weekend Chris raced at the 10th Annual Ovarian & Gynecologic Cancers 5k at Monroe Community College.  Chris ran to a 20th overall finish and 7th in his age-group crossing the line in a time of 24:39.  Chris is training hard for the upcoming Syracuse Empire ½ marathon in Syracuse, NY on October 8.  Michael also had a solid day at his first road race of the fall season.  He raced at the Lone Gull 10k which was the site of the 2017 USATF New England 10k Championships.  Needless to say it was a VERY competitive race.  Michael ran a 43:47 on a hot and humid day on the North Shore of Massachusetts, which is a great result, especially for the extreme conditions.  He’ll be racing some more this fall on both the road and at some cyclocross events.  Well done Chris and Michael!


Barrelman: http://rev3tri.com/niagarafallsbarrelman/results/

Ironman: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/chattanooga.aspx#/axzz4tgiVektH

Lone Gull 10k: https://cccbsd.org/news-events/lone-gull-10k/

O&G Cancers 5k: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Rochester/OvarianGynecologicCancer5k

Cortland Triathlon: http://www.doublekraces.com/cortland-tri-for-the-united-way.html


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A Couple of 70.3’s, an Olympic Triathlon, a Surprise Sprint and the First Cross Race of the Season.


Another busy weekend of racing is in the books for several Migonis Multisport athletes.  Phil Sconzert, Ryan Meek, Chris Ogden, Michael Robertson and Amie Thomas were all in action on Sunday with some great results, great memories and epic stories.

Phil Sconzert was racing in the first Ironman 70.3 World Championship race of his triathlon career in Chattanooga, TN.  The race was on a brutally hard course that saw a great deal of climbing on the bike and the run in addition to a primarily up-river swim.  Not to mention he was racing against many of the best age-group long course athletes in the world.  Phil ended his fabulous 2017 season on a high note with his second best 70.3 time ever as he broke the tape in 5:26:42.  Phil grew a great deal this season and he set personal best times in every event he raced from the 5k to the 70.3 triathlon distance.  It was truly a remarkable season for Phil.  We can’t wait to see what he is able to do next year.  Well done Phil!

Ryan Meek was racing in upstate NY at the first annual Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid on Sunday morning.  Ryan is no stranger to Lake Placid and the course as he is a two time finisher of the Ironman Lake Placid race held in late July each year.  This race had a little different feel to it than Ironman.  For one it was shorter, but also it was a MUCH COOLER morning than Ironman has ever been.  Ryan and all the other athletes racing dealt with cold, damp temps all day which showed in the overall times.  Ryan battled the conditions and a sore knee to finish in 5:28:20 which was good enough for 148th overall out of the over 1,200 athletes that raced.  While the triathlon season is over for Ryan, he still plans to do some running races this fall and possible race another Ironman in 2018.  Great job Ryan!

Chris Ogden raced in his first Olympic Distance Triathlon at the Finger Lakes Triathlon in Canandaigua, NY Sunday morning.  Chis had been racing sprints all season and this was his first crack at a race over two hours in length.  He used a very strong swim and a solid bike and run to finish in 2:49:19 which was good enough for 5th in his age-group.  This was an excellent result for Chris who had been battling a very nasty ear infection and illness the past three weeks which hampered his training and lead-up to this race.  However he was able to use all the strength and endurance he gained the past year to race very well on Sunday.  Like Ryan, Chis is looking to run a good time in some running races this fall.  Excellent job Chis and congrats on completing your first full triathlon season in 2017!

Michael Robertson, who is one of the newest members on the Migonis Multisport team, had a very memorable day at the Vineyard Triathlon on Martha’s Vineyard.  Michael was signed-up for and started the half-ironman distance race, but with a mix-up in the swim he switched to the sprint distance race mid-way through the race.  Not something you see too often.  He took full advantage of the opportunity to race the sprint and flew through the bike and run to claim 1st place in his age-group and 9th overall in a time of 1:17:34.  It was a very unusual race experience, but it showed us how good of shape Michael is in with the age-group win.  Michael will also be doing some fall running races and dab a little in some cyclocross races too.  He plans on racing Challenge Roth next year which is an Ironman length race in Roth Germany.  Great job Michael!

Not to be outdone by the guys, Amie Thomas had a memorable race experience of her own on Sunday.  Amie raced in her first cyclocross race of the season at the Kirkland Cross event in Clinton, NY.  Amie raced through, sand, mud, and grass and even up and over stairs to come home 4th overall in the female category 4/5 race.  Not a bad finish for her first cross race of the season and for having nearly everything but the kitchen sink thrown at her during the race.  This is the first of several cross races that Amie has on the race calendar this fall.  Well done Amie!


70.3 Worlds and LP 70.3: http://www.ironman.com/#axzz4sPsmDrZK

Vineyard: http://www.vineyardtriathlon.com/index

Finger Lakes: http://score-this.com/

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Late Season Butt Kicking!


As is the case every season, late August brings the shock of the summer multisport racing season drawing closer and closer to an end.  While the season isn’t quite over for all of the Migonis Multisport athletes, this weekend was one of the last of what has been an amazing 2017 spring/summer of multisport racing.  And typically with the end of the season comes some top notch performances as most athletes are tapered and very fit trying to score some late season success.  This past week was no different.

The week started off with Randy Hadzor racing at the Duathlon World Championships in Penticton, British Columbia.  Randy competed in two different races in Canada, the first being a sprint distance race on August 19th in which he finished 5th in the 30-34 year old age-group and 23rd overall in the race.  His time for the sprint was 1:02:38.  Two days later Randy raced again in the Olympic distance race finishing in 6th in the 30-34 age-group and 33rd overall in a time of 2:00:22.  Great job Randy and way to represent team USA!

On Saturday Phil Sconzert continued his impressive season at the Maple Grove Triathlon in Maple Grove, MN.  Phil scored yet another age-group podium spot finishing 2nd in the 30-34 age-group and 7th overall in a very competitive sprint distance race featuring some of the best age-groupers in the country.  His time was 1:07:40.  Phil has had some very impressive results this season and is working his way to a great race on September 10th at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.  Awesome job Phil!

On Sunday, Elyssa Rosenbaum, Ryan Meek and Travis Glazier all competed and kicked butt at the Cazenovia Triathlon in Cazenovia, NY.  Elyssa took home first place overall female in the Olympic Distance Triathlon winning in a time of 2:40:06 which was also good for 16th overall.  This was Elyssa’s first triathlon win of the season and a great final tune-up race for her “A” race of 2017 campaign on September 17th in Niagara Falls.  On the men’s side, Ryan took home 3rd place overall in a time of 2:24:16.  Ryan is also training hard for his final big race of the season on September 10 in Lake Placid, NY.  This finish was Ryan’s highest of the season and his best ever result at the Cazenovia Triathlon event.  Travis also had a very good day as he claimed the overall victory in the 35-39 age-group with his 7th overall finish in the Olympic Distance Triathlon.  His time was 2:32:14 and a huge PR for this course.  Travis also has one more multisport race on the schedule this season.  He’ll race his favorite event of the year, the Cortland Triathlon on September 16th.  Well done Elyssa, Ryan and Travis and congratulations on dominating the Cazenovia Triathlon.

Also racing on Sunday was Joan Kane at Ironman 70.3 Maine.  This was Joan’s “A” race of the season and an event she had been setting her sights on since she started training again in December.  Maine provided the perfect setting, atmosphere and conditions for Joan to race her second ever 70.3 event.  To make it extra sweet her daughter Molly also competed in the event.  Both Joan and Molly met their top goals of the race and both finished feeling good, smiling and taking in every moment of the experience.  Joan finished 16th in the 55-60 age-group in a time of 6:18:05.  Molly finished a little bit in front of her mom in a time of 5:53:14.  Well done ladies and congratulations on a great 2017 season!


Cazenovia Triathlon: http://www.auyertiming.com/#

Maple Grove Triathlon: http://maplegrovetri.com/

Ironman 70.3 Maine: http://ironman.com/

Duathlon Worlds: https://penticton2017.com/results/

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Nationals and Xterra and Old Forge, Oh My!


Last week saw some more fantastic performances for three Migonis Multisport athletes.  Phil Sconzert, Joan Kane and Amie Thomas were all in action over the weekend and all scored some great results.

Phil competed both Saturday and Sunday at the USAT Age-Group and Sprint Distance Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Age-Group Nationals race on Saturday is considered by many to be the most competitive Olympic distance triathlons in the world other than the World Championships.  Some of the best athletes in the country come and compete while at the top of their game vying for a national championship.  Phil had a fantastic performance on Saturday, especially on the run.  He scored a great time of 2:23:33 while finishing in the top 50 (47th) in the most competitive age-group in the race, the males 30-34 age-group.  Phil didn’t have long to enjoy his big race as less than 24 hours later he was at it again racing Sprint Nationals on the same course.  This time he not only finished 15th in his age-group, but also scored a new personal best 5k time on the run leg.  Pretty amazing to do that at the end of two hard days of racing.  His time for the sprint was 1:11:33.  Phil has had an amazing season and a breakthrough one at that.  He is training hard for 70.3 Worlds on September 10th and with the way he is improving each week and each workout he is setting himself up for a great day in Chattanooga three weeks from now.  Great job Phil!

Joan also was in Action on Sunday at another one of her yearly favorites, the Old Forge Triathlon held in beautiful Old Forge, New York.  Joan took home yet another podium finish, this time it was the top step as she won her age-group and was 16th female overall in a time of 2:15:57.  Joan has been training hard for Ironman 70.3 Maine which is the 27th of August and used Old Forge as a final tune-up for the big day.  Based on this result and her comments post-race she is ready to rock 70.3.  Awesome job Joan.

Amie raced he second xterra race of the season on Sunday at the Syracuse Xterra event held at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, New York.  Amie nearly pulled-out the age-group win when she crossed the line in 2:26:46, just 2 seconds behind first place in the group.  Amie’s time was good enough for 6th female overall and gave her two podium finishes in two xterra races this summer (her first summer racing the events).  Next up will be cyclocross season in which Amine will compete in several races that involve riding with some running around circuits on trails and grass and jumping barriers along the way.  If you’ve never seen a cyclocross race, try to catch one this season, they are a blast to watch and compete in.  Well done Amie!


Xterra and Old Forge: http://www.score-this.com/all-multisport

Nationals: https://www.teamusa.org/


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