Our Upcoming Races 

Chocolate Rush - 02/03/2018

Liberty Hospital Half - 03/03/2018

Go! St. Louis - 04/08/2018

Rock the Parkway - 04/14/2018

Garmin Marathon - 04/21/2018

Trolley Run - 04/29/2018

Lincoln Marathon - 05/06/2018

Independence Half - 05/07/2018

Running with the Cows Half - 05/12/2018

Bill Snyder Highway Half - 05/19/2018

Striker Life Half Marathon - 05/19/2018

Hospital Hill Run - 06/02/2018

Words to run by

"Sometimes, you get the bear. Sometimes, the bear gets you." Actor Sam Elliott putting a philosophical bent on the Big Labowski

Meet your Pacers for
Hospital Hill Run

Half Marathon Pacers: 1:25 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 3:10 3:20 3:30

Half Marathon SmartPace Teams

1:25 SmartPace Teams

Caleb T. - 1:25 pacer

Running is more than a hobby to Caleb, running has helped define the person he has become today! Running has given him his closest friends, paid for his college, and has showed him what hard work can do for you in all aspects of life. These reasons and many more are why he personally knows how helpful and inspiring it is to have someone next to you, pushing you, helping you, and making sure you are running the right race for YOU to run the goal time you are starting the race to run. He has had a lot of help through his ups and downs in his running and races, and that is why he knows how important and fun it is to help you with your goals. So, he will be out there using the smart pacing system to help you the day of your race! He's excited to meet you and he will see you out there!
Half Marathon PR: 1:09:04

Ryan W. - 1:25 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:18

1:30 SmartPace Teams

Mike B. - 1:30 pacer

Mike started running long distance races in 2012 with a NY’s Resolution to finish a half marathon. He was soon hooked, logging thousands miles since then and reaching for and grabbing goals like qualifying for and running in Boston, running a 50 miler, and a sub-3:00 marathon (2:56). Having been helped by pacers himself, he appreciates the opportunity to return the favor by bringing his running zeal and experience to bear in helping you achieve your running goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:23

Matt H. - 1:30 pacer

Matt has several pacing events under his belt and is excited to help with more races. Ultimately his passion for pacing is to help runners achieve their own goals and at the end of the race hear that those around him hit PRs and/or couldn't have finished that well if it wasn't for him. Lots of friends would describe him as inspiring and he wishes to help each runner with words of encouragement and advice before, during, and after the race. Matt started running with high school football and track but didn't really become committed to endurance running until the past couple years and has fallen in love with running and being a part of the running community. Matt is convinced that pace groups add a huge benefit for people to reach their goals and is looking forward to sharing laughs and encouragement with you each mile of the race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:19

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

Andrew M. - 1:35 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

1:40 SmartPace Teams

Marvin M. - 1:40 pacer

Marvin has been pacing for a couple of seasons and has been running since the 1970's. His first marathon was the Kansas City Macy's Marathon in 1981 and first half was Hospital Hill in 1979. He has run 30+ marathons and a collection of ultra's including the Leadville 100 in 2013. Marvin loves motivating runners and will help you dig deep. "It's all about the Pace"
Half Marathon PR: 1:26

Kenny M. - 1:40 pacer

Kenny began running in high school, competing in both cross-country and track, as an alternative to playing football. He has been a runner ever since. Kenny ran at Northwest Missouri State University (Go Bearcats!!), before being sidelined by injury. After college, Kenny began running again to stay active, and to get in better shape. He has run over 190 races to date, including 38 marathons (PR of 2:50), and over 85 half marathons (PR of 1:20). Kenny believes the biggest mistake people can make is starting off too fast. He is looking forward to sharing his passion for running with others and helping them and encouraging them to reach their running goals. Through his high energy and motivation, Kenny is confident he can help you achieve your goal time. What does he enjoy about running? Helping people in reaching their goals, being active, and the camaraderie and atmosphere in the running community. Also, running allows him to eat lots of Peanut M&Ms (it's a mild addiction...ha) without too much guilt.
Half Marathon PR: 1:20

1:45 SmartPace Teams

Jeff M. - 1:45 pacer

Jeff began running in high school, competing in both cross-country and track. He started running again several years ago. He runs 5k’s and a few half marathons a year (PR of 1:29). Jeff just finished his fourth marathon and qualified for Boston. (PR 3:23). He has coached elementary track for 15+ years. He has a passion for sharing his love and experience of running with others. He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with you to help you reach your running goals and have fun while doing it.
Half Marathon PR: 1:29

Scott S. - 1:45 pacer

Scott started running several years ago as a new challenge and way to stay fit. He runs all distances from 5K to marathon as well as triathlons from Sprint to full Ironman but seems to find himself doing marathons the most. As your pacer you can expect very consistent splits and a well planned race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:27

1:50 SmartPace Teams

Dustin D. - 1:50 pacer

Dustin has been a competitive runner since his high school cross country days. He enjoys racing in distances from 5k's to half marathons, on everything from pavement to rocky trails and obstacles. Dustin loves the competitive spirit and camaraderie of running and can't wait to help other runners to achieve their goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:31

Robert M. - 1:50 pacer

Robert started running in high school cross country but took several years off after that. He began running again in 2012 and since then has ran 17 Marathons and many half's. He contributes most if his success to his long time training partners, "they get me up and get me motivated" He said, "We log a LOT of miles together and frankly I would never have gotten anywhere without them". He knows that the people around you in training AND a race can greatly increase your performance and he hopes to get you to your goal too.
Half Marathon PR: 1:32

1:55 SmartPace Teams

Chris L. - 1:55 pacer

Chris has run distances from track events to marathons. He has paced several marathons in KS, MO and NE and has paced many half-marathons as well. Up until collage all the running he did was for other sports. In collage he really began to grow attached to the sport and competed in XC and track. After collage running became a part of his daily routine. He enjoys helping others achieve their goals and creating a healthy lifestyle. He is an elementary reading specialist and coaches middle school XC, wrestling and track.
Half Marathon PR: 1:25

Stacey S. - 1:55 pacer

Stacey has been running since high school and has completed numerous marathons, half marathons and triathlons. She most recently qualified for Boston and completed her first Half Ironman. She believes the best way to reach your running goal is to have fun with it. Her race philosophy is to smile and let it happen. Helping others enjoy running is a great motivator - there is strength in numbers. We will take walk breaks through water stations to make sure everyone stays hydrated, and have fun the rest of the way reaching your goal.
Half Marathon PR: 1:40

2:00 SmartPace Teams

Herschel D. - 2:00 pacer

Herschel is an avid runner and enjoys helping others reach their goals. He has run 24 marathons including 5 Bostons, 30 half marathons and numerous triathlons, including one Full Ironman and 4 half IM. He is a big believer in the 3F's of running....fitness, friends and food, all great benefits of running. He has personally experienced the kindness and support of the running community, most recently during an Ironman event when a fellow competitor stopped to help fix a flat, giving up his time in the event. Herschel believes this is one of the greatest gifts we can give each other, our time and support. His uses the Smart Pacing strategy and is a firm believer in allowing the body to get warmed up before pushing for goal times. He has used the walk through aid station strategy to help his group stay hydrated and relaxed. You will hear him loud and clear as he shouts out tips and encouragement. He also will welcome any tips you have to make it a more enjoyable experience for you.
Half Marathon PR: 1:35

Roger S. - 2:00 pacer

Roger has completed 24 marathons, including six Boston Marathons, with a personal best of 3:17. He has paced the Kansas City Marathon five times as well as over 20 half marathons. Roger will be practicing the SmartPace technique, with brisk walks through each aid station. Roger plans to be hoarse by the end of the race due to all the cheering and encouragement offered up during the race. He's looking forward to helping you attain your race goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:34

2:05 SmartPace Teams

Megan D. - 2:05 pacer

Megan has been running for most of her life. She ran her first 5K race in 2010 and now has completed over 40! She has also increased her distance by competing in over 20 half marathons and ran her first full marathon in 2017. Megan has always enjoyed the social aspect of running and working out with friends. She is looking forward to helping others achieve their goals with Smart Pacing and can’t wait to cross the finish line with you!
Half Marathon PR: 1:35

Nick H. - 2:05 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

2:10 SmartPace Teams

Candy H. - 2:10 pacer

Candy’s passion for running started in the 80’s when she ran cross country and track in college. After graduating, she still had that competitive drive so she began racing triathlons. Her racing background includes over 100 triathlons/duathlons, Chicago and Boston marathons, numerous road races at different distances, and three duathlon world championships. Candy works as a wellness coach and fitness instructor so she brings her passion for running and health to those she leads. She is inspired by people wanting to get into the running world. She loves encouraging first timers and seeing athletes of all abilities push themselves simply to improve on from where they began.
Half Marathon PR: 1:47

Wael S. - 2:10 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

2:15 SmartPace Teams

Dawna G. - 2:15 pacer

Dawna started running over 20 years ago to lose weight. Several years later a flyer came in the mail that said if you raise money you can do the Disney marathon. She signed up, ran her first marathon in her early 30s and was hooked. She is currently training for her 24th marathon (and 21st state.) Dawña coached Girls on the run for 8 seasons and LOVED it. She is excited when young girls realize that running is great! She cannot wait to meet you and help pace you through your race!
Half Marathon PR: 01:41

Mark G. - 2:15 pacer

Mark Gudgel is a native of Nebraska and a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who transitioned from four-years of high school as a cross country runner and began running half and full marathons toward the end of his college career. His favorite races include the Chicago Marathon, the "Psycho Wyco" in KC, and of course the Lincoln Half! When he isn't running, Mark plays basketball, travels the world, and teaches high school English. 2012 marks a new milestone in Mark's running career as he begins pacing for other runners. He is excited to be able to give back to the sport in this way, and is excite to help other runners meet their goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:48

2:20 SmartPace Teams

Megan D. - 2:20 pacer

Megan began running five years ago, after the birth of her sixth child. Since then she's completed many half marathons, twelve marathons, a triathlon (ask her to tell you the story of her goggles!) and an ultra. She loves early morning runs with her friends, especially when they involve breakfast afterward. Megan promises to motivate and encourage you all the way to the finish line.
Half Marathon PR: 1:57

Sheree R. - 2:20 pacer

Sheree speed-walked her first 5k in 2008. It was so much fun she quickly moved on to running and going longer distances. Sheree has now completed 16 marathons, dozens of half marathons, and multiple trail runs including an ultra. She must have goals to roll out of bed at the crack of dawn, so entering races keeps her motivated. She absolutely loves running with people and can't wait to encourage you to achieve your goal!
Half Marathon PR: 1:49

2:25 SmartPace Teams

Brian B. - 2:25 pacer

Brian ran his first 1/2 marathon in the 2009 Kansas City race and stayed to watch a friend finish the full. The thought began with "Hey, I should be able to do this." So he signed up and completed his first full at the Bass Pro Marathon just 2 weeks later! Since then Brian has either run or paced numerous half & full marathons. His latest accomplishment was finishing the Western States 100 mile Endurance Run. He enjoys the company of fellow runners and continues to be amazed at the accomplishments/success stories of other runners. You just never know who in your pace group is going to share a personal story that inspires you. Brian believes that running with the group and having the camaraderie provides a distraction from the sometimes experienced or perceived "pain". The more fun we have, the less we will notice the mile markers flying by.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43

Stephanie S. - 2:25 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 over one hundred 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

2:30 SmartPace Teams

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 (39 down, 11 to go!), and maybe someday 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 =0).
Half Marathon PR: 1:55:58

Kim C. - 2:30 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

2:35 SmartPace Teams

Laura K. - 2:35 pacer

Laura is a former cross country runner who got hooked on half marathons in college. Her first half marathon was the Disneyworld half with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training. Almost twenty years later and many more races, the half marathon is still by far her favorite distance. She loves an energetic race with big crowds, enthusiastic volunteers, and friendly fellow runners. Laura started pacing races this past year and really enjoys helping fellow runners meet their time goals. Outside of races, she can be found running on local trails with her kids on their bikes and tagging along in the jogging stroller.
Half Marathon PR: 1:50

Emma S. - 2:35 pacer

Emma began running early in high school after completing a 5k race. The runner's high stuck! Since then, she has completed countless races, ranging from 5k's to full marathons. Emma hopes to complete a race in every state, currently crossing off Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, and Illinois. It's the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment that keeps Emma training and racing; she hopes to instill this sense of accomplishment in you. She can't wait to race with you and help you cross that finish line with a smile!
Half Marathon PR: 1:42

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

Vita-Roxanne J. - 2:40 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 30+ 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 the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in 2017. In the fall of 2016 she finished a sub 12 hour 50 Mile Ultra race at the Praire Spirit Fall Extravaganza and will soon begin training for a 2nd 50 mile race in Spring 2018. 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

2:45 SmartPace Teams

Angel S. - 2:45 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

Paula W. - 2:45 pacer

Paula was a thrower in high school and college and hated running. In 2010, she picked up running during a biggest loser competition at work. Ever since running has been her passion. She loves all things running related, and endurance sports. From 50 mile ultra marathons, to Tough Mudders to triathlons. She loves to compete, but also loves to run for fun. She enjoys pushing herself as well as pushing others to do their best and to have fun. There is no better feeling than crossing the finish line and crushing your goals. Let s do this, together we can!
Half Marathon PR: 2:06

2:50 SmartPace Teams

Dianne A. - 2:50 pacer

Dianne didn't start out as a runner, but at the age of 41 decided to run her first marathon. Since that time she has run over a 25 half marathons, 11 marathons and 1 ultra-marathon and has no plans of stopping. Dianne has paced multiple races for a number of years. So if this your first or tenth race, Dianne will help you meet your goal and have a good time doing it. She employs the run/walk method (walk 1 minute after each mile) to help keep you going strong to the finish line. She loves running and wants to share her passion for the sport with others.
Half Marathon PR: 2:08

Melissa H. - 2:50 pacer

Melissa started running on Mother's Day 2012, and hasn't looked back since. Melissa runs long on Saturday mornings, changing locations throughout the city, and always enjoys a good cup of coffee afterwards. She cross trains several days a week, and really enjoys yoga and CrossFit. Since starting to run she has completed 44 half marathons, and countless shorter distance races. She is an active member of KC Express, and a Half Fanatic (#4222). Look for her at local races and be sure to say hello. Melissa is a wife and mother to two young boys. Be prepared to chat the 13.1 miles, listen to her sing (badly), and discuss the latest and greatest tv shows or movies. Melissa looks forward to helping you push to reach your goals and get you across the finish line!
Half Marathon PR: 2:00:03.9

2:55 SmartPace Teams

Jamie H. - 2:55 pacer

Jamie loves running any distance, 5K to 50K! Her favorite is the half-marathon; she's completed 25 of them! Jamie has even run on four continents! She loves running with friends and is so excited to help you achieve your race-day goals!
Half Marathon PR: 2:06

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

Sharon J. - 3:00 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

Cynthia S. - 3:00 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

3:10 SmartPace Teams

Amy C. - 3:10 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: 2:25

Suzanne M. - 3:10 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

3:20 SmartPace Teams

Brandy H. - 3:20 pacer

Brandy has been running for seven years now. Her love of running began after hiking trails and Long's Peak in the Colorado rockies. Since then, she has completed 16 half marathons, 6 marathons, 20 ultra marathons (from 50Ks to 100 milers) and summited six Colorado 14ers. She has paced many ultra marathoners, helping them to conquer their goals. Friendships, fun, and accomplishment is what Brandy enjoys most about running. She looks forward to helping others accomplish their goals too by using a smart pacing strategy, lots of cheering, and many high fives.
Half Marathon PR: 2:06

Amy A. - 3:20 pacer

Amy started running when she moved to Pensacola Florida in in 2011. She started running 5ks. She did this to lose weight and make new friendships along the way . She completed her first half marathon at Disney princess's in February of 2012 then the following week completed her first full marathon on New Orleans . Since then she has ran several 5ks , 10ks , 20 half marathons And three full marathons . Her goal now is to help others reach there goals and get them to that finish line with fun along the way and Of course a smile .

3:30 SmartPace Heroes

Scotty J. - 3:30 Hero

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

Kelly P. - 3:30 Hero

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

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