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
Zach K. - 1:30 pacer
After fifteen years of competitive tennis, Zach traded in his tennis racquet for a pair of running shoes in 2011 and was addicted immediately. After going out too fast and hitting the wall in his first three marathons, he learned the value of running negative splits the hard way. In his next three marathons, he dropped his marathon PR by nearly an hour and qualified for Boston in 2014. Zach hopes to use his experience as a runner, teacher, and coach to help other runners reach their individual goals.
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
Kristen C. - 1:40 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
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 she was 13 and got cut from the volleyball team in middle school. Rather than feel down about the cut, she joined the XC team--one of the best decisions she ever made! Since her schooling days, Krista has completed five marathons and too many half marathons, 10Ks, and 5ks to count. She claims her greatest running accomplishment was when she qualified for the Boston Marathon at the Twin Cities Marathon in 2011. Krista loves running because of the companionship and challenge it brings. She is excited to pace the Kansas Half Marathon, helping others challenge themselves and reach their goals. She believes the only thing better than accomplishing a goal is helping someone else achieve theirs.
Half Marathon PR: 1:36
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
Jadin W. - 1:50 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
Larry L. - 1:55 pacer
Larry started running consistently in 2002 and is now a complete running junkie! Over the past 6 years, he completed 40+ trail ultra marathons. He has soloed Brew to Brew six times. When he isn't pacing, he runs 50K, 50 mi, 100K and 100 mile trail races. He also competes in ironman distance triathlon (most recently Redman and Boulder). Pacing is a particular passion of Larry's as he is always looking for like-minded runners who enjoy challenging their personal limits.
Half Marathon PR: 1:41
Margi W. - 1:55 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
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
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
Holly J. - 2:05 pacer
Holly has always loved running! She ran her first half marathon in 2002 and her first marathon was the 2009 Kansas City Marathon, where she qualified for, and ran, the 2010 Boston Marathon. She has since run several more half's and 2 more full marathons. She was selected by Saucony in 2013 to be part of the 26Strong team as a veteran runner. She coached her friend through her first marathon. Their journey was documented in Competitor and Women's Running magazine and online. She is so excited to be part of the Smart Pacing team and is looking forward to helping you reach your goal!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39
Chad M. - 2:05 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 31 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 the Boston Marathon, Jenny believes you can achieve anything with patience, motivation and hard work. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, having fun 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 also 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
Jackie D. - 2:25 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
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. In 2014, she ran the Big Sur Marathon as well as the Portland Marathon. That same year, she was also crazy enough to run up a mountain at the Pike's Peak Ascent! She is 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 marathon with the right attitude and a little ambition, you've just got to keep going - a motto which has worked for her in 44 marathons. Her personal goal is to complete her 50 states by her 50th birthday (31 down, 19 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
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
Erin S. - 2:35 pacer
Erin began running as a way to stay fit after her college sports days were over. Ten years later, she keeps her running shoes laced up because she finds running to be a great way to relax and find balance in life. Erin has run numerous ½ marathons and loves her role as pacer! Erin enjoys meeting new people and loves to learn about what inspires them to reach their personal goals. She looks forward to encouraging her fellow runners to finish strong and have a great time along the way!
Half Marathon PR: 2:10
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
Shannon G. - 2:50 pacer
Shannon has been running for over 10 years. She has completed 30+ half marathons and 7 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
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: 2:12:34
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. Since starting to run she has completed 29 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 12 marathons (her favorite marathons are the NY marathon and the Chicago Marathon), 2 twenty mile plus races (her absolute favorite race was in Big Sur, CA when she completed the 21 miler by the ocean – her plan is to go back to complete the Big Sur Marathon Spring 2016 when she turns 50), more than 60 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
Beth S. - 3:30 pacer
Beth completed her first half marathon at the Indy Mini Half Marathon in 2003 and since has completed 15 half marathons, 27 triathlons and hundreds of 5K, 10K and 8K events. In addition to participating in endurance events, Beth is a race director of the Hospital Hill Run and many other endurance events though out the United States.
As a back of the packer participant she will ensure that everyone has a great time while walking and running with encouragement, support and her own special brand of cheer leading!
Half Marathon PR: 3:00
Full Marathon SmartPace Teams
Pete K. - 3:15 pacer
Pete is from Lincoln, Nebraska and started running marathons in 2008 to drop some college weight, and has since run 33 races of marathon distance or longer, including seven of 100 miles or more. Pete finished first overall in the 2015 Badwater 135 in Death Valley in 23 hrs 27 min, the fourth fastest time on record in the event. He also ran the entire 2013 (423 mile) RAGBRAI bike route in a week. He would like to qualify for the USA 24 hour team, and run across the USA someday. His marathon PR of 2:41 came at the Lincoln Marathon in 2015.
Marathon PR: 2:41
Jason Z. - 3:15 pacer
Jason Zakaras runs for Nebraskas most competitive long distance running team Lincoln Running Company. He has been active in the sport since 2010 where he finished his first marathon with his wife, Jayci, in 4:58. Since then Jason has cut his marathon PR down to 2:34, completed a variety of ultramarathons while improving other distances like the half marathon in Des Moines Iowa where he finished 4th in 1:12:04. Jason has successfully paced 3:15 groups in the past at Omaha Marathon and Des Moines marathon and the 3:55 group in a past Des Moines marathon.
Jason enjoys gardening, raising chickens and ducks, and fly fishing. He is a father to 2 girls, Lily 7 and Emma 5.
Make sure to enjoy the journey of your marathon training, the memories will be filled with the grind that was the training while the race itself is just the bookend.
Marathon PR: 2:34
Matt H. - 3:30 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
Scott M. - 3:30 pacer
Scott has been running for four years and has completed 10 marathons.
Marathon PR: 2:57
Matt O. - 3:40 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
Abby K. - 3:40 pacer
Abby is a nanny and competitive runner in Omaha, NE. She has completed 29 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
Eric S. - 3:50 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
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
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
Tricia M. - 4:20 pacer
Tricia loves to run as a break from her two crazy jobs:being a busy mom to three great kids (18, 16 & 9) and a prosecuting attorney. She loves to pace, and has completed 13 full marathons and countless half-marathons since she started running as a way to relieve stress and get healthy in 2009. Tricia has ran several marathons with the SmartPace team pacers and truly believes this is best strategy to achieve your marathon goals. She's very excited to help you hit yours!
Marathon PR: 3:46
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
Emma S. - 4:40 pacer
Emma picked up running in 2011 during law school as a way to stay active, and has been hooked ever since. In the past year she has ventured into the world of ultrarunning and is currently training for her first 100 mile race, but the marathon is still her favorite distance. As someone who has benefited greatly from good training partners, racing buddies, and pacers, she loves pacing to help others reach their goal times.
Marathon PR: 3:40
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 7 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
Mary M. - 5:30 pacer
Mary is a downhill skier and snowshoer who took up running later in life. Mary ran her first marathon when she was 44, her second marathon a few weeks after, and hasn't stopped since. She's completed 39 marathons, 12 ultra marathons, and earned her first 100 mile belt buckle in November 2014. She's a proud back-of-the-pack marathoner who believes in training seriously and running happy on race day. Mary has found that a positive attitude, steady pace, and careful management of electrolytes/fluids/fuel can get you a lot farther in a race than you ever thought possible. She plans to use a run/walk strategy for the 5:30 pace group. Mary grew up in Lincoln, NE and now lives in Madison, WI.
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 eight years. By employing the SmartPace strategy, Cynthia has successfully completed more than 40 marathons (which includes serving as a pacer for KC in 2007-2014; Hospital Hill in 2009-2014; Olathe in 2008-2015; Rock the Parkway 2010-2015; and Lincoln, Neb. 2011-2013, as well as others); two ultra road runs (33 miles x2), eight ultra trail runs (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