What A Great Weekend Of Racing! Duathlon, 10 miles run

05/08/2017 » Stillwater, Syracuse, Watkins Glen, Philly

This past weekend marked another impressive one for the Migonis Multisport team.  There were several age-group winning performances and personal best times accomplished by a handful of team members.

On Saturday morning the team’s lone Minnesota athlete Phil Sconzert took home first place in his age-group at the Cinco Du Mayo duathlon in Stillwater, MN.  Phil overcame some knee pain in the second run to power through and win the 20-29 age-group in a time of 1:42:44 for the 3.1/19.2/3.1 mile run, bike, run course.  Phil is training hard for a very busy June in which he will tackle several big races including his first 70.3 on the season on June 4th.  Congratulations Phil!

Not to be outdone, Chris Ogden also scored his first multisport age-group win of season as he took home first place in his age-group at the Fly By Night Duathlon in Watkins Glen, NY.  Chris finished in 1:04:27 which was also good enough for 7th place overall in the traditional race.  He and the rest of the athletes had to battle very wet and cold conditions and a slick race track at the Glen on Saturday night.  Chris will be racing several triathlons this summer and completing two duathlon races in the past two weeks will certainly go a long way in helping him get ready for the triathlon season.  Well done Chris!

On Sunday there were several team members racing the 39th Annual Dunn Tire Mountain Goat in Syracuse, NY.  The Mountain Goat is the premier running event in the Syracuse area each year and while most years it’s warmer and enjoyable, this year’s race was run under a blanket of rain and there was no trace of sun at all.  However, it didn’t stop nearly 2,000 athletes from fishing the brutally hilly course through some of the highest points in the Syracuse area.  Ryan Elliott led the way for Migonis Multisport as he crossed the line in 71st place overall and 13th in his age-group.  Ryan’s time of 1:10:04 was a 4 minute personal record on the course!  Kristin Mullally was next across the line as the 36th overall women and 5th in her age-group also scoring a personal record time of 1:17:20!  Both Ryan and Kristin are training for Ironman Lake Placid and both had long bike rides the day before, so to see them complete the rides and then run so well today is a very good sign.  Lauren Polak continued her pr happy season by setting another one at the Goat breaking the tape in 1:23:43.  She decided at the last minute to do the race and we are all very glad she did.  Erin O’Connor also ran a strong race and while it wasn’t a personal best time this year, it was a performance full with determination and grit as she crossed the line in 1:34:23.  Kellie Nasiff followed Erin crossing the line in 1:39:33.  Like Erin, this race was more about fight and, believe it or not, fun for Kellie who also decided last minute to run the race. While it wasn’t a personal best time for the event, it was a victory for Kellie to run that far and on that type of course at this point in her season.  Nikki Garofalo ran a great race setting a new personal best time of 1:43:47.  Nikki is only a month into a consistent training cycle again, so to see her set a new best time on this tough course is impressive.  Awesome job everyone!

In a much bigger city several hours south east of Syracuse, Elyssa Rosenbaum was also running a 10 mile race at the 2017 Broad Street Run in Philadelphia, PA.  Despite being limited with her running the past 4-5 weeks, Elyssa found a way to set a new personal best time of 1:15:50 for the 10 mile distance.  This was a tribute to her determination and willingness to work extra hard in the water and on the bike to aid her running endurance.  Congratulations Elyssa.