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Triathlete to Speak at Greater LI Running Club Meeting

The featured speaker at the Tuesday, April 16 meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club will be veteran Ironman Triathlete Barbara Cronin-Stagnari of Mineola, who recently added to her incredible athletic resume by successfully completing her first ultramarathon at the Caumsett  State Park USA Track & Field 50 Kilometer National Championship Run  on March 7. She scored as the third place Masters woman in Caumsett.

The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road in Plainview, starting promptly at 8 p.m. Admission is free and the general public is cordially invited to attend.

 Cronin-Stagnari has been participating in triathlons for nearly 30 years, with credits that include three finishes as the first female overall in the Town of Hempstead Triathlon, as well as finishes as the first woman overall in the Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, Montauk Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon, and the Gold Coast Sprint Triathlon.

 Her record as an “Ironman” triathlete is especially impressive. She has successfully completed the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii three times, with a personal best of 11 hours, 27 minutes, 19 seconds over the 2.6 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run course.  She has also completed Ironman Brazil, and completed Ironman Lake Placid twice.

Also on Stagnari’s resume are 19 New York City Marathon finishes and a finish in the 2010 Empire State Building Run-up.

When not competing herself, Stagnari works as a USAT triathlon coach and certified personal trainer.

“We are thrilled to have an athlete and coach of Barbara’s caliber join us as our featured speaker on April 20,” said club vice-president Mindy Davidson. “Everyone who participates in multisport events or endurance events of any kind has a lot to learn from this experienced athlete and entertaining speaker.”

For more information, please contact Mike or Linda at the club office at 349-7646.