Meet your Pacers for
Independence Half Marathon
Half Marathon Pacers: 1:30 1:35 1:40 1:45 1:50 1:55 2:00 2:05 2:10 2:15 2:20 2:25 2:30 2:35 2:40 2:45 2:50 2:55 3:00
Half Marathon SmartPace Teams
Jordan E. - 1:30 pacer
Jordan is an avid Kansas City runner and high school cross country coach. He is a Boston Qualifying marathoner who enjoys competing in road races all over the country. As a pacer Jordan enjoys helping runners reach their goals by offering words of encouragement and support throughout the race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:17
Matt O. - 1:35 pacer
Matt started running cross country in high school after getting cut from the soccer team, and quickly fell in love with distance running. The camaraderie of group runs, the calm of a long solo run, and the thrill of racing are all integral parts of Matt's life. Matt has been a distance runner for 20 years, building up from 5k's to marathons and a couple ultras (not too many of those though!) Matt has completed 46 half marathons and 16 marathons, and is looking forward to helping people meet their goals as a pacer!
Half Marathon PR: 1:21
Paul H. - 1:40 pacer
Paul has been an avid runner since high school and has competed in half marathons, marathons, triathlons up to the full Ironman distance and trail ultra marathons. He loves reaching for new goals and enjoys even more to help others do the same. During college he was a coach of a local youth XC club, helping kids realize their potential. He is excited to help you reach your race day goals and plans on having a hoarse voice by the end of the race from all the cheering.
Half Marathon PR: 1:24
Tyler A. - 1:45 pacer
After picking up running in college, Tyler has completed three marathons and too many half marathons to count. He is on a quest to complete a marathon in all 50 states (...maybe). From movie quotes, food, beer, traveling, music, sports/fitness, never living in one place for more than two years, and relating everything in life around Seinfeld episodes, you'll be sure to find something to talk with him about within a few miles.
Half Marathon PR: 1:29
Ryan M. - 1:45 pacer
Ryan started running 6 years ago to improve his health. What started out as just a form of exercise turned into a passion. Ryan has ran 8 full marathons and several half marathons. After having a pacer help Ryan set a new PR he wanted to become a pacer and help someone else achieve their goal.
Half Marathon PR: 1:29
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: 1:38
Daniel T. - 1:50 pacer
Daniel started running as a way to keep healthy. After moving to Kansas City and joining some fellow runners work outs and runs, started to become more competive! Thrilled with the progress and continuing PR's he wanted to start helping others push themselves and achieve their goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:32:38
Joe H. - 1:55 pacer
Joe started running in 2009 and has been hooked ever since. He has completed numerous half and full marathons, with many more to come!
Joe enjoys setting a goal for himself for every race and has met or exceeded those goals every time. He looks forward to helping you reach your goals and have a little fun at the same time!
Half Marathon PR: 1:42
Ryan B. - 1:55 pacer
Ryan has been an avid runner since high school cross country, continuing to run throughout the years for enjoyment and fitness. After taking a break from racing, he got hooked again with a 5k in the spring of 2013 which led to his first half marathon at the KC half that fall. He has run several 5ks, 3 10ks, 6 half marathons, and 3 full marathons. He completed the I-35 Challenge in 2014, running the KC Marathon and Des Moines Marathon on consecutive days.
The best advice he can give any long distance runner is to train consistently, build your base slowly, and incorporate a variety of different workouts to improve different aspects of your fitness. Also finding at least one consistent training partner will help motivate you and keep things fun. Ryan is quick to make friends and wants to hear about your goals and progress. This will help him push you to run your best and celebrate with you when you cross the finish line!
Half Marathon PR: 1:31
Kris B. - 2:00 pacer
Kris enjoys helping runners get to the fiinish line. She paced the KC Marathon three years ago and came in 30 seconds before her Pace time. She has run a total of 15 marathons and numerous half marathons. She is a personal fitness trainer and certified running coach. Her favorite saying is "Pain is the feeling of weakness leaving the body".
Stephanie S. - 2:00 pacer
Being a cheerleader is an inherent part of Stephanie's personality. As a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise instructor, and Nutrition Specialist, she is all about helping people with their goals.
Stephanie has been running for over 17 years, after the birth of her son. Since then, she has completed 20 marathons, including qualifying for and running Boston, and hundreds of half marathons.
Stephanie likes to coach her pace group with tips on how to breathe, conquer hills, and enjoy the race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:38
Libby K. - 2:05 pacer
Libby loves to run. Period. After taking it up in college it continues to be one of her favorite things to do. She loves to race everything from 5k's to marathons and is slowly reaching her goal of racing in every state. She loves road running and racing because she has a 'need for speed', however recent trips to Colorado have introduced her to trail running which she is hoping to do more of. Libby loves chatting when she's running with company and is eager to help other runners achieve their goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:36
Shauna L. - 2:05 pacer
Shauna used to hate running, but then started running to lose a few pounds. After a few races, she was hooked and started trying new distances and incorporating speed workouts and longer runs. She has since completed six marathons, including Boston, NYC, and Chicago, as well as several half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks. Shauna looks forward to pacing you to your goal and taking your mind off the mile markers so you can take it all in on race day. There is nothing like crossing that Finish Line on race day, especially with a shiny new PR.
Half Marathon PR: 1:42
Amanda B. - 2:10 pacer
Amanda has been running for most of her life. From 5Ks, to triathlons, to a 50K, Amanda has always enjoyed the social aspect of running and working out with friends. With her husband as a built-in running partner, and her daughter along for the shorter runs, Amanda has completed thirteen marathons, many half marathons and plans to continue running for many years to come.
Half Marathon PR: 1:42
Jen T. - 2:10 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
Miguel C. - 2:15 pacer
I started running endurance events in 2004 and to date I've finished 16 marathons and 15 halfs (er, pikermis...if you're sore about the subject). I Started pacing 2 yrs ago as a way to "pay back" for all the help I received when I first started running.
I plan on running "even effort" and finish with a smile on my face. I look forward to helping you reach the finish line
Half Marathon PR: 1:48
Heidi M. - 2:15 pacer
Heidi picked up running back in 2007 after a health scare that started her down the path of more exercise and better eating habits. She have done around 14 half marathons, 5 marathons with Big Sur being her favorite, one 50K and one 50-miler. Heidi believes in "smart pacing" to get you to the finish line with satisfaction of your goal being met! She will be there to encourage and push you to be your best.
Half Marathon PR: 1:48
Jonette K. - 2:20 pacer
Jonette has been part of the KC running community for the past 10+ years. She has run numerous races ranging from 5k to 40 miles with the half marathon being her favorite distance. Jonette has run the Boston Marathon. She also has done trail running with Pike's Peak Ascent and Marathon being her favorite trail events. Over the years, Jonette has appreciated the pacers in races and is looking forward to helping others achieve their race day goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:40
Angel S. - 2:20 pacer
Angel started running in grad school as a stress reliever. She ran her first half marathon in 2007 and first full marathon in 2008. It's been an addiction ever since. She completed obstacle runs, including Tough Mudder. She's completed WIN KC triathlon the past four years. She loves the trails as well and completed a 20 miler, 50k in 2014, a 50 miler in 2015, and plans to complete a 100 miler this year. She's been married for 13 years and has two sons. She's passed on running to her 9 yr old and he's completed a 5k and 4 miler! She loves to motivate people to achieve their goals!!
Half Marathon PR: 1:56:54
Baylie J. - 2:25 pacer
Baylie discovered her love for running while in middle school and spent her high school and college years sprinting around the track. After an 8 year (ish) gap, she re-discovered her love but decided to add a few more miles and started running 5ks and 10Ks. In 2012, she finally settled on the Garmin Half Marathon as her first and didn't look back after that. Since then she has completed over 15 half marathons and 5 marathons, which qualified her to be a member of Marathon Maniacs (#7914) in 2013. Earlier in 2015, she completed her first Ultra Marathon 50K (Virtual Cowtown) and followed it up with a solo finish of Brew to Brew and an attempt at the Canadian Death Race in August. She is very excited to do everything she can to help each runner finish and have a wonderful time while doing so!
Half Marathon PR: 1:56
Mary L. - 2:25 pacer
While always physically active, Mary did not become a long distance runner until after the age of 40. She set a goal to run a full marathon as a “bucket list” item and in the process discovered a passion for running. She has now completed 14 full marathons and over 20 half marathons. She enjoys being in the company of other runners and encouraging them to achieve their goals. Mary’s hope is that you complete the race by not only meeting your goal, but also having fun in the process!
Half Marathon PR: 1:59
Cristal B. - 2:30 pacer
Cristal LOVES pacing any distance from 5K to 26.2. A fitness instructor & born optimist, Cristal loves to run at a conversational pace, enjoying a walk break through each water station, with enough time to thank volunteers and high-five as many cheering kids along the course as possible. She believes anyone can run a half or full marathon with the right attitude and a little ambition, you've just got to run Smart & keep going. Her personal goal is to complete her 50 states by her 50th birthday (35 down, 15 to go!), and to eventually run just fast enough to BQ. She looks forward to meeting you & helping you cross the finish line exactly on time (or a little early
Half Marathon PR: 1:55:58
Katrina J. - 2:30 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
Annette G. - 2:35 pacer
Annette has been running for 7 years and has run 15 marathons (12 states) and seven half-marathons. Last fall she ran her first ultra-marathon, North Face Endurance Challenge (31 miles) in 5:30. She has paced two marathons (KC) and five-half marathons and views this as an opportunity to help others reach their personal goals. Annette loves to run at a conversational pace, enjoying a walk break through each water station, and a good lean on the down-hill slide. In addition, a good walk break on a steep hill is a strong possibility. Her personal goal is to complete a 50-mile run by age 50 and to complete a marathon in all 50 states by her 65th birthday. She is excited to help every runner in her group reach the finish line right on time.
Marathon PR: 4:28:23
Half Marathon PR: 2:04:40
Daron P. - 2:35 pacer
Like most folks, Daron started running as a way to improve his overall health -- that was nearly 20 years ago -- and he's still going strong. He's had a six-year streak of Kansas City Marathon finishes, a couple of Chicago Marathons, a few in Oklahoma, as well as the inaugural Air Force Marathon in 1997 (while still on active duty in the Air Force), a random few others here and there, and countless 10Ks and Halves. Recently, he has moved into trail racing and ultra distancing, finishing races at distances of 50K, 40M, 50M, and even a 100M.
All of his local road races, in recent years, have been completed with the help of Smart Pacers (Kenny Miller got him to his Post-40 PR of 3:39 at Garmin in 2014) -- and he thought he'd like help others achieve their goals, improve their health, and most important: HAVE FUN... #GottaRun!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39:xx
Sueann S. - 2:40 pacer
Sueann has been a runner with Runner's Edge for the past 8 years. She has paced 8 half marathons and 5 marathons. With the encouragement of her oldest son, she started running at the age of 53. Since then she has run 13 marathons, 14 half marathons, and 1 ultra marathon. The variety of runs includes the “Goofy” run in Orlando and the Dublin Ireland Marathon. She believes in the Smart Pace method which includes a slow start for the first 2-3 miles; running a mile than walking a minute; walking through aid stations; going slow up hills, and increasing speed down the hill. She also believes running should be a fun and long lasting hobby.
Half Marathon PR: 2:30
Cynthia S. - 2:40 pacer
Cynthia has been a pace group leader for The Runner's Edge for 13 years. By employing the SmartPace strategy, Cynthia has successfully completed 11 ultras (road and trail), 38 marathons and 43 halves.
She was awarded the Road Runner's Club of America Grand Master Award for her finish in the 2010 Brew-to-Brew solo. Cynthia believes running comes from the head, the heart and the gut. She works with her group to use all those to your advantage. And she really enjoys encouraging others to do what they've never done before -- to run farther, to run faster or just to run! And having fun is the best part of it all.
Her strategy is to go out slow for the first 2-3 miles, run a mile and then walk a minute, walk through the aid stations for up to a minute, go very slow up hills and make up the time on the down hills while making sure you have even effort breathing the whole time.
Half Marathon PR: 2:25
Shannon G. - 2:45 pacer
Shannon has been running for over 13 years. She has completed 40+ half marathons and 9 marathons. She is a busy mom of 2 young girls and enjoys helping other runners achieve their goals. In addition to running, she enjoys training for triathlons, yoga and traveling.
Half Marathon PR: 2:20
Vita-Roxanne J. - 2:45 pacer
Vita-Roxanne grew up watching her mother run and now follows in her footsteps. She took up running in 2011 to get back into shape after having her second child and has not stopped since. Vita started out running a variety of 5k's and 10k's but she soon stepped up to her favorite race distance, the half marathon. Since running her first half marathon in 2012, Vita has completed 15+ half marathons. She completed the 39.3 series in 2014 and 2015 followed by the Hospital Hill Run and still managed a PR of sub 2 at the Garmin Half. With the support of her husband and 2 children she has also completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2013 and 2014, the TCS New York City Marathon in 2015, Garmin Marathon in Spring 2016 and is currently training for a 50 mile Ultra race in the Fall. Vita absolutely lives to run. She also loves to pace! You may recognize her from multiple half marathons in 2015 including Garmin half, Hospital Hill, Lee's Summit Half, KC Half, and Longview Half Marathons. She is eager to help others achieve their race goals just like so many have done for her. Vita is uplifting and encouraging and strongly believes that if she can do it you can too! She is ready to help you make this race YOUR RACE!
Half Marathon PR: 1:57
Amy C. - 2:50 pacer
Amy owes her love for running to her son's cross country coach. The coach encouraged parents to run the road races with the team. One race and she was hooked! After running several 5ks, she decided to give the longer distances a try. Her first half was Hospital Hill in Kansas City. That same coach paced her all the way!!! Amy believes that life should be lived to the fullest and that a positive attitude makes life more fun!!! Come join Amy and be uplifted as we take each mile as it comes with a smile!!!
Half Marathon PR: 2:35
Suzanne M. - 2:50 pacer
Suzanne enjoys running with friends and family. She loves 5ks, 10ks and trail runs, and has enjoyed half marathons and obstacle challenges. She started off by running track in high school, and after college she decided to go back to track...but this time as a middle school and high school coach! Suzanne's two children have also fallen in love with running and she enjoys doing 5ks and 10ks with them by her side. Suzanne looks forward to sharing her excitement and energy with those in her pace group!
Half Marathon PR: 2:30
Sharon J. - 2:55 pacer
Sharon started running after having 3 kids and was “bitten” by the marathon bug. Sharon has completed 15 marathons (her favorite marathons are the NY marathon and the Chicago Marathon), the Disney Dopey 48.6 mile challenge, 3 Twenty mile plus races (her absolute favorite race is in Big Sur, CA), more than 100 half marathons locally and across the country, and is a "Double Agent" (member of both the Half Fanatics and Marathon Maniacs national running clubs). She looks forward to helping others reach their goals and possibly sharing the thrill of crossing the finish line with those that are new to running half marathons. Sharon uses a run/walk strategy which will allows for a fun, comfortable, strong finish.
Half Marathon PR: 2:19
Layne W. - 2:55 pacer
Layne starting running in 2011, and over time has made it more and more important in her life. Her goals have (slightly) altered from being a full time photographer into getting her personal training certification because she wants to motivate others towards their health goals.
Pacing is fun for Layne, and she is excited to jump in with both feet and help her runners cross the finish line happy and injury free! She wants you to sit back and not worry about time. You can depend fully on Layne to get you where you need to be.
Layne likes to have fun, so feel free to tell her crazy stories or jokes. You'll have a lot of time together, so get comfy!
Half Fanatic #5369
Half Marathon PR: 2:30
Scotty J. - 3:00 pacer
Inspired by her marathoner daughter and motivated by a MS diagnosis and wheelchair in her past, Scotty started running in January 2008. She just completed her 39th half marathon. Yes, that means the Inaugural Longview Half Marathon will be number 40! She has also completed 5 marathons and a spattering of 5 and 10 K's. Her goal this year has been to log more miles and continue to have fun doing it. Scotty was fortunate to meet the best pacers on the planet the first time she ran Hospital Hill Run. That experience with Janice and Kelly continues to motivate and inspire especially on the "today is not a good running day" days. Scotty has the honor of being a former Hospital Hill Run Hero and after that experience was bitten by the pacer bug. She will use every idea in the Magic Pacer Bag of Tricks to help you cross the finish line. Not being a speedster herself, Scotty recognizes and understands the unique challenges faced by "back-of-the-packers". The goal is not just to finish, but to recognize and take pride in the individual accomplishment. And, have a GREAT time doing it!
Half Marathon PR: 2:38
Tracy P. - 3:00 pacer
Tracy began running, for fitness and health, while in the military in the ‘90s, and has carried on ever since. Graduating from more than half-a-dozen half-marathons in 2015, to running her first full marathon in February, 2016 – and following that up with FOUR MORE throughout the year – extending beyond the road, into trail marathons, too.
Tracy’s road races have been greatly aided but the use of the Smart Pace teams; and she would like to take her turn helping others reach their race goals, improve their health and have a WONDERFUL time!
Half Marathon PR: 2:13