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Meet your Pacers for
Kansas City 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 3:15 3:30
Full Marathon Pacers: 3:05 3:15 3:30 3:40 3:50 4:00 4:10 4:20 4:30 4:40 4:50 5:00 5:15 5:30
Half Marathon SmartPace Teams
Matt J. - 1:30 pacer
Matt is thrilled to be a part of this pacing team and is excited to help dedicated runners achieve their goals. His love for running was discovered 20 years ago in high school where his successes led him to Northwest Missouri State where he competed for the Bearcats in the late '90s. After running sporadically for over a decade just to stay in shape, Matt has recently started coaching young runners and has returned to competitive running once again himself. Matt can't wait to help you find success with the SmartPace strategy and looks forward to seeing everyone's hard work pay off.
Half Marathon PR: 1:15:53
Kenny M. - 1:30 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 170 races to date, including 25 marathons (PR of 2:52), and over 75 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
Jimmy M. - 1:35 pacer
Jimmy has been an avid racer in both triathlons and marathons for the past 10 years. He is motivated to run by his appetite for fast food and by the friendly competitiveness he shares with his twin brother. Jimmy has completed numerous half-Ironmans, long distance triathlons, and marathons. His favorite accomplishment was finishing the 2007 Wisconsin Ironman. He has paced a half marathon and a full marathon, so he knows the importance of following the SmartPacing Strategy. His number one key for success is not beginning the race at peak race pace, which can be very challenging for some. He has had lots of success with using the Smart Pacing Strategy in his own races and he knows that if you follow it with him, you will also.
Half Marathon PR: 1:25
Mark M. - 1:35 pacer
Mark has been an avid racer in both triathlons and marathons for the past 10 years. He is motivated to run by his appetite for fast food and by the friendly competitiveness he shares with his twin brother. Mark has completed numerous half-Ironmans, long distance triathlons, and marathons. Mark's favorite accomplishment was finishing the 2007 Wisconsin Ironman. He has paced a half marathon and a full marathon, so he knows the importance of following the Smart Pacing Strategy. His number one key for success is not beginning the race at peak race pace, which can be very challenging for some. He has had lots of success with using the Smart Pacing Strategy in his own races and he knows that if you follow it with him, you will also.
Half Marathon PR: 1:27
Chris G. - 1:40 pacer
Chris has run 39 marathons and about twice that many halfs, including pacing for a couple of marathons and 12 halfs. He enjoys distance running because it's excellent practice in not quitting, and entering marathons is good motivation for staying in shape.
For Chris as with most geezers, the idea of starting slow is appealing, and the Smartpacing strategy is a lot more enjoyable than running dead even splits. The challenge will be to see how many laughs can be generated the last part of the race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:22
Matt T. - 1:40 pacer
Matt has been running marathons and half marathons since 2007 and has also participated in sprint triathlons over the same time span. Matt's favorite running distance is the half marathon since it allows for running fast while still maintaining an enjoyable experience. Matt's proudest running accomplishments were qualifying for the Boston Marathon in both 2009 and 2010. Matt enjoys serving as a Pacer so see the excitement of others achieving their goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:26
Scott B. - 1:45 pacer
Scott is a veteran of 9 marathons, over 40 half-marathons, and 82 triathlons including an Ironman. He is a 2013 All-American Triathlete. He has paced 20+ races with SmartPacing. From that pacing experience, Scott is convinced the Smart Pacing Strategy is the best method for getting the most runners to beat their pace goal and to have the best race experience.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33
Kelly D. - 1:45 pacer
Kelly was a competitive swimmer growing up and swam competitively in college at the University of Kansas. After college, Kelly began running and competing in triathlons. She is an All-American triathlete and really enjoys pacing running events and helping individuals reach their race day goals. Last year, Kelly paced the Kansas City marathon (3:40 pace) and the Lawrence 1/2 marathon (1:40 pace) and brought her teams in just under their goal times.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33
Brian B. - 1:50 pacer
Brian is a recreational runner that enjoys the act of running as much as racing. A tenacious high school coach finally convinced him to try the sport his senior year and it stuck. Brian has run half marathons, shorter races, a few duathlons, triathlon and trail races. He has paced several half marathons using the SmartPace strategy and looks forward to this race and helping you reach your goal.
Half Marathon PR: 1:35
Larry L. - 1:50 pacer
Larry has been an avid runner for 20 years and currently runs with Runner’s Edge serving as the Pace Group Leader for the 8:30 minute/ mile group. The half marathon is Larry's favorite race distance and he has a PR of 1:32 for the half and 3:18 for the marathon. He enjoys using the SmartPacing approach (easy up hills) great support, encouragement and teamwork so the team as we enjoy a successful race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
Jeff J. - 1:55 pacer
Jeff has been an avid runner since 2006 when he ran his first marathon. He has completed 12 marathons, multiple half marathons and numerous other road races including 5Ks and 10Ks. Jeff loves the sense of accomplishment that running long distances can provide, and enjoys pacing others to help them realize the satisfaction that a raceday PR can give them. He will utilize smart pacing with a few seconds of brisk walking through the aid stations in an effort to provide you with the best opportunity for an optimal performance on race day!
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
Pam J. - 1:55 pacer
Pam is excited to help you reach your goal this fall! With 7 marathons and 25 half marathons behind her, Pam is excited to help lead you to your first (or 25th) half marathon finish. Pam coaches cross country and track at Park Hill South High School in Riverside, MO and loves to share her passion for running with her athletes. One of the most rewarding outcomes of running is to help others reach their goals, and Pam is looking forward to help you reach your goal this fall. She knows what it takes to get you to the finish line and will utilize the Smart Pace Strategy to get you there.
Half Marathon PR: 1:34
Herschel D. - 2:00 pacer
Herschel is an avid runner and enjoys helping others reach their goals. He has run 19 marathons, 21 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 twenty marathons, including five Boston Marathons, with a personal best of 3:17. He has paced the Kansas City Marathon four times previously as well as numerous 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
Jim S. - 2:05 pacer
Jim has been an avid runner for the past 7+ years. He has completed 13 marathons, including Boston three 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
Jenny M. - 2:05 pacer
Jenny has been running for over 25 years and has completed 30 marathons with a goal to run one in every state. She has also paced several races and enjoys helping other runners reach their goals. She is a Boston qualifier and believes that you can achieve anything with patience, motivation and hard work. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends/family and playing with her dog Rocky. Favorite quote: “The pain that you feel in your body is nothing compared to the pain that you’ll feel in your heart if you don’t meet your goal”. She also believes in having fun with running, so if you join her pace group...you may get a laugh or two! :-)
Half Marathon PR: 1:35
Kelly C. - 2:10 pacer
Kelly has been running most of her life and can't imagine life without running! She has completed 5 marathons, with a PR of 3:30 at Boston. She can't keep track how many half marathons she has run, but they include a PR of 1:38 at Kiawah Island. She has paced many half marathons, including Kansas City. She looks forward to helping you achieve your goal!
Half Marathon PR: 1:38
Margi W. - 2:10 pacer
Margi is excited to help you reach your goal and help you cross that line right at your goal! A mother of 4 that is a veteran of 11 marathons, including 5 Bostons, and countless half marathons, has paced with the Smart Pace team for several years. It has been a highlight of her running experience to help others reach their goals on race day. It is said that "Goals are dreams with deadlines." Let's go make that deadline!
Half Marathon PR: 1:40
Belinda A. - 2:15 pacer
Belinda has been running for 9 years and has run 7 marathons and countless half marathons. She has thoroughly enjoyed pacing 7 races so far! Her pace groups walk through all water stops and use any downhills to their advantage. And as a cheer coach who is nicknamed "The Talker" by her running friends, she has plenty of motivation to offer. Running and the running community have given so much to Belinda that she feels very strongly about giving back in this way. Her goal is for you to not only have a great race experience, but to make running an important part of your life!
Half Marathon PR: 1:49:55
Tiffany S. - 2:15 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
Kim M. - 2:20 pacer
After running cross country in high school, Kim later had a goal to train and run one marathon in life. However, after running her first marathon in 2005, she soon caught the "running bug" and has now completed close to 20 marathons- including the Boston Marathon, several half marathons, and 1 ultra-marathon (50K). Kim enjoys being involved with this endurance sport mainly for the camaraderie found with other runners, being outside with nature, and the health benefits- including having more freedom with her diet. She also loves the high energy and enthusiasm that race day brings! Kim likes to approach each race like a fun science experiment- despite one's training, one really never knows what is going to happen on race day. Kim has paced several half marathons in the past and finds it rewarding to see & hear the excitement other runners have as they achieve the goal they have set out for!
Half Marathon PR: 1:42
Adina B. - 2:20 pacer
Adina has been running for 10+ years. She ran her first marathon in 2002 shortly after joining Runners Edge and since then, she has completed 6 full marathons and 8 half marathons. Adina is currently on track to become a member of the 50 states marathon club and just checked off Colorado on her list. She comes from a fairly active family and was the first sibling to complete a marathon but she has inspired 4 of her other siblings to take up the marathon sport. Adina promises to motivate and encourage you to the finish line while keeping you entertained all at the same time. As part of that promise, she will be dressed up like a super hero. Look out for her!
Half Marathon PR: 1:48
Krista S. - 2:25 pacer
October 2002 found Krista in Chicago cheering on a friend finishing his first marathon. At the end of the race she told him she couldn't understand why anyone would want to run 26.2 miles! May 2005 Krista completed the Olathe Marathon which would be the first of 28 and still counting! A few of the races Krista has completed are the Chicago Marathon and Disney World Goofy Challenge (each 3 times) as well as in 2007 a marathon a month, including Lincoln. Krista's favorite marathons are the ones she has run with friends and been able to encourage them along the way. Krista is excited about being able to motivate and encourage others, whether it is their first or 28th marathon!
Half Marathon PR: 1:59
Amy W. - 2:25 pacer
As a mother of four children, Amy enjoys both the mental and physical health benefits of running. Growing up with a father who ran regularly, Amy attended many races but didn't start running until after she was married. Now she has completed 12 marathons and many half marathons. Having grown up cheering on her dad and other racers, pacing is great fit for Amy, encouraging others while still being able to run the race too.
Half Marathon PR: 1:57:42
Megan D. - 2:30 pacer
Megan began running four years ago, after the birth of her sixth child. Since then she's completed many half marathons, ten marathons, a triathlon (ask her to tell you the story of her goggles!) and an ultra. This will be her fourth year running Hospital Hill. Her favorite runs begin before the sun rises, end at a bagel store, and include her incredible running friends. Megan promises to motivate and encourage you all the way to the finish line.
Half Marathon PR: 1:59
Mary L. - 2:30 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 half-marathon by not only meeting your goal, but also having fun in the process!
Half Marathon PR: 1:59
Jen T. - 2:35 pacer
Jen is new to pacing, but not to running, having first started running over 30 years ago in a summer running program for elementary school kids. For many years, she was a fitness runner, entered the local 5 and 10Ks for fun, and had running as extremely needed stress relief during med school, residency, and early practice years with 4 kids along the way. Starting in 2007, her focus shifted to longer races and she completed her first marathon in 2008. 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 loves running with friends, old and new, and will consider you a friend from the first few steps. After informally pacing a few friends to their goals, and running lots of a miles with an experienced Smart Pacer friend, she's excited to take a little break from training for a PR to help you hit your goal!
Half Marathon PR: 1:48
Stephen L. - 2:35 pacer
Stephen picked up running in 2010 after realizing that two little curtain climbers needed their dad to be able to romp and play instead of sitting on the couch eating potato chips. Inspired by his brother who had also achieved great health results via running, he trained and completed his first 10k at the TLC Groundhog in January 2011. Since then he has run 5ks, 10ks, 10 mile trail, 20 mile trail, 50K trail, 44 miler at Brew2Brew, a few full marathons, many half marathons, sprint and international distance triathlon along with an ironman distance in 2014. His first marathon was achieved at MO Cowbell were he learned the importance of pace groups or the lack thereof. His half marathon PR came in 2013, which was run purely for fun. The social and all inclusive aspect of running and multi-sport is what keeps Stephen going so don't be surprised if you end up run BFF's by the time your race is over. Stephen has plans to complete more trail runs, marathons, half marathon pacing, and plenty of triathlons.
Half Marathon PR: 1:52
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 8 marathons and over 10 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
Wally M. - 2:40 pacer
Veteran runner/triathlete of 12 marathons 10 triathlons 1 ultra marathon and too many to count half marathons!! One of the 12 was a international marathon in Argentina in 2006.
Pacing will be the Smartpacing concept. We will walk thru the aid stations for 1 minute while drinking.
Half Marathon PR: 1:50
Jim K. - 2:45 pacer
Jim has run 18 full marathons across the US and several half marathons. He is from Omaha, NE and is a big Husker FB fan and Creighton BB fan. His motto is to "Keep on Truckin....."!
Half Marathon PR: 1:43
Gay P. - 2:45 pacer
Gay started running as a little girl and hasn't stopped since! She races or paces in ten to twenty events every year. She just finished running the Big Sur Marathon in California and the Portland Marathon in Oregon this year. She was also crazy enough to run up a mountain at the Pike's Peak Ascent in August 2014. She is the official race doctor for the Run d'Haiti, a trail ultramarathon in Croix-des-Bouquets, that supports her favorite charity, the Global Orphan Project. As an internal medicine physician, her personal goal nowadays is to encourage others to exercise and get healthy. Her SmartPace strategy includes warming up in the first two miles, taking advantage of downhills and using even effort on the uphills. Be prepared to sing and have some fun shenanigans. Look for the braids!
Half Marathon PR: 1:45
Becky Z. - 2:50 pacer
After running numerous half marathons, Becky decided to give back and joined the Smart Pace team three years ago. While she'll enjoy getting to know you and the others in the group throughout the race, her favorite part will be watching you cross that finish line! And using the Smart Pace method will definitely help you accomplish that goal!
Half Marathon PR: 2:16
Thomas R. - 2:50 pacer
Thomas lives in Lenexa KS. A Husker fan originally from Nebraska, Thomas has been running for most of his life! As a member of Runner's Edge, Thomas has participated in multiple different marathons as well as half marathon events all throughout the Midwest, stretching even as far as San Diego and Utah! Thomas is committed to helping other people accomplish their individual racing goals through a combination of SmartPace and Run Walk!
Half Marathon PR: 1:55
Erin S. - 2:55 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
Sueann S. - 2:55 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
Melissa H. - 3:00 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. Since starting to run she has completed 24 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: 2:18:12
Sharon J. - 3:00 pacer
Sharon started running after having 3 kids and was “smitten” by the marathon bug. Sharon has completed 12 marathons (her favorite marathons are the NY marathon and the Chicago Marathon), 2 twenty mile plus races (her absolute favorite race was in Big Sur, CA when she completed the 21 miler by the ocean – her plan is to go back to complete the Big Sur Marathon Spring 2016 when she turns 50), more than 50 half marathons locally and across the country, and is a member of both the Half Fanatics and Marathon Maniacs national running clubs. She looks forward to helping others 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
Amy C. - 3:15 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: 2:39
Suzanne M. - 3:15 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
Jerilyn M. - 3:30 pacer
Jerilyn is not your typical runner. In January of 2009, she began a weight loss journey topping out the scales at just over 350 pounds. In an effort to lose weight she began running- or what she affectionally refers to as wogging (a combination of walking and jogging). In June 2009 she ran her first 5k race, Hospital Hill. From that moment, she was hooked. She continued her Hospital Hill tradition, working up to the 10k in 2010 and her first half marathon in 2011. To date, Jerilyn has completed around 12 5K races, 2 10K races, 6 half marathons, 1 marathon, and 2 triathlons.
Jerilyn looks forward to pacing with you in 2013 and helping you meet your race goals!! We'll have so much fun the Kenyans will wish they were hanging with us instead of at the head of the pack!
Half Marathon PR: 3:16:03
Deborah P. - 3:30 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.” Deborah didn’t know a thing about the sport when she started but it didn’t take long before she realized that she was passionate about it. Her first race was the Hospital Hill Run 10K, after which she thought, “That was awesome, but it ended too soon!” So she went on to half marathons after that. A student of the sport, Deborah feels she has learned a great deal about endurance running, from injuries to nutrition. Deborah has run a couple of 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: 2:13:17
Full Marathon SmartPace Teams
Zachary B. - 3:05 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!"
Marathon PR: 2:34:42
Zach K. - 3:05 pacer
After fifteen years of competitive tennis, Zach traded in his tennis racquet for a pair of running shoes in 2011 and was addicted immediately. After going out too fast and hitting the wall in his first three marathons, he learned the value of running negative splits the hard way. In his next three marathons, he dropped his marathon PR by nearly an hour and qualified for Boston in 2014. Zach hopes to use his experience as a runner, teacher, and coach to help other runners reach their individual goals.
Marathon PR: 2:57
Brian L. - 3:15 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!
Marathon PR: 2:58
Rick G. - 3:15 pacer
Running and racing have played a major role in Rick's life; setting and achieving goals in HS and college provided much confidence and opened many doors. Rick took a long hiatus from racing after college, but then realized the #1 reason he loved running and racing was due to the friendships that it provides. The camaraderie that accompanies running is like no other. Rick enjoys running with others to exchange stories of success, struggles, and goals. Rick has been pacing for a couple years now and knows that having someone beside you to run and pace with provides much needed motivation and will push you to achieve your goals through smart pacing.
Marathon PR: 2:57
Scott M. - 3:30 pacer
Scott has been running for four years and has completed 10 marathons.
Marathon PR: 2:57
Scott S. - 3:30 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.
Marathon PR: 3:10
Matt H. - 3:40 pacer
Matt has a couple 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. Now with eight marathons and about 15 half marathons under his belt he wants to pay back the running community through pacing. The camaraderie of running is important to Matt and you can found him at a number of running clubs and group runs around the KC metro. Matt is convinced that pace groups add a huge benefit for people to reach their goals and is looking forward to having laughs and joy each mile of the race with you.
Marathon PR: 2:53
Lettie C. - 3:40 pacer
Lettie was a NCAA Div 1 rower for the KU Jayhawks. Several years after graduation, she decided to get back into competitive athletics, and picked up running (all distances 5k-marathon) and triathlon. She is a USAT All-American, competing in local and national events. Lettie enjoys pacing for the opportunity to encourage others and help them achieve their goals they have worked so hard to accomplish.
Marathon PR: 3:20
Brittney H. - 3:50 pacer
Brittney began running 10 years ago while she was in college looking for a way to exercise. After completing her first half marathon in 2005 and her legs feeling like jello, she couldn't imagine how and why people would ever run double the distance! A year later she decided to take the plunge and ran her first full marathon and has now run 18 marathons in her pursuit to complete a marathon in every state.
The atmosphere of any race day is so motivating and she is motivated by each and every person she encounters on the course, everybody has a story and a reason to be out there running. She firmly believes that everybody is faster than they think! Brittney is looking forward to pacing for hopefully her first of many marathons to come!
Marathon PR: 3:28
Wael S. - 3:50 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 two 100 mile ultra runs with a sub-24 hour finish in Feb, 2014.
Marathon PR: 3:47
Al M. - 4:00 pacer
Al has being pacing since 2007 and has learned that good pacing is 50% keeping the right speed at the right time and 50% amusing, cheering, pushing, carrying, dousing, encouraging and, if necessary, lying to get you across the line. He and his co-pacer will keep your mind off your pain. If you have the training to get to mile 20, he will do everything he can do to get you through the last 6.2.
Marathon PR: 3:19
Jim S. - 4:00 pacer
Jim ran cross country and track in high school. He also ran cross country in college at Rockhurst University. After college he took some time off from running. After his daughter was born his sister convinced him to run the Chicago Marathon for charity. Since then he has run 15 marathons including 3 as a pacer for the 4:00 group in Kansas City. He has also paced for the Hospital Hill half marathon and is a big advocate for the smart pacing strategy.
Marathon PR: 3:28
Eric S. - 4:10 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, 10 marathons, and a 50 miler 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.
Marathon PR: 3:20
Kris B. - 4:10 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".
Marathon PR: 3:38
Jamie G. - 4:20 pacer
Jamie began running in college as a way to stay in shape. On a whim she decided to train for a half-marathon and fell in love with distance running. Since then she has run 10 marathons and several half-marathons. She is excited to have finally qualified for the Boston Marathon and looking forward to running it in 2015. Jamie is new to the pacing world and extremely excited to motivate others to reach their running goals.
Marathon PR: 3:28
Larry L. - 4:20 pacer
Larry started running consistently in 2002 and is now a complete running junkie! Over the past 6 years, he completed 40+ trail ultra marathons. He has soloed Brew to Brew six times. When he isn't pacing, he runs 50K, 50 mi, 100K and 100 mile trail races. He also competes in ironman distance triathlon (most recently Redman and Boulder). Pacing is a particular passion of Larry's as he is always looking for like-minded runners who enjoy challenging their personal limits.
Marathon PR: 3:36
Katie B. - 4:30 pacer
Katie picked up running about 8 years ago while she was in college. One day, she went out for a usual 4 mile run, but felt great that day and ended up running 6.5 miles! Well, by the time you reach 6.5 miles, you're half way through a half... 3 months later, she ran her first half marathon. Since then, she's completed numerous half marathons and 6 marathons (Portland, Twin Cities, Lincoln, Quad Cities, Nike Women's & NYC). Running has become a huge part of her life - she's trains with Runner's Edge, and has made countless running-friends turned real-friends! She has her sights set on qualifying for Boston this year, running another 200 mile team relay and maybe even her first triathlon. After everything friends and pacers have done for her during races, she can't wait to pace and help others achieve their goals this spring!
Marathon PR: 3:40
Raj M. - 4:30 pacer
Raj is an avid runner who has run marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons.
In addition to formal events, Raj enjoys running with runners of different paces and capabilities in training running groups. While a regular runner, Raj also swims and bikes regularly. As a pacer, Raj is excited to help others achieve their goals and most importantly enjoy their race.
Marathon PR: 03:40
Michael B. - 4:40 pacer
Mike has completed 82 marathons in 38 different states. His past pacing experiences have included the Kansas City Marathon and the Olathe Marathon. Mike is passionate about sharing his many running experiences with others and supporting all marathoners in doing their personal best.
Marathon PR: 3.35
Renea M. - 4:40 pacer
Renea has completed 17 marathons and 16 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.
Marathon PR: 4:07
Ken F. - 4:50 pacer
Ken started running for fitness and recreation in college and completed his first marathon in 1980. He intended to run his second in the fall of 1983 but medical school ended up taking more time than he thought. 25 years later, he decided to make priorities instead of excuses and has now finished 127 marathons, including at least one in every state (enough to qualify for titanium/10-star status in Marathon Maniacs two years in a row by completing 52 in less than 52 weeks). He practices SmartPacing principles in his own training/racing and in mentoring his son (who has been a Half Fanatic since he was 10). Ken has paced half and full marathons in CA, CO, KS, MO, NC, NE, NY, OK, VA, and WA. Remind him to teach you the "Runner's World" knot and your shoes will never come untied during a race again.
Marathon PR: 3:53
Mike P. - 4:50 pacer
Mike started to get serious about his running by completing his first Half Marathon at the Kansas City Marathon in 2007. He found he enjoyed the challenge and completed his first Marathon in 2008. Mike's wife, Kelly, introduced him to pacing and he found he really liked to help people achieve their goals. Mike has paced several Half and Full Marathons using the Smart Pacing strategy.
Marathon PR: 3:43
Katrina J. - 5:00 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.
Marathon PR: 4:27
Steve H. - 5:00 pacer
Steve picked up running in 2009 as a way to practice healthy habits and was soon hooked. Steve's ultimate goal is to complete a marathon in every state. His favorite race is Hospital Hill because it is a great course and really puts you to the test. Steve has paced 5 marathons and 5 half marathons. He will never stop encouraging the runners in his group because HIS goal is helping you reach YOUR goal. He strongly believes in running at 'even effort' using Smart Pacing in order to help his group run their best race possible.
Marathon PR: 4:12
Miguel C. - 5:15 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
Marathon PR: 4:10
Kelly P. - 5:15 pacer
Kelly has been pacing half and full marathons since 2009. She follows the Smart Pacing philosophy - starting out slow to warm up, taking it easy on the uphills, taking advantage of the downhills, and walking through every aid station to fully hydrate. She is fully focused on helping each runner achieve their race goal while having fun along the way. Her goal is to have her runners cross the finish line ahead of her with a smile on their face!
Marathon PR: 4:23:41
Cynthia S. - 5:30 pacer
Cynthia has been a pace group leader for The Runner's Edge for seven years. By employing the SmartPace strategy, Cynthia has successfully completed more than 40 marathons (which includes serving as a pacer for KC in 2007-2013; Hospital Hill in 2009-2014; Olathe in 2008-2014; Rock the Parkway 2010-2014; and Lincoln, Neb. 2011-2013, as well as others); two ultra road runs (33 miles x2), five ultra trail runs (44 miles x2, 38 miles, and 31 miles x4), the Lake Tahoe Triple 2011 and many half marathons.
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 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.
Marathon PR: 4:56
Kirby S. - 5:30 pacer
Kirby has run 11 marathons and many half marathons. He started running about 4 years ago just to lose weight. What he discovered was a real passion for running. Just like many others, he started with a 5k and worked his way up the ladder until he completed his first marathon. He has passed his love for running on to his family. He ran with his wife in her first half (Kansas City) and full (Disney) marathons. He is really looking forward to pacing in many marathons and spreading his enthusiasm for running with others.
Marathon PR: 3:59