Our Upcoming Races 

Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half - 08/12/2017

Kansas City Marathon - 10/21/2017

Go! St. Louis Halloween Half - 10/22/2017

Kansas Half Marathon - 11/05/2017

Longview Half Marathon - 11/11/2017

Gobbler Grind Marathon & Half Marathon - 11/12/2017

Words to run by

"Our bodies are simply waiting for our minds to give us permission to go beyond what most of us think is the finish line." Running Within

Meet your Pacers for
Kansas Half Marathon

Half Marathon Pacers: 1:30 1:35 1:40 1:45 1:50 1:55 2:00 2:05 2:10 2:15 2:20 2:25 2:30 2:35 2:40 2:45 2:50 2:55 3:00

Half Marathon SmartPace Teams

1:30 SmartPace Teams

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

Ryan W. - 1:30 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

1:35 SmartPace Teams

Marvin M. - 1:35 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

1:40 SmartPace Teams

Dustin D. - 1:40 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

Rob M. - 1:40 pacer

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

1:45 SmartPace Teams

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: 1:30

Jeff S. - 1:45 pacer

Jeff was a collegiate rower for the University of Kansas in the early '80's. His interest in running began in 2005. He has completed 17 marathons and over 40 half marathons. Jeff's current passion is the sport of triathlon. Jeff has completed two full Ironman distance races, over 10 half Ironman distance races and many shorter distance triathlons.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33:00

1:50 SmartPace Teams

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

Zac T. - 1:50 pacer

Zac is 29 years old and started running some in junior high school. He got back into the swing of it at the end of college and is now currently regularly involved in KC running company groupies and occasionally with Sports bras 2 sports bars. He has completed numerous 5k's and half marathons and is currently training to better his marathon time. Zac admires the running community for their sense of togetherness and never leaving anyone behind. He just paced his pastor and pastors wife in finishing their first half marathon and is ready to help you do the same! He loves meeting new runners and is happy to help you get to that finish line on time and celebrate that life goal!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39

1:55 SmartPace Teams

Brittney H. - 1:55 pacer

Brittney ran her first half marathon in 2005 and afterwards her legs felt 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 27 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!
Half Marathon PR: 1:34

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

2:00 SmartPace Teams

Katie K. - 2:00 pacer

Katie will bring her energy and love for all things running on race day. Katie has completed Ironman Louisville 2014, 21 marathons and ultra-marathons, including three Boston marathons, and a 50 miler in 8:13:00. Together we'll chase down your 2:00 goal. Let's go!
Half Marathon PR: 1:33

Susie F. - 2:00 pacer

Susie looks forward to helping half-marathoners break the two-hour mark in her hometown of Lawrence (Rock Chalk!). Her running résumé includes six marathons and more than 20 half marathons. When she's not running, she enjoys teaching an indoor cycling class and working with customers at Garry Gribble's Running Sports. She's a believer in smart pacing so you can finish strong, with a smile on your face.
Half Marathon PR: 1:35

2:05 SmartPace Teams

Alayna C. - 2:05 pacer

Alayna has cultivated a great love for running over the last 8 years. She has completed 7 half-marathons and 1 marathon. She greatly enjoys running with others and has developed great friendships as a result of this shared interest. Although this is her first time pacing, she is very excited to encourage and uplift those who will be running with her! Runners can expect to have a great time, laugh, and have the miles fly by on race day. Alayna is happy to help others reach their running and racing potential, and have a great time while doing it!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39

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 15 half marathons and plans to do 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

2:10 SmartPace Teams

Alyssa B. - 2:10 pacer

Alyssa Blakeman is an experienced distance runner. She began her running career in high school running Cross Country and Track. She then went on to run Cross Country and Track for University of Central Missouri. While there she competed in various distances from 3K-10K. After Alyssa finished her college running career she went on to run various half marathons and 3 marathons. She has a love for running and the friendships it brings. Her half marathon PR is 1:42:38 and her marathon PR is 3:35:03. This will be Alyssa's first time pacing for a race. However she has over 10 years of running experience and will help you run the "smartest" race possible. Alyssa will be your biggest cheerleader while keeping you focused on your goal of completing your race. If it is your first or 31st half marathon you are sure to have a fun and successful race experience with Alyssa as your pacer.
Half Marathon PR: 1:42

Emma S. - 2:10 pacer

Emma picked up running in 2011 during law school as a way to stay active, and has been hooked ever since. She recently ventured into the world of ultrarunning, but the marathon is still her favorite distance. As someone who has benefited greatly from good training partners, racing buddies, and pacers, she loves pacing to help others reach their goal times.
Half Marathon PR: 1:36

2:15 SmartPace Teams

Amanda B. - 2:15 pacer

Amanda has been running for most of her life. From 5Ks, to triathlons, to a 50K, Amanda has always enjoyed the social aspect of running and working out with friends. With her husband as a built-in running partner, and her daughter along for the shorter runs, Amanda has completed thirteen marathons, many half marathons and plans to continue running for many years to come.
Half Marathon PR: 1:42

Wael S. - 2:15 pacer

Wael has been running since 2008. He has completed several ultra trail races, several half marathons and full marathons. He enjoys trail running with the Kansas City Trail Nerds. Wael completed three 100 mile ultra runs with a sub-24 hour finish in Feb, 2014.
Half Marathon PR: 1:38

2:20 SmartPace Teams

Candy H. - 2:20 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

Molly R. - 2:20 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

2:25 SmartPace Teams

Jamie G. - 2:25 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:38

Gay P. - 2:25 pacer

Gay started running as a little girl and hasn't stopped since! She paces or races in multiple events every year. She is crazy enough to have run up a mountain at the Pikes Peak Ascent the last two years. She is also 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. She's run Brew to Brew as a soloist, covering over 47 miles in one day. As an internal medicine physician, her personal goal nowadays is to encourage others to exercise and get healthy. She's a veteran pacer and 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

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 (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

Tiffany W. - 2:30 pacer

Tiffany has been running for the past 25 years. She grew up in a small town in Nebraska and left shortly after graduation joining the United States Air Force. As an active duty member, Tiffany has run all over the world to include Germany, France, Prague, Italy, and Luxembourg. Tiffany was selected to run with the United States Air Forces in Europe team, and the Air Mobility Command for the 2013/14 Air Force Marathon team. Tiffany has ran 17 half-marathons, and 1 full-marathon. Finally, Tiffany has been pacing half-marathons since 2013 to help motivate other runners who share similar passions as her. Tiffany enjoys meeting new people, and helping others meet their goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:32

2:35 SmartPace Teams

Laura B. - 2:35 pacer

Laura's first 5k was in 2010 and then first half marathon in 2012. Since then she has completed 23 Half Marathons and another 20+ 5k/10ks. She loves the post run feeling after every race and getting to experience that feeling with first timers makes it even better! Laura has paced many friends to a successful finish and enjoys the full race experience. Steady pace, walk through each aid station, joking and smiling are all part of pacing with Laura. Laura knows we are all stronger than we think and gently encourages everyone to keep moving forward. "You can do it!"
Half Marathon PR: 1:55

Steve H. - 2:35 pacer

Steve picked up running in 2009 as a way to practice healthy habits and was soon hooked. His favorite race is Hospital Hill because it is a great course and really puts you to the test. Steve has paced 10 marathons and 9 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. He goes easy on the hills and walks through all aid stations in order to maximize efficiency.
Half Marathon PR: 1:53

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 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

2:45 SmartPace Teams

Jamie H. - 2:45 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

Lindsey M. - 2:45 pacer

Lindsey was active in high school and ran for fitness off and on through college. After the birth of her son in 2014, she picked up running to lose the baby weight. She set a goal in 2015 to run her first half marathon, and was able to complete 4 half marathons, 3 of which within 60 days - qualifying as a Half Fanatic (#12988)! What started as fitness goals, running became a passion and a way to relax and unwind. Lindsey is eager to encourage other people to run their best race. Lindsey's PR was set at the KC Half Marathon in 2015 with the help of the Smart Pacers and became a pacer to help others achieve their goals.
Half Marathon PR: 2:09:55

2:50 SmartPace Teams

Sueann S. - 2:50 pacer

Sueann has been a runner with Runner's Edge for the past 8 years. She has paced 8 half marathons and 5 marathons. With the encouragement of her oldest son, she started running at the age of 53. Since then she has run 13 marathons, 14 half marathons, and 1 ultra marathon. The variety of runs includes the “Goofy” run in Orlando and the Dublin Ireland Marathon. She believes in the Smart Pace method which includes a slow start for the first 2-3 miles; running a mile than walking a minute; walking through aid stations; going slow up hills, and increasing speed down the hill. She also believes running should be a fun and long lasting hobby.
Half Marathon PR: 2:30

Cynthia S. - 2:50 pacer

Cynthia has been a pace group leader for The Runner's Edge for 13 years. By employing the SmartPace strategy, Cynthia has successfully completed 11 ultras (road and trail), 38 marathons and 43 halves. She was awarded the Road Runner's Club of America Grand Master Award for her finish in the 2010 Brew-to-Brew solo. Cynthia believes running comes from the head, the heart and the gut. She works with her group to use all those to your advantage. And she really enjoys encouraging others to do what they've never done before -- to run farther, to run faster or just to run! And having fun is the best part of it all. Her strategy is to go out slow for the first 2-3 miles, run a mile and then walk a minute, walk through the aid stations for up to a minute, go very slow up hills and make up the time on the down hills while making sure you have even effort breathing the whole time.
Half Marathon PR: 2:25

2:55 SmartPace Teams

Shannon G. - 2:55 pacer

Shannon has been running for over 13 years. She has completed 40+ half marathons and 9 marathons. She is a busy mom of 2 young girls and enjoys helping other runners achieve their goals. In addition to running, she enjoys training for triathlons, yoga and traveling.
Half Marathon PR: 2:20

Layne W. - 2:55 pacer

Layne starting running in 2011, and over time has made it more and more important in her life. Her goals have (slightly) altered from being a full time photographer into getting her personal training certification because she wants to motivate others towards their health goals. Pacing is fun for Layne, and she is excited to jump in with both feet and help her runners cross the finish line happy and injury free! She wants you to sit back and not worry about time. You can depend fully on Layne to get you where you need to be. Layne likes to have fun, so feel free to tell her crazy stories or jokes. You'll have a lot of time together, so get comfy! Half Fanatic #5369
Half Marathon PR: 2:30

3:00 SmartPace Teams

Scotty J. - 3:00 pacer

Inspired by her marathoner daughter and motivated by a MS diagnosis and wheelchair in her past, Scotty started running in January 2008. She just completed her 39th half marathon. Yes, that means the Inaugural Longview Half Marathon will be number 40! She has also completed 5 marathons and a spattering of 5 and 10 K's. Her goal this year has been to log more miles and continue to have fun doing it. Scotty was fortunate to meet the best pacers on the planet the first time she ran Hospital Hill Run. That experience with Janice and Kelly continues to motivate and inspire especially on the "today is not a good running day" days. Scotty has the honor of being a former Hospital Hill Run Hero and after that experience was bitten by the pacer bug. She will use every idea in the Magic Pacer Bag of Tricks to help you cross the finish line. Not being a speedster herself, Scotty recognizes and understands the unique challenges faced by "back-of-the-packers". The goal is not just to finish, but to recognize and take pride in the individual accomplishment. And, have a GREAT time doing it!
Half Marathon PR: 2:38

Sharon J. - 3:00 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

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