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
Half Marathon SmartPace Teams
Zachary B. - 1:25 pacer
Zac in three words: little, yellow, different. His mission as a pacer is to "make you slow down when you want to run too fast and make you speed up when you want to run too slow." He would say that the biggest mistake you can make, outside of failing to prepare, is to go out too fast. Zac was the 2008 Kansas City Marathon champion where he ran the first half of the race in 1:19 and the last half in 1:15 as he moved from tenth place to first place. After the race he was quoted as saying, "Praise God! I laughed. I cried. It was better than CATS!"
Half Marathon PR: 1:11:24
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
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
Caleb T. - 1:30 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
Brian L. - 1:35 pacer
Brian has been a runner since high school. He has run several 5K's throughout his running career, but got into longer distance running in 2005. Brian has run three sprint distance triathlons, several half marathons, and four full marathons. The highlight of his running career was running Boston in 2:58. Brian enjoys running with his high energy, German Shorthaired Pointer, Tango. He began pacing races in 2011 and has been a pacer for the Kansas City, Rock the Parkway, and Hospital Hill half marathons. While he is fairly new to the pacing world, Brian is extremely excited and confident that you will reach your goal pace and have a great time if you're running with his team!
Half Marathon PR: 1:26
Nick W. - 1:35 pacer
Nick started running initially in high school, but it wasn’t until after graduating college that Nick became very dedicated to endurance training. Nick truly enjoys camaraderie that is associated with running. He has completed ten marathons, one 50k, and a full Ironman Triathlon.
Nick enjoys working with and motivating other runners to maximize their full potential. When not running, Nick can be found spending time with his very supportive family.
Half Marathon PR: 1:22
Tom M. - 1:40 pacer
Tom is a soccer coach and Director with Sporting Blue Valley as well as a committed runner with 7 marathons and 7 half marathons over the last five years including Boston in 2015. Tom had such a good experience running with The SmartPacers at Rock the Parkway that he's eager to help other reach their goal using this tried and true method.
Half Marathon PR: 1:25
Scott S. - 1:40 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
Dave B. - 1:45 pacer
Pacer Dave B. is an experienced runner who is also a lifelong Kansas Citian and an avid sports fan.
Dave loves running because it has helped him build amazing friendships and also stay healthy and (relatively) stress-free.
When it comes to pacing, Dave is very supportive and loves helping others achieve their running goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:26
Robert M. - 1:45 pacer
Robert started running in high school cross country but took several years off after that. He began running again just a couple years ago and since then has ran 14 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
Melissa B. - 1:50 pacer
Melissa ran her first marathon in 2006, after she crossed the finish line & thought "I am never running again." Since then she has completed 15 marathons and numerous half marathons. She has paced 5 half marathons and 1 full marathon and loved every minute of it. Her favorite marathon memory came when she and her twin sister crossed the finishline in Madison together, knowing they were going to get to run Boston together.
Half Marathon PR: 1:41:22
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
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
Wael S. - 1:55 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
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
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
Tiffany S. - 2:05 pacer
Tiffany started running and completed her first marathon in 2006. Since then, she has competed in 17 marathons. She has also been a pacer in many local marathons and half-marathons. Tiffany’s favorite marathon was the Women’s Nike Marathon in San Francisco, it was her first marathon and each runner received a Tiffany’s necklace as their medal. It was also the first time she qualified for the Boston Marathon. Tiffany thoroughly enjoys meeting new runners, learning about their experiences and what motivates them. Helping others to achieve their goals is a great passion of hers, and is one of the main reasons she enjoys being a part of a pace team.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37
Joe H. - 2:10 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
Danny M. - 2:10 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
Brian B. - 2:15 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
Richard T. - 2:15 pacer
Richard is eager to assist you with race goals. Whether you are pushing for a PR or attempting your first half marathon, he's ready to help. Bottom, line he's wants you to have fun and cross the finish line smiling. Richard really enjoys helping new runners. It was not long ago, that he completed his first half marathon. So he's very aware what a new runner goes through and questions that you may have. Richard had completed numerous half marathons, 9 full marathons, and a 50K.
Half Marathon PR: 1:39
Mark G. - 2:20 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
Renea M. - 2:20 pacer
Renea has completed 29 marathons and 21 half marathons. Her personal best marathon time was 4:07 and half marathon time was 1:53. Renea's goal for running races is to run efficiently and make the race a positive experience. To accomplish this goal she utilizes the SmartPacing method. She will start the race with a warm up and then settle into a goal pace for her group. Renea will always walk through each aid station to allow enough time to properly hydrate. She will also tackle hills by slowing down a little on the ups and picking up the pace going downs. Renea will get you across the finish line just under her pacing time and will make your race a fun experience.
Half Marathon PR: 1:53
Angel S. - 2:25 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
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 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
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
Molly R. - 2:30 pacer
Molly started running shortly after moving to KC. She has now completed numerous half-marathons, and enjoys running on Saturday mornings with Runner's Edge. Molly uses the Smart Pace Strategy, which allows her to finish racing feeling strong and with some "kick" left!
She looks forward to encouraging and helping the running community accomplish their personal goals! Molly has helped friends achieve PRs during races and has encouraged friends/family all the way to the top of numerous 14ers in Colorado! She can't wait to cross the finish line with you.
Half Marathon PR: 1:54
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
Erin S. - 2:35 pacer
Erin began running as a way to stay fit after her college sports days were over. Ten years later, she keeps her running shoes laced up because she finds running to be a great way to relax and find balance in life. Erin has run numerous ½ marathons and loves her role as pacer! Erin enjoys meeting new people and loves to learn about what inspires them to reach their personal goals. She looks forward to encouraging her fellow runners to finish strong and have a great time along the way!
Half Marathon PR: 2:10
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 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
Nick H. - 2:45 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:35
Laura K. - 2:45 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
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
Dianne A. - 2:55 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
Deborah P. - 2:55 pacer
Deborah started running late in life, after her last of four children graduated from high school. Having watched her youngest run cross country for four years, something made her want to start running, as well. “You’re never too old to start,” she says. “Unlike so many sports, running is one you can do throughout your life.” Her first race was the Hospital Hill Run 10K and after that she went on to half marathons, having run 24 so far. Deborah has run 5 marathons but the half marathon is her favorite distance and she wants you to enjoy it just as much as she does. She says that pacers have played a big part in her racing experience so now she wants to pay that forward and help others along the way.
Half Marathon PR: 2:10:58
Jamie H. - 3:00 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
Amy C. - 3:00 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
Tracy P. - 3:10 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
Daron P. - 3:10 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
Scotty J. - 3:20 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
Sharon J. - 3:20 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