Meet your Pacers for
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
Full Marathon Pacers: 3:15 3:25 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
Charles S. - 1:30 pacer
Charles is an experienced marathoner and half-marathoner. He ran his first marathon in 1997 right after graduating from college. After a small break, he came back to the sport in 2006. To date, he has run 17 marathons, including 3 of the world majors (Boston, Chicago, Berlin). A self-proclaimed math nerd, and armed with his handy Garmin, Charles is guaranteed to nail the splits you'll need to make your goal time.
Half Marathon PR: 1:22
Shawn P. - 1:35 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
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 21 marathons (PR of 2:52), and over 75 half marathons (PR of 1:20).
Kenny believes the biggest mistake people can make is starting off too fast. He is looking forward to sharing his passion for running with others and helping them and encouraging them to reach their running goals. Through his high energy and motivation, Kenny is confident he can help you achieve your goal time.
What does he enjoy about running? Helping people in reaching their goals, being active, and the camaraderie and atmosphere in the running community. Also, running allows him to eat lots of Peanut M&Ms (it's a mild addiction...ha) without too much guilt.
Half Marathon PR: 1:20
Brian B. - 1:40 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
Ashley W. - 1:40 pacer
Since middle school, running has been a lifelong passion of Ashley’s. A former collegiate track and field and cross country athlete, Ashley now races to personally challenge herself and focuses on improving her individual performance. She has a love for running beyond that of competition and has a deep appreciation for the camaraderie and respect that exists between, and among, runners of all abilities. Running is a unique and beautifully shared endeavor that transcends language, country, gender, and all other differences that exist…the meaningful connections that form are truly irreplaceable. Pacing the Lincoln Half Marathon will be Ashley’s first experience as an official pacer, although she has informally paced friends and family at both the marathon and half marathon distances. Through these experiences as well as her many years of coaching, Ashley knows first-hand that nothing compares to the feeling of helping another person achieve his or her goal. She greatly anticipates running alongside you as you cross the finish line under 1:40!
Half Marathon PR: 1:27
Kevin K. - 1:45 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, 9 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 will be running 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
Brandon M. - 1:45 pacer
Brandon was never a runner in high school or college, rather football was his sport of choice. However, after running his first half marathon and crossing the finish line at 2:02, Brandon became hooked! Running became his new passion and the challenge of finding ways to become a better, more efficient runner became the motivation for his training. The thrill of the competition and camaraderie within the community at each race continually keeps him coming back for more. Through running, Brandon was given another opportunity in life to be active and be competitive, set and break goals, and to meet a great community of individuals who find enjoyment in being a runner. Brandon looks forward to running the streets of Lincoln and being there with you on the journey towards your goal time, helping you discover your new limits within!
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
Jenny C. - 1:50 pacer
Jenny loves to have fun and meet new people. It's great to help people reach their goals and reach deep in themselves. She is a multisport athlete from triathlon to mountain climbing, scuba or skiing. She has been running for nearly 40 years with numerous race experience 1 mile to marathon on and off the road. She has paced with the Smart Pace team for over a year. She believes running should be fun and will do her best to help you meet or beat your target.
Half Marathon PR: 1:19:10
Chris G. - 1:50 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. Kansas City will be Chris's third time pacing, having previously paced the Omaha 3:45 group in 2012 and the Lincoln 2:00 group for 13.1 in 2013. He is a firm believer in the Smart Pacing Strategy and has brought his groups in under goal time at both Omaha and Lincoln. Chris is currently training for a Half-IronMan in September.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37
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 using the Smart Pace method to get his group to the 1:55 goal and having fun along the way. He's looking forward to crossing the finish line with you in Memorial Stadium with a smile on our faces.
When not working, Mike likes to stay healthy by swimming, biking, and running workouts. He is also a 6 time Ironman triathlon finisher and is training for the 2014 Ironman Canada in July.
Half Marathon PR: 1:38
Julie F. - 1:55 pacer
As a stay at home mom of a 2&4 year old, Julie enjoys running as a time to relax, think, and have a little adult time. She has played sports since a young age, but fell in love with running after college. Julie ran her first half marathon in 2010, and believes that it's the most "fun" distance. She loves setting and achieving new PR goals, and truly loves to push herself and train hard. She can't wait to meet everyone in her pace group and celebrate with them as they cross the finish line together!
Half Marathon PR: 1:36
Bryan L. - 2:00 pacer
Bryan LeBar has been running ever since he took “The Marathon Class” in college and completed his first marathon. Bryan has completed numerous half marathons and several marathons. Bryan looks forward to helping runners achieve their goal times while keeping spirits high. His favorite race distance is the half marathon as it's long enough that you have to train for it, but not so long that it consumes your life. It's also a distance that can impress your friends. "You ran how far? 13.1, like, miles?" He still runs marathons though so he can eat whatever he wants. Bryan usually walks through aid stations when he is pacing.
Half Marathon PR: 1:46
Colleen P. - 2:00 pacer
Colleen began her love affair with running when she ran her first marathon in 2001 (the Lincoln Marathon). She has since completed 5 full marathons, dozens of half marathons, numerous triathlons, and races of all sorts of sizes. The half marathon is her favorite distance of all races. Colleen is a middle school cross country coach and loves developing a passion for running in her teenage athletes. Colleen has been a pacer before and finds that it allows her to share her knowledge, her enthusiasm, and her coaching with her fellow runners. She will cheer you on and answer your questions along the way, ensuring you reach your goal time.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37
Jayci Z. - 2:00 pacer
As an outdoor enthusiast, and adventure seeker, Jayci has raced many distances. She picked up running in 2011 after her second child and hasn't looked back since. From triathlons, to ultra marathons, Jayci is always up for a little crazy and a lot of fun. This past year she completed her 10th marathon, and added Women's marathon Champion to her resume after winning the Sandhills Marathon. She loves pacing and cant wait to help you bring home da bacon!
Casey F. - 2:05 pacer
Casey is a mother of three young children who has been running for nearly a decade. She ran her first half marathon in Lincoln in 2008. Since 2008 she has run 9 half marathons, most recently the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco. Casey has achieved her own running success by setting goals and working hard to meet them. Casey knows the feeling of achieving your goals and is excited to help you achieve your own time goal in the half marathon by helping you keep pace, encouraging and cheering you on throughout your race!
Half Marathon PR: 1:40
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 3 half-marathons - 2 half-marathon and 2 marathons were at Lincoln (including the 2011 marathon and 2013 half-marathon both as a pacer). Brad and his wife live in Omaha and have 3 children age 7 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
Mark G. - 2:10 pacer
Mark Gudgel is a native of Nebraska and a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who transitioned from four-years of high school as a cross country runner and began running half and full marathons toward the end of his college career. His favorite races include the Chicago Marathon, the "Psycho Wyco" in KC, and of course the Lincoln Half! When he isn't running, Mark plays basketball, travels the world, and teaches high school English. 2012 marks a new milestone in Mark's running career as he begins pacing for other runners. He is excited to be able to give back to the sport in this way, and is excite to help other runners meet their goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:48
Beckie T. - 2:10 pacer
Beckie has been running for longer than she can remember. She has completed several half marathons, one double half marathon, and two marathons. Her 5K count was lost after she hit 15. She runs for Oiselle running company and prefers running with people rather than alone. Pacing the Lincoln half this year will be super fun for her because she gets to talk nonstop for two hours straight!
Half Marathon PR: 1:49
Jim W. - 2:15 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
Elli Z. - 2:15 pacer
Elli is a full time photographer/owner of Studio E in Seward, Nebraska and mom of 3 sons. Her husband sparked her interest in running 4 years ago and since then she has completed 3 marathons and several half marathons. Her most recent marathon was in October of this year where she ran the Marine Corps Marathon for Project Purple, a charity close to her heart. Her mom passed away from cancer earlier this year and Project Purple raises money and awareness for pancreatic cancer. She loves encouraging new runners and has started a running group in her town, Seward Sole Sisters. Look for Elli with the 2:15 sign! She will keep you encouraged and having fun!
Half Marathon PR: 1:44
Sue A. - 2:20 pacer
Sue A. Started running about twenty years ago when she joined her high school cross country team. Since this time she has run numerous 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, and 2 marathons ( Phoenix 2009 and Sacramento 2012). Her goal is to help you finish your race on time and have a good time doing so. She loves being part of the Nebraska running community, a very supportive and friendly group.
Half Marathon PR: 2:01
Kim B. - 2:20 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:51
Andi H. - 2:25 pacer
"When your legs get tired, run with your HEART."
Andi is a run club lead, cycle instructor, and Pilates 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 2014, pacing the Lincoln Half Marathon being one of them. She is looking forward to sharing the excitement of race day and pacing this year's Lincoln Half Marathon with you.
Here's to a strong Husker stadium finish!
Half Marathon PR: 2:21:04
Michael B. - 2:25 pacer
Michael has been participating in athletic events since he was seven years old. Whether it's football, soccer, baseball, or downhill skiing, he is always doing something. Michael has been consistently running for about 20 years now and has completed several marathons and even more half-marathons. Michael is currently training for a 1/2 Ironman Triathlon that will take place in June of 2014.
Half Marathon PR: 1:46
Gay P. - 2:30 pacer
Gay started running as a little girl and hasn't stopped since! In 2012 alone, she competed in twenty-three races. She's already run or paced nine half marathons and two full marathons in 2013. 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 using even effort on the uphills. The trails are her first love, and on most Sundays you'll find her running the rugged trails of Landahl. Look for the braids!
Half Marathon PR: 1:46
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
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
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
Thomas R. - 2:45 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
Mike S. - 2:45 pacer
The journey of 13.1 miles begins with a single step. In Mike's case, the first step happened over 20 years ago on the Lincoln East Spartan JV Cross Country team. After a 17 year hiatus, he was motivated to try his first half marathon at the age of 35, at the Lincoln Half, and despite the slow finish time and sore body, has been an avid runner ever since. He competes in up to 5 races per year and has finished distances from 5k to 50k, recording a half marathon PR of 1:52 in the 2012 Kansas Half. He is excited to be pacing the 2:45 time slot and returning to his home town for another great edition of a favorite and familiar race!
Half Marathon PR: 1:52
Nicole L. - 2:50 pacer
Nicole has run 11 marathons and at least as many half marathons. Nicole has been leading the 11 minutes pace group in the Runners Edge for the past few years. The goal for this race is to help you meet your goal of either completing your first race or to achieve your time goal. We'll have fun as well! Nicole follows the run walk method, walking a minute after every mile. It makes it easier to tackle the race one mile at a time!
Half Marathon PR: 2:13
Amy R. - 2:50 pacer
Amy started running in high school when the cross country coach poached her from volleyball at the beginning of her junior year. Since then she has completed a plethora of 5Ks, 9 half marathons and 4 full marathons. Though she has lived in Kansas City for more than a decade, Amy will always be a Nebraskan and would love to help you pass the miles talking Husker football. Amy believes in walking through the aid stations to be sure she gets water IN her, not ON her. She also walks for 1 minute at every mile marker.
Half Marathon PR: 2:08
Julie A. - 2:55 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
Beth M. - 2:55 pacer
Beth has been running since high school in both track and cross country. Since that time she has run many 5Ks and 10Ks and half marathons. In 2009 she decided to give the sport of triathlon a try and fell in love! She has taken part in numerous sprint and olympic distance tri's as well as half Ironman and full Ironman distances. Beth plans to have fun with local runs and triathlons in 2014 with another full distance Ironman in her sights for 2015. Her goal is to help you finish your race on time and have a fantastic time doing so!
Half Marathon PR: 2:03
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 2014!), 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
Erin S. - 3:00 pacer
Erin began running as a way to stay fit after her college sports days were over. Ten years later, she keeps her running shoes laced up because she finds running to be a great way to relax and find balance in life. Erin has run numerous ½ marathons and loves her role as pacer! Erin enjoys meeting new people and loves to learn about what inspires them to reach their personal goals. She looks forward to encouraging her fellow runners to finish strong and have a great time along the way!
Half Marathon PR: 2:10
Full Marathon SmartPace Teams
Daniel M. - 3:15 pacer
Daniel discovered his passion for running over 13 years ago when he joined his junior high track team. Since then Daniel has completed ten marathons, seven half marathons and more 5-10k races then he can count. Daniel's favorite accomplishment was finishing first overall at the 2012 Garmin Marathon. One aspect Daniel enjoys about running is meeting other runners in the community, they understand whats it's like to have a crazy addiction for running. Daniel also enoys helping and encouraging runners achive their goals. While he is still new to the pacing community he is confident that you will reach yours when you pace with him. Daniel will be using the Smart Pacing strategy to ensure a succesful race.
Marathon PR: 2:46
John S. - 3:25 pacer
John began running over 20 years ago while training to get into shape for the Marine Corps, Force Reconnaissance community(MARSOC) he realized he had a little talent and enjoyed pushing himself. Since that time he has continued to run, racing everything from the mile to several 100 mile ultra marathons. While completing his Nursing degree he walked on to University of Illinois, at Chicago (UIC) and lettered in XC 2 years and track one season. He did this at the age of 32 & 33 and was affectionately known as “Gramps”, although slower amongst the men he did help train the top female runners. His true passion is trail running & ultras, when running ultras, he states he has the world’s best crew in his wife and 4 kids. Pacing is “side job” and will help you obtain your goal, if you are willing to push yourself, and have completed the training. To date he has run 68 Marathons (43 states goal all 50) & 45 Ultras. He lives in the Pacific NW where he works for the Navy as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Marathon PR: 3:07
Dana M. - 3:25 pacer
Dream, Train and Race!!
Dana has been running marathons since 2001 and after running Boston Marathon he started racing the Ironman distance triathlon for last 7 years 16 Ironman completed. He loves training and he is looking forward to breaking his PR of 10:54. He is currently training for Ironman Utah this spring and running Chicago marathon this fall. Dana has paced Rock-N-Roll Denver and St. Louis last year @3:30. He likes to drop back to gather runners who are striking distance from the main 3:30 group.
Marathon PR: 3:04
Abby K. - 3:35 pacer
Abby is a nanny and competitive runner in Omaha, NE. She has completed 19 full marathons, including Boston twice, with a total of 16 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
Sean R. - 3:35 pacer
Running has always been an obssession. Whether for sport, charity, or fun, it has been an addiction in any form. Outside of High School, the furthest distance I had ever ran started with the Corporate cup in Omaha, NE. That truley was a bench mark to my running addiction. Since that paticular race, I have participated in 7 1/2 marathons, 4 full marathon's, and 1 50k. In Omaha, I stay active with the G.O.A.T.Z. running group, volunteer for various running events, and organize races to raise money for non-profits. What I will bring to the Lincoln Marathan is a consistent pace, tons of energy, and fun. There will be some laughs and tears, but through it all, we will reach the goal of finishing the marathon and at the pace of 3:35.
Marathon PR: 3:18
Chris E. - 3:40 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
Eliot L. - 3:40 pacer
Eliot began running in 2009 when he jogged/walked a 5K charity race in Denver, CO off the couch. He progressed to 10K races in 2010 and ran his first Half Marathon in September 2010. He ran several Half Marathons before running his first Full Marathon in November 2011, the Rim Rock Marathon in Grand Junction, CO with over 3,000 foot elevation gain and 2,000 foot elevation loss. Go big, Go home is one of Eliot's mantras.
Since 2011, Eliot has run 8 Full Marathons, including returning to the Rim Rock Marathon twice. He also ran his first Ultra 50K trail race in June 2013. Eliot also ran the Pikes Peak Ascent in August 2013. He has paced at other Ultra racers and believes in taking care of his runners. He has set sights on qualifying for Boston Marathon 2015 and running more Ultra Marathons.
Eliot hopes to keep his group on pace and help runners achieve their goals for the day whether it be finishing the Marathon or qualifying for Boston or other races. But first, fun. That is the most important. As jest and being a MSU Spartan alum, Eliot may wear a Spartan outfit to hopefully motivate any Big Red fans in the group to chase him. :)
Marathon PR: 3:20
Josh H. - 3:50 pacer
Josh has been running marathons and half marathons for 7 years and is an experienced pacer. He has employed the Smart Pacing strategy in several half marathons and is excited to help you cross the finish line in 1:39:59 or less! Josh runs for the health benefits as well as the friendships that are grown while training with others.
Marathon PR: 3:20
Bob S. - 3:50 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
Kim M. - 4:00 pacer
I have been a competitive runner for about 7 years. I started trail running a year ago and since have done a 50 miler in Leadville, CO, a couple 50ks and many smaller races. I have done many marathons all over as I try to find a different location each time and my PR is 3:35, but striving for 3:20 in 2014 and also to do a 100k and 100 miler! I love to pace and motivate, I am a much better runner with people to run with!
Marathon PR: 3:35
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
Lori A. - 4:10 pacer
Lori is the mother to 3 children and began running long distances while a graduate student in St. Louis. Since her first marathon in 2001, she's run 6 marathons and many other shorter distance races. She recently met her bucket list goal of completing the Market to Market 50K in October. She loves her training runs when her children and husband can join her on their bikes. Lori is looking forward to helping other achieve their running goals!
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
Annette F. - 4:20 pacer
I started running the year I turned 40 as a charity drive about 13 years ago: I was looking for some charity and TNT answer my call. Prior to that I never ran a mile but once I was hooked it became my therapy. I also got into triathlons, cycling races then 2010 I return to train hard to BQ. I learned through injury that being consistent in my running was the key plus training smart. In 2011 I got my first BQ, and have three others since. I enjoy being able to be relaxed at some marathons and cheer others on and help others achieve their goals. I love working with people and help them achieve their goals. Whether is your first or you are shooting for a PR I’ll pull you through!
My pacing strategy is Not to go out too fast! I see this happen a lot, last marathon I was at the pacer were all too fast and one lady frantically run up oh know is that the so and so pacer she asked. I told her they all went out too fast so we ran together and she got a PR of 5 min. The pacers were failing, I saw some signs on ground and I passed one walking, pretty sad.
My goal as a pacer? To help you meet your goal. I have the experience of racing and pacing: I have been cheered on, cheered others, helped others and paced. I know what it’s like trying to make a certain goal; the fears, the race strategy, the wall and more. I’m very motivating and enjoy helping anyone meet their goal. I will sense when you’re down and try to keep you going. When you are down and in a hard spot I’ll try to push you through.
I’m a personal trainer, fitness instructor plus own a small gym. I
have ran 22 Marathons, by Lincoln it will be 25. My advice to be successful in you marathon goal is to Run a lot, enjoy yourself. Be consistent be determined
Marathon PR: 3:52:35
Stephanie S. - 4:20 pacer
Stephanie has been running for just over 12 years, catching the running bug and running her first marathon eights months after the birth of her daughter. She has since completed 19 marathons, including qualifying for and running Boston. Stephanie loves pacing races, and is looking forward to pacing several half marathons this spring. As a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, motivating others comes naturally to her, and she enjoys helping others reach their fitness goals. She will encourage her pace group through running tips, smart pacing, and getting everyone involved in the group. She can't wait to meet you on race day!
Marathon PR: 3:42
Lyle R. - 4:30 pacer
Lyle has been running for over 20 years, but only started running Marathons three years ago. He has completed 114 Marathons in 46 different states. In the last few years he has paced several Marathons finishing all within :48 seconds under the goal time. He loves to encourage people to achieve their goals... whether it's to to finish a Marathon in a certain time or to just finish.
Marathon PR: 3:44:05
Christine W. - 4:30 pacer
Christine has been running since her brother could chase her. She was a track athlete in high school and took a running hiatus while she brought four delightful children into this world. She has rediscovered her love for running over the past 5 years and has completed two full marathons, numerous half-marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks. Christine loves the challenge of running long distances and pushing herself to reach her next personal best .
Christine is a branding and marketing consultant in Lincoln, NE. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places with her children and husband of 13 years. She looks forward to motivating you to run your best race yet!
Marathon PR: 4:13
Ken F. - 4:40 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
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
Steve H. - 4:50 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
Sheena R. - 4:50 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 to 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
Michael B. - 5:00 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
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
Jill S. - 5:15 pacer
Jill has been running since 2008. She has run multiple race distances, including the Lincoln half marathon 3 times and the Lincoln full marathon twice. Most recently, Jill has completed a 50K trail run in October 2013. In 2012, she began participating in triathlons and looks forward to her first full Ironman triathlon in August, 2014. Pacing the Lincoln marathon is among her many goals for a successful and fun 2014.
Marathon PR: 4:23
Liz W. - 5:15 pacer
Liz has been running since 2007 with the 2008 Lincoln Half Marathon being her first half marathon. She started after having her first child, and was ready to make a permanent change with her health and fitness. During that time, she overtrained and raced with multiple injuries. At the time, she had written off long distances and that maybe it just wasn't meant for her. So she transitioned to the sport of triathlon and competed in some sprint and olympic distance tri's. Simultaneously, she started working at Life Time Fitness as a Run and Cycle Lead and found that she really enjoyed motivating and encouraging people to do and try new things.
After taking off much of 2012 due to foot surgery, she decided to try long distance again - as long as it was with correct training - and this time, she focused her long distance runs on the off road trails. Over the past year, she has participated in numerous trail runs ranging from 5k's to her first-ever ultra marathon. She is currently the Run Club Coordinator for Life Time Fitness and has truly discovered that the only limitations we have are the ones that we place on ourselves.
Larry B. - 5:30 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.
Marathon PR: 4:35
Tom D. - 5:30 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