Our Upcoming Races 

Liberty Hospital Half - 03/03/2018

Go! St. Louis - 04/08/2018

Rock the Parkway - 04/14/2018

Garmin Marathon - 04/21/2018

Words to run by

"Our bodies are simply waiting for our minds to give us permission to go beyond what most of us think is the finish line." Running Within

Meet your Pacers for
Go! St. Louis

Half Marathon Pacers: 1:35 1:40 1:45 1:50 1:55 2:00 2:05 2:10 2:20 2:30 2:40 2:50 3:00

Full Marathon Pacers: 3:30 3:40 3:50 4:00 4:10 4:20 4:30 4:45 5:00 6:30

Half Marathon SmartPace Teams

1:35 SmartPace Teams

Jun Z. - 1:35 pacer

Jun has been running since 2011 as a way to practice healthy habits. He believes that running is a tremendous blessing to the life, and enjoys achieving variant running goal. He has completed numerous running races including 6 Half Marathons and 7 full Marathons. Jun ran the Boston Marathon in 2015 and 2016. He is excited about the pacing opportunity, and is eager to help his group run their best race possible.
Half Marathon PR: 1:25

1:40 SmartPace Teams

Jason M. - 1:40 pacer

Jason says the half marathon is the most fun race of all--just when it starts to get hard, it's over and the party begins!!!:) He's run 5 full marathons and app. 100 races 15k and up. His favorite places are to run are on the trails and shoreline in Duluth MN (Grandma's marathon) and around the Purdue campus (Go Boilers!). He's been running since grade school CC/track and ran DII CC/track.
Half Marathon PR: 1:22

1:45 SmartPace Teams

Jorge G. - 1:45 pacer

Jorge is a proud U.S. Marine, Runner, Pacer, 50-State Marathon Club finisher (PR 3:07), 100-mile Ultra-marathoner, 9x-Boston Marathon Qualifier, ran 5 marathons in 5 states in 1 week (all under 4 hrs), completed 80+ marathons, including Ultra-Marathons and at least one marathon in all 50 states and a Top 10 Finalists for December’s 2015 Runner’s World Magazine Cover. We tell you this because he loves to lead by example. He enjoys training to push the limits of his potential and complete a variety of running goals. Still, more important to Jorge than the competition of running, is the ability to inspire others – runners and non-runners – to experience what can be accomplished on two feet and to do what others think is impossible. This is far more important to him than competing against other runners, the clock, or even himself. Today, Jorge dedicates his miles to the many people who have supported and inspired him to do his best and to never give up, while helping them achieve their own goals. Pacing offers him that opportunity! As a Pacer, Jorge is very positive and energetic. His ability to bring out the best in people, both physically and mentally, is evident by the many runners he has helped record Personal Records and Boston Qualifying times! He constantly offers encouragement, while also reminding the runners in his group to stay mentally strong, focused, to trust their training, and have fun! #‎NothingEverDoneAlone Semper Fi.
Half Marathon PR: 1:25:24

1:50 SmartPace Teams

Derek K. - 1:50 pacer

Running is something Derek started doing in college as a reason to put off studying. Now it is something he does as a hobby and to meet new people. He has ran a few 5 and 10K’s but prefers half and full marathons. His favorites so far have been Rock the Parkway half and Berlin Marathon. Sundays are by far his favorite running day because he gets to meet up with others for a long run and share running stories. He look forward to meeting you to hear your story and provide you the motivation you need in earning the PR that you have trained for.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37

1:55 SmartPace Teams

Stephen L. - 1:55 pacer

Stephen picked up running in late 2010 after realizing that two little curtain climbers needed their dad to be able to romp and play instead of sitting on the couch eating potato chips. Inspired by his brother who had also achieved great health results via running, he trained and completed his first 10k at the TLC Groundhog in January 2011. Since then he has run 5ks, 10ks, 10 mile trail, 20 mile trail, 50K trail, 44 miler at Brew2Brew multiple times, The Hawk 50 mile trail race, a bunch of full marathons, countless half marathons, sprint and international distance triathlon along with an ironman distance in 2014. His first marathon was the MO Cowbell in St. Charles, MO. His half marathon PR came in 2013, which was run purely for fun. The social and all inclusive aspect of running and multi-sport is what keeps Stephen going. Stephen has less race plans these days but loves to help out with marathon and half marathon pacing.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37

2:00 SmartPace Teams

Scott F. - 2:00 pacer

Scott Foster is a current pacer out of Saint Louis, MO, and currently is a pace coach for Big River Training Team. Prior to running, Scott played competitive tennis, but caught the passion for running 5 years ago in his first race at the Indianapolis Monumental half marathon. Since his first race time of 2:27, Scott has PR'd in every race since then, with his latest of 1:41. "I love challenging myself to do better each time, but watching and helping others do the same has become my true passion." "I believe this is a We deal. We will get across that line together!"
Half Marathon PR: 1:41

Ashley G. - 2:00 pacer

Ashley Garland started running as a new mom in 2008. She got started running with a jogging stroller and dog on leash, confident that all who passed her would be paying attention to the cute baby instead of the woman struggling for breath. She started a habit that has grown to be a major part of her lifestyle. A friend encouraged her to sign up for her first half marathon in Asheville, NC while raising money for Girls On the Run. Ashley has completed at least 15 half marathons as well as many trail races and one Chicago marathon. In more than one occasion she has relied on a pacer to help her reach her goal. She has paced six half marathons as well as a few 15ks and really feels lucky to do this job!
Half Marathon PR: 1:50:28

2:05 SmartPace Teams

Jen T. - 2:05 pacer

Jen is a lifelong runner, mostly running for fun and fitness, until finding longer races in 2007. She completed her first marathon in 2008. Marathons #14 and 15 are planned this spring. In 2011 she moved to the Kansas City area and was thrilled to find a vibrant running community after living in the middle of nowhere for many years. She runs most of her miles with a crazy group of friends at 5 am before work, and is grateful that someone is always is willing to meet her and keep her company for a run. She loves running with friends, old and new, and will consider you a friend from the first few steps! Jen loves the Smart Pacing philosophy, especially starting slower to warm up, and running even effort on the hills. She can’t wait to help you meet your goals on the road!
Half Marathon PR: 1:47

2:10 SmartPace Teams

Gay P. - 2:10 pacer

Gay started running as a little girl and hasn't stopped since! She paces or races in multiple events every year. She is crazy enough to have run up a mountain at the Pikes Peak Ascent three of the last four years. She is also the official race doctor for the Run d'Haiti, a trail ultramarathon in Croix-des-Bouquets, that supports her favorite charity, the Global Orphan Project. She's run Brew to Brew as a soloist, covering over 47 miles in one day. As an internal medicine physician, her personal goal nowadays is to encourage others to exercise and get healthy. She's a veteran pacer and her SmartPace strategy includes warming up in the first two miles, taking advantage of downhills and using even effort on the uphills. Be prepared to sing and have some fun shenanigans. Look for the braids!
Half Marathon PR: 1:45

Ximena K. - 2:10 pacer

Ximena started her love for running when she moved to Washington, Missouri from South Florida with her husband and 3 children.She started off with the March of Dimes 5K and quickly became excited about her next run. Ximena's running career includes the Disney Goofy Challenge, 10+ Half Marathons, and the Go! St. Louis Full Marathon where in 2016, she beat her best previous time there qualifying her for the Boston Marathon in 2017. Pacing is new to her running resume, but has already fallen in love with the idea of helping others reach their goals. She has paced a few events and looks forward to making this a permanent gig. If you are in the Washington area, chances are you will see Ximena running through town.
Half Marathon PR: 1:47:04

2:20 SmartPace Teams

Gay P. - 2:20 pacer

Gay started running as a little girl and hasn't stopped since! She paces or races in multiple events every year. She is crazy enough to have run up a mountain at the Pikes Peak Ascent three of the last four years. She is also the official race doctor for the Run d'Haiti, a trail ultramarathon in Croix-des-Bouquets, that supports her favorite charity, the Global Orphan Project. She's run Brew to Brew as a soloist, covering over 47 miles in one day. As an internal medicine physician, her personal goal nowadays is to encourage others to exercise and get healthy. She's a veteran pacer and her SmartPace strategy includes warming up in the first two miles, taking advantage of downhills and using even effort on the uphills. Be prepared to sing and have some fun shenanigans. Look for the braids!
Half Marathon PR: 1:45

Laura A. - 2:20 pacer

Laura has run in several half marathons and one full marathon. Laura is a pretty consistent pacer. Laura enjoys chatting during her runs to pass the time and miles quickly.
Half Marathon PR: 2:05

2:30 SmartPace Teams

Emily F. - 2:30 pacer

In her first four years of running, Emily went through the spectrum from not being able to run a mile to running her first full marathon. Now she regularly runs half marathons, enjoys trail running and has become a pacer for local races such as the Hot Chocolate 15k and Race 13.1 Half Marathon. Emily is hoping to soon reach her sub-2 half marathon goal while she also sets out to run a race in every US state.
Half Marathon PR: 2:05:55

Maureen G. - 2:30 pacer

Maureen began running a few years ago using a couch to 5K program and quickly caught the "fever". What started as, doing just 1 5K, turned into training for a half marathon that 1st year. Since then, she has logged 14 half marathons, 1 full, and countless other races. Marathon #2 is just on the horizon! Maureen is a pace coach for Big River Training Team and has also paced a few local races. She loves helping people reach their goals and being a part of the journey. She loves the excitement of lining up and can't wait for race day!
Half Marathon PR: 2:15

2:40 SmartPace Teams

Julie A. - 2:40 pacer

Julie lives in Kansas City, MO, with her husband, two children, and two Yellow Labrador Retrievers. Since 2010, she has completed 10 marathons and over 16 half marathons. Julie loves running because it helps her stay in shape, and she enjoys meeting amazing people and making new friends. She also likes to help her Labs stay in shape; with their company, she never runs alone. She likes to help others set and achieve goals for themselves, and is looking forward to this pacing opportunity. Half Marathon PR: 2:07
Half Marathon PR: 2:07

Sarah O. - 2:40 pacer

Sarah has always considered herself an athlete, playing multiple sports in high school and college. She did not, however, ever think she would consider herself a runner. That all changed in May of 2013 when she received a 5K entry as a birthday gift from her sister-in-law. After her first 5K, Sarah immediately asked her sister-in-law when their next race would be. A few months later Sarah began training for her first half marathon. Two years later in October of 2015, Sarah completed her first full marathon. In addition to being a wife, mom of three, high school counselor, and varsity cheerleading coach, Sarah has also been a pacer for Big River Training Team through Big River Running Company in St. Louis Missouri and a race pacer for another company. Sarah is also excited to pace for Smart Pacing! Some of Sarah’s running goals include running a sub-5 marathon, running a sub-2 half marathon, and running a race in all 50 states!
Half Marathon PR: 02:09

2:50 SmartPace Teams

Katrina J. - 2:50 pacer

Katrina has always loved playing team sports but decided to start running in 2008. She ran her first marathon in 2009 and uses marathons, and half marathons, as a way to vacation to new places across the country. She has also participated in a few sprint triathlons, trail runs and finished her 1st 50k in the fall. She is a certified running coach that works with a local women's group to encourage them to get active and healthy. Whatever the distance, and whatever the pace, she enjoys the fellowship of running with other people.
Half Marathon PR: 2:01

Kelly P. - 2:50 pacer

Kelly has been pacing half and full marathons since 2009. She follows the Smart Pacing philosophy - starting out slow to warm up, taking it easy on the uphills, taking advantage of the downhills, and walking through every aid station to fully hydrate. She is fully focused on helping each runner achieve their race goal while having fun along the way. Her goal is to have her runners cross the finish line ahead of her with a smile on their face!
Half Marathon PR: 1:59:13

3:00 SmartPace Teams

Katie W. - 3:00 pacer

Katie has been a runner for close to 6 years and has participated in between 50-60 local (metro St. Louis, MO area) 5k's, 10k's and half marathons. Katie chose to "become a runner" when she turned 30 years old in 2011. She made a commitment to herself to start her 30's healthier than she ended her 20's. Katie's been a Pace Coach for the Walk/Run group with Big River Running Company's Training Team in St. Louis, MO for a couple of years. She says one of her favorite parts about being a Pacer is helping pace other runners and to encourage and motivate them to reach their running goals. She is very outgoing and energetic and enjoys meeting new runners and hearing their running stories. Aside from running, Katie also enjoys hanging out with friends (runners and non-runners!) and going to (or watching on TV) as many St. Louis Cardinals games as possible. Go Cards!
Half Marathon PR: 2:39:02

Christina Z. - 3:00 pacer

Christina ran her first half marathon in May of 1999 and broke her foot two weeks later. After a long break, because of the injury and other life obstacles, she started running again in 2012. In 2014, she joined the Big River Training Team and ran her second half marathon in April of that year. Christina's husband began running with her in the fall of 2014 and they have both run countless races together since then. Christina believes that becoming a runner and part of the running community in St. Louis has made all the difference in the world. She is happier, healthier and has so many new friends. She is excited to pace seasoned runners and first time half marathoners and help them accomplish their goals.
Half Marathon PR: 2:17

Full Marathon SmartPace Teams

3:30 SmartPace Teams

Ryan W. - 3:30 pacer

Ryan started running XC and track in Jr. High, and has loved it ever since. During college, he created the K-State Marathon Club, and pushed many runners to complete their first half and full marathon, with several qualifying for 2013 Boston Marathon. In 2012 he organized a team relay to run across the state of Kansas with only 8 runners. He loves seeing people achieve their goals and doing more than they think possible. Ryan is excited to be a pacer and hopes give those running with him the encouragement to achieve their own goals.
Marathon PR: 2:46

3:40 SmartPace Teams

Stephen M. - 3:40 pacer

Stephen has been running since 2012, when he dropped 45 pounds to be an example for his patients. As a physician, he loves promoting a healthy lifestyle with running. He has run 14 marathons and over 25 half marathons, and enjoys pacing others to achieve their goals. He is an avid racer and pacer, often running 20+ events a year from the mile to the marathon. In 2017 he finally got that elusive BQ. He enjoys helping people in under their time goal with the Smart Pacing Strategy.
Marathon PR: 3:06

3:50 SmartPace Teams

Chris R. - 3:50 pacer

Hi Everyone, My name is Chris Rankin. I have completed 4 stand alone marathons and 2 Full Ironman distance races. My personal best was at the 2012 Rock n Roll where i qualified for the Boston marathon with a time of 2:59:29. I was lucky enough to run at Boston in 2014 and completed the race in 3:08. It was the coolest race that I have been a part of. I don't really have anything special planned for the race, but am looking forward to hearing your story and helping you achieve the goal that you have worked so hard far. So until then, CHEERS!!
Marathon PR: 2:59:29

Cynthia K. - 3:50 pacer

Cynthia found her love for distance running about ten years ago. She went out for her daily 3 mile run with a friend and ten miles later never looked back. Cynthia has been running marathons for ten years and has run at least one every year since she started. She has paced for several races in the Chicagoland area. Cynthia is a Running Coach for Chicago Endurance Sports, Chicago's largest multisport training group. She is known for her continuous positivity and energy. Cynthia will be there to cheer you on every step of the way, all while holding a stick!
Marathon PR: 3:34

4:00 SmartPace Teams

Wael S. - 4:00 pacer

Wael has been running since 2008. He has completed several ultra trail races, several half marathons and full marathons. He enjoys trail running with the Kansas City Trail Nerds. Wael completed three 100 mile ultra runs with a sub-24 hour finish in Feb, 2014.
Marathon PR: 3:36

Andrew "Drew" B. - 4:00 pacer

Drew is a Navy Veteran and currently serves as an Immigration Officer for The Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Services. Drew completed his first marathon in Baltimore, MD days before his 36th birthday. Since then he has ran over 100 marathons and ultras which allowed him to complete a marathon in all 50 states. In January 2015, Drew completed his first 100 miler at The Pistol Ultra in Alcoa, TN. Drew also enjoys bike riding wherein he rides every year as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. for Tour de Cure to raise money for diabetes. When not pacing, Drew enjoys spending time with his wife, whom he paced for her first marathon and his two children Christion and Andrew Jr. Christion his oldest child completed his first half marathon at age 13 and is on the track team and cross country team for his high school. AJ, the youngest ran his first 5k at age 6 and placed 1st place for his age group with a finish time shy of 28 minutes. Since then he has a personal 5k record of 22:42 minutes, completed a 10k and paced Drew in ultra runs in preparation for his first half marathon.
Marathon PR: 3:25:30

4:10 SmartPace Teams

Amanda K. - 4:10 pacer

Amanda has been running consistently for almost 5 years, but has ran to stay in shape since about 2005. After completing the Kansas City Marathon as her first official race in 2012 she was hooked and has ran a total of 13 full marathons and 9 half marathons. Amanda's favorite things about running are the people she's met and all the awesome places she's gotten to see while running! She has had a lot of success thanks to great pacers so she knows the value of a good pace team and is looking forward to giving that experience back to someone else!
Marathon PR: 3:36

Greg S. - 4:10 pacer

Greg has run competitively for 30 years. He has completed 54 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 5 times, and over 100 half marathons. He is a 9 year breast cancer survivor. Greg enjoys helping others meet their goals and his enthusiasm towards running is infectious.
Marathon PR: 3:12

4:20 SmartPace Teams

Todd C. - 4:20 pacer

Completing the Chicago Marathon in 1995 was one of the most inspiring days of Todd's life. Four months earlier, he had never run more than three miles. When he finished he was surprised and thrilled! His friends, the volunteers, the crowd, and his fellow runners all helped Todd finish that first marathon. Now, he gives back when he can by pacing, and mainly runs to support his cheeseburger and beer habit.
Marathon PR: 3:45

Emma S. - 4:20 pacer

Emma picked up running in 2011 during law school as a way to stay active, and has been hooked ever since. She recently ventured into the world of ultrarunning, but the marathon is still her favorite distance. As someone who has benefited greatly from good training partners, racing buddies, and pacers, she loves pacing to help others reach their goal times.
Marathon PR: 3:35

4:30 SmartPace Teams

Tom M. - 4:30 pacer

Tom ran track and cross country in high school, and after graduation ran his first marathon, the Heart of America, in 1976. He ran various 10Ks (PR 35:00) and also got his marathon PR of 3:12 in the 1980's. After a couple decade kid and job induced sabbatical from running, he returned in 2010. He has waddled through 15 marathons and numerous 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons. With help from excellent pacers he got his first BQ at the Oklahoma City marathon in 4/24/16. Again, aided by excellent pacing, he got a recent PR at Hospital Hill. Inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of these pacers, Tom paced the Joplin marathon. He looks forward to helping runners achieve their goals with the SmartPacing system.
Marathon PR: 3:12

Libby K. - 4:30 pacer

Libby loves to run. Period. After taking it up in college it continues to be one of her favorite things to do. She races everything from 5k's to marathons (15K's and half marathons are her favorites) and is slowly reaching her goal of racing in every state. She loves to pace half and full marathons and really enjoys helping other runners reach their race goals. Most days she can be found on any number of paved trails rocking out to her "Running Jams" playlist, with an occasional dance move thrown in. When she's not running she loves to hike and explore and may one day decide that she likes trail running. Maybe.
Marathon PR: 3:45

4:45 SmartPace Teams

Melanie D. - 4:45 pacer

Hi I'm Melanie! I'm a Michelob Ultra runner. I have done dozens of marathons, 50ks and two 50 mile trail races. Excited to help other reach their goals!
Marathon PR: 4:02

Nick H. - 4:45 pacer

I am an avid endurance athlete competing in: Ironman Triathlons, Ironman 70.3 Triathlons, Sprint Triathlons, Ultra Marathons, Marathons, Half Marathons and local 10k and 5k races. These taking place all over the United States. My favorite running event is the marathon. It’s a great experience! There are people everywhere; runners and fellow competitors swarming all over the place. One really feels a sense of unity and solidarity as we all run and cheer together as one. In the life of an endurance athlete, it is a huge milestone. It’s a race we will never forget. No two marathons are ever alike. Each has story of its own. The sense of pride that overcomes you as you cross that finish line is indescribable, truly making it an extremely rewarding endeavor.
Marathon PR: 3:32

5:00 SmartPace Teams

Steve H. - 5:00 pacer

Steve picked up running in 2009 as a way to practice healthy habits and was soon hooked. His favorite race is Hospital Hill because it is a great course and really puts you to the test. Steve has paced 10 marathons and 9 half marathons. He will never stop encouraging the runners in his group because HIS goal is helping you reach YOUR goal. He strongly believes in running at 'even effort' using Smart Pacing in order to help his group run their best race possible. He goes easy on the hills and walks through all aid stations in order to maximize efficiency.
Marathon PR: 4:12

Kristin M. - 5:00 pacer

Kristin has been running for about 7 years, a mix of road and trail. She generally high fives roughly 83% of the kids on the course, and her favorite running fuel is frozen pizza.
Marathon PR: 4:00

6:30 SmartPace Teams

Geri Lynn A. - 6:30 pacer

Geri Lynn ran her first 1/2 marathon in 2012 at the recommendation of a friend who knew she had just lost her mother to cancer. Geri Lynn had always been a sprinter so running distances was a new challenge and she initially set a goal of running one 1/2 marathon a year. By 2015 running became a constant in her life! She has shared the joy of running with her teenage children having done three 1/2 marathons with her son and one with her daughter. Training and running with teenagers inspired Geri Lynn to help others accomplish their running goals, and conquer her own hesitation to run a marathon. Geri Lynn accomplished her goal of running a full marathon and she is very excited about running and serving as a pacer. Geri Lynn's favorite running motto is "Always Earned, Never Given"
Marathon PR: 5:37

Laura S. - 6:30 pacer

Laura began running later in life at the age of 39. It took one themed 5k for the addiction to set in and she ran her first marathon less than a year later. She spends a lot of time in the Big River Running community in St. Louis picking up advice from other runners. When not running, she works as a high school choir director and spends time with her husband and 3 children.

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