Meet your Pacers for
Half Marathon Pacers: 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
Full Marathon Pacers: 3:05 3:10 3:15 3:30 3:35 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
Kenny M. - 1:35 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 19 marathons (PR of 2:54), and over 65 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
Shawn P. - 1:40 pacer
Shawn officially caught the running bug in the summer of 2008 after a friend "duped" him into training for the Omaha Half Marathon. As training progressed, and miles began rolling by, the idea of scrapping the half and taking on the challenge of the full 26.2 seemed intriguing. Having only a handful of 10Ks on his previous "running resume," the obvious question loomed large: would it really be possible to go from 10k to Marathon in one leap? As it turns out, that September, Shawn joyfully crossed the finish line with all body parts intact, and after experiencing the camaraderie and celebration that awaits all finishers, there was only one thing left to do: sign up for another!
As of now, Shawn has run a total of 15 marathons, pacing 5 (Omaha x 2, Lincoln x 2 and Kansas City). He has paced 3:30, 3:25, 3:20 and 3:15 groups, so rest assured he will get you to pay dirt!! Each time he utilized the proven SmartPace strategy to get the group across with time to spare!
All of Shawn’s pacing experiences have been such a wonderful time helping that group accomplish their mission, from simply finishing marathon number one, to helping the Boston qualifiers hit their goal!! In addition, it is always so amazing to hear everyone's story in the pace group! Where they were from, why they decided to run the race, etc. If you are a part of Shawn’s pace group, you can expect 26.2 miles of fun, laughter, lots witty banter and positivity, and achieving your goal!
Half Marathon PR: 1:24
Eladio V. - 1:45 pacer
Eladio is the coach of the Kansas City Runner's Edge and in charge of the SmartPace Pace Team. He has been running and racing for nearly 30 years with over 20 half marathons and marathons each under his belt. Eladio promises that you will run your most intelligent and efficient race should you decide to run with his pace team. You'll receive lots of timely helpful tips throughout the race and hopefully 'graduate' to finish ahead!
Half Marathon PR: 1:23
Brandon S. - 1:50 pacer
Brandon has been an avid runner ever since he discovered the sport during his sophomore year of high school. This passion has lead him to run 2 marathons (Lincoln 2004 and Colorado 2011), 15k's, 10k's and numerous 5k's. Brandon has recently has recharged his enthusiasm with running to strive to achieve new heights he never ever thought were possible. This past September (2012), Brandon completed the North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler in Wisconsin in 8 hours and 30 minutes. Living in Central Nebraska, Brandon continues to foster the love of the sport by coaching girls cross country and track at Kearney High School. He knows his high energy, outgoing personality, and fun spirit will lead everyone to their goals on race day. Brandon can't wait to be a part of your PR experience.
Half Marathon PR: 1:30:15
John W. - 1:50 pacer
John is a native of Corinna, Maine. He has been running marathons since 2007 and has had the honor of being a full marathon pacer since 2011. He has completed 31 marathons/ultra marathons and 13 half marathons in 12 states, D.C., two marathons in 24 hrs, four marathons in four consecutive days, one in Afghanistan and one in Iraq.
Half Marathon PR: 1:28
Randy B. - 1:55 pacer
Randy picked up running in his mid-thirties as a way to get in shape and get involved in the local community. As with most things in his life he now has taken running from a few weekly jogs to racing half and full marathons. He has completed several half and full marathons including the 2011 Lincoln Marathon. Randy hails from northwest Iowa, has a bachelor of science and master of science in structural engineering from Iowa State University and currently works at an engineering firm in Kansas City designing sports stadiums and arenas. He spent three summers during college in Omaha with his three brothers and sisters where he learned a lot about the local professional sport (Huskers)! Randy will keep you entertained and motivated every step of the way.
Half Marathon PR: 1:46
Mike C. - 1:55 pacer
Mike has been running for over 10 years. He was raised in Bellevue, NE with an MBA from Creighton University.
Over the years, he has completed numerous half marathons and other road races with a half marathon PR of 1:38. He plans on running an even pace to get his group to the 1:55 goal and having fun along the way. He's looking forward to crossing the finish line in Memorial Stadium with a smile on his face.
When not working, Mike likes to stay healthy by swimming, biking, and running workouts. He is also a 5 time Ironman triathlon finisher and is training for the 2013 Ironman Lake Tahoe in September.
Half Marathon PR: 1:38
Chris G. - 2:00 pacer
Chris has a vast running background and deep passion for running. The former college track athlete turned coach has worked with athletes of all ages and abilities, helping them achieve goals that range from finishing their first race to BQ and beyond. The Lincoln Half-Marathon will be Chris’ second event as a pacer; he assisted in pacing at the Omaha Marathon in fall of 2012. Chris is extremely excited to be pacing the Lincoln 2:00 group this spring and can’t wait to help you conquer 13.1 miles. He is currently training for the LA Marathon in March of ’13.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37
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
Jill F. - 2:05 pacer
Jill started running because it was a requirement for sports in high school and college. It wasn't until after graduating that she discovered running as a hobby. She has always had a competitive spirit, but running is also a source of enjoyment. She has been running for about 5 years. She has done many 5 and 10k races, and finished 4 half marathons, and participated in market 2 market (team relay race) 4 years. She has significantly improved her pace, and now averages somewhere around the 8 1/2 min mile. Her next goal is to finish a full marathon.
Half Marathon PR: 1:52
Brad K. - 2:05 pacer
Brad ran cross country in high school, ran off and on after that, but then became dedicated to running again over the past 6 years as a way to get back in shape. In the process, Brad has lost over 50 pounds and has been able to keep the weight off even with a busy work/travel schedule by running 5 days a week. He has run 3 marathons and 2 half-marathons - 1 half-marathon and 2 marathons were at Lincoln (including the 2011 marathon as a pacer). Brad and his wife live in Omaha and have 3 children age 6 and under. He is looking forward to working with the 2:05 pacing group to meet everyone's race day goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39
Randy M. - 2:10 pacer
Randy is a fairly new distance runner. He ran high school track but thought a 400 was a long race. Randy always said that he would run a marathon "someday" and in 2011 completed the Chicago Marathon. He draws inspiration from 2 good friends whom run for their son with Autism. He also loves the boost of energy he receives when he sees his 3 children and wife cheering him on along the courses. Randy finished 3 half marathons in 2012 and is currently training for the Portland marathon. This will be his first time pacing and he believes in a steady as she goes mentality. He is excited to help you achieve your goals and looks forward running into Memorial Stadium with you on race day.
Half Marathon PR: 1:47
Stephanie G. - 2:10 pacer
Stephanie has been running since 2005. She has completed 7 full marathons and 28 half marathons. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Masters of Business degree from Kansas State University. Running has played a major role in Stephanie loosing 65 pounds. She is passionate about this sport, as well as the fitness industry. As a fitness instructor, she enjoys encouraging and helping motivate people to reach their goals. The Lincoln half will be her first time pacing, but she is no stranger to this race or the smart pacing strategy. At the 2011 Lincoln marathon she ran her personal best (3:54), with the help of a smart pacing team. She believes that different paces for different parts of the course are key to a successful run.
Stephanie believes mental toughness can get you through any race, as well as the ability to have fun and savor the moment. She can't wait to hit the pavement with you and take you into Nebraska's Memorial Stadium.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43
Larry B. - 2:15 pacer
Larry has been a runner since high school (a LONG time ago!) but didn't run a 1/2 marathon until 1999. He has completed 2 marathons and 8 1/2 marathons. Larry is looking forward to help you reach your finish goal.
Half Marathon PR: 1:56
Nicole O. - 2:15 pacer
Nicole (Nikki) started running in high school only to keep a cross-country friend company on "long" 4 mile runs. It wasn't until she reached college that it became an activity she truly looked forward to. The summer following college graduation, Nikki found herself in the hospital undergoing two brain surgeries for subdural hematoma. The significance of the situation revealed to her that there were far too many adventures in life to experience, and much too little time to do them all in. Since then, she's run her first 5K, a couple of 10Ks, two Market2Markets, two Lincoln Half Marathons, the Wild West Relay (a 200 mile, 12 person relay through the Rocky Mountains) and Grandma's Full Marathon in Duluth, MN. She is incredibly excited about this pacing adventure and is looking forward to seeing enthusiastic runners ready to run their own race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:59:58
Brian B. - 2:20 pacer
Brian ran his first 1/2 marathon in the 2009 Kansas City race and stayed to watch a friend finish the full. The thought began with "Hey, I should be able to do this." So he signed up and completed his first full at the Bass Pro Marathon just 2 weeks later! Since then Brian has either run or paced numerous half & full marathons. His latest accomplishment was finishing the Western States 100 mile Endurance Run.
He enjoys the company of fellow runners and continues to be amazed at the accomplishments/success stories of other runners. You just never know who in your pace group is going to share a personal story that inspires you. Brian believes that running with the group and having the camaraderie provides a distraction from the sometimes experienced or perceived "pain". The more fun we have, the less we will notice the mile markers flying by.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43
Jim W. - 2:20 pacer
Jim likes to help others reach their goals. Jim enjoys basketball, running with friends, and going on vacations and even taking "stay-cations!!!!" He will help everyone around him stay positive and not focus on any struggles they may be having but focus more on the positives and what they CAN do!! Look for the 2:20 flag!!!! Jim is excited for the big race coming up!!!! Whoo!!! Yeah!!! That is all...
Half Marathon PR: 1:55
Thomas R. - 2:25 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
Mary L. - 2:25 pacer
While always physically active, Mary did not become a long distance runner until after the age of 40. She set a goal to run a full marathon as a “bucket list” item and in the process discovered a passion for running. She has now completed 4 full marathons and over 12 half marathons. She enjoys being in the company of other runners and encouraging them to achieve their goals. Mary’s hope is that you complete the half-marathon by not only meeting your goal, but also having fun in the process!
Half Marathon PR: 1:59
Gay P. - 2:30 pacer
Gay started running as a little girl and hasn't stopped since! In 2012 alone, she competed in twenty-two races. She already has six half marathons as well as Grandma's Marathon along Lake Superior lined up for Spring 2013. She is looking forward to pacing Waddell & Reed in Fall 2013 as well! 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 taking it 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 walking through aid stations. She's excited to help you achieve your own personal goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:48
Karina S. - 2:30 pacer
Karina started to focus primarily on distance running after moving to Lincoln in 2005. Since then she's run 8 marathons and many half-marathons. Her first pacing experience was for the Lincoln 2011 4:50 marathon group and it was so much fun that she's stayed with it in 2012 and 2013. She strongly believes in the Smart Pacing strategy and that starting a race smart will lead to a strong finish. An frequent traveler for work and fun, Karina loves to explore new places by foot and never forgets to pack her running shoes.
Half Marathon PR: 1:58
Jack F. - 2:35 pacer
Started running in 1985. Completed 24 marathons and countless half/10k races. No need for speed but to finish and feel good after the race. Paced 1/2 at Lincoln, NE 2011. Kept on pace and finished within 1 minute of est finish time. Love to run with people and I'm always available for questions and encouragememt.
Half Marathon PR: 1hr 45min
John S. - 2:35 pacer
John's been running since 1986, completed 24 marathons & 2 Ironman Triathlons. His favorite runs are trail runs. Any chance to be outside and active is his opportunity to play....and he loves to play. He is looking forward to pacing others to complete their running goal. He has always said, "I am so glad to make it to the Start line."
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
Jim K. - 2:40 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
Susan H. - 2:40 pacer
Susan started running in 2002 motivated by her mother's death to cancer and a way to lose baby weight. This is her fourth 1/2 marathon and her first time as a pacer. She has run races in 6 different states with the most recent being a 5-k in the Mojave Desert at sunrise last August. Everyday you will find her "running" her 3 children to their various activities but finds some time, some way, somehow to put in 3 or more miles 5-6 days per week.
Half Marathon PR: 2:27
Sandi W. - 2:45 pacer
Sandi has been running for 36 years and has completed 21 marathons in 21 states. She became a Marathon Maniac in 2012 by completing 3 marathons in 49 days on her way to her 2012 goal of completing 6 marathons during the year (her own crazy way of celebrating turning 60!) She ran Boston in 2003 (celebration of age 50.) She qualified again in F55-59 and hopes to do so again in F60-64.
Half-marathon PR - 1:45 (Hospital Hill a long, long time ago!)
Half Marathon PR: 1:45
Nina G. - 2:45 pacer
Hello Runners! Your Pacer/Co-Pacer will be Nina Grado! She will be assisting you in reaching your marathon/half marathon goals on race day! Nina has been running marathons since November of 2010, when she completed her first ever marathon at the Rock 'n'' Roll San Antonio and fell in love with the sport, so much so that she immediately registered for her next race the following weekend, qualifying her as Marathon Maniac #3105 for running 2 marathons in 8 days! She’s been a running Maniac ever since her qualification in 2010, running 9 marathons in 12 months, and completing a double marathon (2 marathons in 2 days) in June of 2011! She is motivated to be your pacer/co-pacer on race day and is excited to help you realize your goals!
Happy Training Runners! See you at the START LINE!!
Half Marathon PR: 2:04:59
Andi H. - 2:50 pacer
"When your legs get tired, run with your HEART."
Andi is a run club lead and cycle instructor with Life Time Fitness, Omaha. She has been running for 10 years and enjoys all things endurance including her recent adventures--her first triathlon and fall trail runs. She enjoys destination races--seeing new courses and sites and looks forward to accomplishing her goals in 2013, pacing the Lincoln Half Marathon being one of them.
She is looking forward to sharing the excitement of race day and her first time pacing at this year's Lincoln Half Marathon with you.
Here's to a strong Husker stadium finish!
Half Marathon PR: 2:21:04
Becky Z. - 2:50 pacer
As a member of Runner's Edge since 2000, Becky has completed 3 marathons and 30 half-marathons. It's possible you've run into her before as she's a dedicated volunteer, helping out at packet pick up for many area races. She's a veteran SmartPacer and a strong believer in the SmartPace strategy. Becky looks forward to helping you reach your half-marathon goal and hopes you have some fun along the way! She'll see you at the starting line!
Half Marathon PR: 2:16
Steve H. - 2:55 pacer
Steve picked up running in 2009 as a way to practice healthy habits and was soon hooked. Since then he has run three marathons, eight half marathons, and one 50K. Having accomplished all of his personal distance goals Steve has just recently picked up pacing because he wants to give back and help others accomplish their personal goals. He strongly believes in smart pacing easing into a comfortable stride and walking through all aid stations in order to have enough left to finish strong.
Half Marathon PR: 1:53
Shannon G. - 2:55 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
Amy C. - 3:00 pacer
Amy owes her love for running to her son's cross country coach. The coach encouraged parents to run the road races with the team. One race and she was hooked! After running several 5ks, she decided to give the longer distances a try. Her first half was Hospital Hill in Kansas City. That same coach paced her all the way!!! Amy believes that life should be lived to the fullest and that a positive attitude makes life more fun!!! Come join Amy and be uplifted as we take each mile as it comes with a smile!!!
Half Marathon PR: 2:39
Ken A. - 3:00 pacer
Ken has completed over 20 half marathons since becoming a Runner's Edge member in 2006. He has paced the Waddell and Reed KC half marathon the past two years. Ken's goals are to run a smart race while achieving time goals and more importantly enjoying the experience. He especially likes running with first timers who may need special encouragement!
Half Marathon PR: 2:35
Full Marathon SmartPace Teams
Zachary B. - 3:05 pacer
Zac in three words: little, yellow, different. His mission as a pacer is to "make you slow down when you want to run too fast and make you speed up when you want to run too slow." He would say that the biggest mistake you can make, outside of failing to prepare, is to go out too fast. Zac was the 2008 Kansas City Marathon champion where he ran the first half of the race in 1:19 and the last half in 1:15 as he moved from tenth place to first place. After the race he was quoted as saying, "Praise God! I laughed. I cried. It was better than CATS!"
Marathon PR: 2:34:42
Justin M. - 3:10 pacer
Justin was a runner in High School, but didn't run for about 6 years while going through school and establishing a job. He picked up running again in 2009 and has been running competitively ever since. He ran his first marathon in 2011. He qualified for the Boston Marathon there and ran Boston in 2012. He is looking forward to showing runners a great time while running and getting them to their goals they want to achieve.
Marathon PR: 2:45:09
David C. - 3:15 pacer
David loves to get out on the road and have fun. He ran in high school then competed in Cross Country and Track for Pittsburg State University (KS). Since his college career ended, he has ran numberous races ranging from 5k's to a 50-mile Ultra. Those include 2 marathons and 2 Ultra-Marathons. David won the 2008 Heartland of Wichita Marathon (2:43) and was runner-up in the 2012 Bison 50 Miler in 6 hours and 12 minutes. He has also competed twice in the 200-mile Wild West Relay (CO). David is very outgoing and loves to help other runners to meet their goals. Expect High-5's and plenty of energy!
Marathon PR: 2:43
Nick W. - 3:30 pacer
Nick started running cross country and track at Oak Park High School. Nick then spent 8 years of inactivity before returning to the sport. Since returning to the sport, Nick has lost approximately 60 pounds, completed 7 marathons, with his PR being achieved at the 2009 Boston Marathon. Nick also completed the Coeur d’Alene Ironman and a 50k ultra-marathon. When not running, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children. Nick particularly enjoys interval training and pushing the jogging stroller with one of his children.
Marathon PR: 3:05
Gary W. - 3:30 pacer
Gary's been running and racing for 25 years, except for a 10 year layoff to focus on family and career. Recently, Gary has officially paced the 2010 Omaha Marathon (3:45) and paced friends in the 2011 Lincoln Marathon (3:25). Gary enjoys the experience of helping others achieve running goals and to have fun in the process. One of Gary's favorite quotes is from Steve Prefontaine "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift".
Marathon PR: 2:42
Abby K. - 3:35 pacer
Abby is a nanny and competitive runner in Omaha, NE. She has completed 18 full marathons, including Boston, with a total of 14 BQ's under her belt. She has also completed 15 half marathons, and all sorts of distances in between. Along with the US, she has raced in France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Germany.
Her goal in every race is: Domination. 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, she takes your personal goals very seriously. Let's do this.
Marathon PR: 3:03
Chris E. - 3:35 pacer
A little about my competitive background, I ran cross country and track in high school, then in college I joined the varsity crew team at Rutgers. After college I did some mountain biking, but got a little out of shape. When I turned 30 I decided to get back into competing and training more seriously. I joined the Omaha Running Club and It wasn't long before some of the members convinced me to run the Des Moines marathon with them (fall 2010). Running a 3:32 pacing a friend to her PR, I set my sights on getting a BQ. At Lincoln last year I ran a BQ and PR following the smart pacing guide that was given at the expo (unfortunately for me there was no 3:10 pacer!). I definitely liked the pacing strategy and it worked for me. In "real life", I am a USAF officer serving as a navigator on the RC135. Looking forward to pacing, hitting the our goal, and having fun.
Marathon PR: 3:08
Adam M. - 3:40 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 B. - 3:40 pacer
Eric is realitively new to the running and pacing world. He has completed 5 marathons and several half-marathons. Eric just completed his first ultra-marathon this fall and is currently training for the Leadville Marathon in June and the HAWK100 in September. He hopes to help you navigate the course and push you to your fullest potential.
Marathon PR: 3:29
Margo L. - 3:50 pacer
Margo has been running for over 20 years and raced in 16 marathons including the Boston Marathon and many half-marathons. Margo has paced six marathons using the Smart Pace strategy in the last four years. Pacing has been an enjoyable experience.
Her marathon P.R. is 3:26 but she enjoys pacing a 3:50 marathon. In the last marathon she paced (3:50) & finished in 3:49:54. She is thrilled to help you reach your marathon goal!
Marathon PR: 3:26
Lindsay K. - 3:50 pacer
Lindsay was an off and on runner since high school. In 2010, she rejoined the sport, began racing competitively, and hasn’t turned back. She has completed ten half marathons and four full marathons, one being the Boston Marathon. Lindsay understands the importance of a pace group as this is what helped her qualify for Boston. Lindsay will bring an upbeat approach to helping runners reach their marathon goals and looks forward to helping you have a great and memorable experience!
Marathon PR: 3:33
Danny M. - 4:00 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
Wael S. - 4:00 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
Dave K. - 4:10 pacer
Dave really got attached to distances running in 2001 when he ran his 1st half marathon (Lincoln). Since then he has ran over 50 races in 12 years. 15 of them being marathons & half marathons. Dave ran Lincoln Half Marathon in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2012. He is a current Omaha Running Club member. Attends many ORC events and seminars. He runs with this group, along with the Greater Omaha Area Trail-RunnerZ (G.O.A.T.Z.).
Being a runner has created wonderful friendships and unforgettable experiences for him. Becoming a pacer will allow him to encourage and guide many runners who deserve a great experience from the Lincoln Marathon!
Marathon PR: 3:29
Eric S. - 4:10 pacer
Eric has been running for over 12 years ago. Eric has finished many races but prefers to focus on longer distances. One aspect Eric enjoys about running is meeting other runners in the community, they understand whats it's like to have a crazy addiction for running and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Eric also enoys helping and encouraging runners achieve their goals. Eric is new to the pacing community but 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 succesful race.
Marathon PR: 3:38:40
Kim B. - 4:20 pacer
Kim has been actively running for the last 20 years but has become a more serious distance runner in the last 7. She has always enjoyed running shorter runs, anywhere from 2 miles to 15K, but has acquired a taste for full and half marathons. Kim enjoys meeting new people and enjoys a good conversation, so be prepared to talk and maybe even sing a bit when you go for a run with her. The SmartPace is a fairly new concept to her, but she believes it is helpful and is learning how to use it effectively, so that her "team" can finish on time and can say they had a wonderful experience.
Marathon PR: 3:52
Bob S. - 4:20 pacer
Bob has been running most of his adult life. He started out by running local 5K and 10K races. He now focuses on marathons and half-marathons. His first marathon was the Kansas City Marathon in October of 2009, and he has been regularly running marathons ever since. He has run many marathons across the United States. He enjoys running in new places and meeting other runners, and he uses running to stay physically fit. He wants to share his passion for running with others, and to help other runners achieve their running goals.
Marathon PR: 3:31
Myra V. - 4:30 pacer
Myra was inspired to run after seeing her dad do over a hundred marathons and her husband begin his training program, The Runner's Edge. She hopes one day her two children will also want to run and carry on the family tradition. Since 1998, she has run 30 half marathons and 15 marathons, including Boston twice. Myra has paced the Kansas City and Hospital Hill half marathon several times utilizing the SmartPace strategy and short walk breaks through aid stations. The words that inspire her during a race are "Run with Joy!"
Marathon PR: 3:36
Ann O. - 4:30 pacer
Ann loves race day and is excited to be pacing the Lincoln half marathon. Since 1997, Ann has completed 15 marathons, including Boston, many half marathons, 5k's and a couple short distance triathlons. Her marathon PR is 3:41 and her half marathon PR is 1:38. Most recently, Ann paced the 2:00 half marathon in St. Louis with Runner's Edge...and had a blast!
Marathon PR: 3:41
Krista S. - 4:40 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!
Marathon PR: 4:10
Tom P. - 4:40 pacer
My running experience has brought me to having completed over 1,000 races, with 235 of those being marathons. In 2007 I completed running a marathon in all 50 states, and am currently working on completing my second and third time of the 50 states. I have completed 96 different marathons, and have completed marathons withe temperatures ranging from below zero as well as with temperatures hitting over 100 dergrees.
The pacing experience is about connecting with other runners and making that race that we are running together that day special to them. I believe in having fun and making the experience as enjoyable as possible regardless of the things that are out of our control. I have officially paced in 39 marathons, as well as other events throughout the US. I always look forward to my next running event and sharing my running experience as well as hearing othe peoples running experiences.
My enjoyment especially comes from helping first timers complete their first race, whether it be a half-marathon or a marathon. I have helped marathoners get their Boston qualifying time, as well as helping runners set a Personal Record that day.
Marathon PR: 3:35
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
Sheree R. - 4:50 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 8 marathons, dozens of half marathons, and multiple trail runs. 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!
Marathon PR: 4:14
Megan D. - 5:00 pacer
Megan began running three years ago, after the birth of her sixth child. Since then, she's completed over a dozen half marathons, four marathons, and a duathlon. Her favorite run begins before the sun rises, ends at a bagel store, and includes her incredible running friends. Megan promises to motivate and encourage you all the way to the finish line. The joy is in the journey!
Amy W. - 5:00 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.
Marathon PR: 4:28
Tom D. - 5:15 pacer
Tom has been running since Spring of 1978, running marathons March 9th, 1986, and pacing 2004. He has paced 15 marathons.
His love outside of running is reading, which he does as often as he can. Being a son of a chef, he enjoys cooking.
He became a vegetarian in 1977 and a vegan in 1994. He watches his sugar and salt intake carefully. Being a runner it is very challenging, since at times he needs to alter and take in more.
The love of his life are his 4 kids, his cats. Yes, they are spoiled, but very loving. Without them life would be very lonely. 50M PR: 9:02. 24 Hour Run PR: 107 Miles.
Marathon PR: 3:29:06
Sheena R. - 5:15 pacer
Sheena R. is many things. She is a mother, a teacher, an avid reader, a world traveler, and very proud to consider herself a crazy marathon runner. She had never been a runner until 6 months after her first child was born (at 25 years old). As a way to get rid of the baby weight and get back in shape, she began running 1 mile (3 times a week). Soon she was running 3 miles, then 5, then once she hit the 8 mile distance, she knew she was hooked! Nine months after beginning her running journey, Sheena ran the Portland Marathon with her mother. Her mother had begun running at 42 years young and had been Sheena's inspiration for running because she could see all the positive changes it was making, not only in her physical health, but her outlook on life. They crossed the finish line at 4:45. Since then, (4 years later) Sheena has now run a total 4 marathons in 4 states, including: Portland, OR; Couer d' Alene, ID; Lincoln, NE; and North Bend, WA. At the North Bend Tunnel Run, she reached her sub- 4 hour goal time at 3:59, which she dedicated to her mom who could not run that race due to injury. Running makes Sheena feel balanced and healthy. She is a better person when she can get out and log a few miles each day. Sheena hopes to be a role model for a healthy lifestyle by infecting her family, friends, students, and community members with the love of running. Becoming a pacer is just the icing on the cake, the obvious next step in her running career. She cannot wait to be a part of helping fellow marathon runners reach their running goals, and to be right there with them when they cross the finish line; this is more exciting than she can ever hope to be able to explain. A great running friend once reminded her, and she wants yo remind you... you will never regret stepping out the door to go for a run. So get out there and get after it. Once you reach this goal, you will realize that you are capable of so much more than you ever knew and so many doors will be open to you! Sheena is signed up to run the San Francisco Marathon this June making it her 5th marathon in 5 states. She is hoping to continue a trend of doing races all over the country and possibly the world. She loves reaching her goals and hopes to be there to see you reach yours!
Marathon PR: 3:59
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 2007-2011; Hospital Hill in 2009-2012; Olathe in 2008-2012; Rock the Parkway 2010-2012; and Lincoln, Neb. 2011-2012, as well as others); one ultra road run (33 miles), four ultra trail runs (44 miles x2, 38 miles and 31 miles), 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