Recent News and Events

November 8th, 2013

“How To Recover Well: Tips from the Pros” Panel Discussion

WHAT: Race Recovery Panel Discussion, featuring a few talented athletes from our community:

  • Garen Riedel (top New York finisher at the 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship in NYC)
  • Christine Kenney (elite age group triathlete; 2:53 marathon PR)
  • Jason Lakritz (PT at Finish Line; 2:36 marathon PR)
  • Michael Conlon (PT, coach, marathoner & triathlete)

WHEN: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
* Meet at 5:30 p.m. for a Monday Funday Easy Run hosted by the Dashing Whippets! The run will be a 5-6 mile out-and-back on the West Side Highway. Leave your gear at Finish Line; we also have a shower if you want to freshen up before the panel discussion.

WHERE: Finish Line Physical Therapy (119 W. 23rd St. #304; punch in 2711# to access the building)

RSVP: via the Dashing Whippets Meet-Up

** Support the recovery efforts in the Philippines by bidding on these great silent auction items. Thanks to the Dashing Whippets for organizing this fundraiser. We’ll announce the winners on Nov. 18.

After putting your body through a marathon—and for many, a long season of racing before that—you need rest. Even the elites know that in order to reach new limits of pace, distance, and achievement, it’s important to balance the effort with a period of honest recovery.

The question then becomes, how do you recover well from a big race with another big race on the horizon? Especially for those who just finished the New York City Marathon and have their sights set on Boston in 2014, it’s an important question… one with no easy, “it’s the same for everyone” answer.

Hear how a few talented local athletes handle the periods in between races and seasons at the “How To Recover Well: Tips from the Pros” panel discussion on Monday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m., at Finish Line Physical Therapy. This panel will be moderated by Simon Durkin of the Dashing Whippets.

The panelists include:

Garen Riedel, a five-time Ironman triathlete. Garen competed in the 2013 Ironman World Championships in Kona, finishing in 9:11 (13th age group, 94th overall). This result came on the heels of a stellar performance at IM Lake Placid in July, in which Garen was third in his age group, seventh overall amateur and 18th overall (including pros). He started competing in triathlons in 2010 to fundraise for the Blazeman Foundation for ALS in honor of his mother, Leslie, who lost her battle with the disease.

Christine Kenney, an elite age group triathlete. Christine began competing in Ironman in 2009 and has since qualified for the IM World Championships three times. She was the top overall female amateur finisher at Ironman Cozumel in 2011, finishing with a PR of 9:57. In 2013, she finished Kona just seven weeks after crushing it at IM Canada in Whistler. She consistently places in the top 5 in her age group and typically finishes with the fastest amateur run time.

Jason Lakritz, a physical therapist at Finish Line PT since 2012. He ran cross country & track at Florida State University and was on teams that won three NCAA National Championships. He currently runs with Urban Athletics, racing many times throughout the year. His marathon PR is 2:36.

Michael Conlon, the owner of Finish Line PT. He has been a coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program since 2002. He has run more than 20 marathons and is a three-time Ironman finisher.

Finish Line Physical Therapy is a dynamic athletic community that specializes in treating the complete athlete. Finish Line PT seeks to evaluate and treat the entire body as a functional whole—a fresh alternative to conventional methods of physical therapy that generally isolate individual joints or body parts. For more information, visit

The Dashing Whippets Running Team is a New York based running team that is founded on, and driven by, the diversity of our team members. With team members from all over the city, the country and the world, and with greatly different running goals, we find unity in recognizing and appreciating each others differences and our mutual enjoyment of running and participating in the New York running community and beyond. For more information, visit

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