Meet your Pacers for
Rock the Parkway
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 3:10
Half Marathon SmartPace Teams
Mike B. - 1:30 pacer
Mike started running long distance races in 2012 with a NY’s Resolution to finish a half marathon. He was soon hooked, logging thousands miles since then and reaching for and grabbing goals like qualifying for and running in Boston, running a 50 miler, and a sub-3:00 marathon (2:56). Having been helped by pacers himself, he appreciates the opportunity to return the favor by bringing his running zeal and experience to bear in helping you achieve your running goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:23
Kenny M. - 1:30 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 190 races to date, including 38 marathons (PR of 2:50), and over 85 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:20
Xiaolin L. - 1:35 pacer
Xiaolin was passion about running in high school and college, and he started running again when his son Sihan went to college in 2012. He has run several marathons and half marathons. The highlight of his running career was running Chicago and New York in 2:59.
Xiaolin knows the importance of pacers and the smart pacing method. He looks forward to helping you achieve your race goals and have fun along the way!
Half Marathon PR: 1:27:03
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 46 marathons and about twice that many halfs, including pacing for 4 marathons and 20+ 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
Scott S. - 1:40 pacer
Scott started running several years ago as a new challenge and way to stay fit. He runs all distances from 5K to marathon as well as triathlons from Sprint to full Ironman but seems to find himself doing marathons the most. As your pacer you can expect very consistent splits and a well planned race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:27
Lettie C. - 1:45 pacer
Lettie was a NCAA Div 1 rower for the KU Jayhawks. Several years after graduation, she decided to get back into competitive athletics, and picked up running and triathlon. She is a USAT All-American, competing in local and national events. Lettie enjoys pacing for the opportunity to encourage others and help them achieve their goals they have worked so hard to accomplish.
Half Marathon PR: 1:28
Jeff S. - 1:45 pacer
Jeff was a collegiate rower for the University of Kansas in the early '80's. His interest in running began in 2005. He has completed 17 marathons and over 40 half marathons. Jeff's current passion is the sport of triathlon. Jeff has completed two full Ironman distance races, over 10 half Ironman distance races and many shorter distance triathlons.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33:00
James S. - 1:50 pacer
With more than 15 years of experience in triathlon and distance running, James enjoys helping others achieve their fitness goals through marathon pacing, coaching, and personal training. He has been a pacer for 6 years. James has served as a pacer for the Kansas Half, KC Marathon, Olathe Marathon and North Face.
Half Marathon PR: 1:38
Mike C. - 1:50 pacer
Mike consistently started running races when he moved to KC in 2011, before that he played soccer for many years, including in college. Thus, he always ran to prepare for soccer and to stay in shape. Mike has now completed a marathon and over a dozen half marathons. Mike worked with a pacer to complete his marathon and now he is interested in helping others. He looks forward to getting to know you and helping you reach your goal.
Half Marathon PR: 1:24
Melissa B. - 1:55 pacer
Melissa ran her first marathon in 2006, after she crossed the finish line & thought "I am never running again." Since then she has completed 15 marathons and numerous half marathons. She has paced 5 half marathons and 1 full marathon and loved every minute of it. Her favorite marathon memory came when she and her twin sister crossed the finishline in Madison together, knowing they were going to get to run Boston together.
Half Marathon PR: 1:41:22
Dalwyn H. - 1:55 pacer
Dalwyn has been an avid runner since the 8th grade. He's run numerous 5k's and 10k's. His first marathon was Chicago in 2004. He liked it so much, that he went on to run 15 more marathons all over the country. He has also run 13 half marathons. Dalwyn loves to help others achieve their goals. Whether he's coaching his kids soccer, wrestling or track teams, or running a half or full marathon, Dalwyn will have a warm smile and some words of encouragement for you.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33
Herschel D. - 2:00 pacer
Herschel is an avid runner and enjoys helping others reach their goals. He has run 24 marathons including 5 Bostons, 30 half marathons and numerous triathlons, including one Full Ironman and 4 half IM. He is a big believer in the 3F's of running....fitness, friends and food, all great benefits of running. He has personally experienced the kindness and support of the running community, most recently during an Ironman event when a fellow competitor stopped to help fix a flat, giving up his time in the event. Herschel believes this is one of the greatest gifts we can give each other, our time and support. His uses the Smart Pacing strategy and is a firm believer in allowing the body to get warmed up before pushing for goal times. He has used the walk through aid station strategy to help his group stay hydrated and relaxed. You will hear him loud and clear as he shouts out tips and encouragement. He also will welcome any tips you have to make it a more enjoyable experience for you.
Half Marathon PR: 1:35
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
Chad M. - 2:05 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: 1:33:00
Kim M. - 2:05 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
Heidi M. - 2:10 pacer
Heidi picked up running back in 2007 after a health scare that started her down the path of more exercise and better eating habits. She have done around 14 half marathons, 5 marathons with Big Sur being her favorite, one 50K and one 50-miler. Heidi believes in "smart pacing" to get you to the finish line with satisfaction of your goal being met! She will be there to encourage and push you to be your best.
Half Marathon PR: 1:48
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, 9 full marathons, and a 50K.
Half Marathon PR: 1:39
Stephanie G. - 2:15 pacer
Stephanie has been running since 2005. She has completed 7 full marathons and 35 half marathons. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Masters of Business degree from Kansas State University. Running has played a major role in Stephanie loosing 65 pounds. She is passionate about this sport, as well as the fitness industry. As a fitness instructor and personal trainer she enjoys encouraging and helping motivate people to reach their goals. Stephanie ran her personal best (3:54) at the Lincoln marathon and a 1:43 at the Rock the Parkway half marathon with the help of a smart pacing team. She believes that different paces for different parts of the course are key to a successful run.
Stephanie believes mental toughness can get you through any race, as well as the ability to have fun and savor the moment. She can't wait to hit the pavement with you.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43
Jenny R. - 2:15 pacer
Jenny has been running for over 25 years and has completed 33 marathons with a goal to run one in every state! She has paced several races and enjoys helping other runners reach their goals. After running Boston, Jenny believes you can achieve anything with patience, motivation and hard work. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends and her family including her husband, newborn daughter (April 2016) and dog Rocky! Jenny's favorite quote is: “The pain that you feel during a workout or race is nothing compared to the pain that you’ll feel if you don’t meet your goal”. Jenny is energetic, passionate and motivating! She also believes in having fun when running, so you may get a laugh or two if you join her pace group!
Half Marathon PR: 1:35
Brian B. - 2:20 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
Bridget B. - 2:20 pacer
Bridget has been a running enthusiast for over 25 years. She ran for William Jewell College setting several school and conference records. She was later inducted into the WJC Hall of Fame for her contributions on the track. Out of college, she focused her passion for running on coaching high school track and cross country and has been doing so for almost 20 years. She trains with her HS athletes and loves encouraging them on their runs. She has competed in numerous road races over the years: 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons. When not running she loves to teach chemistry, cheer on her husband and kids in their endeavors, and hike 14K mountains with her "summit sistas". Bridget is beyond excited to help those in her pace group to achieve their goals and to have a blast while doing so!
Half Marathon PR: 1:51
Molly R. - 2:25 pacer
Molly started running shortly after moving to KC. She has now completed numerous half-marathons, and enjoys running on Saturday mornings with Runner's Edge. Molly uses the Smart Pace Strategy, which allows her to finish racing feeling strong and with some "kick" left!
She looks forward to encouraging and helping the running community accomplish their personal goals! Molly has helped friends achieve PRs during races and has encouraged friends/family all the way to the top of numerous 14ers in Colorado! She can't wait to cross the finish line with you.
Half Marathon PR: 1:54
Marji S. - 2:25 pacer
Seven years ago, Marji would have told you she didn't like to run. Then, at 45 years of age, she and a girlfriend decided to train for a local 5k using the Couch to 5K program. Today, Marji has had a great time completing 5ks through marathons, ultra trail races and triathlons! She lives in Lee's Summit, MO with her husband of 28 years. They have five children and many of them run! Marji's favorites: sharing events with family/friends, the welcoming runner community, vacation runs in pretty places and helping new runners on their journey! Our pace group will be an awesome place to meet new friends, start easy to finish strong, be encouraged every mile and hit your goal! "The JOY of the LORD is my STRENGTH." Neh 8:10 :)
Half Marathon PR: 1:53
Cristal B. - 2:30 pacer
Cristal LOVES pacing any distance from 5K to 26.2. A fitness instructor & born optimist, Cristal loves to run at a conversational pace, enjoying a walk break through each water station, with enough time to thank volunteers and high-five as many cheering kids along the course as possible. She believes anyone can run a half or full marathon with the right attitude and a little ambition, you've just got to run Smart & keep going. Her personal goal is to complete her 50 states by her 50th birthday (35 down, 15 to go!), and to eventually run just fast enough to BQ. She looks forward to meeting you & helping you cross the finish line exactly on time (or a little early
Half Marathon PR: 1:55:58
Mary L. - 2:30 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
Vita-Roxanne J. - 2:35 pacer
Vita-Roxanne grew up watching her mother run and now follows in her footsteps. She took up running in 2011 to get back into shape after having her second child and has not stopped since. Vita started out running a variety of 5k's and 10k's but she soon stepped up to her favorite race distance, the half marathon. Since running her first half marathon in 2012, Vita has completed 15+ half marathons. She completed the 39.3 series in 2014 and 2015 followed by the Hospital Hill Run and still managed a PR of sub 2 at the Garmin Half. With the support of her husband and 2 children she has also completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2013 and 2014, the TCS New York City Marathon in 2015, Garmin Marathon in Spring 2016 and is currently training for a 50 mile Ultra race in the Fall. Vita absolutely lives to run. She also loves to pace! You may recognize her from multiple half marathons in 2015 including Garmin half, Hospital Hill, Lee's Summit Half, KC Half, and Longview Half Marathons. She is eager to help others achieve their race goals just like so many have done for her. Vita is uplifting and encouraging and strongly believes that if she can do it you can too! She is ready to help you make this race YOUR RACE!
Half Marathon PR: 1:57
Angel S. - 2:35 pacer
Angel started running in grad school as a stress reliever. She ran her first half marathon in 2007 and first full marathon in 2008. It's been an addiction ever since. She completed obstacle runs, including Tough Mudder. She's completed WIN KC triathlon the past four years. She loves the trails as well and completed a 20 miler, 50k in 2014, a 50 miler in 2015, and plans to complete a 100 miler this year. She's been married for 13 years and has two sons. She's passed on running to her 9 yr old and he's completed a 5k and 4 miler! She loves to motivate people to achieve their goals!!
Half Marathon PR: 1:56:54
Stephanie S. - 2:40 pacer
Being a cheerleader is an inherent part of Stephanie's personality. As a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise instructor, and Nutrition Specialist, she is all about helping people with their goals.
Stephanie has been running for over 17 years, after the birth of her son. Since then, she has completed 20 marathons, including qualifying for and running Boston, and hundreds of half marathons.
Stephanie likes to coach her pace group with tips on how to breathe, conquer hills, and enjoy the race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:38
Lindsey M. - 2:40 pacer
Lindsey was active in high school and ran for fitness off and on through college. After the birth of her son in 2014, she picked up running to lose the baby weight. She set a goal in 2015 to run her first half marathon, and was able to complete 4 half marathons, 3 of which within 60 days - qualifying as a Half Fanatic (#12988)! What started as fitness goals, running became a passion and a way to relax and unwind. Lindsey is eager to encourage other people to run their best race. Lindsey's PR was set at the KC Half Marathon in 2015 with the help of the Smart Pacers and became a pacer to help others achieve their goals.
Half Marathon PR: 2:09:55
Shannon G. - 2:45 pacer
Shannon has been running for over 13 years. She has completed 40+ half marathons and 9 marathons. She is a busy mom of 2 young girls and enjoys helping other runners achieve their goals. In addition to running, she enjoys training for triathlons, yoga and traveling.
Half Marathon PR: 2:20
Cynthia S. - 2:45 pacer
Cynthia has been a pace group leader for The Runner's Edge for 13 years. By employing the SmartPace strategy, Cynthia has successfully completed 11 ultras (road and trail), 38 marathons and 43 halves.
She was awarded the Road Runner's Club of America Grand Master Award for her finish in the 2010 Brew-to-Brew solo. Cynthia believes running comes from the head, the heart and the gut. She works with her group to use all those to your advantage. And she really enjoys encouraging others to do what they've never done before -- to run farther, to run faster or just to run! And having fun is the best part of it all.
Her strategy is to go out slow for the first 2-3 miles, run a mile and then walk a minute, walk through the aid stations for up to a minute, go very slow up hills and make up the time on the down hills while making sure you have even effort breathing the whole time.
Half Marathon PR: 2:25
Baylie J. - 2:50 pacer
Baylie discovered her love for running while in middle school and spent her high school and college years sprinting around the track. After an 8 year (ish) gap, she re-discovered her love but decided to add a few more miles and started running 5ks and 10Ks. In 2012, she finally settled on the Garmin Half Marathon as her first and didn't look back after that. Since then she has completed over 15 half marathons and 5 marathons, which qualified her to be a member of Marathon Maniacs (#7914) in 2013. Earlier in 2015, she completed her first Ultra Marathon 50K (Virtual Cowtown) and followed it up with a solo finish of Brew to Brew and an attempt at the Canadian Death Race in August. She is very excited to do everything she can to help each runner finish and have a wonderful time while doing so!
Half Marathon PR: 1:56
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
Melissa H. - 2:55 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 and CrossFit. Since starting to run she has completed 44 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: 2:00:03.9
Layne W. - 2:55 pacer
Layne starting running in 2011, and over time has made it more and more important in her life. Her goals have (slightly) altered from being a full time photographer into getting her personal training certification because she wants to motivate others towards their health goals.
Pacing is fun for Layne, and she is excited to jump in with both feet and help her runners cross the finish line happy and injury free! She wants you to sit back and not worry about time. You can depend fully on Layne to get you where you need to be.
Layne likes to have fun, so feel free to tell her crazy stories or jokes. You'll have a lot of time together, so get comfy!
Half Fanatic #5369
Half Marathon PR: 2:30
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: 2:35
Tracy P. - 3:00 pacer
Tracy began running, for fitness and health, while in the military in the ‘90s, and has carried on ever since. Graduating from more than half-a-dozen half-marathons in 2015, to running her first full marathon in February, 2016 – and following that up with FOUR MORE throughout the year – extending beyond the road, into trail marathons, too.
Tracy’s road races have been greatly aided but the use of the Smart Pace teams; and she would like to take her turn helping others reach their race goals, improve their health and have a WONDERFUL time!
Half Marathon PR: 2:13
Jim K. - 3:05 pacer
Jim has run 18 full marathons across the US and several half marathons. He is from Omaha, NE and is a big Husker FB fan and Creighton BB fan. His motto is to "Keep on Truckin....."!
Half Marathon PR: 1:43
Scotty J. - 3:10 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