Colleen Ottalagano-McGarry, 40, mother of two boys age 11 and 9, English Teacher at Guilderland High School, married to another running fool - just trying to balance it all. I began running after the loss of my mother to breast cancer in 2001. I fell in love with the sport and eventually transitioned to racing marathon and then triathlon. I am returning to run specific training after five years of racing Half Ironman distance triathlons.
I am an endurance junkie, but my favorite distance to race is the half marathon. 5K is my biggest challenge, yet I am hopeful that I can still see improvements with age!
5K - 2009 Ellis Cardiac Classic 20:41
10K - 2012 The Fall FRUN 43:55
15K - 2011 Stockade-athon 1:07:45
13.1 - 2011 Marine Corps Half Marathon 1:34:04
26.2 - 2010 Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon 3:27:39 (BQ Qualifier)
2010 Boston Marathon 3:35:42
Triathlon 70.3 PR
2015 Mont Tremblant 70.3 Ironman 5:13:02
4M - Running of the Green 28:45
13.1 - 2017 Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon 1:40:06
Ranked 1st in 40-44 AG
I aim to redefine my goals as a runner in the masters category. Staying healthy and being more forgiving of myself during training and racing - while still pushing to achieve new milestones is a priority. After many years of training for and being dedicated to racing one or two A-races a season, I would simply like to race more often!
COLLEEN OTTALANGO - MCGARRY