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
Half Marathon SmartPace Teams
Matt J. - 1:30 pacer
Matt is new to the pacing community and is excited to help dedicated runners achieve their goals. His love for running was discovered 20 years ago in high school where his successes led him to Northwest Missouri State where he competed for the Bearcats in the late '90s. After running sporadically for over a decade just to stay in shape, Matt has recently started coaching young runners and has returned to competitive running once again himself. Matt can't wait to help you find success with the SmartPace strategy and looks forward to seeing everyone's hard work pay off.
Half Marathon PR: 1:15:53
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
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 35 marathons and about twice that many halfs, including pacing for a couple of marathons and 9 halfs. He enjoys distance running because it's excellent practice in not quitting, and entering marathons is good motivation for staying in shape.
For Chris as with most geezers, the idea of starting slow is appealing, and the Smartpacing strategy is a lot more enjoyable than running dead even splits. The challenge will be to see how many laughs can be generated the last part of the race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:22
Scott B. - 1:45 pacer
Scott is a veteran of 9 marathons, many half-marathons, and 64 triathlons including an Ironman. His marathon PR is 3:30 in the 2004 Olathe Marathon and has paced the Kansas City Marathon the past 3 years. From that pacing experience, Scott is convinced the Smart Pacing Strategy is the best method for getting the most runners beating their pace goal and he is eager to have a lot of fun and to help reach goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33
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: 1:33
Brian B. - 1:50 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
Larry L. - 1:50 pacer
Larry has been an avid runner for 20 years and currently runs with Runner’s Edge serving as the Pace Group Leader for the 8:30 minute/ mile group. The half marathon is Larry's favorite race distance and he has a PR of 1:32 for the half and 3:18 for the marathon. He enjoys using the SmartPacing approach (easy up hills) great support, encouragement and teamwork so the team as we enjoy a successful race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
Jeff J. - 1:55 pacer
Jeff has been an avid runner since 2006 when he ran his first marathon. He has completed 12 marathons, multiple half marathons and numerous other road races including 5Ks and 10Ks. Jeff loves the sense of accomplishment that running long distances can provide, and enjoys pacing others to help them realize the satisfaction that a raceday PR can give them. He will utilize smart pacing with a few seconds of brisk walking through the aid stations in an effort to provide you with the best opportunity for an optimal performance on race day!
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
Pam J. - 1:55 pacer
Pam is excited to help you reach your goal this fall! With 7 marathons and 25 half marathons behind her, Pam is excited to help lead you to your first (or 25th) half marathon finish. Pam coaches cross country and track at Park Hill South High School in Riverside, MO and loves to share her passion for running with her athletes. One of the most rewarding outcomes of running is to help others reach their goals, and Pam is looking forward to help you reach your goal this fall. She knows what it takes to get you to the finish line and will utilize the Smart Pace Strategy to get you there.
Half Marathon PR: 1:34
Herschel D. - 2:00 pacer
Herschel is an avid runner and enjoys helping others reach their goals. He has run 13 marathons, 3 half Ironman, numerous half marathons and triathlon races, including one Ironman. 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 twenty marathons, including five Boston Marathons, with a personal best of 3:17. He has paced the Kansas City Marathon four times previously as well as numerous 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
April M. - 2:05 pacer
April has been a runner and health advocate since a young age. She obtained her BS degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State University in 2003 and has since worked in the fitness industry. April ran her first marathon (and race!) in 2001 and has been running ever since. She has completed multiple half-marathons (her favorite distance) and two marathons including the Houston Marathon and Pike's Peak marathon in 2009. April enjoys pacing because it allows her to share her passion of running and helping others to acomplish their personal health and fitness goals. She looks forward to seeing you out on the course!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39:50
Jenny M. - 2:05 pacer
Jenny has been running for over 25 years and has completed 28 marathons with a goal to run one in every state. She has also paced several races and enjoys helping other runners reach their goals. She is a Boston Qualifier and believes that you can achieve anything with patience, motivation and hard work. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends/family and playing with her dog Rocky. Favorite quote: “The pain that you feel in your body 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 fun with running, so if you join her pace group...you may get a laugh or two! :-)
Half Marathon PR: 1:35
Kelly C. - 2:10 pacer
Kelly has been running most of her life and can't imagine life without running! She has completed 5 marathons, with a PR of 3:30 at Boston. She can't keep track how many half marathons she has run, but they include a PR of 1:38 at Kiawah Island. She has paced many half marathons, including Kansas City. She looks forward to helping you achieve your goal!
Half Marathon PR: 1:38
Margi W. - 2:10 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
Jamie M. - 2:15 pacer
Jamie has been a runner and triathlete for 11 years and a SmartPacer for the past 7 years. Her goal is to help you enjoy your run and cross the finish line with a smile on your face! As a mom of two, she understands the importance of having a fun and enjoyable run. Her plan is to start out conservatively with our speed, slow down at the aid stations, and adjust our speed to accommodate hills. She will run an even effort, not an even pace. She is excited to run with you and help you have the best race possible!
Half Marathon PR: 1:49
Tiffany S. - 2:15 pacer
Tiffany started running and completed her first marathon in 2006. Since then, she has competed in 17 marathons. She has also been a pacer in many local marathons and half-marathons. Tiffany’s favorite marathon was the Women’s Nike Marathon in San Francisco, it was her first marathon and each runner received a Tiffany’s necklace as their medal. It was also the first time she qualified for the Boston Marathon. Tiffany thoroughly enjoys meeting new runners, learning about their experiences and what motivates them. Helping others to achieve their goals is a great passion of hers, and is one of the main reasons she enjoys being a part of a pace team.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37
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
Grete R. - 2:20 pacer
Grete is an avid runner, having completed 2 marathons and numerous half marathons. She is training to qualify for Boston this year. She started running long distance about 10 years ago when her older sister ran a marathon and challenged her to beat her time. Grete is a true motivator and inspiration to those she paces. She will do whatever it takes to help a fellow runner find their inner strength to finish, even if it means being a little goofy! If you're looking for an edge, an ally, and an amazing pacer, Grete is your girl!
Half Marathon PR: 1:45
Krista S. - 2:25 pacer
October 2002 found Krista in Chicago cheering on a friend finishing his first marathon. At the end of the race she told him she couldn't understand why anyone would want to run 26.2 miles! May 2005 Krista completed the Olathe Marathon which would be the first of 28 and still counting! A few of the races Krista has completed are the Chicago Marathon and Disney World Goofy Challenge (each 3 times) as well as in 2007 a marathon a month, including Lincoln. Krista's favorite marathons are the ones she has run with friends and been able to encourage them along the way. Krista is excited about being able to motivate and encourage others, whether it is their first or 28th marathon!
Half Marathon PR: 1:59
Amy W. - 2:25 pacer
Amy is a happily married mom of 3 who is passionate about running. She has completed 6 full marathons and multiple half marathons, 8 in 2012 alone. Amy loves to be outside, running, and talking with people.
Belinda A. - 2:30 pacer
Belinda has been running for 9 years and has run 7 marathons and countless half marathons. She has thoroughly enjoyed pacing 7 races so far! Her pace groups walk through all water stops and use any downhills to their advantage. And as a cheer coach who is nicknamed "The Talker" by her running friends, she has plenty of motivation to offer. Running and the running community have given so much to Belinda that she feels very strongly about giving back in this way. Her goal is for you to not only have a great race experience, but to make running an important part of your life!
Half Marathon PR: 1:49:55
Karli R. - 2:30 pacer
Karli began running in high school on her cross country team but really didn't fall in love with running until college. During her senior year she competed in a 10 mile challenge and was hooked. She realized that she only needed to run a 5K more and she'd be a half marathon finisher! Since her first half marathon in 2006, Karli has run over 20 half marathons (12 of those half marathons occurred in 12 months in 2013) and three marathons. Karli is also a veteran coach for Girls on the Run and loves seeing young girls finish their first 5k. She usually runs right along side them from practices during the season to the finish line at the season ending 5k. It was while getting these girls across the finish line that Karli realized how much she'd love to help others attain that same goal---finishing a race---but this time a half marathon! She cannot wait to help you accomplish your goal, whether it's a PR or a first time finisher, she'll be there every step of the way.
Half Marathon PR: 1:55
Janna S. - 2:35 pacer
Janna has been running for over 15 years, starting with some 5K's, 10K's and other "fun runs" and finally doing her first full marathon in 2002. She completed eight full marathons before having her first child in '09 and her second in '11. She took a long break from races during that time, but is excited to be back "in the game!" Since being back, she's done several half marathons, triathlons and some cycling. She works in the fitness field and loves seeing people set and reach goals, through running or whatever their "thing" is!
Half Marathon PR: 1:51
Julie C. - 2:35 pacer
Julie started running 15+ years ago and began races through a recreational running class. Since that time, she completed 4 marathons and 10 half-marathons. She started running before having kids, then she ran between each baby, next she ran after her 3 boys, and now she hopes her kids run after her, joining in her love of running. She loves the conversation and camaraderie that comes from running. She hopes to have fun with you while encouraging you to meet your goal.
Half Marathon PR: 1:45
Julie A. - 2:40 pacer
Julie lives in Kansas City, MO, with her husband, two children, and two Yellow Labrador Retrievers. Since 2010, she has completed 8 marathons and over 10 half marathons. Julie loves running because it helps her stay in shape, and she enjoys meeting amazing people and making new friends. She also likes to help her Labs stay in shape; with their company, she never runs alone. She likes to help others set and achieve goals for themselves, and is looking forward to this pacing opportunity.
Half Marathon PR: 2:07
Half Marathon PR: 2:07
Wally M. - 2:40 pacer
Veteran runner/triathlete of 12 marathons 10 triathlons 1 ultra marathon and too many to count half marathons!! One of the 12 was a international marathon in Argentina in 2006.
Pacing will be the Smartpacing concept. We will walk thru the aid stations for 1 minute while drinking.
Half Marathon PR: 1:50
Jim K. - 2:45 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
Gay P. - 2:45 pacer
Gay started running as a little girl and hasn't stopped since! She ran or paced nine half marathons and two full marathons in 2013 alone. During race season, she runs between 40-60 miles per week. She is excited to run the Big Sur Marathon and Portland Marathon with friends this year! She is also crazy enough to run up a mountain at the Pike's Peak Ascent in August 2014 and is planning a trek to base camp at Mount Everest in the next couple years. Her personal goal nowadays is to encourage others to exercise and eat healthy. As an internal medicine physician, it's part of her job, but she enjoys encouraging people outside of the office and running alongside those wanting to finish their first race or set a new PR. Her SmartPace strategy includes warming up in the first two miles, taking advantage of downhills and using even effort on the uphills. The trails are her first love, and on most Sundays you'll find her on the rugged trails of Landahl. Be prepared to sing and have some fun shenanigans. Look for the braids!
Half Marathon PR: 1:45
Mary N. - 2:50 pacer
Mary has completed 6 marathons,10 half-marathons and has been a Runner's Edge member for the last three years. Mary's two objectives for the race are to make sure you finish the race just under your goal time and to make sure you enjoy a fun and healthy race!
Half Marathon PR: 2:04
Thomas R. - 2:50 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
Dianne A. - 2:55 pacer
Dianne didn't start out as a runner, but at the age of 41 decided to run her first marathon. Since that time she has run over a dozen half marathons, 8 marathons and 1 ultra-marathon and has no plans of stopping. Dianne has paced a number of races. So if this your first or tenth race, Dianne will help you meet your goal and have a good time doing it. She employs the run/walk method (walk 1 minute after each mile) to help keep you going strong to the finish line. She loves running and wants to share her passion for the sport with others.
Half Marathon PR: 2:08
Sueann S. - 2:55 pacer
Sueann has been a runner with Runner's Edge for the past 8 years. She has paced 8 half marathons and 5 marathons. With the encouragement of her oldest son, she started running at the age of 53. Since then she has run 13 marathons, 14 half marathons, and 1 ultra marathon. The variety of runs includes the “Goofy” run in Orlando and the Dublin Ireland Marathon. She believes in the Smart Pace method which includes a slow start for the first 2-3 miles; running a mile than walking a minute; walking through aid stations; going slow up hills, and increasing speed down the hill. She also believes running should be a fun and long lasting hobby.
Half Marathon PR: 2:30
Shannon G. - 3:00 pacer
Shannon has been running for almost 10 years. She has completed 20+ half marathons and 5 marathons. She is a busy mom of 2 young girls and enjoys helping other runners achieve their goals. In addition to running, she enjoys training for triathlons, yoga and traveling.
Half Marathon PR: 2:22
Sharon J. - 3:00 pacer
Sharon started running after having 3 kids and was “smitten” by the marathon bug. Sharon has completed 11 marathons (her favorite marathon was the NY marathon in 2011), 2 twenty mile plus races (her absolute favorite race was in Big Sur, CA when she completed the 21 miler by the ocean – her next challenge is to go back to complete the Big Sur Marathon Spring 2015!), more than 50 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
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: 2:39
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
Jerilyn M. - 3:30 pacer
Jerilyn is not your typical runner. In January of 2009, she began a weight loss journey topping out the scales at just over 350 pounds. In an effort to lose weight she began running- or what she affectionally refers to as wogging (a combination of walking and jogging). In June 2009 she ran her first 5k race, Hospital Hill. From that moment, she was hooked. She continued her Hospital Hill tradition, working up to the 10k in 2010 and her first half marathon in 2011. To date, Jerilyn has completed around 12 5K races, 2 10K races, 6 half marathons, 1 marathon, and 2 triathlons.
Jerilyn looks forward to pacing with you in 2013 and helping you meet your race goals!! We'll have so much fun the Kenyans will wish they were hanging with us instead of at the head of the pack!
Half Marathon PR: 3:16:03
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
Brian L. - 3:15 pacer
Brian has been a runner since high school. He has run several 5K's throughout his running career, but got into longer distance running in 2005. Brian has run three sprint distance triathlons, several half marathons, and four full marathons. The highlight of his running career was running Boston in 2:58. Brian enjoys running with his high energy, German Shorthaired Pointer, Tango. He began pacing races in 2011 and has been a pacer for the Kansas City, Rock the Parkway, and Hospital Hill half marathons. While he is fairly new to the pacing world, Brian is extremely excited and confident that you will reach your goal pace and have a great time if you're running with his team!
Marathon PR: 2:58
Rick G. - 3:15 pacer
Running and racing have played a major role in Rick's life; setting and achieving goals in HS and college provided much confidence and opened many doors. Rick took a long hiatus from racing after college, but then realized the #1 reason he loved running and racing was due to the friendships that it provides. The camaraderie that accompanies running is like no other. Rick enjoys running with others to exchange stories of success, struggles, and goals. Rick has been pacing for a couple years now and knows that having someone beside you to run and pace with provides much needed motivation and will push you to achieve your goals through smart pacing.
Marathon PR: 2:57
Scott M. - 3:30 pacer
Scott has been running for four years and has completed 10 marathons.
Marathon PR: 2:57
Scott S. - 3:30 pacer
Scott started running in 2007. He started by running 5K's and progressed to the marathon which quickly became his favorite distance. He has completed 18 marathons including Boston and several BQs. Scott has also recently began competing in triathlons in varying distances and is currently training for an Ironman. With Scott you can expect very consistent splits and a well planned race.
Marathon PR: 3:10
Elizabeth B. - 3:40 pacer
Elizabeth ran her first marathon in 2005 in Istanbul, Turkey covering two continents. It was an unforgettable experience and she was instantly hooked on long-distance running. She has since run 25 marathons, including 4 Boston Marathons. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to run along others as they pursue their goals.
Marathon PR: 3:15
Ashley D. - 3:40 pacer
Ashley has been running marathons since 2007, she has completed 17 total. One of her most rewarding running experiences was pacing the 2010 Kansas City Marathon with her sister, Melissa, where they helped many runners achieve their running goals. She looks forward to doing the same this year.
Marathon PR: 3:19:12
Kris B. - 3:50 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
Wael S. - 3:50 pacer
Wael has been running since 2008. He has completed several 50K trail races, several half marathons and full marathons. He enjoys trail running with the Kansas City Trail Nerds. Wael completed two 50 mile ultra runs in 2012.
Marathon PR: 3:53
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
Eric S. - 4:10 pacer
Eric has been running for over 12 years. One aspect Eric enjoys about running is meeting other runners in the community; they understand what’s it's like to have a crazy addiction for running and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Eric also enjoys helping and encouraging runners achieve their goals. Eric has completed multiple half marathons, 7 marathons, and a 50 miler and he is confident that you will reach your goal when you pace with him. Eric will be using the Smart Pacing strategy to ensure a successful race.
Marathon PR: 3:38:40
Brittney H. - 4:10 pacer
Brittney began running 10 years ago while she was in college looking for a way to exercise. After completing her first half marathon in 2005 and her legs feeling like jello, she couldn't imagine how and why people would ever run double the distance! A year later she decided to take the plunge and ran her first full marathon and has now run 16 marathons in her pursuit to complete a marathon in every state.
The atmosphere of any race day is so motivating and she is motivated by each and every person she encounters on the course, everybody has a story and a reason to be out there running. She firmly believes that everybody is faster than they think! Brittney is looking forward to pacing for hopefully her first of many marathons to come!
Marathon PR: 3:31
Carol F. - 4:20 pacer
Carol has paced multiple times and thoroughly enjoys the people she meets. Being able to meet new runners and motivate them to achieve their goal is so rewarding. She has completed 70 marathons (including 2 50Ks and a 50 miler) and multiple half marathons. Her favorite race experience to date has to be the Tahoe Triple that she ran in Sept 2010, which entails 3 marathons 3 days in a row around one of the most beautiful places in the country. Running helps her keep her sanity and truly is therapeutic to her; it helps to manage the stresses that are thrown on us from time to time. She is a huge advocate of the run/walk program to ensure the legs stay fresh and hydration happens efficiently and effectively.
Marathon PR: 3:45:22
Danny M. - 4:20 pacer
Danny began running marathons with the 2005 Chicago Marathon and has completed more than 50 marathons and ultra-marathons since then. He paced for the first time in the 2010 Kansas City Marathon and has gone on to pace several more full and half marathons. Recently, he completed the Western States 100 mile endurance run - pretty much because of a great crew and pacers.
He tends to believe in having fun during a race while getting you to the finish line in mostly one piece. So, expect random trivia, pointless stories and occasional costume when running with him. He really believes in and tries to closely follow the SmartPace strategy during a run.
In real-life he's a MD/PhD student at the University of Kansas Medical Center. When he's not doing that...well, let's be honest, there's really not time for anything else.
Marathon PR: 3:38
Larry L. - 4:30 pacer
While Larry started his athletic career as a year-round and later collegiate swimmer, he began running consistently only in 2002. He completed his first marathon in 2005 and ultra marathon in 2008. Over the past 5 years, he has completed more than four dozen trail ultra marathons. He has soloed Brew to Brew five times. In 2012, he completed his first 100 mile run (Kettle Moraine 100) and 140.6 Ironman Triathlon (Redman). Larry is a psychologist by training and a believer in "running as therapy."
Marathon PR: 3:36
Raj M. - 4:30 pacer
Raj is an avid runner who has run marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons.
In addition to formal events, Raj enjoys running with runners of different paces and capabilities in training running groups. While a regular runner, Raj also swims and bikes regularly. As a pacer, Raj is excited to help others achieve their goals and most importantly enjoy their race.
Marathon PR: 03:40
Michael B. - 4:40 pacer
Mike has completed 82 marathons in 38 different states. His past pacing experiences have included the Kansas City Marathon and the Olathe Marathon. Mike is passionate about sharing his many running experiences with others and supporting all marathoners in doing their personal best.
Marathon PR: 3.35
Katie B. - 4:40 pacer
Katie picked up running about 8 years ago while she was in college. One day, she went out for a usual 4 mile run, but felt great that day and ended up running 6.5 miles! Well, by the time you reach 6.5 miles, you're half way through a half... 3 months later, she ran her first half marathon. Since then, she's completed numerous half marathons and 6 marathons (Portland, Twin Cities, Lincoln, Quad Cities, Nike Women's & NYC). Running has become a huge part of her life - she's trains with Runner's Edge, and has made countless running-friends turned real-friends! She has her sights set on qualifying for Boston this year, running another 200 mile team relay and maybe even her first triathlon. After everything friends and pacers have done for her during races, she can't wait to pace and help others achieve their goals this spring!
Marathon PR: 3:40
Ken F. - 4:50 pacer
Ken started running for fitness and recreation in college and completed his first marathon in 1980. He intended to run his second in the fall of 1983 but medical school ended up taking more time than he thought. 25 years later, he decided to make priorities instead of excuses and has now finished 89 in 37 states (enough to qualify for titanium/10-star status in Marathon Maniacs by completing 52 in less than a year). He practices SmartPacing principles in his own training/racing and in mentoring his son (who has been a Half Fanatic since he was 10). Ken has paced half and full marathons in CA, CO, KS, MO, NE, NY, and VA. Remind him to teach you the "Runner's World" knot and your shoes will never come untied during a race again.
Marathon PR: 3:53
Mike P. - 4:50 pacer
Mike started to get serious about his running by completing his first Half Marathon at the Kansas City Marathon in 2007. He found he enjoyed the challenge and completed his first Marathon in 2008. Mike's wife, Kelly, introduced him to pacing and he found he really liked to help people achieve their goals. Mike has paced several Half and Full Marathons using the Smart Pacing strategy.
Marathon PR: 3:43
Katrina J. - 5:00 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. - 5:00 pacer
Kelly has been pacing half and full marathons since 2009. She follows the Smart Pacing philosophy - starting out slow to warm up, taking it easy on the uphills, taking advantage of the downhills, and walking through every aid station to fully hydrate. She is fully focused on helping each runner achieve their race goal while having fun along the way. Her goal is to have her runners cross the finish line ahead of her with a smile on their face!
Marathon PR: 4:23:41
Miguel C. - 5:15 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
Marathon PR: 4:10
Steve H. - 5:15 pacer
Steve picked up running in 2009 as a way to practice healthy habits and was soon hooked. Steve's ultimate goal is to complete a marathon in every state. His favorite race is Hospital Hill because it is a great course and really puts you to the test. Steve has served as a pacer for a year now and will never stop encouraging the runners in his group because HIS goal is helping you reach YOUR goal. He strongly believes in running at 'even effort' using Smart Pacing in order to help his group run their best race possible.
Marathon PR: 4:12
Cynthia S. - 5:30 pacer
Cynthia has been a pace group leader for The Runner's Edge for seven years. By employing the SmartPace strategy, Cynthia has successfully completed more than 30 marathons (which includes serving as a pacer for KC in 2007-2013; Hospital Hill in 2009-2013; Olathe in 2008-2013; Rock the Parkway 2010-2013; and Lincoln, Neb. 2011-2013, as well as others); two ultra road runs (33 miles), five ultra trail runs (44 miles x2, 38 miles and 31 miles x3), the Lake Tahoe Triple 2011 and many half marathons.
She was awarded the Road Runner's Club of America Grand Master Award for her finish in the 2010 Brew-to-Brew solo. Cynthia believes running comes from the head, the heart and the gut. She works with her group to use all those to your advantage. And she really enjoys encouraging others to do what they've never done before -- to run farther, to run faster or just to run! And having fun is the best part of all.
Her strategy is to go out slow for the first 2-3 miles, run a mile and then walk a minute, walk through the aid stations for up to a minute, go very slow up hills and make up the time on the down hills while making sure you have even effort breathing the whole time.
Marathon PR: 4:56
Kirby S. - 5:30 pacer
Kirby has run 6 marathons and many half marathons. He started running about 3 and half years ago just to lose weight. What he discovered was a real passion for running. Just like many others, he started with a 5k and worked his way up the ladder until he completed his first marathon. He has passed his love for running on to his family. He ran with his wife in her first half (Kansas City) and full (Disney) marathons and has inspired his youngest daughter to run distance races on her high school track team. He is really looking forward to pacing in Kansas City and spreading his enthusiasm for running with others.
Marathon PR: 3:59