Kona, Syracuse and Boston Racing in the Books Ironman, Marathon, 1/2 Marathon
10/10/2016 » Kona, HI, Syracuse, NY, Boston, MA » Event Website
Last weekend was a landmark weekend for several Migonis Multisport athletes as season goals were accomplished, personal records were broken and there was a team first over a year in the making.
Mike Espejo became the first Migonis Multisport athlete to race at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI, on Saturday. Mike qualified for Kona in 2015 at Ironman Maryland as he took second in his age-group thus receiving the second qualifying spot for that age-group to the 2016 championship race. Since that day Mike has had his mind set on Kona and getting himself as prepared as possible for the big day. His journey this year had many ups like setting a new 70.3 PR, finishing on the overall podium at Tupper Lake 70.3 and scoring a win in a race in May. However, with many ups there also come downs and Mike’s was a big down. When he broke his collarbone in mid-July after falling on a bike ride, Mike’s plans for Kona changed. He was now going there for the full experience and he was going to take in everything he could while he could. Mike is a tough competitor and he was back training just a few short days after the crash riding his bike on the trainer while his arm was in a sling and his collarbone still fractured in several areas. He wasn’t able to swim much prior to the race, but he was at the start-line on Saturday morning ready to give his best effort at arguable the hardest Ironman in the world. Mike didn’t have his best day on course, but he have a great swim and very good bike before suffering a bit on the run due to the humidity and wind. That’s the nature of the big island. However, he pushed on and finished in a time of 11:47. Well done Mike and congratulations as you are not only an Ironman, but an Ironman World Championship finisher.
Travis Glazier completed his first ever marathon in Syracuse, NY on Sunday at the Empire State Marathon and ½ Marathon event. Travis has been training for triathlons the past few seasons, but had recently gotten the marathon bug when July rolled around. Seeing how Syracuse is where he lives he decided that the Empire Marathon would be a great opportunity for him to run his first full marathon race. Balancing short course triathlon training and logging the long run that need to be logged each week prior to a marathon was tough, but Travis was able to do a masterful job of balancing to two and getting in all the workouts he needed to have a great day on Sunday. Travis crossed the line in a time of 3:42:51 which was 7th in his age-group and 57th overall on the day. Congratulations Travis on a job well done!
Travis had two teammates also racing at the Empire State Marathon and ½ Marathon event. Chris Ogden, who is one of the newest members of the Migonis Multisport team, used the half-marathon race as a training run and finished with a respectable time of 2:08 which isn’t too bad for a guy who’s had very little long distance run training, the past two months. Kellie Nasiff also raced the ½ marathon as part of training. She is still on her end of season break, but thought it would be fun to run the Empire ½ marathon with 800+ friends on a crisp October morning in Syracuse, NY. Her time of 2:19 wasn’t her best, but a PR wasn’t the goal of the day. Chris and Kellie will work hard this coming season and give their ½ marathon PR’s a good go in the spring. Good work Chris and Kellie.
Alison Migonis and Emily Zipprich were also in action on Sunday as they raced in the very competitive and very cold and rainy BAA 1/2-marathon in Boston, MA. Alison, who doesn’t have a whole lot of training under her belt, proved once again that she is a very tough athlete as she broke the tape in a time of 1:39. Emily also had a fantastic day crossing the line in a new personal best time of 1:44:21. The BAA course isn’t the fastest in the world, but with the weather being what it was, it made the performance of these two ladies that much more impressive. Alison will be in action again at the end of October in Albany, NY while Emily will look to better her new ½ PR in a few weeks at the Half Full Races in Rome, NY.