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"You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance." Lee Iacocca
Meet your Pacers for
Kansas City Marathon
Half Marathon Pacers: 1:30 1:35 1:40 1:45 1:50 1:55 2:00 2:05 2:10 2:15 2:20 2:25 2:30 2:35 2:40 2:45 2:50 2:55 3:00 3:15 3:30
Full Marathon Pacers: 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 5:45
Half Marathon SmartPace Teams
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 170 races to date, including 34 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:20
Tim F. - 1:30 pacer
Tim is thrilled to be joining SmartPacing.! He is 30yrs old and took up distance running after a college career running the 400m hurdles at the University of Missouri. Tim has run multiple marathons and half marathons including the 2013 and 2014 Boston Marathon. He has been coaching Cross Country and Track at Liberty High School for the last 7 years. He loves helping others achieve their goals and reach their potential, and looks forward to doing so as a pacer at local races! Some things Tim loves: fall weather, negative splits, chocolate milk, my wife, the Missouri Tigers, and the Kansas City Royals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:18:54
Jimmy M. - 1:35 pacer
Jimmy has been an avid racer in both triathlons and marathons for the past 10 years. He is motivated to run by his appetite for fast food and by the friendly competitiveness he shares with his twin brother. Jimmy has completed numerous half-Ironmans, long distance triathlons, and marathons. His favorite accomplishment was finishing the 2007 Wisconsin Ironman. He has paced a half marathon and a full marathon, so he knows the importance of following the SmartPacing Strategy. His number one key for success is not beginning the race at peak race pace, which can be very challenging for some. He has had lots of success with using the Smart Pacing Strategy in his own races and he knows that if you follow it with him, you will also.
Half Marathon PR: 1:25
Mark M. - 1:35 pacer
Mark has been an avid racer in both triathlons and marathons for the past 10 years. He is motivated to run by his appetite for fast food and by the friendly competitiveness he shares with his twin brother. Mark has completed numerous half-Ironmans, long distance triathlons, and marathons. Mark's favorite accomplishment was finishing the 2007 Wisconsin Ironman. He has paced a half marathon and a full marathon, so he knows the importance of following the Smart Pacing Strategy. His number one key for success is not beginning the race at peak race pace, which can be very challenging for some. He has had lots of success with using the Smart Pacing Strategy in his own races and he knows that if you follow it with him, you will also.
Half Marathon PR: 1:27
Chris G. - 1:40 pacer
Chris has run 42 marathons and about twice that many halfs, including pacing for 4 marathons and 15 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
Scott B. - 1:45 pacer
Scott is a veteran of 9 marathons, over 40 half-marathons, and 82 triathlons including an Ironman. He is a 2013 All-American Triathlete. He has paced 20+ races with SmartPacing. From that pacing experience, Scott is convinced the Smart Pacing Strategy is the best method for getting the most runners to beat their pace goal and to have the best race experience.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33
Krista W. - 1:45 pacer
Krista is thrilled to have the chance to run with you! Krista has been running since middle school where she joined the cross country team. Since then, she hasn't stopped. Krista has completed ten marathons and too many half marathons, 10Ks, and 5ks to count. Krista loves running because of the companionship and challenge it brings. She can't wait to help you reach your goal!
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
Dan S. - 1:50 pacer
Dan has been running competitively for over 10 years, competing in over 10 half marathons and dozens of 10k and 5k races. In 2014, Dan achieved his highest competitive accomplishment finishing 4th in the male overall division in the Heartland 30K, completing three 10k's in a total time of 2:07. His half-marathon PR of 1:34 was recorded at the 2014 Kansas City Corporate Challenge.
Dan believes in having a pacing plan for every race he competes in. His strategy is starting with a swift warm-up pace, settling into a consistent race pace, and saving some energy for a strong finish and a great race experience.
Dan loves helping those around them achieve their goals as an academic coach, corporate trainer and professional speaker. He is excited to help his fellow runners achieve their goals and have fun while doing it!
Half Marathon PR: 1:34
Kristen C. - 1:50 pacer
With 27 marathons, including seven Boston Marathons, more than 15 half marathons and several triathlons under her belt, it's clear that Kristen loves to race. One of the most rewarding aspects of her running experience is helping others reach their goal times. Having paced the Kansas City Marathon twice and multiple half marathons, she is confident she can help you reach your goal time using the SmartPace strategy.
Half Marathon PR: 1:31
Brian B. - 1:55 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
Jadin W. - 1:55 pacer
Jadin has been an avid runner and triathlete since 2007. He has completed numerous road and trail races from 5Ks to the marathon. His triathlon resume includes sprints all the way through the half-ironman (70.3) distance.
Jadin loves the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that racing provides; and finds equal enjoyment in pacing others to their goals and PRs. He will utilize coaching and smart pacing in an effort to provide you with the best opportunity for an optimal performance on race day!
Half Marathon PR: 1:28
Herschel D. - 2:00 pacer
Herschel is an avid runner and enjoys helping others reach their goals. He has run 19 marathons, 21 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
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
Ann O. - 2:05 pacer
Ann loves race day and is excited to be pacing. Since 1997, Ann has completed 19 marathons, including Boston, many half marathons, and 5k's. Her marathon PR is 3:41 and her half marathon PR is 1:38. Ann is a believer in the Smart Pacing strategy and is ready to help others make their race goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:38
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: 1:43:00
Bryan L. - 2:10 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
Jenny R. - 2:10 pacer
Jenny has been running for over 25 years and has completed 32 marathons with a goal to run one in every state. She has also 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 with friends/family and playing with her dog Rocky. Jenny's favorite quote is: “The pain that you feel in your body during a race is nothing compared to the pain that you’ll feel in your heart if you don’t meet your goal”. She is energetic and believes in having a good time with running, so if you join her pace group...you may get a laugh or two! :-)
Half Marathon PR: 1:35
Daron P. - 2:15 pacer
Like most folks, Daron started running as a way to improve his overall health -- that was nearly 20 years ago -- and he's still going strong. He's had a six-year streak of Kansas City Marathon finishes, a couple of Chicago Marathons, a few in Oklahoma, as well as the inaugural Air Force Marathon in 1997 (while still on active duty in the Air Force), a random few others here and there, and countless 10Ks and Halves. In the last year, he has moved into trail racing and ultra distancing, finishing races at distances of 50K, 40M, 50M, and his first 100M this past March.
All of his local road races, in recent years, have been completed with the help of Smart Pacers (Kenny Miller got him to his Post-40 PR of 3:39 at Garmin in 2014) -- and he thought he'd like help others achieve their goals, improve their health, and most important: HAVE FUN... #GottaRun!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39:xx
Stephanie S. - 2:15 pacer
Stephanie loves to run - and she loves to cheer people on to do their best. Put these two things together, and it only makes sense that Stephanie loves to pace! She has been running for over 15 years, and just recently finished her 20th full marathon. She has qualified for and run the Boston Marathon, as well as too many half marathons to count. Stephanie's philosophy on pacing is to give her pace group tips and encouragement, conversation, fun...and a little bit of tough love to get you to the finish line.
Half Marathon PR: 1:42
Kim M. - 2:20 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
Mike P. - 2:20 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:42
Megan F. - 2:25 pacer
Megan has been running since the birth of her second daughter in 2010. She has run a dozen 1/2 marathons, including 1 trail 1/2, but is a rookie pacer. She works as a Recreation Director for Garden Terrace at Overland Park, a Skilled Nursing Facility for individual's with dementia. She often races as a fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. She also is part of a group called IRun4, which pairs runners with individuals with disabilities who can't run for themselves! Megan enjoys meeting new people and exchanging running experiences and tips. She is excited to help you reach your race day goals!!
Half Marathon PR: 2:04
Gay P. - 2:25 pacer
Gay started running as a little girl and hasn't stopped since! She paces or races in multiple events every year. She is crazy enough to have run up a mountain at the Pikes Peak Ascent the last two years. She is also the official race doctor for the Run d'Haiti, a trail ultramarathon in Croix-des-Bouquets, that supports her favorite charity, the Global Orphan Project. In April 2015, she ran Brew to Brew as a soloist, covering over 47 miles in one day. As an internal medicine physician, her personal goal nowadays is to encourage others to exercise and get healthy. She's paced for many years and her SmartPace strategy includes warming up in the first two miles, taking advantage of downhills and using even effort on the uphills. Be prepared to sing and have some fun shenanigans. Look for the braids!
Half Marathon PR: 1:45
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 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 (33 down, 17 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 =0). Join the 2:30 group & get ready to "woo-hoo" & have a great time!
Half Marathon PR: 1:55:58
Hadley W. - 2:30 pacer
Hadley had been running for about 18 years. She has done all distance races from the 5K to the Marathon. She has qualified at the Kansas City Marathon twice to run the Boston Marathon, 2010 and 2015. She enjoys a good road race but is also an avid trail runner. She has run many Trail Nerd races and has others on the horizon! She has three grown kids and four grandkids. She loves to run with her oldest daughter who shares a passion for the sport as well. She consistently loves to challenge herself and has won many age group awards as well as overall awards. She is relatively new to pacing but is very excited to help people achieve their goals and have some fun along the way!
Half Marathon PR: 1:50:40
Miguel C. - 2:35 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
Mary L. - 2:35 pacer
While always physically active, Mary did not become a long distance runner until after the age of 40. She set a goal to run a full marathon as a “bucket list” item and in the process discovered a passion for running. She has now completed 14 full marathons and over 20 half marathons. She enjoys being in the company of other runners and encouraging them to achieve their goals. Mary’s hope is that you complete the race by not only meeting your goal, but also having fun in the process!
Half Marathon PR: 1:59
Carla J. - 2:40 pacer
Carla has been running for many years, but got serious when she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in October, 2002. She began running half marathons in 2007 and completed her first marathon in January, 2010. Carla started pacing in 2010 and loves the opportunity to encourage, be encouraged by others and bring home the bling!
Half Marathon PR: 2:03
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
Julie A. - 2:45 pacer
Julie lives in Kansas City, MO, with her husband, two children, and two Yellow Labrador Retrievers. Since 2010, she has completed 10 marathons and over 16 half marathons. Julie loves running because it helps her stay in shape, and she enjoys meeting amazing people and making new friends. She also likes to help her Labs stay in shape; with their company, she never runs alone. She likes to help others set and achieve goals for themselves, and is looking forward to this pacing opportunity.
Half Marathon PR: 2:07
Half Marathon PR: 2:07
Vita-Roxanne J. - 2:45 pacer
Vita-Roxanne grew up watching her mother run and now follows in her footsteps. She took up running in 2011 to get back into shape after having her second child and has not stopped since. Vita started out running a variety of 5k's and 10k's but she soon stepped up to her favorite race distance, the half marathon. Since running her first half marathon in 2012, Vita has completed 8 half marathons. She completed the 39.3 series in 2014 followed by the Hospital Hill Run and still managed a PR of sub 2 at the Garmin Half. With the support of her husband and 2 children she has also completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2 years in a row and is currently in preparation for her next full marathon in 2015. Vita absolutely lives to run, and though she is new to pacing, she is eager to help others achieve their race goals just like so many have done for her. Vita is uplifting and encouraging and strongly believes that if she can do it you can too! She is ready to help you make this race YOUR RACE!
Half Marathon PR: 1:57
Deborah P. - 2:50 pacer
Deborah started running late in life, after her last of four children graduated from high school. Having watched her youngest run cross country for four years, something made her want to start running, as well. “You’re never too old to start,” she says. “Unlike so many sports, running is one you can do throughout your life.” Her first race was the Hospital Hill Run 10K and after that she went on to half marathons. Deborah has run a few marathons but the half marathon is her favorite distance and she wants you to enjoy it just as much as she does. She says that pacers have played a big part in her racing experience so now she wants to pay that forward and help others along the way.
Half Marathon PR: 2:10:58
Joe H. - 2:50 pacer
Joe started running in 2009 and has been hooked ever since. He has completed numerous half and full marathons, with many more to come!
Joe enjoys setting a goal for himself for every race and has met or exceeded those goals every time. He looks forward to helping you reach your goals and have a little fun at the same time!
Half Marathon PR: 1:42
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 35 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: 2:13:34
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 new to Layne, but 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
Becky Z. - 3:00 pacer
Becky joined the Smart Pace team 2011. She runs all distances but the half marathon is her favorite, having completed over 50. She looks forward to meeting you at the starting line and helping you reach your goals by crossing the finish line by using the Smart Pace method.
Half Marathon PR: 2:16
Jacqueline S. - 3:00 pacer
Jacqueline has been running for over 10 years, completing more than a dozen half marathons and countless shorter distance races. She enjoys encouraging other runners and helping them to achieve their goals and can often be found volunteering at races in Kansas City when she’s not running them! Jacqueline is looking forward to seeing you on race day!
Half Marathon PR: 2:12
Amy C. - 3:15 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
Suzanne M. - 3:15 pacer
Suzanne enjoys running with friends and family. She loves 5ks, 10ks and trail runs, and has enjoyed half marathons and obstacle challenges. She started off by running track in high school, and after college she decided to go back to track...but this time as a middle school and high school coach! Suzanne's two children have also fallen in love with running and she enjoys doing 5ks and 10ks with them by her side. Suzanne looks forward to sharing her excitement and energy with those in her pace group!
Half Marathon PR: 2:30
Sharon J. - 3:30 pacer
Sharon started running after having 3 kids and was “smitten” by the marathon bug. Sharon has completed 13 marathons (her favorite marathons are the NY marathon and the Chicago Marathon), 2 twenty mile plus races (her absolute favorite race was in Big Sur, CA when she completed the 21 miler by the ocean – her plan is to go back to complete the Big Sur Marathon Spring 2016 when she turns 50), more than 80 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
Jackie D. - 3:30 pacer
Jackie ran her first marathon after her first son was born. Then she continued that pattern for three more kids. She's now completed 23 marathons (but she doesn't have that many kids!), numerous half marathons, the solo Brew to Brew run, and a Half Ironman. She thoroughly enjoys running at the crack of dawn watching the sun rise. Her favorite running quote comes from Eric Liddell, "When I run I feel His pleasure." She loves pacing others even more than she enjoys reaching her own PR's. She looks forward to motivating every runner and having lots of fun along the way!
Half Marathon PR: 1:43
Full Marathon SmartPace Teams
Matt H. - 3:15 pacer
Matt has a couple pacing events under his belt and is excited to help with more races. Ultimately his passion for pacing is to help runners achieve their own goals and at the end of the race hear that those around him hit PRs and/or couldn't have finished that well if it wasn't for him. Lots of friends would describe him as inspiring and he wishes to help each runner with words of encouragement and advice before, during, and after the race. Matt started running with high school football and track but didn't really become committed to endurance running until the past couple years. Now with eight marathons and about 15 half marathons under his belt he wants to pay back the running community through pacing. Matt is convinced that pace groups add a huge benefit for people to reach their goals and is looking forward to having laughs and joy each mile of the race with you.
Marathon PR: 2:53
Eddie W. - 3:15 pacer
Eddie is making his way through college and running year round. When he is not traveling the world he is usually running circles around it. He has run the Boston Marathon thrice and will be going for a perfect four this spring. Get ready for a fun filled race of punny proportions. Not only will he push you to reach your goal you will laugh your way to the finish.
Marathon PR: 2:47
Matt O. - 3:30 pacer
Matt started running cross country in high school after getting cut from the soccer team, and quickly fell in love with distance running. The camaraderie of group runs, the calm of a long solo run, and the thrill of racing are all integral parts of Matt's life. Matt has been a distance runner for 17 years, building up from 5k's to marathons and a couple ultras (not too many of those though!) Matt has completed 30 half marathons and 10 marathons, and is looking forward to helping people meet their goals as a pacer!
Marathon PR: 2:58
Scott M. - 3:30 pacer
Scott has been running for four years and has completed 10 marathons.
Marathon PR: 2:57
Mike B. - 3:40 pacer
Mike started running long distance races in 2012 with a New Year’s Resolution to finish a half marathon. He was soon hooked, logging over 5,000 miles since then and finishing 6 halfs and 6 full marathons, including Boston in 2014 and an overall win in his first ultra, a 50 mile race, in October.
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.
Marathon PR: 3:01
Abby K. - 3:40 pacer
Abby is a nanny and competitive runner in Omaha, NE. She has completed 30 marathons, including Boston four times, with a total of 21 BQ's on her shoes. She has also completed numerous half marathons and all sorts of distances in between. Along with the US, she has raced in France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Hungary.
Her goals in every race are: Domination and Fun. 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 with a freedom ringer Jammy Pack, she takes your personal goals very seriously. Let's do this.
Marathon PR: 3:03
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
Stephanie M. - 3:50 pacer
Stephanie started running for fun and as a way to keep in shape in between weekend soccer games about 6 years ago. She signed up for her first half in 2012, and became hooked on distance running. She has run everything from a 5k to a 50k, and is the current Missouri women's record holder at the 50k distance in her age group. She enjoys recovery runs with her dachshund Norman. She was just accepted to run her first Boston Marathon in 2016! She looks forward to helping people meet personal running goals, while making the marathon experience a great one!
Marathon PR: 3:20
Al M. - 4:00 pacer
Al has being pacing since 2007 and has learned that good pacing is 50% keeping the right speed at the right time and 50% amusing, cheering, pushing, carrying, dousing, encouraging and, if necessary, lying to get you across the line. He and his co-pacer will keep your mind off your pain. If you have the training to get to mile 20, he will do everything he can do to get you through the last 6.2.
Marathon PR: 3:19
Kris B. - 4:00 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".
Marathon PR: 3:38
Danny M. - 4:10 pacer
Danny began running marathons with the 2005 Chicago Marathon and has completed more than 50 marathons and ultra-marathons since then—including two 100-mile races. He also once ran 120 miles of a 200 mile race, but quit once he realized 200 miles was a long way.
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.
Danny recently got his son Toby to sign up for his first marathon. Unfortunately, Toby has had some difficulty with the training plan—sitting in a stroller for four hours is exhausting.
Marathon PR: 3:38
Wael S. - 4:10 pacer
Wael has been running since 2008. He has completed several ultra trail races, several half marathons and full marathons. He enjoys trail running with the Kansas City Trail Nerds. Wael completed two 100 mile ultra runs with a sub-24 hour finish in Feb, 2014.
Marathon PR: 3:47
Eric S. - 4:20 pacer
Eric has been running for over 12 years. One aspect Eric enjoys about running is meeting other runners in the community; they understand what’s it's like to have a crazy addiction for running and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Eric also enjoys helping and encouraging runners achieve their goals. Eric has completed multiple half marathons, 10 marathons, and a 50 miler and he is confident that you will reach your goal when you pace with him. Eric will be using the Smart Pacing strategy to ensure a successful race.
Marathon PR: 3:20
Jodi R. - 4:20 pacer
Jodi...a.k.a "Blue Zebra" is a running fool! Even though she has only been racing for five years she has completed numerous marathons, half marathons, and 4 ultra marathons. Her most recent accomplishment is finishing the 2014 Hawk 100 race...her very first 100. 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
Stephen L. - 4:30 pacer
Stephen picked up running in 2010 after realizing that two little curtain climbers needed their dad to be able to romp and play instead of sitting on the couch eating potato chips. Inspired by his brother who had also achieved great health results via running, he trained and completed his first 10k at the TLC Groundhog in January 2011. Since then he has run 5ks, 10ks, 10 mile trail, 20 mile trail, 50K trail, 44 miler at Brew2Brew multiple times, a bunch of full marathons, countless half marathons, sprint and international distance triathlon along with an ironman distance in 2014. His first marathon was the MO Cowbell in St. Charles, MO. His half marathon PR came in 2013, which was run purely for fun. The social and all inclusive aspect of running and multi-sport is what keeps Stephen going so don't be surprised if you end up run BFF's by the time your race is over. Stephen has plans to complete more trail runs, marathons, and half marathon pacing.
Marathon PR: 3:55
Bob W. - 4:30 pacer
Kansas City is Bob's favorite marathon. He ran his first ever here in 2007 and got his PR here in 2013. He has completed the KC full 4 times (and the half once) and keeps coming back for more!
Besides the KC Marathon Bob has run quite a few others including trail 50ks and over 20 half-marathons.
This is Bob's first time pacing. After many enjoyable experiences running with the Smart Pacers he decided to try it from the other side. Bob loves the KC full and is ready to help you finish in 4:29:59!
Marathon PR: 3:34
Marvin M. - 4:40 pacer
Marvin is new to pacing but has been running since the 1970's. His first marathon was the Kansas City Macy's Marathon in 1981 and first half was Hospital Hill in 1979. He has run 20+ marathons and a collection of ultra's including the Leadville 100 in 2013. Marvin loves motivating runners and will help you dig deep.
Marathon PR: 3:03
Michael B. - 4:40 pacer
Mike has completed 128 marathons in 39 different states. His past pacing experiences have included the Kansas City Marathon, the Lincoln Marathon and the Olathe Marathon. Mike is passionate about sharing his many running experiences with others and supporting all marathoners in doing their personal best.
Marathon PR: 3.35
Megan D. - 4:50 pacer
Megan began running five years ago, after the birth of her sixth child. Since then she's completed many half marathons, twelve marathons, a triathlon (ask her to tell you the story of her goggles!) and an ultra. She loves early morning runs with her friends, especially when they involve breakfast afterward. Megan promises to motivate and encourage you all the way to the finish line.
Marathon PR: 4:28
Amy W. - 4:50 pacer
As a mother of four children, Amy enjoys both the mental and physical health benefits of running. Growing up with a father who ran regularly, Amy attended many races but didn't start running until after she was married. Now she has completed 12 marathons and many half marathons. Having grown up cheering on her dad and other racers, pacing is great fit for Amy, encouraging others while still being able to run the race too.
Marathon PR: 4:19:44
Kirby S. - 5:00 pacer
Kirby has run 14 marathons and many half marathons. He started running about 5 years ago just to lose weight. What he discovered was a real passion for running. Just like many others, he started with a 5k and worked his way up the ladder until he completed his first marathon. He has passed his love for running on to his family. He ran with his wife in her first half (Kansas City) and full (Disney) marathons. He is really looking forward to pacing in many marathons and spreading his enthusiasm for running with others.
Marathon PR: 3:59
Steve H. - 5:00 pacer
Steve picked up running in 2009 as a way to practice healthy habits and was soon hooked. His favorite race is Hospital Hill because it is a great course and really puts you to the test. Steve has paced 7 marathons (including Kansas City twice) and 8 half marathons. He will never stop encouraging the runners in his group because HIS goal is helping you reach YOUR goal. He strongly believes in running at 'even effort' using Smart Pacing in order to help his group run their best race possible.
Marathon PR: 4:12
Katrina J. - 5:15 pacer
Katrina has always loved playing team sports but decided to start running in 2008. She ran her first marathon in 2009 and uses marathons, and half marathons, as a way to vacation to new places across the country. She has also participated in a few sprint triathlons, trail runs and finished her 1st 50k in the fall. She is a certified running coach that works with a local women's group to encourage them to get active and healthy. Whatever the distance, and whatever the pace, she enjoys the fellowship of running with other people.
Marathon PR: 4:27
Kelly P. - 5:15 pacer
Kelly has been pacing half and full marathons since 2009. She follows the Smart Pacing philosophy - starting out slow to warm up, taking it easy on the uphills, taking advantage of the downhills, and walking through every aid station to fully hydrate. She is fully focused on helping each runner achieve their race goal while having fun along the way. Her goal is to have her runners cross the finish line ahead of her with a smile on their face!
Marathon PR: 4:23:41
Edward B. - 5:30 pacer
Edward has been running since 2007. His first Marathon was the Seoul International Marathon in South Korea. He served in the US Army for over 26 years and enjoyed the challenges of the Marathons. Edward deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times during his career so in 2010 he came back and ran 9 Marathon in 9 months to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Edward then went on to deploy 1 last time in 2012 getting back in September 2012. The next month Edward ran 13 Marathons in 10 weeks propelling him to complete all 50 states, running a total of 53 marathons from September 2012-September 2013. He also completed his first 100 miler and 50 miler and loves the Ultra and Marathon distance. Ed has found that pacing is very rewarding and is happy to see others reach their goals.
Marathon PR: 3:19
Chandy T. - 5:30 pacer
Chandy was a Fitness Model that became an avid runner after running her first 5k in December 2013. Since then Chandy has ran 5 marathons, 5 ultra marathons (3-50k's, 100k, 2-50milers), 20 half marathons along with many 5k's and 10k's. Completing Leadville has been her personal biggest running success she says. She loves to run and share her passion about running with everyone. She Coaches a Couch 2 5K group for Team RWB, paces 100 mile ultra runners during their last 20 to 50 miles of their 100 mile race. She has done one on one pacing for several half marathons as well. Her greatest happiness is helping runners cross the finish line, and meet their goals. Chandy looks forward to running with you!
Marathon PR: 3:59.16
Sueann S. - 5:45 pacer
Sueann has been a runner with Runner's Edge for the past 8 years. She has paced 8 half marathons and 5 marathons. With the encouragement of her oldest son, she started running at the age of 53. Since then she has run 13 marathons, 14 half marathons, and 1 ultra marathon. The variety of runs includes the “Goofy” run in Orlando and the Dublin Ireland Marathon. She believes in the Smart Pace method which includes a slow start for the first 2-3 miles; running a mile than walking a minute; walking through aid stations; going slow up hills, and increasing speed down the hill. She also believes running should be a fun and long lasting hobby.
Marathon PR: 5:15
Cynthia S. - 5:45 pacer
Cynthia has been a pace group leader for The Runner's Edge for 10 years. By employing the SmartPace strategy, Cynthia has successfully completed more than 40 marathons (which includes serving as a pacer for KC in 2007-2015; Hospital Hill in 2009-2015; Olathe in 2008-2015; Rock the Parkway 2010-2015; and Lincoln, Neb. 2011-2013, as well as others); two ultra road runs (31 miles x2), 10 ultra trail runs (50 miles, 40 miles, 44 miles x2, 38 miles, and 31 miles x5), the Lake Tahoe Triple and many 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.
Marathon PR: 4:56