Meet your Pacers for
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 3:05
Full Marathon Pacers: 3:30 3:45 4:00 4:15 4:30 4:45 5:00 5:15 5:30
Half Marathon SmartPace Teams
Jimmy M. - 1:30 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. - 1:30 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. - 1:35 pacer
Chris has run 40 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
David R. - 1:35 pacer
After running throughout high school, David took several years off from running but has enjoyed racing again over the past few years. He has run about a dozen half marathons, one marathon, and even tried out triathlons. Having a race to train for and look forward to is the biggest motivator for David. In his opinion, half marathons are the ideal racing distance, and he's excited to help you reach your half marathon goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:25
Scott B. - 1:40 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. - 1:40 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
Pam J. - 1:45 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
Brandon S. - 1:45 pacer
Brandon has been an avid runner ever since he discovered the sport during his sophomore year of high school. This passion has lead him to run 2 marathons (Lincoln 2004 and Colorado 2011), 15k's, 10k's and numerous 5k's. Brandon has recently has recharged his enthusiasm with running to strive to achieve new heights he never ever thought were possible. In September of 2012, Brandon completed the North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler in Wisconsin in 8 hours and 30 minutes. It remains his most proudest running achievement to date. Living in Papillion Nebraska, Brandon continues to foster the love of the sport now as a Half-Marathon Pacer. He has paced over 10+ times using the SmartPacing Strategy. He knows his high energy, outgoing personality, and fun spirit will lead everyone to their goals on race day. Brandon can't wait to be a part of your PR experience.
Half Marathon PR: 1:24:15
Chris L. - 1:50 pacer
Chris has run distances from track events to marathons. As of the last eight or nine years he has activly been a pacer, coach and participant in many events to help promote the running community. This will be his second time pacing the Kansas Half-Marathon. He has also paced a number of marathons/half-marathons in KS/MO/NB. He is an elementary school teacher and coaches several different sports throughout the year.
Half Marathon PR: 1:25
Brandon M. - 1:50 pacer
Brandon was never a runner in high school or college, rather football was his sport of choice. However, after running his first half marathon and crossing the finish line at 2:02, Brandon became hooked! Running became his new passion and the challenge of finding ways to become a better, more efficient runner became the motivation for his training. The thrill of the competition and camaraderie within the community at each race continually keeps him coming back for more. Through running, Brandon was given another opportunity in life to be active and be competitive, set and break goals, and to meet a great community of individuals who find enjoyment in being a runner. Brandon looks forward to running being there with you on the journey towards your goal time, helping you discover your new limits within!
***if you are running the Lincoln half, this will be Katie & Brandon's 2nd year pacing this group together and they are definitely excited to be running this race and sharing this experience with all of you again!
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
Joe H. - 1:55 pacer
Joe started running in 2009 and has been hooked ever since. He has completed numerous half marathons and 1 full marathon, 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
Nick P. - 1:55 pacer
Nick takes great joy in pacing races. He has utilized the smart pace strategy to success at the Kansas City marathon two times and Hospital Hill five times. During a run he likes to engage the other runners in conversation and tell stories for those that enjoy a group without active participation.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33:09
Crystal H. - 2:00 pacer
Crystal loves to be active! She has completed 2 mile fun runs, 5K's, 10K's, half-marathons, full marathons, adventure races, triathlons, and a half ironman! Graduating with a degree in kinesiology has helped her to continue to be involved with sport and activity in everyday life, along with her 3 boys that keep her super busy!!! She enjoys the overwhelming sense of accomplishment in every race. Her motto "NEVER GIVE UP"!!! Goodluck Runners.......
Half Marathon PR: 1:46
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
Stacey E. - 2:05 pacer
Stacey has been running since high school and has completed two marathons, over a dozen half marathons and three triathlons. She believes the best way to reach your running goal is to have fun with it. Her race philosophy is to smile and let it happen. Helping others enjoy running is a great motivator - there is strength in numbers. We will take walk breaks through water stations to make sure everyone stays hydrated, and have fun the rest of the way reaching your goal.
Half Marathon PR: 1:40
Richard T. - 2:05 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, five full marathons, and even a 50K! Also he competes in local duathlons.
Half Marathon PR: 1:39
Holly J. - 2:10 pacer
Holly has always loved running! She ran her first half marathon in 2002 and her first marathon was the 2009 Kansas City Marathon, where she qualified for, and ran, the 2010 Boston Marathon. She has since run several more half's and 2 more full marathons. She was selected by Saucony in 2013 to be part of the 26Strong team as a veteran runner. She coached her friend through her first marathon. Their journey was documented in Competitor and Women's Running magazine and online. She is so excited to be part of the Smart Pacing team and is looking forward to helping you reach your goal!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39
Chad M. - 2:10 pacer
Chad got into running after his first of two ACL surgeries. His goal with any race is to finish and have a good time doing it. Chad enjoys helping fellow athletes hit their goals and is happy to answer any (ANY) questions they may have along the way. Chad's racing history is marked with half marathons, marathons, Ironman 70.3s (Half Ironman) and he completed his first full distance Ironman in 2010.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43:00
Stephanie S. - 2:15 pacer
Stephanie has been running for just over 12 years, catching the running bug and running her first marathon eights months after the birth of her daughter. She has since completed 19 marathons, including qualifying for and running Boston. Stephanie loves pacing races, and is looking forward to pacing several half marathons this spring. As a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, motivating others comes naturally to her, and she enjoys helping others reach their fitness goals. She will encourage her pace group through running tips, smart pacing, and getting everyone involved in the group. She can't wait to meet you on race day!
Half Marathon PR: 1:43
Amanda Z. - 2:15 pacer
Amanda is a former collegiate soccer player who, until recently, would never have thought she would run "for fun" more than the staple 3/4 miles a few times a week. In the summer of 2010, she joined a friend on her training runs as her friend prepared for her first marathon. In doing so, Amanda discovered she was able to run distances beyond her previous measures and took great joy in setting new personal goals of her own. She was motivated to run her first 1/2 marathon in the fall of 2010, her first marathon in March 2011, qualify for Boston in June 2011, and participated in many other races in between. Through these endeavors she met numerous runners who graciously supported and encouraged her along the journey. She hopes to pass this along to others by helping them meet their running goals while having a fun and rewarding experience.
Half Marathon PR: 1:52:32
Stephen L. - 2:20 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
Renea M. - 2:20 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:53
Brian B. - 2:25 pacer
Brian ran his first 1/2 marathon in the 2009 Kansas City race and stayed to watch a friend finish the full. The thought began with "Hey, I should be able to do this." So he signed up and completed his first full at the Bass Pro Marathon just 2 weeks later! Since then Brian has either run or paced numerous half & full marathons. His latest accomplishment was finishing the Western States 100 mile Endurance Run.
He enjoys the company of fellow runners and continues to be amazed at the accomplishments/success stories of other runners. You just never know who in your pace group is going to share a personal story that inspires you. Brian believes that running with the group and having the camaraderie provides a distraction from the sometimes experienced or perceived "pain". The more fun we have, the less we will notice the mile markers flying by.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43
Vita-Roxanne J. - 2:25 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 8 half marathons. She completed the 39.3 series in 2014 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 2 years in a row and is currently in preparation for her next full marathon in 2015. Vita absolutely lives to run, and though she is new to pacing, 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
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 marathon with the right attitude and a little ambition, you've just got to keep going - a motto which has worked for her in 33 marathons. Her personal goal is to complete her 50 states by her 50th birthday (23 down, 27 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!
Half Marathon PR: 1:55:58
Annette G. - 2:30 pacer
Annette has been running for 7 years and has run 15 marathons (12 states) and seven half-marathons. Last fall she ran her first ultra-marathon, North Face Endurance Challenge (31 miles) in 5:30. She has paced two marathons (KC) and five-half marathons and views this as an opportunity to help others reach their personal goals. Annette loves to run at a conversational pace, enjoying a walk break through each water station, and a good lean on the down-hill slide. In addition, a good walk break on a steep hill is a strong possibility. Her personal goal is to complete a 50-mile run by age 50 and to complete a marathon in all 50 states by her 65th birthday. She is excited to help every runner in her group reach the finish line right on time.
Marathon PR: 4:28:23
Half Marathon PR: 2:04:40
Melissa H. - 2:35 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
Mary L. - 2:35 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 race by not only meeting your goal, but also having fun in the process!
Half Marathon PR: 1:59
Katrina J. - 2:40 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.
Half Marathon PR: 2:01
Jen R. - 2:40 pacer
Jen caught the running bug in 2007 after completing her first half marathon. Since then she has ran countless half marathons and 2 full marathons. Her inspiration comes from her sister’s death from type 1 diabetes. Now she uses her knowledge to inspire others to start running. Her goal is to encourage and help other runners reach their goal and have fun doing it. Her motto is “I run because I CAN!”
Half Marathon PR: 2:15:12
Sueann S. - 2:45 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. - 2:45 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.
Half Marathon PR: 2:25
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
Chris H. - 2:50 pacer
Chris paced her first race last year and fell in love with it-and she is pacing more races in 2015 than she is racing. She knows everyone works hard to achieve goals they have set, and wants to help her pace group achieve theirs. If you are in her pace group, you can count on lots of encouragement and spirit. You might also hear some off-key singing and see some awkward dancing, but expect to have fun! Chris has run multiple races ranging from 5K's to 50K's.
Shannon G. - 2:55 pacer
Shannon has been running for almost 10 years. She has completed 20+ half marathons and 5 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: 2:22
Britney W. - 2:55 pacer
Britney began running in 2010 and has loved it ever since! She has run several 5k's, a few 10k's, half marathons, and a couple of full marathons. Even though running is her favorite activity, she likes to mix it up every once in awhile by throwing in a triathlon occasionally. In the future she hopes to travel more to participate in races across the country. Britney loves meeting new people and is excited about helping YOU achieve your running goals whether it is finishing your first race or setting a new PR! She believes in running at an even effort, taking short walk breaks, using downhills to their full advantage and having FUN!
Half Marathon PR: 2:21
Miguel C. - 3:00 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
Half Marathon PR: 1:48
Becky Z. - 3:00 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
Sharon J. - 3:05 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
Scotty J. - 3:05 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
Full Marathon SmartPace Teams
Sean R. - 3:30 pacer
Running has always been an obssession. Whether for sport, charity, or fun, it has been an addiction in any form. Outside of High School, the furthest distance I had ever ran started with the Corporate cup in Omaha, NE. That truley was a bench mark to my running addiction. Since that paticular race, I have participated in 7 1/2 marathons, 4 full marathon's, and 1 50k. In Omaha, I stay active with the G.O.A.T.Z. running group, volunteer for various running events, and organize races to raise money for non-profits. What I will bring to the Lincoln Marathan is a consistent pace, tons of energy, and fun. There will be some laughs and tears, but through it all, we will reach the goal of finishing the marathon and at the pace of 3:35.
Marathon PR: 3:18
Jenni G. - 3:30 pacer
Jenni has been running marathons since 2005 and pacing since 2006. She has run over 45 marathons in 32 states and is an ironman. She is currently a member of the Impalas, a San Francisco based women's elite development team. She is originally from Chicago and has been a massage therapist for 8 years. Besides running and massage, some other passions are music, cooking vegan food, being outside, and traveling. She loves being around runners and people who can make her laugh. Ready to help you get to that finish line on race day!
~Ask questions if you have them, both before and during race
~Be vocal and motivate others around you
Adam M. - 3:45 pacer
Adam "loves" waking up to run at 2:00am to get long runs in on weekdays before work. He has run 75+ marathons and ultramarathons so far and has a lot of "fun" doing them! He is often questioned by his view of "fun" and sometimes thinks they might be right...until about two days after the last race when he is ready to do it again!
He has paced the Olathe Marathon twice, Lincoln Marathon, and Kansas City Marathon and has finished under the goal time each time. He loves the SmartPace Strategy and the thrill of pacing someone to help them meet their goal at the marathon.
Marathon PR: 3:27
Greg S. - 3:45 pacer
Greg has run competetively for 30 years. He has completed 35 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 5 times, and over 100 half marathons. Greg is a five year cancer survivor. His enthusiasm towards running is infectious.
Marathon PR: 3:12
Ben K. - 4:00 pacer
Ben is both a road and trail runner and participates in races from 5K to 50miles. Recently ran his first sub three marathon and nearly matched it at Boston 2014. Prefers to go out in the modified warm up or warm up pace. Ben likes to talk during the race and will walk a few steps during the aid stations to make sure most of the water goes in his mouth and not down the front of his shirt.
Half Marathon PR: 1:22
Marathon PR: 2:59
Wael S. - 4:00 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
Raj M. - 4:15 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
Eric S. - 4:15 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
Danny M. - 4:30 pacer
Danny began running marathons with the 2005 Chicago Marathon and has completed more than 50 marathons and ultra-marathons since then. He paced for the first time in the 2010 Kansas City Marathon and has gone on to pace several more full and half marathons. Recently, he completed the Western States 100 mile endurance run - pretty much because of a great crew and pacers.
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. He really believes in and tries to closely follow the SmartPace strategy during a run.
In real-life he's a MD/PhD student at the University of Kansas Medical Center. When he's not doing that...well, let's be honest, there's really not time for anything else.
Marathon PR: 3:38
Jeff W. - 4:30 pacer
Jeff started running later in life with the goal of improved fitness and weight loss. When short road races were not enough, the first half was completed in 2009. The obsession with running was now on.
To date Jeff has completed 33 marathons/ultras, including 4 50k and 1 50 miler.
His pacing history includes one half marathon and 3 full marathons.
Jeff enjoys helping runners achieve their goals through leading training runs and pacing events.
Marathon PR: 3:13:59
Tom P. - 4:45 pacer
My running experience has brought me to having completed over 1,000 races, with 235 of those being marathons. In 2007 I completed running a marathon in all 50 states, and am currently working on completing my second and third time of the 50 states. I have completed 96 different marathons, and have completed marathons withe temperatures ranging from below zero as well as with temperatures hitting over 100 dergrees.
The pacing experience is about connecting with other runners and making that race that we are running together that day special to them. I believe in having fun and making the experience as enjoyable as possible regardless of the things that are out of our control. I have officially paced in 39 marathons, as well as other events throughout the US. I always look forward to my next running event and sharing my running experience as well as hearing othe peoples running experiences.
My enjoyment especially comes from helping first timers complete their first race, whether it be a half-marathon or a marathon. I have helped marathoners get their Boston qualifying time, as well as helping runners set a Personal Record that day.
Marathon PR: 3:35
Mike P. - 4:45 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
Michael B. - 5:00 pacer
Mike has completed 128 marathons in 39 different states. His past pacing experiences have included the Kansas City Marathon, the Lincoln 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
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 (including Lincoln and Olathe Garmin) and 6 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
Ken F. - 5:15 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
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
Tom D. - 5:30 pacer
Tom has been running since Spring of 1978, running marathons March 9th, 1986, and pacing 2004. He has paced 15 marathons.
His love outside of running is reading, which he does as often as he can. Being a son of a chef, he enjoys cooking.
He became a vegetarian in 1977 and a vegan in 1994. He watches his sugar and salt intake carefully. Being a runner it is very challenging, since at times he needs to alter and take in more.
The love of his life are his 4 kids, his cats. Yes, they are spoiled, but very loving. Without them life would be very lonely. 50M PR: 9:02. 24 Hour Run PR: 107 Miles.
Marathon PR: 3:29:06
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