Our Upcoming Races 

Kansas City Marathon - 10/21/2017

Go! St. Louis Halloween Half - 10/22/2017

Kansas Half Marathon - 11/05/2017

Longview Half Marathon - 11/11/2017

Gobbler Grind Marathon & Half Marathon - 11/12/2017

Words to run by

Dress as if it is 15 to 20 degrees warmer than what the thermometer reads. When you step outside for a run you should be chilled, not comfortable.

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 6:00

Half Marathon SmartPace Teams

1:30 SmartPace Teams

Kevin W. - 1:30 pacer

Although he had no previous experience with distance running, Kevin began running in 2009 as a way to get back in shape after college. To date, he has completed 9 half-marathons and 7 marathons, along with several other races of various distances. Kevin enjoys the transformation that running brings about in people's lives and believes in being absolutely positive during all aspects of the run. He also enjoys sharing stories about the crazy extents to which runners will go in order to get across their next finish line. Kevin's current running goal is to stay healthy and happy, and to complete all 6 of the World Major Marathons!
Half Marathon PR: 1:19

Matt H. - 1:30 pacer

Matt has several 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 and has fallen in love with running and being a part of the running community. Matt is convinced that pace groups add a huge benefit for people to reach their goals and is looking forward to sharing laughs and encouragement with you each mile of the race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:19

1:35 SmartPace Teams

Harrison H. - 1:35 pacer

Harrison ran cross country and distance track for the University of Central Missouri. Since graduation, he has shifted focus to the occasional road 5k, half marathon, and marathon. With college and heavy racing days behind him, Harrison enjoys helping others achieve their goals within the sport through training and nutrition guidance, advice, sharing laughs on the run, and providing pace work for others. Harrison's future goals are to stay healthy, and stay in shape to enjoy hikes and the outdoors for decades to come.
Half Marathon PR: 1:27

Dan S. - 1:35 pacer

Dan has been running competitively for over 10 years, and has ran in over 20 half marathons and dozens of 10k and 5k races. He has been with the SmartPacing team since the Fall of 2015 and has enjoyed seeing many of his fellow runners achieve personal best times through the SmartPacing strategy. Dan utilized the SmartPacing strategy to achieve his own personal best time of 1:27 in the 2017 Arizona Rock and Roll Half Marathon. Dan is also a participant in Runner's Edge of Kansas City. 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 a 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: 1:27

1:40 SmartPace Teams

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

Mark M. - 1:40 pacer

Mark’s passion for running and competing in triathlon started back in ’07 after KC local hero Matt Mason told him to "Cowboy Up" and start training. The addiction quickly set in and he’s fully embraced the endurance lifestyle having raced in all distances and becoming a running and triathlon coach. Mark loves encouraging first timers and seeing athletes of all abilities dig deep and finish strong. His upbeat, positive attitude and firm belief in the Smart Pacing Strategy will help set you up for that strong finish.
Half Marathon PR: 1:25

1:45 SmartPace Teams

Kelly D. - 1:45 pacer

Kelly was a competitive swimmer growing up and swam competitively in college at the University of Kansas. After college, Kelly began running and competing in triathlons. She is an All-American triathlete and really enjoys pacing running events and helping individuals reach their race day goals. Last year, Kelly paced the Kansas City marathon (3:40 pace) and the Lawrence 1/2 marathon (1:40 pace) and brought her teams in just under their goal times.
Half Marathon PR: 1:30

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

1:50 SmartPace Teams

Kevin K. - 1:50 pacer

Like many of us, Kevin didn't care for running in high school, but gradually made it a meaningful positive part his life once in the corporate world. He has complete numerous Half Marathons, 1 Half Ironman, 12 full Marathons and a 24 mile Rim to Rim trail run across the Grand Canyon. He trains 4 or 5 days a week mostly with his Team 3:23 (Col 3:23) running buddies, and ran the Boston Marathon in 2014. Running is a tremendous blessing to share friendships, fitness, stress-relief, goals, accomplishments and countless other aspects of life problem solving. He hopes to meet you at the race, and is honored to help you get across the finish line!
Half Marathon PR: 1:36

Stephanie M. - 1:50 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 just ran her first Boston Marathon in 2016! She looks forward to helping people meet personal running goals, while making the marathon experience a great one!
Half Marathon PR: 1:34

1:55 SmartPace Teams

Jamie G. - 1:55 pacer

Jamie began running in college as a way to stay in shape. On a whim she decided to train for a half-marathon and fell in love with distance running. Since then she has run 10 marathons and several half-marathons. She is excited to have finally qualified for the Boston Marathon and looking forward to running it in 2015. Jamie is new to the pacing world and extremely excited to motivate others to reach their running goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:38

Stacey S. - 1:55 pacer

Stacey has been running since high school and has completed two marathons, over a dozen half marathons and three triathlons. She believes the best way to reach your running goal is to have fun with it. Her race philosophy is to smile and let it happen. Helping others enjoy running is a great motivator - there is strength in numbers. We will take walk breaks through water stations to make sure everyone stays hydrated, and have fun the rest of the way reaching your goal.
Half Marathon PR: 1:40

2:00 SmartPace Teams

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

2:05 SmartPace Teams

Stephen L. - 2:05 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37

Tiffany S. - 2:05 pacer

Tiffany started running and completed her first marathon in 2006. Since then, she has competed in 25+ marathons. She has also been a pacer in many local half and full marathons. Tiffany’s favorite marathon was the Women’s Nike Marathon in San Francisco, it was her first marathon and each runner received a Tiffany’s necklace as their medal. It was also the first time she qualified for the Boston Marathon. Tiffany thoroughly enjoys meeting new runners, learning about their experiences and what motivates them. Helping others to achieve their goals is a great passion of hers, and is one of the main reasons she enjoys being a part of a pace team.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37

2:10 SmartPace Teams

Karma B. - 2:10 pacer

Karma has always loved running but never thought she could run more than 13miles! But that all changed after she started reading running books and the Ultra Marathon Man in 2011. She has run several 10ks, half-marathons, 6 marathons and 5 ultras. She is a also member of the GOATz(Greater Omaha Area Trail Runnerz) and loves to volunteer at races. Recently she ran the Grandma’s marathon and is proud to say she is a Boston qualifer. She will be running the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016. She loves to run with friends and help them achieve their goals. She has also helped and trained a few friends to run half marathons. This is her first time pacing and she is very excited to help achieve the runner’s goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:44

Stephanie S. - 2:10 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 over one hundred 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

2:15 SmartPace Teams

Candy H. - 2:15 pacer

Candy’s passion for running started in the 80’s when she ran cross country and track in college. After graduating, she still had that competitive drive so she began racing triathlons. Her racing background includes over 100 triathlons/duathlons, Chicago and Boston marathons, numerous road races at different distances, and three duathlon world championships. Candy works as a wellness coach and fitness instructor so she brings her passion for running and health to those she leads. She is inspired by people wanting to get into the running world. She loves encouraging first timers and seeing athletes of all abilities push themselves simply to improve on from where they began.
Half Marathon PR: 1:47

Joe H. - 2:15 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

2:20 SmartPace Teams

Molly R. - 2:20 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

Renea M. - 2:20 pacer

Renea has completed 29 marathons and 21 half marathons. Her personal best marathon time was 4:07 and half marathon time was 1:53. Renea's goal for running races is to run efficiently and make the race a positive experience. To accomplish this goal she utilizes the SmartPacing method. She will start the race with a warm up and then settle into a goal pace for her group. Renea will always walk through each aid station to allow enough time to properly hydrate. She will also tackle hills by slowing down a little on the ups and picking up the pace going downs. Renea will get you across the finish line just under her pacing time and will make your race a fun experience.
Half Marathon PR: 1:53

2:25 SmartPace Teams

Miguel C. - 2:25 pacer

Miguel started running endurance events in 2004 and to date He has finished 16 marathons and 40 plus half marathons. Miguel started pacing as a way to "pay back" for all the help He received when he first started running. He plans on running "even effort" and looks forward to helping you reach the finish line
Half Marathon PR: 1:48

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. She's run 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 a veteran pacer 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

2:30 SmartPace Teams

Sheree R. - 2:30 pacer

Sheree speed-walked her first 5k in 2008. It was so much fun she quickly moved on to running and going longer distances. Sheree has now completed 16 marathons, dozens of half marathons, and multiple trail runs including an ultra. She must have goals to roll out of bed at the crack of dawn, so entering races keeps her motivated. She absolutely loves running with people and can't wait to encourage you to achieve your goal!
Half Marathon PR: 1:49

Vita-Roxanne J. - 2:30 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

2:35 SmartPace Teams

Laura B. - 2:35 pacer

Laura's first 5k was in 2010 and then first half marathon in 2012. Since then she has completed 23 Half Marathons and another 20+ 5k/10ks. She loves the post run feeling after every race and getting to experience that feeling with first timers makes it even better! Laura has paced many friends to a successful finish and enjoys the full race experience. Steady pace, walk through each aid station, joking and smiling are all part of pacing with Laura. Laura knows we are all stronger than we think and gently encourages everyone to keep moving forward. "You can do it!"
Half Marathon PR: 1:55

Thomas R. - 2:35 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

2:40 SmartPace Teams

Julie A. - 2:40 pacer

Julie lives in Kansas City, MO, with her husband, two children, and two Yellow Labrador Retrievers. Since 2010, she has completed 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

Michelle C. - 2:40 pacer

Michelle started running to wear out her very high drive Australian shepherds and fell in love with running in the process. Michelle loves a good long training cycle, a rural road, and an eager dog. Michelle has run many 5ks, 10ks, halfs and fulls, but her love is with the Ultras and the 50K distance. Pacers have helped her achieve her goals at all distances and she is ready to give back to the running community and above all HAVE FUN!
Half Marathon PR: 2:05

2:45 SmartPace Teams

Carla J. - 2:45 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

Kelly P. - 2:45 pacer

Kelly has been pacing half and full marathons since 2009. She follows the Smart Pacing philosophy - starting out slow to warm up, taking it easy on the uphills, taking advantage of the downhills, and walking through every aid station to fully hydrate. She is fully focused on helping each runner achieve their race goal while having fun along the way. Her goal is to have her runners cross the finish line ahead of her with a smile on their face!
Half Marathon PR: 1:59:13

2:50 SmartPace Teams

Melissa H. - 2:50 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

Deborah P. - 2:50 pacer

Deborah started running late in life, after the last of her 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, having run 26 so far. Deborah has run 5 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: 2:09:03

2:55 SmartPace Teams

Carly B. - 2:55 pacer

Carly loves to serve as a pacer! As a family law attorney, running is what keeps Carly sane. Carly's favorite sport is triathlon, and she is gearing up for the 2013 season. Carly is honored to serve as a pacer & can't wait to help her running mates meet their goals on race day!
Half Marathon PR: 2:00

Tracy P. - 2:55 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

3:00 SmartPace Teams

Jamie H. - 3:00 pacer

Jamie loves running any distance, 5K to 50K! Her favorite is the half-marathon; she's completed 25 of them! Jamie has even run on four continents! She loves running with friends and is so excited to help you achieve your race-day goals!
Half Marathon PR: 2:06

Amy A. - 3:00 pacer

Amy started running when she moved to Pensacola Florida in in 2011. She started running 5ks. She did this to lose weight and make new friendships along the way . She completed her first half marathon at Disney princess's in February of 2012 then the following week completed her first full marathon on New Orleans . Since then she has ran several 5ks , 10ks , 20 half marathons And three full marathons . Her goal now is to help others reach there goals and get them to that finish line with fun along the way and Of course a smile .

3:15 SmartPace Teams

Jim K. - 3:15 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

Layne W. - 3:15 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

3:30 SmartPace Teams

Scotty J. - 3:30 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

Emma S. - 3:30 pacer

Emma began running early in high school after completing a 5k race. The runner's high stuck! Since then, she has completed countless races, ranging from 5k's to full marathons. Emma hopes to complete a race in every state, currently crossing off Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, and Illinois. It's the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment that keeps Emma training and racing; she hopes to instill this sense of accomplishment in you. She can't wait to race with you and help you cross that finish line with a smile!
Half Marathon PR: 1:42

Full Marathon SmartPace Teams

3:15 SmartPace Teams

Ben C. - 3:15 pacer

Ben started running in college to increase his fitness and get in better shape. It all started when his friend convinced him to sign up for a 5k which has led to several half and full marathons. Some of the things that he loves about running is the camaraderie, meeting new people and being able to eat sweets. Since then, running countless miles with others has helped him immensely and he's looking forward to returning the favor!
Marathon PR: 2:54

Xiaolin L. - 3:15 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. His goal is to run all six world major marathons in near future. 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!
Marathon PR: 2:59

3:30 SmartPace Teams

Roy W. - 3:30 pacer

Running for nearly 30 years his most rewarding experiences has been when pacing in marathons to help others obtain personal goals. It is very important to Roy to have others obtain goals they have set out to obtain. His pacing experiences include pacing in the Omaha Marathon several times, Lincoln Marathon and the Chicago Marathon.
Marathon PR: 2:47:05

Jen F. - 3:30 pacer

Jen Freeman is an experienced marathoner who runs for Team Nebraska.She has completed 21 marathons and won 4 with a PR of 3:00:29. She is a personal trainer by profession. Jen is experienced with motivating others and very excited to pace the Kansas City Marathon.
Marathon PR: 3:00

3:40 SmartPace Teams

Lettie C. - 3:40 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.
Marathon PR: 3:20

Scott M. - 3:40 pacer

Scott has been running for four years and has completed 10 marathons.
Marathon PR: 2:57

3:50 SmartPace Teams

Jeff M. - 3:50 pacer

Jeff began running in high school, competing in both cross-country and track. He started running again several years ago. He runs 5k’s and a few half marathons a year (PR of 1:29). Jeff just finished his fourth marathon and qualified for Boston. (PR 3:23). He has coached elementary track for 15+ years. He has a passion for sharing his love and experience of running with others. He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with you to help you reach your running goals and have fun while doing it.
Marathon PR: 3:23

Scott S. - 3:50 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.
Marathon PR: 3:10

4:00 SmartPace Teams

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

Jim S. - 4:00 pacer

Jim ran cross country and track in high school. He also ran cross country in college at Rockhurst University. After college he took some time off from running. After his daughter was born his sister convinced him to run the Chicago Marathon for charity. Since then he has run 15 marathons including 3 as a pacer for the 4:00 group in Kansas City. He has also paced for the Hospital Hill half marathon and is a big advocate for the smart pacing strategy.
Marathon PR: 3:28

4:10 SmartPace Teams

Scott M. - 4:10 pacer

Scott started running in 2010 at the age of 47 when he ran his first 5K. He quickly caught the running bug and started training to run further and faster. He has now completed 8 full marathons including, Boston (2016), Chicago (2015) and Disney (2015) and 18 half marathons. Scott starting pacing in 2016 and has paced 5 half marathons and found that helping others was as rewarding as PRing! Scott has completed 9 marathons, with the most recent being Grandma's in Duluth in June with a time of 3:17. He has also ran 22 half marathons which includes 6 in 2017. Once the race is complete Scott enjoys celebrating with a nice frosty beverage.
Marathon PR: 3:14:36

Patricia B. - 4:10 pacer

4:20 SmartPace Teams

Adam M. - 4:20 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

Ryan M. - 4:20 pacer

Ryan started running 6 years ago to improve his health. What started out as just a form of exercise turned into a passion. Ryan has ran 8 full marathons and several half marathons. After having a pacer help Ryan set a new PR he wanted to become a pacer and help someone else achieve their goal.
Marathon PR: 3:25

4:30 SmartPace Teams

Danny M. - 4:30 pacer

Danny began running marathons with the 2005 Chicago Marathon and has completed more than 50 marathons and ultra-marathons since then—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. - 4:30 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 three 100 mile ultra runs with a sub-24 hour finish in Feb, 2014.
Marathon PR: 3:36

4:40 SmartPace Teams

Tom M. - 4:40 pacer

Tom ran track and cross country in high school, and after graduation ran his first marathon, the Heart of America, in 1976. He ran various 10Ks (PR 35:00) and also got his marathon PR of 3:12 in the 1980's. After a couple decade kid and job induced sabbatical from running, he returned in 2010. He has waddled through 15 marathons and numerous 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons. With help from excellent pacers he got his first BQ at the Oklahoma City marathon in 4/24/16. Again, aided by excellent pacing, he got a recent PR at Hospital Hill. Inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of these pacers, Tom paced the Joplin marathon. He looks forward to helping runners achieve their goals with the SmartPacing system.
Marathon PR: 3:12

Greg S. - 4:40 pacer

Greg has run competetively for 30 years. He has completed 50 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 5 times, and over 100 half marathons. He is a 9 year breast cancer survivor. Greg enjoys helping others meet their goals and his enthusiasm towards running is infectious.
Marathon PR: 3:12

4:50 SmartPace Teams

Kristin M. - 4:50 pacer

Kristin has been running for about 7 years, a mix of road and trail. She generally high fives roughly 83% of the kids on the course, and her favorite running fuel is frozen pizza.
Marathon PR: 4:00

Daron P. - 4:50 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. Recently, he has moved into trail racing and ultra distancing, finishing races at distances of 50K, 40M, 50M, and even a 100M. 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!
Marathon PR: 3:34:xx

5:00 SmartPace Teams

Michael B. - 5:00 pacer

Mike has completed 167 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

Jenn D. - 5:00 pacer

Jenn started running in college and hasn't been able to quit. She has run many, many 5 and 10K's, half marathons and is working on her third marathon. She ran the Chicago marathon in 2016 after having completed the Heartland 39.3 Series earlier that year. When Jenn isn't running, she's on stage acting having done lots of local theatre. She looks forward to getting her group to their goal and making it a fun journey along the way.
Marathon PR: 4:51

5:15 SmartPace Teams

Steve H. - 5:15 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 10 marathons and 9 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. He goes easy on the hills and walks through all aid stations in order to maximize efficiency.
Marathon PR: 4:12

Mike P. - 5:15 pacer

Mike started to get serious about his running by completing his first Half Marathon at the Kansas City Marathon in 2007. He found he enjoyed the challenge and completed his first Marathon in 2008. Mike's wife, Kelly, introduced him to pacing and he found he really liked to help people achieve their goals. Mike has paced several Half and Full Marathons using the Smart Pacing strategy.
Marathon PR: 3:34

5:30 SmartPace Teams

Paula W. - 5:30 pacer

Paula was a thrower in high school and college and hated running. In 2010, she picked up running during a biggest loser competition at work. Ever since running has been her passion. She loves all things running related, and endurance sports. From 50 mile ultra marathons, to Tough Mudders to triathlons. She loves to compete, but also loves to run for fun. She enjoys pushing herself as well as pushing others to do their best and to have fun. There is no better feeling than crossing the finish line and crushing your goals. Let s do this, together we can!
Marathon PR: 5:08

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

5:45 SmartPace Teams

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 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.
Marathon PR: 4:56

6:00 SmartPace Teams

Amy C. - 6:00 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!!!

Suzanne M. - 6:00 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!

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