April Racing Recap


April racing is in the books for the Migonis Multisport team and overall the results were fantastic.

The month started off with a great performance by Chris Ogden at the Skunk Cabbage 10k race in Ithaca, NY.  Chris had to miss some key training time leading up to the day due to various reasons so he wasn’t going into the race 100%.  However, that didn’t stop him from running a PR for the course and executing a near perfect race plan and ending the race with his fastest mile of the day.  Chris’ multisport season will start next week at the Fly By Night Duathlon.  Congratulations Chris!

First year team member Jaimee Balloni had herself a day at the Boston Marathon.  In arguably the worst conditions the race has ever seen, Jaimee was one of the few athletes in the huge field to not only PR, but PR by A LOT!  She ran a fantastic time of 3:13:40 in monsoon like condition besting here time of 3:19 from last year when it was 70 degrees and beautiful outside.   Her time was less than 30 minutes behind the overall winner and averaged out to 7:24 pace for 26.2 miles.  Well below her goal of 3:15 at the start of here training.  She said herself after the race that if the conditions were like last year she probably could have gone another 6 minutes faster.  Jaimee’s time put her 406 in the women’s field which had nearly 14,000 finishers.  Great job Jaimee on a very impressive performance in one of the biggest races in the world!

On April 22nd, Emily Zipprich got her multisport season underway at the same pace she did last year, the Delaware Valley Duathlon in Doylestown, PA.  Emily hasn’t done much training since her Marathon last month, so this was seen as a training day and not a race.  Without much training under her belt, Emily preformed amazingly in the 5k run, 25k bike, 5k run event.  She crossed the line in 1:44:16.  A great performance for Emily at this point in the season.  Well done Emily!

The month ended with several MM team members racing at the very popular and highly competitive Tour of Battenkill bike race.  The race featured a combination for paved roads, dirt roads and gravel roads which challenged the riders bike handling and flat fixing skills.  Flat tires were going to happen, but keeping the amount as minimal as possible was the key to a good day.  The Migonis Multisport Team raced the 42 mile race and the team members included Matt Ryan, Ryan Meek, Mark Zipprick, Jordan Halverson and Matt Migonis.  The weather, which was 100% rain all day the day before, held out pretty well for race day, but made the three dirt sections a little tricky.  Still the guys did very well and no one got a flat!

Coach Migonis lead the way finishing 1st overall in a time of 2:05:13.  Ryan Meek, who suffered and then recovered from a bad fall within the last 10 miles, finished 8th overall in 2:17:36 which was also good enough for 3rd the 40-49 age-group.  Yet another way that Ryan showed us all just how tough he is.  Finishing shortly behind Ryan was Mark Zipprich in 9th overall (2:19:01).  Mark was 3rd in the 30-39 year old age-group.  Matt Ryan was next across the line in 11th overall, 4th in the 40-49 age-group in a time of 2:24:37.  Jordan Halverson was the 5th man across the line in 2:34:59 which put him in 29th overall ad 4th in the 30-39 age-group.  This was the first time Ryan, Matt R., Mark and Jordan had raced an actually bike race. There were no actual team results, but with all 5 of the MM team riders in the top 29 it would be a good guess that they were the top team overall too.  Awesome job guys!


Skunk Cabbage: http://leonetiming.com/

Boston Marathon: http://www.baa.org/

Delaware Valley Duathlon: https://delawarevalleyduathlon.com/

Tour of Battenkill: http://tourofthebattenkill.com/

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The 2018 Racing Season Has Begun!!


The snow keeps coming and the temperatures are below normal for most of the north eastern part of the country, but that hasn’t stopped members of the Migonis Multisport team from getting their 2018 racing seasons underway.

Michael Robertson competed as part of a running relay on February 17 just outside of Boston.  Michael, who is training hard for the Challenge Roth event (ironman distance triathlon) in Roth, Germany on July 1, ran a very strong 10 mile leg of the relay finishing in 1:12:54 (7:17 pace).  Not bad for a guy who has had to run 99.9% of his runs since early December on the treadmill.  Well done Michael!

Matt Ryan has had some tough luck with colds and illness this winter, but his latest bout last week wasn’t enough to keep him from racing very well on Saturday at the Runnin’ of the Green 4 miler near Albany.  Matt’s time of 31:31 for the 4.1 mile race (7:42 pace) was very good because, like Michael, Matt has ran most of his winter miles on the mill and not the roads.  Great job Matt!

Unlike Matt and Michael, Elyssa Rosenbaum and Emily Zpprich chose to run in a little warmer climate and headed south to run in the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach on Sunday.  These two young women trained their butts off all winter in one of the toughest places to run, the Snow Belt region of central New York.  When they first decided to run a marathon they had to pick one that was going to give them enough time to train and then recover before starting their training for their late summer Ironman events.  The Shamrock Marathon was a very logical choice, but that also meant a lot of running indoors.  They both clocked amazing workouts throughout the winter on the treadmill hitting their splits and often blowing them out of the water.  They also logged many long runs on the “dreadmill” too, including runs in the high teens and even a 20 miler. To do what they were able to do for 3.5 months was astonishing and very inspiring for many of the athletes who saw them running mile after mile at the Y or on the roads.  Emily and Elyssa really did put 110% effort into getting ready for this race and while the actual race day didn’t go as they had hoped and were prepared for, they still showed the courage and strength to fight, just as they had all winter, to get to the finish line.  Elyssa scored a PR for the marathon distance running a time of 3:48:43 (8:44 pace) and Emily crossed the line in 4:37:53.  Awesome job ladies!

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The End of a Great Season!


Team Migonis Multisport athletes put a cap on the 2017 season with some great end of the year performances.

Michael Robertson ended his season on December 3rd with a great race at the Frosty Half-Marathon in Raynham, MA.  His time of 1:36:24 was good enough for 28th overall and 8th in his age-group.  Michael had a very busy fall with a lot of races, so to end his season with two very good finishes in the final two weeks was a testament to how hard he worked on his running this fall.  Up next Michael will switch his focus to triathlon as he prepares for the Challenge Roth (full ironman distance triathlon) event in early July.  Great job this season Michael!

Joan Kane, Chris Ogden and Elyssa Rosenbaum ended their respective seasons this past Saturday at the It’s A Wonderful Life 5k in Seneca Falls, NY.  Joan, Chris and Elyssa joined 4,000 other runners and walkers at the early December event.  All three athletes ran a very strong race with Elyssa coming across the line in 22:12 (139 overall), Chris in 23:14 (194 overall) and Joan in a time of 28:03 (715 overall).  Like Michael, each of these athletes will be making the transition to triathlon training in the coming weeks starting their preparation for the 2018 multisport season.  Well done Elyssa, Chris and Joan!


Frosty: http://www.coolrunning.com/results/17/ma/Dec3_Frosty_set1.shtml

Wonderful Life: http://www.leonetiming.com/2017/Roads/WonderfulRun/

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

Buffalo Turkey Trot: http://www.leonetiming.com/

New Jersey Turkey Trot: https://runsignup.com/race/results/?raceId=39270#resultSetId-103384

Vermont Turkey Trot: https://runsignup.com/race/results/?raceId=12713#resultSetId-103537

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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: http://www.leonetiming.com/

Howling Wolf 1/2: http://my2.raceresult.com/

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