A hearty and huge congrats and NICELY DONE to Marist Running Alum Chris “Chomps” McCloskey for his incredible Ironman Lake Placid finish on Sunday. We were tracking his progress all day and it just kept getting better and better. Chris placed ninth overall (9th!!!!) and fifth in his age division with a time of 9:56:00. He texted me after the race to say the last half of his marathon was brutal due to the heat and humidity. But he got it done. For those keeping score at home, here are his monstrous splits:
2.4 mile swim: 1:04:11, 1:39 per 100 meters
112 mile bike: 5:16:09, 21.26 mph
26.2 mile run: 3:27:53, 7:53 per mile
Swim to bike: 4:53
Bike to run: 2:54
Although it has been pointed out before, it is worth mentioning again here: Chomps was a record-setting middle distance runner during his years at Marist (and also at John Jay High School, where he ran for our good pal, coach Steve Perks). And during his time at Marist, he never really took a liking to distance running during cross country season (side note: I am being very kind here; he hated it!). So to see him develop into an incredible endurance animal is incredibly rewarding. It used to be surprising, but it is not anymore, as he has clearly established himself in this area. Good stuff.