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!