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Liberty Hospital Half - 03/03/2018

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Garmin Marathon - 04/21/2018

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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

Rusty S. - 1:35 pacer

Rusty has been running since high school XC, and continues to run today with social groups and race training. Having run a few marathons (including Boston in 2016), he prefers the pace and distance of the half marathon. Rusty recently completed the Kansas City Half Marathon first in his age group with a time of 1:27:45. Rusty is a big believer in the effectiveness of pace groups to achieve goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:27:45

Scott M. - 1:35 pacer

Scott started running in 2010 at the age of 47 when he ran his first 5K. He quickly caught the running bug and started training to run further and faster. He has now completed 9 full marathons including, Boston (2016), Chicago (2015) and Disney (2015) and 22 half marathons. Scott starting pacing in 2016 and has paced 5 half marathons and found that helping others was as rewarding as PRing! He is looking forward to pacing his first full! Scott’s most recent marathon was Grandmas in Duluth in June with a time of 3:17. Of the 22 half marathons, 6 were completed in 2017 with the most recent one being San Francisco. Running over the Golden Gate bridge is definitely one to remember. Once the race is complete Scott enjoys celebrating with a nice frosty beverage.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33:09

1:40 SmartPace Teams

Daniel T. - 1:40 pacer

Daniel started running as a way to keep healthy. After moving to Kansas City and joining some fellow runners work outs and runs, started to become more competive! Thrilled with the progress and continuing PR's he wanted to start helping others push themselves and achieve their goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:32:38

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

Eric S. - 2:00 pacer

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

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 20 half marathons and ran her first full marathon in 2017. Megan has always enjoyed the social aspect of running and working out with friends. She is looking forward to helping others achieve their goals with Smart Pacing and can’t wait to cross the finish line with you!
Half Marathon PR: 1:35

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

Sara A. - 2:10 pacer

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

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

Jamie G. - 2:15 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 20 marathons (including Boston!), several half-marathons, and 1 ultra-marathon. Jamie is extremely excited to motivate others to reach their running goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:35

2:20 SmartPace Teams

Dawna G. - 2:20 pacer

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

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

Stephanie S. - 2:25 pacer

Being a cheerleader is an inherent part of Stephanie's personality. As a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise instructor, and Nutrition Specialist, she is all about helping people with their goals. Stephanie has been running for over 17 years, after the birth of her son. Since then, she has completed 20 marathons, including qualifying for and running Boston, and over one hundred half marathons. Stephanie likes to coach her pace group with tips on how to breathe, conquer hills, and enjoy the race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:38

Stephen L. - 2:25 pacer

Stephen picked up running in late 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 multiple times, The Hawk 50 mile trail race, a bunch of full marathons, countless half marathons, sprint and international distance triathlon along with an ironman distance in 2014. His first marathon was the MO Cowbell in St. Charles, MO. 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. Stephen has less race plans these days but loves to help out with marathon and half marathon pacing.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37

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

Joshua W. - 2:35 pacer

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

2:40 SmartPace Teams

Julie A. - 2:40 pacer

Julie lives in Kansas City, MO, with her husband, two children, and two Yellow Labrador Retrievers. Since 2010, she has completed 10 marathons and over 16 half marathons. Julie loves running because it helps her stay in shape, and she enjoys meeting amazing people and making new friends. She also likes to help her Labs stay in shape; with their company, she never runs alone. She likes to help others set and achieve goals for themselves, and is looking forward to this pacing opportunity. Half Marathon PR: 2:07
Half Marathon PR: 2:07

Vita-Roxanne J. - 2:40 pacer

Vita-Roxanne grew up watching her mother run and now follows in her footsteps. She took up running in 2011 to get back into shape after having her second child and has not stopped since. Vita started out running a variety of 5k's and 10k's but she soon stepped up to her favorite race distance, the half marathon. Since running her first half marathon in 2012, Vita has completed 30+ half marathons. She completed the 39.3 series in 2014 and 2015 followed by the Hospital Hill Run and still managed a PR of sub 2 at the Garmin Half. With the support of her husband and 2 children she has also completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2013 and 2014, the TCS New York City Marathon in 2015, Garmin Marathon in Spring 2016 and the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in 2017. In the fall of 2016 she finished a sub 12 hour 50 Mile Ultra race at the Praire Spirit Fall Extravaganza and will soon begin training for a 2nd 50 mile race in Spring 2018. Vita absolutely lives to run. She also loves to pace! You may recognize her from multiple half marathons in 2015 including Garmin half, Hospital Hill, Lee's Summit Half, KC Half, and Longview Half Marathons. She is eager to help others achieve their race goals just like so many have done for her. Vita is uplifting and encouraging and strongly believes that if she can do it you can too! She is ready to help you make this race YOUR RACE!
Half Marathon PR: 1:57

2:45 SmartPace Teams

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 she has since run numerous half marathons, a couple marathons, and a few ultra marathons! 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.
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

Becky Z. - 2:55 pacer

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

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 16 marathons (her favorite marathons are the NY marathon and the Chicago Marathon), the Disney Dopey 48.6 mile challenge, 3 Twenty mile plus races (her absolute favorite race is in Big Sur, CA), more than 110 half marathons locally and across the country, and is a "Double Agent" (member of both the Half Fanatics and Marathon Maniacs national running clubs). She looks forward to helping others reach their goals and possibly sharing the thrill of crossing the finish line with those that are new to running half marathons. Sharon uses a run/walk strategy which will allows for a fun, comfortable, strong finish.
Half Marathon PR: 2:19

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