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

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Meet your Pacers for
Longview Half Marathon

Half Marathon Pacers: 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

1:35 SmartPace Teams

Xiaolin L. - 1:35 pacer

Xiaolin was passion about running in high school and college, and he started running again when his son Sihan went to college in 2012. He has run several marathons and half marathons. His goal is to run all six world major marathons in near future. Xiaolin knows the importance of pacers and the smart pacing method. He looks forward to helping you achieve your race goals and have fun along the way!
Half Marathon PR: 1:27

Dan S. - 1:35 pacer

Dan has been running competitively for over 10 years, and has ran in over 20 half marathons and dozens of 10k and 5k races. He has been with the SmartPacing team since the Fall of 2015 and has enjoyed seeing many of his fellow runners achieve personal best times through the SmartPacing strategy. Dan utilized the SmartPacing strategy to achieve his own personal best time of 1:26 in the 2017 Rock the Parkway Half Marathon. Dan is also a participant in Runner's Edge of Kansas City. Dan believes in having a pacing plan for every race he competes in. His strategy is starting with a swift warm-up pace, settling into a consistent race pace, and saving some energy for a strong finish and a great race experience. He is excited to help his fellow runners achieve their goals and have fun while doing it!
Half Marathon PR: 1:26

1:40 SmartPace Teams

Andrew M. - 1:40 pacer

Andrew ran his first 5k in 2012 and became addicted to the sport almost overnight. He loves how distance running rewards consistency, persistence, and the willingness to step out of one's comfort zone (i.e. embrace the hills and the sultry Kansas City summers). He has raced in over 40 half marathons and run the distance (his favorite) countless times in training and strongly believes that the SmartPacing strategy brings the best results, as there is nothing negative about running negative splits! Join him in a race if you want to have a lot of fun while giving it 100%.
Half Marathon PR: 1:22

Rob M. - 1:40 pacer

Rob started running in 2008 because it was a cheap way to stay in shape during college. His competitive nature pushed him to go further and faster over time and eventually led to him participating in half and full marathons. Since 2010, he has completed about 20 half marathons, 11 marathons, and one ultra-marathon. His training has improved his half marathon time by more than 19 minutes and his full marathon time by more than 50 minutes. The SmartPace teams have had a large role in Rob’s improvement, and he looks forward to helping others improve as well.
Half Marathon PR: 1:31

1:45 SmartPace Teams

Stephanie M. - 1:45 pacer

Stephanie started running for fun and as a way to keep in shape in between weekend soccer games about 7 years ago. She signed up for her first half in 2012, and became hooked on distance running. She has run everything from a 5k to a 50k, and is the current Missouri women's record holder at the 50k distance in her age group. She enjoys recovery runs with her dachshund Norman. She has ran 17 full marathons to date, including 2 consecutive Boston Marathons and 3 consecutive Chicago Marathons! She looks forward to helping people meet personal running goals, while making the marathon experience a great one!
Half Marathon PR: 1:34

Daniel T. - 1:45 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

1:50 SmartPace Teams

Eric S. - 1:50 pacer

Eric has been running for over 12 years. One aspect Eric enjoys about running is meeting other runners in the community; they understand what’s it's like to have a crazy addiction for running and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Eric also enjoys helping and encouraging runners achieve their goals. Eric has completed multiple half marathons, 20 marathons, 2 50 milers and a 100 miles and he is confident that you will reach your goal when you pace with him. Eric will be using the Smart Pacing strategy to ensure a successful race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:32

Kit M. - 1:50 pacer

Kit has always enjoyed running, and how it helped her stay fit for the many team sports she played. She didn’t pursue competitive racing until after finishing her college soccer years. She graduated from UW-Madison and ran her first marathon in 1992, and six years later qualified for the 2000 Olympic Marathon Trials. A few weeks before the 2001 NYC Marathon, Kit jumped in to pace for the 3:10 group at the Chicago Marathon, helping many young men reach their Boston Qualifier times. Now with two active kids, and many years later, she’s eager to pace again. Kit believes that a race is the celebration of having done the training.
Half Marathon PR: 1:25

1:55 SmartPace Teams

Dalwyn H. - 1:55 pacer

Dalwyn has been an avid runner since the 8th grade. He's run numerous 5k's and 10k's. His first marathon was Chicago in 2004. He liked it so much, that he went on to run 15 more marathons all over the country. He has also run 13 half marathons. Dalwyn loves to help others achieve their goals. Whether he's coaching his kids soccer, wrestling or track teams, or running a half or full marathon, Dalwyn will have a warm smile and some words of encouragement for you.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33

Jim S. - 1:55 pacer

Jim has been an avid runner for the past10+ years. He has completed 18 marathons, including Boston five times, and multiple half marathons and 5ks. He has paced mutliple races in KC, Olathe and Lincoln. Jim enjoys pacing as he can share various tips and stories he has gathered over the years. He will help you reach your goal while enjoying the journey on race day!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39

2:00 SmartPace Teams

Amanda B. - 2:00 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

Danny M. - 2:00 pacer

Danny began running marathons with the 2005 Chicago Marathon and has completed more than 50 marathons and ultra-marathons since then—including two 100-mile races. He also once ran 120 miles of a 200 mile race, but quit once he realized 200 miles was a long way.

He tends to believe in having fun during a race while getting you to the finish line in mostly one piece. So, expect random trivia, pointless stories and occasional costume when running with him.

Danny recently got his son Toby to sign up for his first marathon. Unfortunately, Toby has had some difficulty with the training plan—sitting in a stroller for four hours is exhausting.

Half Marathon PR: 1:42

2:05 SmartPace Teams

Sean B. - 2:05 pacer

After years of wrestling in junior high, high school and college Sean needed to find a way to stay active and compete. He spent several years trying different things out. He ran 3 full and 3 half marathons, a triathalon, duathalons, trail racing and mountain bike racing before he found Adventure racing and Obstacle racing. He competed in 4 Tough Mudders, 4 Spartan Races and many smaller obstacle races. In 2014 he got back into road races because his 6 year old wanted to do some races with him. He trains with the KCTC Max team and is excited to help you reach the finish line.
Half Marathon PR: 1:40

Scott B. - 2:05 pacer

Scott started running again at the young age of 41 just to lose a few pounds and be in better health. Joined a local running club and after a few years of a mile here and a mile there he decided to try his first marathon in spring of 2014 and has been hooked since. Two years since the spring of 2014 he has completed many marathons and several half marathons. His favorite thing about running is the camaraderie that runners share and seeing his kids cheer him on at the end of a race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43

2:10 SmartPace Teams

Sara A. - 2:10 pacer

Sara has mastered running and talking at the same time through her routine early morning runs with friends. She has run over 25 half marathons starting 12 years ago. Sara enjoys the challenge of half marathons without the intense training of a full marathon, though running Boston is still a goal for her. Sara's tip today is to stick with the pacing splits for the first few miles, and then you can plow forward later to beat the pace time. It is always tempting to surge forward at the start of the race. Sara is looking forward to helping you reach your race goal and to enjoy the experience along the way.
Half Marathon PR: 1:41

Mike P. - 2:10 pacer

Mike only began running "competitively" 4 years ago, but had a lifestyle that including running for most of his life; growing up playing soccer, and then joining the Army after college. Since his first 10K in March 2013, he has completed 3 marathons, 7 half marathons, 9 Tough Mudders, one Triathlon (Sprint), and many more 5 and 10K's, to include various other obstacle/mud/fun runs. Outside of running, he enjoys beer, bacon, and riding his motorcycle.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33

2:15 SmartPace Teams

Ann O. - 2:15 pacer

Ann loves race day and is excited to be pacing. She has completed 24 marathons, including Boston, many half marathons, and 5k's. Ann is a believer in the Smart Pacing strategy and is ready to help others make their race goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:38

Wael S. - 2:15 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:38

2:20 SmartPace Teams

Joe H. - 2:20 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

Carolyn W. - 2:20 pacer

Carolyn has come a long ways from her high school track days when she was notorious for finding shortcuts on runs. Her love of running grew in college when she found the MKT trail in Columbia, MO and ran to clear her head. With the encouragement of her running fanatic Mom, she completed her first half marathon and left her Mom in the dust at mile 10. Since then, she has finished 5 half marathons and 2 marathons, most of which she's finished after her Mom. Carolyn loves races for the amazing community that they bring. No matter how tough the course is, she will never forget to smile at funny signs and yell "ZOU" back at Mizzou fan spectators. She looks forward to helping you reach your goal and have a great time doing it!
Half Marathon PR: 1:51

2:25 SmartPace Teams

Nick H. - 2:25 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:35

Joshua W. - 2:25 pacer

Joshua started running back in 2009 when he heard a friend talking about the experience of running a Marathon. He trained and completed his first Marathon in October of 2009 at the Waddell and Reed Marathon. He loves the challenge that running brings. Since then he has ran over 20 Half-Marathons, 6 Marathons (including Pikes Peak marathon), and over 20 Ultra-Marathons (up to 100 miles). Josh is family guy, he loves crossing the finish line with his kids when the race allows it. They are his support and motivation for running.
Half Marathon PR: 1:29

2:30 SmartPace Teams

Daron P. - 2:30 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

Collin A. - 2:30 pacer

2:35 SmartPace Teams

Lauren A. - 2:35 pacer

Since running her first 5k in fifth grade, Lauren has been passionate about running. Competing in track and cross country in school, Lauren now regularly runs in half and full marathons. She completed her seventh full marathon Washington DC (Marine Corp) in October 2015. She's currently training for the Chicago Marathon in October 2016. Training includes a mix of running, crossfitting, swimming and biking. She loves to stay active and occasionally participates in triathlons and mud runs. Lauren can't wait to share her love for running with you and is way to excited to help you have a great race!
Half Marathon PR: 1:47

Megan F. - 2:35 pacer

Megan has been running since the birth of her second daughter in 2010. She has run nearly 30 1/2 marathons, including 1 trail 1/2. She loves the 2:25 groups, describing them as the party crowd! She works as a Recreation Director for Garden Terrace at Overland Park, a Skilled Nursing Facility for individual's with dementia. She often races as a fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. Megan enjoys meeting new people and exchanging running experiences and tips. She is excited to help you reach your race day goals!!
Half Marathon PR: 2:04

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

Emily W. - 2:40 pacer

Emily started running as a child. She ran competitively through out her younger years. She took a break through out college and started running again in 2011. Emily has run several half marathons and one marathon in 2013. She is also a group fitness instructor in Lincoln, Nebraska. She loves to help people reach their goals. She paced the Good Life Halfsy this past fall and it was one of her favorite running experiences she has had. She is very excited to help you achieve your race day goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39

2:45 SmartPace Teams

Kim C. - 2:45 pacer

Kim started running to lose the "baby weight" after her youngest turned 2. She fell in love with running, especially the half-marathon when she completed her first half (The KCM Half) in October of 2012. She enjoyed the race experience so much that she completed her second half just 4 weeks later. Since starting, Kim has completed 24 half marathons and over 20 5K & 10K runs and is a member of Half Fanatics. Kim's goal is to run to have fun and enjoy the journey.
Half Marathon PR: 1:57

Sharon J. - 2:45 pacer

Sharon started running after having 3 kids and was “bitten” by the marathon bug. Sharon has completed 16 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 110 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

2:50 SmartPace Teams

Sueann S. - 2:50 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. - 2:50 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

2:55 SmartPace Teams

Carly B. - 2:55 pacer

Carly loves to serve as a pacer! As a family law attorney, running is what keeps Carly sane. Carly's favorite sport is triathlon, and she is gearing up for the 2013 season. Carly is honored to serve as a pacer & can't wait to help her running mates meet their goals on race day!
Half Marathon PR: 2:00

Tracy P. - 2:55 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

3:00 SmartPace Teams

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

Becky Z. - 3:00 pacer

Becky joined the Smart Pace team 2011. She runs all distances but the half marathon is her favorite, having completed over 50. She looks forward to meeting you at the starting line and helping you reach your goals by crossing the finish line by using the Smart Pace method.
Half Marathon PR: 2:16

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