St. Nick 5k Fun 5k
12/03/2016 » Syracuse, NY » Event Website
One of the biggest team Migonis Multisport races on the yearly calendar is the InStride Sports St. Nick 5k event held at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. The 5k event which draws over 300 racers, no matter the weather, is a great chance for runners of all ages and abilities to test their legs in a late season event that’s more about fun than it is about racing fast. Of course if you run fast and have a great time doing it than it’s a bonus. Several Migonis Multisport athletes did just that.
Sixteen Migonis Multisport and honorary Migonis Multisport athletes took to the wet, cold roads around OCC. Randy Hadzor and Matt Migonis lead the way on the day finishing 1st and 2nd crossing the line together in 18:06. Randy and Matt ran the whole race with each other, which included a stop for some cookies with ¾ of a mile go. They finished over a minute ahead of third place. The next Migonis Multisport athlete to cross the line, in a dead sprint no-less, Ryan Meek who broke the tape in 19:42 which was 6th best on the day in a field of over 360 runners. Ryan’s finish was good enough for 2nd in his age-group. Ryan was followed shortly be the other Ryan on the team, Ryan Elliott who crossed the line in 10th place overall in a great time of 20:26.
Honorary team member Alison Migonis was the next to break the tape as she finished 20th overall and 1st in her age-group finishing in a time of 21:09. After Alison came Travis Glazier who ran a very strong early training 5k finishing in 25th place in a time of 21:44. Finishing shortly behind Travis was the highlight of the day as 6’4” Matt Ryan, wearing a red speedo in 30 degree weather, broke the tape in 22:00, which was 28th place on the day. Most of us were speechless when we saw his uniform for the race. Perhaps the most unlucky Migonis Multisport athlete of the day was poor Emily Zipprich who had to run right behind the speedo the whole 5k finishing just a few seconds and few spots behind Matt in the end. Emily crossed the line in 22:16, which happened to be a PR for her, so there was some reward for chasing that red speedo for 3.1 miles. Emily’s place was good enough for 3rd in her age-group.
The second (and favorite) honorary Migonis Multisport team member to race today was Mark Zipprich who proved just how tough he is as he not only ran very fast finishing 42nd overall on virtually no run training, but he also finished 1st place overall in his age-group. Shortly after Mark was Elyssa Rosenbaum who broke the tape in 23:46 which was good enough for 45th on the day. Not a bad performance for a girl who was sick most of the week. Chris Ogden finished in 24:11, 52nd overall, which was good enough for 2nd in his age-group. A great performance for a guy who ran two lifetime best 5k’s in the last 10 days. He had a breakthrough performance on Thanksgiving Day at the Baldwinsville Turkey Trot 5k finishing in 23:54.
After Chris came Lauren Polak who is on the comeback trail after a nasty bout of Mono in the fall. Lauren ran very well finishing in 25:12 and 62nd overall on the day. After Lauren came Beth Lancer in her full banana suit, which just looked way too hard to run in. Beth ran amazingly well with the suit on coming across the line in 27:48 which was 89th on the day. After the banana came three awesome ladies who ran the whole race near each other enjoying every single minute of the fun. Kellie Nassiff, Joan Kane and Susan Anderson finished in 141st, 142nd and 143rd in 30:23, 30:24 and 30:29. It was great seeing the smiles on these ladies faces today as hey crossed the line.
This was truly a great day of racing and team fun. Well done everyone and thank you to InStride Sports for putting together such a great event.
Photos to come soon.