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
Full Marathon Pacers: 3:10 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
Caleb T. - 1:30 pacer
Running is more than a hobby to Caleb, running has helped define the person he has become today! Running has given him his closest friends, paid for his college, and has showed him what hard work can do for you in all aspects of life. These reasons and many more are why he personally knows how helpful and inspiring it is to have someone next to you, pushing you, helping you, and making sure you are running the right race for YOU to run the goal time you are starting the race to run. He has had a lot of help through his ups and downs in his running and races, and that is why he knows how important and fun it is to help you with your goals. So, he will be out there using the smart pacing system to help you the day of your race! He's excited to meet you and he will see you out there!
Half Marathon PR: 1:09:04
Zachary B. - 1:30 pacer
Zac in three words: little, yellow, different. His mission as a pacer is to "make you slow down when you want to run too fast and make you speed up when you want to run too slow." He would say that the biggest mistake you can make, outside of failing to prepare, is to go out too fast. Zac was the 2008 Kansas City Marathon champion where he ran the first half of the race in 1:19 and the last half in 1:15 as he moved from tenth place to first place. After the race he was quoted as saying, "Praise God! I laughed. I cried. It was better than CATS!"
Half Marathon PR: 1:11:24
Nick C. - 1:35 pacer
Nick brings over ten years of racing and running experience to the SmartPacing team and is really excited to pace some races this year. Running is fun and after all the training you put in, races should be the most fun of all. He'll help you meet your goals on race day by keeping the pace group lively and focused. So if you want to pr and have a blast while doing it, run with him.
Half Marathon PR: 1:16
Nick W. - 1:35 pacer
Nick started running initially in high school, but it wasn’t until after graduating college that Nick became very dedicated to endurance training. Nick truly enjoys camaraderie that is associated with running. He has completed ten marathons, one 50k, and a full Ironman Triathlon.
Nick enjoys working with and motivating other runners to maximize their full potential. When not running, Nick can be found spending time with his very supportive family.
Half Marathon PR: 1:22
Chris G. - 1:40 pacer
Chris has run 35 marathons and about twice that many halfs, including pacing for a couple of marathons and 9 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
Colton R. - 1:40 pacer
Colton has run many races in the past completing many half marathons and a full marathon. He has not been a pacer before but has had a lot of experience running with people and encouraging them why they run. He likes to help people and wants to help people meet their running goals. He is a nice and fun person that is ready to be a great pacer.
Half Marathon PR: 1:26
Jeff J. - 1:45 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. - 1:45 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
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
Scott B. - 1:50 pacer
Scott is a veteran of 9 marathons, many half-marathons, and 64 triathlons including an Ironman. His marathon PR is 3:30 in the 2004 Olathe Marathon and has paced the Kansas City Marathon the past 3 years. From that pacing experience, Scott is convinced the Smart Pacing Strategy is the best method for getting the most runners beating their pace goal and he is eager to have a lot of fun and to help reach goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33
Ben S. - 1:55 pacer
Ben has been running for 3 years and has completed 11 Half Marathons with a PR of 1:42 at Hospital Hill. He loves helping others train for events & achieve their goals. Ben enjoys running with his Blue KC friends over lunch and is looking forward to seeing you on race day.
Half Marathon PR: 1:42
Brandon S. - 1:55 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. This past September (2012), Brandon completed the North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler in Wisconsin in 8 hours and 30 minutes. Living in Central Nebraska, Brandon continues to foster the love of the sport by coaching girls cross country and track at Kearney High School. 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: 1:30:15
Kris B. - 2:00 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".
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
Kelly C. - 2:05 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. - 2:05 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
Jamie M. - 2:10 pacer
Jamie has been a runner and triathlete for 10 years and a SmartPacer for the past 6 years. Her goal is to help you enjoy your run and cross the finish line with a smile on your face! As a mom of two, she understands the importance of having a fun and enjoyable run. Her plan is to start out conservatively with our speed, slow down at the aid stations, and adjust our speed to accommodate hills. She will run an even effort, not an even pace. She is excited to run with you...and to not be running with a double jogging stroller :)
Half Marathon PR: 1:49
Richard T. - 2:10 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, four full marathons, and even a 50K! Also he completes in local duathlons.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43
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
Janna S. - 2:15 pacer
Janna has been running for over 15 years, starting with some 5K's, 10K's and other "fun runs" and finally doing her first full marathon in 2002. She completed eight full marathons before having her first child in '09 and her second in '11. She took a long break from races during that time, but is excited to be back "in the game!" Since being back, she's done several half marathons, triathlons and some cycling. She works in the fitness field and loves seeing people set and reach goals, through running or whatever their "thing" is!
Half Marathon PR: 1:51
Oliver B. - 2:20 pacer
Looking to PR? Looking to have fun? Need to learn a few more PG-13 jokes? Well, this is the pace leader for you! Oliver has paced many first-timers to PR's over the years. He is a convert to the smart pacing system and has used it in his training for 2 IRONMAN triathlons, 15 Marathons, and numerous Half-Marathons. He is looking forward to helping you reach you goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:42:00
Chad M. - 2:20 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. His pacer training was done under the historic master pacer Oliver Burnette. His gratitude to Oliver cannot be expressed in words. You will probably see Chad hug Oliver sometime at every race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43:00
Eric K. - 2:25 pacer
Eric is a transition runner who began his running career in 1997 when he joined the United States Marine Corps. Before that year running only came in short bursts as he was a high school and collegiate football player. However, running became a new athletic endeavor that challenged his athleticism and his intellect. Since then he has trained for and participated in several 5 and 10K races, 7 Half Marathons, and 5 Marathons. His marathon running exploded in 2008 as he was determined to run on the Livestrong team in the Chicago Marathon just 6 months after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. From 2007-12 he served as the head coach of the Men's and Women's High School Cross Country teams. Luckily he was blessed with great supportive teams and continues his coaching in Ankeny, IA at the new Ankeny Centennial High School. He only hopes that these student athletes continue a lifetime love of running and run into their futures with heads and expectations held high. This is his sixth pacing adventure and hopes to make it exciting while meeting all of your running goals. Let's have fun on our run!!! See you as we toe the line together!!!
Half Marathon PR: 1:36
Carmen M. - 2:25 pacer
Carmen began running in 2006 and ran her first half marathon in 2007. It didn't take long for the new passion to take hold. She has ran sixteen half marathons (her favorite distance), with a PR of 2:03, two marathons, a few triathlons and several adventure races. Carmen enjoys pacing others and really enjoys helping others complete a new distance or time goal. Carmen believes in the smart pacing strategy (starting out slower to warm up) and walking through aid stations.
Half Marathon PR: 2:03
Jennifer F. - 2:30 pacer
After a brief stint in high school track, Jennifer rejoined the world of running in 2007. She completed a number of 5K and 10K races and several half marathons before completing her first marathon in 2009. Jennifer began pacing in 2010. Her favorite part of pacing is getting to re-experience the feeling of your "first race" each time she paces a race.
Half Marathon PR: 2:07:12
Kelly P. - 2:30 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!
Half Marathon PR: 1:59:13
Renea M. - 2:35 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
Patricia S. - 2:35 pacer
Patricia has been a life long runner. Ever since she can remember she has enjoyed the sport. As she tells it, "it is something that comes naturally to me. That is why I love it so much." Patricia has run in over 10 marathons and half marathons in the past few years. For many years she served as a track coach helping young people develop their own passion for distance running. Her experience has eased her progression into becoming a "pacer." She enjoys motivating others to achieve their personal goals while having fun along the way.
Half Marathon PR: 1:42
Mary B. - 2:40 pacer
Mary has been running since 2006 when she decided to train for a half marathon as a way to break up the monotony of her only real form of exercise: bar-hopping. Despite having grown up with a dad who ran a sub-5-minute mile and could do marathons in his sleep, Mary had always thought running was just a little bit ridiculous. In fact, when she started to train for the Kansas City half that year, and really up until race day, she wasn't sure it was actually possible to run 13.1 miles all at once without stopping. Or dying. As it turned out, after surviving that first race, Mary found that she really liked running. She has since completed dozens of half marathons, 2.5 full marathons (funny story about the .5) and several triathlons. She has served as a pacer for millions of half marathons (yes, millions), ranging in time from 2:10 to 2:55. She would be delighted to run alongside you to help you meet your goal.
Half Marathon PR: 1:57
Thomas R. - 2:40 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
Wally M. - 2:45 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
Gay P. - 2:45 pacer
Gay started running as a little girl and hasn't stopped since! In 2012 alone, she competed in twenty-three races. She's already completed eight half marathons and Grandma's Full Marathon this year. Her personal goal nowadays is to encourage others to exercise and eat healthy. As an internal medicine physician, it's part of her job, but she enjoys taking it outside of the office and running alongside those wanting to finish their first race or set a new PR. Her SmartPace strategy includes warming up in the first two miles, taking advantage of downhills and using even effort on the uphills. The trails are her first love, and on most Sundays you'll find her running the rugged trails of Landahl. Look for the braids!
Half Marathon PR: 1:48
Cara A. - 2:50 pacer
Cara has been running half marathons for 7 years. Running is a hobby she has enjoyed since her cross country days in high school. Cara loves the outdoors, especially hiking and snow skiing. She is looking forward to helping you reach your goal and to crossing the finish line with a smile.
Half Marathon PR: 1:59
Erin S. - 2:50 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
Miguel C. - 2:55 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. - 2:55 pacer
Becky has been a member of Runner's Edge since 2000 and a SmartPacer for nearly a dozen half marathons, with the KC Half being her favorite. She's completed 4 full marathons and more than 30 half-marathons. Becky looks forward to helping you reach your half-marathon goal and hopes you have a little fun along the way!
Half Marathon PR: 2:16
Ken A. - 3:00 pacer
Ken has completed over 20 half marathons since becoming a Runner's Edge member in 2006. He has paced the Waddell and Reed KC half marathon the past two years. Ken's goals are to run a smart race while achieving time goals and more importantly enjoying the experience. He especially likes running with first timers who may need special encouragement!
Half Marathon PR: 2:35
Sharon J. - 3:00 pacer
Sharon started running after having 3 kids and was “smitten” by the marathon bug. Sharon has completed 11 marathons (her favorite marathon was the NY marathon in 2011), 2 twenty mile plus races (her absolute favorite race was in Big Sur, CA when she completed the 21 miler by the ocean – her next challenge is to go back to complete the Big Sur Marathon Spring 2014!), 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
Full Marathon SmartPace Teams
Larry P. - 3:10 pacer
Larry has been running since high school. He enjoys running in marathons, half marathons, 5K's, corporate challenge track, triathlons, and just to get from one place to another. Larry is from a family of six marathon running siblings! He loves to share the joy of running and competing with anyone willing. Enjoy your training journey - see you at the starting line for a perfect marathon.
Marathon PR: 2:59
Steve K. - 3:10 pacer
Some of Steve's favorite running experiences have been Chillicothe High School Cross Country and the 4x800 team, the University of Missouri - Rolla Cross Country, SteepleChase, the Boston Marathon and eight consecutive years of Brew to Brew. The camaraderie, lasting friendships, and all those little moments of beauty and pain along the way keep him coming back for more.
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
Brad R. - 3:30 pacer
Brad has been a distance runner for over 27 years, having gravitated to mostly longer distances as the years have progressed. To date, he has completed over 160 marathons in a number of locations around the country. One goal Brad has is to complete a marathon in all 50 states, but that's becoming difficult to accomplish returning to many of the same races. Still competitive, but with his best times behind him, another goal is to give back to the sport by helping others reach their potential. Brad has been a pace group leader at the Kansas City, Olathe, Omaha and Lincoln Marathons utilizing the SmartPace strategy to help others reach their goals.
Marathon PR: 2:52:34
Meghan C. - 3:30 pacer
Meghan started running track in high school as a way to stay in shape for soccer. Sometime during college it changed from being a necessary evil to an enjoyable experience and she hasn't looked back since! She's run one marathon in Santa Barbara, CA and has run numerous half marathons, 5Ks/10Ks, and triathlons over the past 8 years. She believes that running should be fun and a great way to take care of yourself and enjoy the fresh air.
Marathon PR: 3:23
Abby K. - 3:40 pacer
Abby is a nanny and competitive runner in Omaha, NE. She has completed 19 full marathons, including Boston twice, with a total of 16 BQ's under her belt. She has also completed 15 half marathons, and all sorts of distances in between. Along with the US, she has raced in France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Germany.
Her goal in every race is: Domination. She will help you to run the best race that you can while overcoming the physical and mental exhaustion to dominate each course, one mile at a time. So, although she may be dressed as a purple giraffe, she takes your personal goals very seriously. Let's do this.
Marathon PR: 3:03
Scott S. - 3:40 pacer
Scott started running about 6 years ago. He started by running 5K's and progressed to the marathon which quickly became his favorite distance. He has completed 16 marathons including Boston and several BQs. Scott has also recently began competing in triathlons in varying distances up to 70.3 with plan to do a full IM. With Scott you can expect very consistent splits and a well planned race. Scott loves motivational quotes such as "Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional" so expect to hear a few of those along the course to help motivate and push you along to your own personal best!!
Marathon PR: 3:10
Margo L. - 3:50 pacer
Margo has been running for over 20 years and raced in 16 marathons including the Boston Marathon and many half-marathons. Margo has paced six marathons using the Smart Pace strategy in the last four years. Pacing has been an enjoyable experience.
Her marathon P.R. is 3:26 but she enjoys pacing a 3:50 marathon. In the last marathon she paced (3:50) & finished in 3:49:54. She is thrilled to help you reach your marathon goal!
Marathon PR: 3:26
Adam M. - 3:50 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
Wael S. - 4:00 pacer
Wael has been running since 2008. He has completed several 50K trail races, several half marathons and full marathons. He enjoys trail running with the Kansas City Trail Nerds. Wael completed two 50 mile ultra runs in 2012.
Marathon PR: 3:53
Bob S. - 4:00 pacer
Bob has been running most of his adult life. He started out by running local 5K and 10K races. He now focuses on marathons and half-marathons. His first marathon was the Kansas City Marathon in October of 2009, and he has been regularly running marathons ever since. He has run many marathons across the United States. He enjoys running in new places and meeting other runners, and he uses running to stay physically fit. He wants to share his passion for running with others, and to help other runners achieve their running goals.
Marathon PR: 3:31
Carol F. - 4:10 pacer
Carol has paced multiple times and thoroughly enjoys the people she meets. Being able to meet new runners and motivate them to achieve their goal is so rewarding. She has completed 70 marathons (including 2 50Ks and a 50 miler) and multiple half marathons. Her favorite race experience to date has to be the Tahoe Triple that she ran in Sept 2010, which entails 3 marathons 3 days in a row around one of the most beautiful places in the country. Running helps her keep her sanity and truly is therapeutic to her; it helps to manage the stresses that are thrown on us from time to time. She is a huge advocate of the run/walk program to ensure the legs stay fresh and hydration happens efficiently and effectively.
Marathon PR: 3:45:22
Katie K. - 4:10 pacer
Katie will bring her passion for running on race day! With 18 marathons and ultra-marathons completed, including three Boston marathons and a 50 miler in 8:20:00, Katie is ready to help you reach your goal! Katie has worked at Garry Gribbles for almost 7 years and will most likely ask you what you like about your shoes as we're running.
Tom P. - 4:20 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
Eric S. - 4:20 pacer
Eric has been running for over 12 years ago. Eric has finished many races but prefers to focus on longer distances. One aspect Eric enjoys about running is meeting other runners in the community, they understand whats it's like to have a crazy addiction for running and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Eric also enoys helping and encouraging runners achieve their goals. Eric is new to the pacing community but 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 succesful race.
Marathon PR: 3:38:40
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
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
Ken F. - 4:40 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 67 in 33 states (recently qualifying for titanium/10-star status in Marathon Maniacs by completing 52 in less than a year). 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, NE, NY, and VA. 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
Sheree R. - 4:40 pacer
Sheree speed-walked her first 5k in 2008. It was so much fun she quickly moved on to running and going longer distances. Sheree has now completed 8 marathons, dozens of half marathons, and multiple trail runs. She must have goals to roll out of bed at the crack of dawn, so entering races keeps her motivated. She absolutely loves running with people and can't wait to encourage you to achieve your goal!
Marathon PR: 4:14
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
Hilary B. - 4:50 pacer
Running has been a part of Hilary's life for as long as she can remember. She has completed many races including 6 marathons and 12+ half marathons. She loves the sense of accomplishment that long distance running provides and uses the SmartPace strategy in her own races. She is excited to help you reach your running goals!
Marathon PR: 4:11
Annette G. - 5:00 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
Marathon PR: 4:28:23
Megan D. - 5:00 pacer
Megan began running four years ago, after the birth of her sixth child. Since then she's completed many half marathons, seven marathons, and an ultra. This will be her second year pacing the KC Half and her fourth time running it. 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. The joy is in the journey!
Tom D. - 5:15 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
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 30 marathons (which includes serving as a pacer for KC in 2007-2011; Hospital Hill in 2009-2012; Olathe in 2008-2012; Rock the Parkway 2010-2012; and Lincoln, Neb. 2011-2012, as well as others); one ultra road run (33 miles), four ultra trail runs (44 miles x2, 38 miles and 31 miles), 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
Sueann S. - 5:30 pacer
Sueann has been a runner with Runner's Edge for the past 6 years. She has paced 2 half marathons and 1 marathon. With the encouragement of her oldest son, she started running at the age of 53. Since then she has run 8 marathons and 7 half marathons including 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 fun.
Marathon PR: 5:15