September was another great month of racing for members of Migonis Multisport. The month was full of triathlons, 5k’s, trail races and marathons.
September started off strong with Phil Sconzert putting a cap on a very impressive short course triathlon season. Phil finished 15th overall and 4th in his age-group at the Hopkins Royal Triathlon crossing the line in 1:12:11. The race was held on September 1st, in Minnetonka, MN. This was the first race of the season that Phil didn’t finish on the podium, but it was still a very strong performance to end the year. Congratulations Phil!
On September 8th, Joan Kane raced at the Old Forge ½ marathon in beautiful Old Forge, NY. Joan used this race as a good solid long run effort and approached it with no real goals or expectations, which is always an enjoyable way to race. She ran very well finishing in the top half of the female field and crossed the line in 2:15:13. The course was made up of gravel paths, woods trails and snowmobile trails. A nice break from the roads. Well done Joan!
Chris Ogden also raced his final triathlon of the season in September. He toed the line at the Finger Lakes Triathlon on September 9th, in Canandaigua, NY. The weather finally cooperated and wasn’t grossly hot and humid like it had been all summer, which made for great race day conditions. Chris had a very good day breaking the tape in 2:30:00 for 2nd place in his age-group and 41st overall. Now he’s on to run training with a few races on the calendar the rest of the year. Great job Chris!
On September 16th, Samantha Riegel ran her first race as a member of Migonis Multisport. She competed in the Macedonia Trail Race in Macedonia, CT. This trail race is a 7.25 mile super hard event. Sami had to cross streams, climb hills so steep you needed a rope to get up them and had to navigate over and through single track trails with a bunch of other racers. Sami say’s it was one of the hardest thing she’s ever done, but surely ranks up there as one of the most rewarding as well. Times don’t mean much in these races, but more so effort and Sami put in max effort for this race. She plans on running three more trail races this fall including a 10k, 15k and half-marathon. Awesome job Sami!
On September 22nd, Nikki Howard, who was also racing her first race as a member of the Migonis Multisport team, raced at the Teal Ribbon Run in Liverpool, NY. She bested her time from the previous year by over a minute crossing the line in 39:40. It was also a huge improvement over her finishing time in a 5k earlier in the summer. Well done Nikki!
Joan Kane raced for the second time in September on the 23rd, but in a much more familiar and traditional race. She competed at the Falling Leaves 14k Road Race in Utica, NY. The Falling Leaves race is the “other” race in Utica and it is run a few short months after the world famous Boilermaker 15k Road Race. Joan went into this race in even better shape than she was for the Old Forge ½ earlier in the month. While she didn’t PR on the course she still ran very strong and came away with an 8th place finish in her age-group crossing the line in 1:24:40. Joan’s season isn’t done yet as she’s got a few more races on the schedule this fall including finishing off the season at the Philadelphia ½ Marathon in November. Fantastic job Joan!
The final weekend of the month was chuck full of some great performances. Sami Riegel was at it again with another great trail race. Taking what she learned from the race earlier in the month Sami was able to push harder and handle to pain better. She finished 20th women overall at the Steep Rock 10k in 1:15:44. This race was the first in the series that has her racing trails in Washington, CT. The next day Annie Ball ran her umpteenth Wineglass Marathon in Corning, NY. We weren’t sure how this one was going to go for any Annie as she was still feeling the affects of racing an ironman in late July. However, true to Annie’s nature and strength as a runner, she powered through and ran her second fastest marathon time ever in 3:18:41 (5th in her age-group). That was just about a minute slower than what she did at Wineglass last year, but with as crazy as her season has been this was an amazing result for her. That same day Justina McConnell raced at the Leaf Peeper ½ marathon in Waterbury, VT. Despite dealing with a little bit of an illness, Justina pushed herself up and down the hilly course to clock a new PR for the ½ marathon distance (1:50:55). That time put her 54th overall and 5th in her age-group. A great day for Justina. Steph Haddox raced her first ever 5k. Despite all the usual first race nerves and worries, Steph came though with not only a new best time for the 5k distance (22:58), but also an age-group win and 12th overall placing. An amazing performance for her first time out. She’s already looking for her next race to do. Truly an impressive weekend for these ladies and well done to all of you!
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