Some Trotting on Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving Day brings out many family traditions throughout the United States of America.  In the running world that means Turkey Trots.  Turkey Trots, which can be any distance race and called something other than “Turkey Trot”, are a fantastic way to start out Thanksgiving morning and for some of us, makes it easier to consume enormous amounts of calories later in the day without feeling guilty.  This Thanksgiving there were several Migonis Multisport athletes taking part in a Turkey Trot of some sort throughout the Northeast.

Chris Ogden ran at the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Turkey Trot in Baldwinsville, NY.  Chris ran the 5k race (which measured long once again this year), and broke the tape in 23:54 which was a little bit faster than his time from last year at this event.  His time scored him a 17th out of 120 racers in his very fast age-group.   Great job Chris!

While Chris was racing in central New York, Annie Ball was also racing very well in western New York. Annie, who is the newest member of the Migonis Multisport team, ran at the 122nd Delaware YMCA Buffalo Turkey Trot.  Annie blazed through the course finishing in a time of 34:13 for the 5 mile race which was good enough for 7th place in her age-group.  This is one of the most competitive Turkey Trots in the country, which makes her race performance even more impressive.  Well done Annie!

Also racing on Thanksgiving was Michael Robertson who ran at The Racefaster Thanksgiving Day Run in Glen Rock, NJ.  Michael ran his fastest road 5k in over 17 years and broke the 20 minute mark.  He crossed the line in a time of 19:56.  His time was good enough for 25th overall and 2nd in his age-group.  This was a final tune-up race for Michael who will be racing his fall season ending ½ marathon next weekend.  Based on today, I would say he’s ready.  Awesome job Michael!

17 degrees and a cold wind wasn’t enough to turn away Emily Lesher, Alison Migonis, Coach Matt Migonis and honorary team member Patrick Migonis from running the Jarred Williams Turkey Trot Benefiting Never Give Up Ever race in Richmond, VT on Thanksgiving morning.  Emily ran very well, especially for not having done much running since her three half-marathons in a four week span in October.  She crossed the line as the 2nd overall women in a time of 21:50 for the 3.2 mile course (yes this one was a long 5k too).  Alison, who was running for the first time since late October and dealing with a nasty cold, came in shortly behind her sister Emily crossing the line in 6th place overall for the females.  Coach Matt, who was running his first road race since mid-May and his first race of any kind since mid-June crossed the line in 3rd place overall in a time of 18:17.  Patrick, who’s 5 years old, was running his first ever 5k race.  He did very well finishing in a time of 46:40.  He ran some and walked some, but was determined to finish his first race over two miles.  He did and he did it with a smile sprinting to the finish the last 50 meters.  Way to go Emily, Alison, Matt and Patrick!  Also a special thanks to April, Kerry, Diane and John who also walked the race and helped get Patrick to the finish line and helped out a great cause on Thanksgiving!

While the US was Trotting on Thursday, on Friday and on the other side of the world, Cid Carver was racing her first 10k as a member of Migonis Multisport at The Crane Race 10k in Sde Nehemya, Isreal.  Cid has been training hard to improve her run for this triathlon season and this was her first test race to see her progress.  It wasn’t a PR for Cid, but it was a very strong race in which she crushed her goal time for the day finishing in 54:09.  Cid is the first international athlete on the Migonis Multisport team and we are absolutely thrilled to have her as a part of this group.  She will tackle her first triathlon as a member of the team next weekend.  Great job Cid!


Baldwinsville Turkey Trot:

Buffalo Turkey Trot:

New Jersey Turkey Trot:

Vermont Turkey Trot:

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Some Solid 13.1 Mile Racing


This past weekend saw some great racing for several Migonis Multisport athletes. Ryan Meek, Brandi Brown and Michael Robertson were all in action and all ran very well.

Ryan and Brandi ran at the Syracuse ½ marathon in downtown Syracuse, NY.  Normally a spring race, this version of the event was moved to the fall this year.  While it was still cold at race time on Sunday it was much better than the weather the athletes saw the previous two times they held the race in early spring.  The last time Ryan ran the race he came away with a bad ankle injury and a very discouraging result.  Rather than getting down about it Ryan focused on getting healthy and coming back in the fall for redemption.  Redemption is just what he got blazing the course at a 6:45 mile clip and scoring a new personal best time for the course.  He stopped the clock at 1:28:33 which was also good enough for 5th place in his male 40-44 age-group.  Brandi also raced well finishing in a time of 1:48:47 which is just over 8 minutes per mile and nearly identical to the time she ran in the spring.  Brandi, who races in one of the most competitive age-groups in the race scored a 25th place finish out of 305 women in the age-group.   Great job Ryan and Brandi!

Michael was racing at the Howling Wolf Half-Marathon in Stoneham, MA.  Like Ryan, Michael scored a 5th place finish in his age-group after crossing the line in a time of 1:37:45.  That was also good enough for 21st place overall in the race.  What made this result even more impressive is that Michael didn’t even have this race on the calendar until the day before.  He is training for another 13.1 mile race the first Sunday of December, so this was his last long run of the training.  Not a bad long run.  Well done Michael!


Syracuse 1/2:

Howling Wolf 1/2:

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Recent Fall Racing News


The past few weeks have seen some great performances at a number of races for several Migonis Multisport athletes.  One of the teams newest members, Emily Lesher has been busy racing three ½ marathons in the month of October.  After her personal best performance at the BAA Half in early October, Emily followed it up with an even better performance and new personal best time of 1:37:22 at the Newburyport ½ Marathon on 10/22.  She was the 33rd female overall and 7th in her 30-34 age-group.  Improving nearly 5 minutes in two weeks is very impressive.  Well done Emily!

A week after her big day at the Newburyport ½ Marathon, Emily joined her twin sister Alison Migonis at the Hairy Gorilla ½ Marathon trail race in Albany, NY.  It was a wet, cold and sloppy day to run a hilly trail race, but both ladies did their best to have fun, run hard and not get hurt.  Alison used a last mile surge to pull away and come home in 3rd female, while Emily out-kicked a fellow competitor the last 100 meters to finish 4th overall for the females.  Not a bad day considering the fact that neither of them were too thrilled to run 13.1 miles of hilly, muddy trails when they woke-up that morning.  Alison’s time was 1:52:10 and Emily’s time was 1:52:28.  Great job ladies!

Not to be outdone by the sister duo, youngsters Patrick Migonis and Aidan Ryan also ran a strong race in the kids 1/2 mile event.  Patrick ran to a third place finish and Aidan finished strong crossing the line in eighth place. Good job guys!

This past weekend Ryan Meek raced at the InStride Sports Cider Cross 5k cross country race in Syracuse, NY.  Running on a cool day and over a VERY muddy course, Ryan fought his way to a 6th place overall finish besting his time from last year.  He broke the tape in a time of 19:29 which was also good enough for first place in his age-group.  Awesome job Ryan!

Also on Sunday, Chris Ogden competed at the 12th Annual Stacy Moor Memorial Masters Swim Meet at RIT in Rochester, NY.  Chris competed in several events including the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free and 200 free relay.  His times from the open events were very impressive, especially considering the fact that he only had two weeks of swimming under his belt after his season ending break in October.  He clocked a :28 in the 50, a 1:02 in the 100 and a 2:23 in the 200.  Well done Chris!


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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!




Lone Gull 10k:

O&G Cancers 5k:

Cortland Triathlon:


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