October saw some very memorable race performances for several members of Migonis Multisport.
The month started off with Jaimee Balloni and Joan Kane racing at the Lake Placid Classic ½ Marathon on 10/6. Jaimee scored a 1st place overall female finish and set a new PR in the process. This was Jaimee’s first win of the season and was a personal best time for the 13.1 mile distance by over four minutes (1:26:57). This was a huge win for Jaimee who was racing for the first time since the Boilermaker 15k in July. Joan had a solid run too despite some stomach issues that hindered her stride at several points in the race. Still, Joan showed her true colors once again and fought through the pain and ran very well crossing the line in 2:15:04 for 13th in her age-group. Great job ladies!
A week later (10/14), Ryan Meek toed the line at the Syracuse Empire State Half-Marathon in Syracuse, NY. Ryan ran very well while dealing with a nagging foot injury. He crossed the line 11th overall and 2nd in his age-group in a time of 1:29:45. Nice work Ryan!
Joan Kane was at it again this weekend racing her second of three races in three weekends. This time is was a little shorter as she took to the trails at the Deerfield Skeleton Run 5k. Joan ran strong once again over the hills, through the mud and up the trails. Joan scored yet another age-group podium this time taking 2nd place in the 55-59 age-group in a time of 31:12. Way to go Joan!!!
Also racing that weekend was Lauren Pfendler in her new home state of California. Lauren ran the City to the Sea 5k and finished 6th overall female and was second in her age-group in a time of 22:26. That performance was also a new PR for her in the 5k distance. Awesome job Lauren!
Justina McConnell was in action this weekend too. She ran the Humboldt Redwoods ½ Marathon in northern California, just missing a new PR for the 13.1 mile distance. Justina’s time of 1:51:30 was only about a minute slower than her life-long best that she set two weeks earlier at the Leaf Peeper race in VT. Great job Justina!
Joan Kane finished off her season with another fine performance in a very tough trail race in Newport, Connecticut on 10/21. She ran strong finishing in 2:10:53 for the ½ marathon distance. This marked Joan’s third race in the past three weeks, which I’m sure is a task that most athletes would shy away from. However, Joan is resilient and strong, so who better to accomplish this feat than her? Great job this weekend Joan and congratulations on a great season!