Meet your Pacers for
Half Marathon Pacers: 1:25 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: 3:15 3:30 3:35 3:40 3:50 4:00 4:10 4:15 4:20 4:30 4:40 4:50 5:00 5:15 5:30
Half Marathon SmartPace Teams
Caleb T. - 1:25 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
Matt J. - 1:30 pacer
Matt is new to the pacing community and is excited to help dedicated runners achieve their goals. His love for running was discovered 20 years ago in high school where his successes led him to Northwest Missouri State where he competed for the Bearcats in the late '90s. After running sporadically for over a decade just to stay in shape, Matt has recently started coaching young runners and has returned to competitive running once again himself. Matt can't wait to help you find success with the SmartPace strategy and looks forward to seeing everyone's hard work pay off.
Half Marathon PR: 1:15:53
Josh W. - 1:30 pacer
Josh has completed 70+ road races (5ks-marathons) and cycling races; 40 triathlons and 4 Ironmans. He qualified and raced in the Ironman World Championships held in Kona (2011), rode across the state of Kansas spreading the power of hope and endurance to help fight cancer, and is planning on breaking the 3:00 barrier in the Rock n' Roll San Antonio Marathon this fall. If you're lucky, he'll leave his hooters outfit at home. Regardless of the attire, Josh is looking forward to bringing you home during the second half of the KC Marathon!
Half Marathon PR: 1:25
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
Kevin W. - 1:35 pacer
Although he had no previous experience with distance running, Kevin began running in 2009 as a way to get back in shape after college. To date, he has completed 9 half-marathons and 7 marathons, along with several other races of various distances. Kevin enjoys the transformation that running brings about in people's lives and believes in being absolutely positive during all aspects of the run. He also enjoys sharing stories about the crazy extents to which runners will go in order to get across their next finish line. Kevin's current running goal is to stay healthy and happy, and to complete all 6 of the World Major Marathons!
Half Marathon PR: 1:19
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
Jeff T. - 1:40 pacer
Jeff has completed 11 marathons, including Boston in 2008. His personal best is 3:07. He has also paced three races with the SmartPace team and has enjoyed every mile of helping people reach their goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
Brian B. - 1:45 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. - 1:45 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
Nick P. - 1:50 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
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 Lincoln and his first time pacing the Kansas Half-Marathon. He has also paced Hospital Hill, KC Marathon & Olathe Marathon. While not running he enjoys family and friends, sports and cooking. He is an elementary teacher and coach.
Half Marathon PR: 1:25
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's wife gave birth to his first child in September of 2013, and has enjoyed Lincoln's company on his long training runs, even though he sleeps the whole time in the stroller. Joe is looking forward to the day when Lincoln will be running next to him.
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
Kim M. - 1:55 pacer
After running cross country in high school, Kim later had a goal to train and run one marathon in life. However, after running her first marathon in 2005, she soon caught the "running bug" and has now completed close to 20 marathons- including the Boston Marathon, several half marathons, and 1 ultra-marathon (50K). Kim enjoys being involved with this endurance sport mainly for the camaraderie found with other runners, being outside with nature, and the health benefits- including having more freedom with her diet. She also loves the high energy and enthusiasm that race day brings! Kim likes to approach each race like a fun science experiment- despite one's training, one really never knows what is going to happen on race day. Kim has paced several half marathons in the past and finds it rewarding to see & hear the excitement other runners have as they achieve the goal they have set out for!
Half Marathon PR: 1:42
Kelly C. - 2:00 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. - 2:00 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
Shannon J. - 2:05 pacer
Shannon has been running competitively for about 8 years. She has completed several half marathon, 10K, and 5K distances as well as duathalons and adventure races. Although she has been pacing for several years now she is truly passionate about the opportunity to help others achieve their personal goals. She loves to meet new people and can't wait for you to join her for a great run and LOTS of fun!
Half Marathon PR: 1:44
Tiffany S. - 2:05 pacer
Tiffany started running and completed her first marathon in 2006. Since then, she has competed in 17 marathons. She has also been a pacer in many local marathons and half-marathons. Tiffany’s favorite marathon was the Women’s Nike Marathon in San Francisco, it was her first marathon and each runner received a Tiffany’s necklace as their medal. It was also the first time she qualified for the Boston Marathon. Tiffany thoroughly enjoys meeting new runners, learning about their experiences and what motivates them. Helping others to achieve their goals is a great passion of hers, and is one of the main reasons she enjoys being a part of a pace team.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37
Crystal H. - 2:10 pacer
Crystal loves to be active! She has been running for 22+ years with many 2 mile fun runs, 5K's, 10K's, half-marathons, full marathons, adventure races, and triathlons under her belt! The love of each sport is endless and is quickly becoming a learned behavior in her two young boys which are quite the motivators. They love the jogging stroller and the bike buggy which makes fitness even more fun and sometimes more challenging. Graduating with a degree in kinesiology has helped her to continue to be involved with sport and activity in everyday life. She enjoys the overwhelming sense of accomplishment in each race and has felt completely blessed to learn the smart pace strategy. Crystal feels as though there are no words to describe the joy that one can get out of being a pacer. The highfives, the thank you's, the hugs, and the stories of reaching a goal at the end of the race are so rewarding. She always makes sure to mark on her pace band where the water stops and bathrooms are. This can be a complete motivator to others and can sometimes make the race seem smoother or go by faster. Something Crystal likes to always remember is that "she is lucky to be able to do this, there are others that are not as fortunate to even be able to try"! Goodluck Runners.......
Half Marathon PR: 1:48
Ben S. - 2:10 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
Grete R. - 2:15 pacer
Grete is an avid runner, having completed 2 marathons and numerous half marathons. She is training to qualify for Boston this year. She started running long distance about 10 years ago when her older sister ran a marathon and challenged her to beat her time. Grete is a true motivator and inspiration to those she paces. She will do whatever it takes to help a fellow runner find their inner strength to finish, even if it means being a little goofy! If you're looking for an edge, an ally, and an amazing pacer, Grete is your girl!
Half Marathon PR: 1:45
Bryan L. - 2:15 pacer
Bryan LeBar has been running ever since he took “The Marathon Class” in college and completed his first marathon. Bryan has completed numerous half marathons and several marathons. Bryan looks forward to helping runners achieve their goal times while keeping spirits high. His favorite race distance is the half marathon as it's long enough that you have to train for it, but not so long that it consumes your life. It's also a distance that can impress your friends. "You ran how far? 13.1, like, miles?" He still runs marathons though so he can eat whatever he wants. Bryan usually walks through aid stations when he is pacing.
Half Marathon PR: 1:46
Jamie M. - 2:20 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
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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43:00
Cynthia D. - 2:25 pacer
Cyndi began running about 2 1/2 years ago after her husband suffered a heart attack at the age of 35. As her husband recovered and started to work out to get healthy he took to running. In order to encourage him (and to keep a close eye on him) Cyndi decided to lace up her shoes as well. As a sprinter in school, distance running was a daunting challange. Starting slow and working up in milage, Cyndi ran several local 5k and 10k runs. As her confidence began to build she decided to "put her best foot forward" and began training for her first 1/2 marathon, the Dallas Rock N Roll. After finishing the Dallas 1/2 in under the 2:30 goal she had set for herself she decided to push forward and to date has completed 10 1/2 marathons and completed her first full marathon at the Little Rock Marathon last spring. Cyndi's average time for the 1/2 marathon is 2:20, and set a p.r. in the Louisiana Half Marathon in Jan. 2012 in 1:57. Cyndi loves to encourage runners and loves to see the emotion on their faces when they finish the run.
Half Marathon PR: 1:57:54
Jason D. - 2:25 pacer
Jason enjoys running and participating in races throughout the country with friends and family. Jason got back into running after experiencing a heart attack at the age of 35. Running played a big role in helping Jason to lose 40lbs and maintain his weight loss. Jason has completed numerous 5K and 10K events, over 10 half marathons and 6 marathons. Jason is always searching for that next running adventure! Jason is new to pacing, but loves crunching the numbers and looks forward to having a great time and helping runners finish in their goal time. Jason was nominated as the 2011 Hospital Hill Hero and found that to be an incredibly rewarding experience, assisting and motivating runners to reach the finish line.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43:45
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
Janice W. - 2:30 pacer
Half Marathon PR: 1:57
Annette G. - 2:35 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
Wally M. - 2:35 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
Brian B. - 2:40 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
Julie A. - 2:40 pacer
Julie lives in Kansas City, MO, with her husband, two children, and two Yellow Labrador Retrievers. Since 2010, she has completed 8 marathons and over 10 half marathons. Julie loves running because it helps her stay in shape, and she enjoys meeting amazing people and making new friends. She also likes to help her Labs stay in shape; with their company, she never runs alone. She likes to help others set and achieve goals for themselves, and is looking forward to this pacing opportunity.
Half Marathon PR: 2:07
Half Marathon PR: 2:07
Amanda Z. - 2:45 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
Jennifer F. - 2:45 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
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 seven years. By employing the SmartPace strategy, Cynthia has successfully completed more than 30 marathons (which includes serving as a pacer for KC in 2007-2013; Hospital Hill in 2009-2013; Olathe in 2008-2013; Rock the Parkway 2010-2013; and Lincoln, Neb. 2011-2013, as well as others); two ultra road runs (33 miles), five ultra trail runs (44 miles x2, 38 miles and 31 miles x3), 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
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
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
Amy C. - 3:00 pacer
Amy owes her love for running to her son's cross country coach. The coach encouraged parents to run the road races with the team. One race and she was hooked! After running several 5ks, she decided to give the longer distances a try. Her first half was Hospital Hill in Kansas City. That same coach paced her all the way!!! Amy believes that life should be lived to the fullest and that a positive attitude makes life more fun!!! Come join Amy and be uplifted as we take each mile as it comes with a smile!!!
Half Marathon PR: 2:39
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. Four years, 14 half marathons, 2 marathons and a spattering of 5 and 10 K's later her goal this year is 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. Hospital Hill Run is a highlight of the running calendar and is a race Scotty looks forward to every year. Scotty has the honor of being a former HHR Hero and was a co-pacer with Patti last year. 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!
Full Marathon SmartPace Teams
Larry P. - 3:15 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
Tom P. - 3:15 pacer
Tom is a competitive endurance athlete who has successfully completed several sub 3-hour marathons and most recently qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas, NV, and the Ironman World Championships, in Kona, HI.
Marathon PR: 2:58
Anthony L. - 3:30 pacer
Anthony has been running since he was 15 and has not stopped!! He is a USAT/USAC Level II Elite coach and loves helping people attain there goals. Anthony has competed in Marathons, Half Marathons, Ultra's and any other distance you can run. He also does Ironman triathlons and bike races. Currently he is training for the 2014 Boston Marathon and will be doing the Charleston and Shamrock Marathon as build up races, he is planning to go back under 2:50 this year!! He is a member of the All Army Triathlon Team and past member of Team USA. He is psyched to pace you to your goal time and have fun doing it. His one pre-requisite is that you SMILE!!!
Marathon PR: 2:38
Scott S. - 3:30 pacer
Scott started running in 2007. He started by running 5K's and progressed to the marathon which quickly became his favorite distance. He has completed 18 marathons including Boston and several BQs. Scott has also recently began competing in triathlons in varying distances and is currently training for an Ironman. With Scott you can expect very consistent splits and a well planned race.
Marathon PR: 3:10
Steve C. - 3:35 pacer
Steve likes to talk, so if you are looking for a pacer to motivate you with words, you came to the right place! His motto is 'every day you can run is a blessing, so run every day you can'. A multi-sport athlete who is relatively new to pacing, Steve has his own running goals but looks forward to helping you achieve yours in a fun, friendly, and easy-going manner.
Dana M. - 3:35 pacer
Dream, Train and Race!!
Dana has been running marathons since 2001 and after running Boston Marathon he started racing the Ironman distance triathlon for last 7 years 16 Ironman completed. He loves training and he is looking forward to breaking his PR of 10:54. He is currently training for Ironman Utah this spring and running Chicago marathon this fall. Dana has paced Rock-N-Roll Denver and St. Louis last year @3:30. He likes to drop back to gather runners who are striking distance from the main 3:30 group.
Marathon PR: 3:04
Adam M. - 3:40 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
Kenny M. - 3:40 pacer
Kenny began running in high school, competing in both cross-country and track, as an alternative to playing football. He has been a runner ever since. Kenny ran at Northwest Missouri State University (Go Bearcats!!), before being sidelined by injury. After college, Kenny began running again to stay active, and to get in better shape.
He has run over 170 races to date, including 21 marathons (PR of 2:52), and over 75 half marathons (PR of 1:20).
Kenny believes the biggest mistake people can make is starting off too fast. He is looking forward to sharing his passion for running with others and helping them and encouraging them to reach their running goals. Through his high energy and motivation, Kenny is confident he can help you achieve your goal time.
What does he enjoy about running? Helping people in reaching their goals, being active, and the camaraderie and atmosphere in the running community. Also, running allows him to eat lots of Peanut M&Ms (it's a mild addiction...ha) without too much guilt.
Marathon PR: 2:52
Raj M. - 3:50 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
Coming Soon - 3:50 pacer
We are finalizing our last pacer slots!
Danny M. - 4:00 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
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
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
Marnie W. - 4:10 pacer
Marnie is an avid runner that has been running for almost 30 years. She ran her first marathon in Las Vegas in 2005. Eleven marathons later, many half marathons and a few 5Ks, Marnie ran her first 50K marathon in Blue Spring in 2011. Marnie qualified for Boston in 2008 and ran in Boston in 2009. She and her running partners do most of their training at 4:45am around Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs in all seasons of the year. Marnie coaches volleyball at a local Junior college and coached Juniors competitive volleyball, so it’s always been her passion to assist others, encourage success, and connect with athletes. Marnie has now completed 15 marathons.
Marathon PR: 3:46
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, 7 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: 3:38:40
Jodi S. - 4:15 pacer
Jodi...a.k.a "Blue Zebra" is a running fool! Even though she only has three years of racing experience she has completed numerous marathons, half marathons, and 3 ultra marathons including the Running With The Devil 50 mile race in Las Vegas. Her most recent accomplishment is finishing the 2013 Boston Marathon just 10 weeks after having open heart surgery and her next goal is to complete a 100 mile race in 2014. Jodi's positive attitude, motivating spirit, and high energy will get you across that finish line in your goal time!
Marathon PR: 3:30:54
Katie K. - 4:20 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.
Jen T. - 4:20 pacer
Jen is new to pacing, but not to running, having first started running over 30 years ago in a summer running program for elementary school kids. For many years, she was a fitness runner, entered the local 5 and 10Ks for fun, and had running as extremely needed stress relief during med school, residency, and early practice years with 4 kids along the way. Starting in 2007, her focus shifted to longer races and she completed her first marathon in 2008. In 2011 she moved to the Kansas City area and was thrilled to find a vibrant running community after living in the middle of nowhere for many years. She loves running with friends, old and new, and will consider you a friend from the first few steps. After informally pacing a few friends to their goals, and running lots of a miles with an experienced Smart Pacer friend, she's excited to take a little break from training for a PR to help you hit your goal!
Marathon PR: 3:42
Renea M. - 4:30 pacer
Renea has completed 17 marathons and 16 half marathons. Her personal best marathon time was 4:07 and half marathon time was 1:53. Renea's goal for running races is to run efficiently and make the race a positive experience. To accomplish this goal she utilizes the SmartPacing method. She will start the race with a warm up and then settle into a goal pace for her group. Renea will always walk through each aid station to allow enough time to properly hydrate. She will also tackle hills by slowing down a little on the ups and picking up the pace going downs. Renea will get you across the finish line just under her pacing time and will make your race a fun experience.
Marathon PR: 4:07
Lyle R. - 4:30 pacer
Lyle has been running for over 20 years, but only started running Marathons three years ago. He has completed 114 Marathons in 46 different states. In the last few years he has paced several Marathons finishing all within :48 seconds under the goal time. He loves to encourage people to achieve their goals... whether it's to to finish a Marathon in a certain time or to just finish.
Marathon PR: 3:44:05
Hilary B. - 4:40 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
Michael B. - 4:40 pacer
Mike has completed 82 marathons in 38 different states. His past pacing experiences have included the Kansas City Marathon and the Olathe Marathon. Mike is passionate about sharing his many running experiences with others and supporting all marathoners in doing their personal best.
Marathon PR: 3.35
Ken F. - 4:50 pacer
Ken started running for fitness and recreation in college and completed his first marathon in 1980. He intended to run his second in the fall of 1983 but medical school ended up taking more time than he thought. 25 years later, he decided to make priorities instead of excuses and has now finished 89 in 37 states (enough to qualify 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
Sheena R. - 4:50 pacer
Sheena R. is many things. She is a mother, a teacher, an avid reader, a world traveler, and very proud to consider herself a crazy marathon runner. She had never been a runner until 6 months after her first child was born (at 25 years old). As a way to get rid of the baby weight and get back in shape, she began running 1 mile (3 times a week). Soon she was running 3 miles, then 5, then once she hit the 8 mile distance, she knew she was hooked! Nine months after beginning her running journey, Sheena ran the Portland Marathon with her mother. Her mother had begun running at 42 years young and had been Sheena's inspiration for running because she could see all the positive changes it was making, not only in her physical health, but her outlook on life. They crossed the finish line at 4:45. Since then, (4 years later) Sheena has now run a total 4 marathons in 4 states, including: Portland, OR; Couer d' Alene, ID; Lincoln, NE; and North Bend, WA. At the North Bend Tunnel Run, she reached her sub- 4 hour goal time at 3:59, which she dedicated to her mom who could not run that race due to injury. Running makes Sheena feel balanced and healthy. She is a better person when she can get out and log a few miles each day. Sheena hopes to be a role model for a healthy lifestyle by infecting her family, friends, students, and community members with the love of running. Becoming a pacer is just the icing on the cake, the obvious next step in her running career. She cannot wait to be a part of helping fellow marathon runners reach their running goals, and to be right there with them when they cross the finish line; this is more exciting than she can ever hope to be able to explain. A great running friend once reminded her, and she wants to remind you... you will never regret stepping out the door to go for a run. So get out there and get after it. Once you reach this goal, you will realize that you are capable of so much more than you ever knew and so many doors will be open to you! Sheena is signed up to run the San Francisco Marathon this June making it her 5th marathon in 5 states. She is hoping to continue a trend of doing races all over the country and possibly the world. She loves reaching her goals and hopes to be there to see you reach yours!
Marathon PR: 3:59
Kelly P. - 5:00 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
Mike P. - 5:00 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
Steve H. - 5:15 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 served as a pacer for a year now and 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
Kirby S. - 5:15 pacer
Kirby has run 6 marathons and many half marathons. He started running about 3 and half 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 and has inspired his youngest daughter to run distance races on her high school track team. He is really looking forward to pacing in Kansas City and spreading his enthusiasm for running with others.
Marathon PR: 3:59
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
Jen R. - 5:30 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!”
Marathon PR: 5:19:20