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 3:30 3:40 3:50 4:00 4:10 4:20 4:30 4:45 5:00 5:15 5:30
Half Marathon SmartPace Teams
Eric J. - 1:30 pacer
Eric got started running in high school track way back when but gave his legs a rest during college. After spending a couple of years in the working world he found running to be a wonderful physical and mental release! He signed up for his first half marathon in 2011 and caught the bug. He's recently taken up triathlon, mostly as a form of cross training to improve his running :) Eric enjoys the physical and mental challenges involved in endurance racing, pushing ones self to discover their limits and then surpass them. He believes in "running smarter, not harder". He has loved the support and experience running with a pace team provides and looks forward to passing it on!
Half Marathon PR: 1:25
Kelly H. - 1:30 pacer
Kelly has been an active runner in the Omaha/Lincoln area for nearly 10 years. He has run the Lincoln course 6 times and has run half and full marathons around the country - Austin, Boston, Pasadena, Kansas City, Deadwood, and others. He got his first taste of pacing at the 2015 Good Life Halfsy as a 1:30 pacer and is excited to help even more runners achieve their goals in 2016! When not running the trails in Lincoln, he is trying to keep up with his wife and four active young daughters.
Half Marathon PR: 1:17
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.
As it turns out, that September, Shawn joyfully crossed the marathon 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!
Since then, Shawn has run over 15 marathons, including Boston multiple times. In addition to completing many races of varying distances, both on road and off, Shawn is also a two-time ironman.
He has paced numerous half and full marathons, 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!
If you are a part of Shawn’s pace group, you can expect a day of fun, laughter, lots witty banter, positivity, and achieving your goal!
Half Marathon PR: 1:23
Jerrid J. - 1:35 pacer
Jerrid has been a lifelong runner but didn't take it too seriously until 2011 when he started coaching high school track and cross country in the Omaha metro area, and was surrounded by other competitive runners. He has completed 9 half marathons, and two trail half marathons, and has also participated in two Ragnar Relays across Utah. He has a personal best of 1:25 for the half marathon, and had a blast with his first pacing experience, pacing the 1:35 group in the 2015 Good Life Halfsy. Runners can expect an easy-going, personable, and positive pacer who will get you to the line at your goal time.
Half Marathon PR: 1:25:20
Stacey B. - 1:40 pacer
She has been running since high school, but consistently running long distance for about 12 years. She has done at least 10 competitive half marathons and couldn't put a number on how many she has done out of a race setting. Her PR half marathon was in 2008 Lincoln in 1:29. She has run 4 marathons, none in Lincoln. Two she ran as support for a friend and one for her husband most recently. In 2008 she ran Virginia Beach Marathon in 3:13 and in 2009 she ran Boston in 3:14.
Half Marathon PR: 1:29
Brandon S. - 1:40 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. In September of 2012, Brandon completed the North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler in Wisconsin in 8 hours and 30 minutes. It remains his most proudest running achievement to date. Living in Papillion Nebraska, Brandon continues to foster the love of the sport now as a Half-Marathon Pacer. He has paced over 10+ times using the SmartPacing Strategy. 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: 1:24:15
Erik H. - 1:45 pacer
After running competitively in high school and college (many years ago), Erik rekindled his love of running in 2009. After several years of running to finish races he decided to get serious, lose weight, and train to compete resulting in numerous PR's and a recent Boston qualifying time. He has run 11 half marathons, 7 full marathons, and one 50k. His best efforts have come through even to slightly negative split pacing with the understanding that it is best to conserve energy in the early miles. He likes to interact with those around him and the crowds to motivate everyone to the finish.
Half Marathon PR: 1:27
Matt O. - 1:45 pacer
Matt was a runner in high school who started up running again five years ago. He continues to improve his times and recently ran a Boston Qualifying time at the Des Moines Marathon. Matt is new to pacing but enjoys helping others reach their goals. As a Physical Therapist, Matt understands how far he can push athletes to help them reach their full potential.
Half Marathon PR: 1:31:30
Jared D. - 1:50 pacer
Jared learned to appreciate the joy of running while serving in the armed forces. Time spent running gave him a chance to clear his mind and explore new places in different way. He and his wife have started a runners charity to give medals to hospital patients. Jared is very blessed to be a part of the running community. He wants to live a life his two young boys can learn from. His goals are to help you reach your potential and find peace and joy from this experience.
Half Marathon PR: 1:40
Brandon M. - 1:50 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 being there with you on the journey towards your goal time, helping you discover your true potential!
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
Chris G. - 1:55 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. Lincoln will be Chris's 4th time pacing, having previously paced the Omaha 3:45 group in 2012 the Lincoln 2:00 group for 13.1 in 2013 and 1:50 group in 2014. He is a firm believer in the Smart Pacing Strategy and has brought his groups in under goal time at both Omaha and Lincoln.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37
Jennifer L. - 1:55 pacer
Jennifer started running about 4 years ago, and hasn't looked back. She has reached goals she never imagined she could. Now Jennifer loves to help others reach those same goals. She loves to see the smiles on the faces of runners when they cross that finish line. Jennifer has run many races, 7 of which being half marathons. She has paced her 13 year old daughter to two half marathons, and most recently paced the 2 hour group at the Good Life Halfsy. In pacing, Jennifer has found her favorite thing. Encouraging and motivating others has become a passion for her. She does so with positive reinforcement and endless energy. Jennifer loves to show each runner that they can succeed, and that their hard work can always pay off. Her never-quit attitude is infectious. Pacing is her way to give back to the running community that has been so generous to her. Run with Jennifer on race day, and she will show you how running can give you endless joy and feelings of tremendous accomplishment.
Half Marathon PR: 1:44
Candice B. - 2:00 pacer
Candice ran her first half marathon as a challenge to herself in 2007. She enjoyed the training so much, it became an immediate addiction. Shortly after, Candice completed her first marathon, the Kansas city marathon, in 2009. Since 2009, Candice has completed 11 marathons including Boston and over 20+ half marathons. Candice's favorite things about running are meeting new people, running farther than most people drive, doing something healthy for her body, and eating finish line pizza! Candice brings her passion, high-energy, and enthusiasm to every race with a mission to motivate you to reach your goals! Get ready to light it up and have fun because you are about to blow your goals out of the water!
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!
Half Marathon PR: 1:35
Mike B. - 2:05 pacer
Running has been apart of Mike's life since very early on. Finding success in high school came easy and running for a short time at the collegiate level challenged him both physically and mentally. After a serious running injury in college, he decided and hang up his running shoes. Three years later, Mike started slowing running again to stay in shape and decided running had to be different and less competitive. Today he enjoy running for running. Mike have ran races from 5k to 50k and everything in between. His favorite distance is the half marathon and also loves pacing the half. Mike is very excited to work with smart pacing and helping you achieve your running goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
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 12 half marathons. 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
Mike C. - 2:10 pacer
Mike currently lives in the Kansas City area and has been running for over 10 years.
He has completed numerous half marathons and other road races with a half marathon PR of 1:38. He plans on running the Smart Pace method to get you to your goal time and having fun along the way.
When not working, Mike likes to stay healthy by swimming, biking, and running.
Half Marathon PR: 1:38
Brad K. - 2:10 pacer
Brad ran cross country in high school, ran off and on after that, but then became dedicated to running again over the past 7 years as a way to get back in shape. In the process, Brad has lost over 40 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 8 and under. He is looking forward to working with the 2:10 pacing group to meet everyone's race day goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39
Brian D. - 2:15 pacer
Brian lives and trains in the Kansas City-area but initially began running for distance during high school track and cross country practices on the gravel roads around Auburn, Nebraska. About 4 years ago, Brian returned to running on a regular basis and has completed 9 half-marathons and one full, including the 2014 Heartland 39.3 Series (3 half-marathons in 5 weeks) since. Brian and his co-pacer Mark, longtime friends, have run several half-marathons together and both have run the Lincoln course several times. Brian looks forward to helping everyone have a great day in body and mind on this beautiful course.
Half Marathon PR: 1:39
Mark G. - 2:15 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
Andi H. - 2:20 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 over 10 years and enjoys all things endurance including her recent adventures in triathlon and completion of Ironman Boulder 70.3. She enjoys destination races, seeing new courses and sites, and looks forward to accomplishing her race goals in 2015. 2015 marks Andi's third year as a pacer for the Lincoln Half Marathon and she is the pacer team coordinator for the Good Life Halfsy. 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 fun Husker stadium finish!
Half Marathon PR: 2:10:00
Kim M. - 2:20 pacer
Kim has been actively running for the last 25 years but has become a more serious distance runner in the last 10. 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. Kim is fairly familiar with the SmartPace concept, and she believes it is very effective so that her "team" can finish on time and can say they had a wonderful experience.
Half Marathon PR: 1:51
Lauren A. - 2:25 pacer
Since running her first 5k in fifth grade, Lauren has been passionate about running.
Competing in track and cross country in school, Lauren now regularly runs in half and full marathons. She completed her sixth full marathon in NYC in November 2014.
Training includes a mix of running, crossfitting, swimming and biking. She loves to stay active and occasionally participates in triathlons and mud runs. Lauren can't wait to share her love for running with you and is way to excited to help you have a great race!
Half Marathon PR: 1:47
Molly R. - 2:25 pacer
Molly started running shortly after moving to KC. She has now completed numerous half-marathons, and enjoys running on Saturday mornings with Runner's Edge. Molly uses the Smart Pace Strategy, which allows her to finish racing feeling strong and with some "kick" left!
This will be the first season of pacing for Molly; she looks forward to encouraging and helping the running community accomplish their personal goals! Molly has helped friends achieve PRs during races and has encouraged friends/family all the way to the top of numerous 14ers in Colorado! She can't wait to cross the finish line with you.
Half Marathon PR: 1:54
Gay P. - 2:30 pacer
Gay started running as a little girl and hasn't stopped since! She paces or races in multiple events every year. She is crazy enough to have run up a mountain at the Pikes Peak Ascent the last two years. She is also the official race doctor for the Run d'Haiti, a trail ultramarathon in Croix-des-Bouquets, that supports her favorite charity, the Global Orphan Project. In April 2015, she ran Brew to Brew as a soloist, covering over 47 miles in one day. As an internal medicine physician, her personal goal nowadays is to encourage others to exercise and get healthy. She's paced for many years and her SmartPace strategy includes warming up in the first two miles, taking advantage of downhills and using even effort on the uphills. Be prepared to sing and have some fun shenanigans. Look for the braids!
Half Marathon PR: 1:45
Karina S. - 2:30 pacer
Active for most of her adult life, Karina started to focus primarily on distance running after moving to Lincoln in 2005. Since then she's run 8 marathons, 1 50k 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 of running an even effort and that starting a race smart will lead to a strong finish. She can often be found on Lincoln's trails and looks forward to helping other runners achieve their goals. 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
Sue A. - 2:35 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
Beth S. - 2:35 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
Megan F. - 2:40 pacer
Megan has been running since the birth of her second daughter in 2010. She has run a dozen 1/2 marathons, including 1 trail 1/2, but is a rookie pacer. She works as a Recreation Director for Garden Terrace at Overland Park, a Skilled Nursing Facility for individual's with dementia. She often races as a fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. She also is part of a group called IRun4, which pairs runners with individuals with disabilities who can't run for themselves! Megan enjoys meeting new people and exchanging running experiences and tips. She is excited to help you reach your race day goals!!
Half Marathon PR: 2:04
Lindsey M. - 2:40 pacer
Lindsey was active in high school and ran for fitness off and on through college. After the birth of her son in 2014, she picked up running to lose the baby weight. She set a goal in 2015 to run her first half marathon, and was able to complete 4 half marathons, 3 of which within 60 days - qualifying as a Half Fanatic (#12988)! What started as fitness goals, running became a passion and a way to relax and unwind. Lindsey is new to Smart Pacing and is eager to encourage other people to run their best race. Her PR was set at the KC Half Marathon with the help of the Smart Pacers and became a pacer to help others achieve their goals. Lindsey will be training for her first marathon in her hometown in spring 2016 - the Garmin Marathon.
Half Marathon PR: 2:06:55
Jack F. - 2:45 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
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
Susan H. - 2:50 pacer
Susan started running in 2002 motivated by her mother's death to cancer and a way to lose baby weight. This is her fifteenth 1/2 marathon and her fourth time as a pacer and her sixth time running in the Lincoln Half. She has run races in 9 different states with the most recent one completing the Glass Slipper Challenge at Walt Disney World. 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: 2:25
Jim K. - 2:50 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
Kimberly B. - 2:55 pacer
Kimberly started running 4 years ago, when the doctors told her to stop running. Her passion is to help and teach others the importance and education of fitness. She has run over a dozen half marathons and a half dozen full marathons. This will be the first time she has paced, and could not be more excited to do so! No matter if this is your first race, or 100th race, she will be there to encourage and help one set goals they never thought they could!
When she is not running, she is spending time with family or traveling!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39
Melinda B. - 2:55 pacer
Melinda began running after the birth of her 2nd child as a way to stay active and lose some baby weight. Little did she know, but it was the start of an addiction :) She enjoys running 5k, 10k and half marathons when she isn't busy chasing after her 4 young girls. She is excited about the pacing opportunity and looks forward to helping others reach their goals. Race day brings so much excitement and energy and she can't wait to help you get to that finish line!! "The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow"
Half Marathon PR: 2:10
Mitzi R. - 3:00 pacer
Mitzi has been running for over 10 years. She has qualified for, and run Boston, as well as the NYC marathon. Mitzi says crossing the finish line is always exhilarating, especially when meeting a personal goal. Her best experience was pacing a close childhood friend to finish his first half-marathon on the 7th anniversary of a horrific car accident that nearly took his life. She is excited to share in the same kind of joy with others this year.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43
Margaret W. - 3:00 pacer
Margaret has been running competitively since she was 12. She has qualified for Boston 3 times, and she has collected numerous age group and top female awards. Despite this, some of her best running days have been helping others. Margaret has paced friends to PRs, and she has assisted in beginning running classes. She loves to motivate and encourage, and then to see the joy in others' faces.
Half Marathon PR: 1:38
Full Marathon SmartPace Teams
Khris V. - 3:15 pacer
Khris has done 12 marathons over the past 5 years and was a Boston finisher in 2014 and will run again in 2016. His current marathon PR is 2:56:03. He has also completed 43 triathlons and is a 3 time Ironman finisher. His next goal is to tackle the ultramarathon distance and run a 50 miler this fall. His long term running goal is to run a marathon in all 50 states. Khris enjoys travelling around the country to explore new races and find great food. Feel free to ask him about races he has done, tips or any questions about running and triathlons, as well as sharing silly stories to help pass the time during the race.
Marathon PR: 2:56
Ben C. - 3:30 pacer
Ben started running in college to increase his fitness and get in better shape. It all started when his friend convinced him to sign up for a 5k which has led to several half and full marathons. Some of the things that he loves about running is the camaraderie, meeting new people and being able to eat sweets. Since then, running countless miles with others has helped him immensely and he's looking forward to returning the favor!
Marathon PR: 3:03
Eddie W. - 3:30 pacer
Eddie is making his way through college and running year round. When he is not traveling the world he is usually running circles around it. He has run the Boston Marathon thrice and will be going for a perfect four this spring. Get ready for a fun filled race of punny proportions. Not only will he push you to reach your goal you will laugh your way to the finish.
Marathon PR: 2:47
Abby K. - 3:40 pacer
Abby is a nanny and competitive runner in Omaha, NE. She has completed 30 marathons, including Boston four times, with a total of 21 BQ's on her shoes. She has also completed numerous half marathons and all sorts of distances in between. Along with the US, she has raced in France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Hungary.
Her goals in every race are: Domination and Fun. She will help you to run the best race that you can while overcoming the physical and mental exhaustion to dominate each course, one mile at a time. So, although she may be dressed as a purple giraffe with a freedom ringer Jammy Pack, she takes your personal goals very seriously. Let's do this.
Marathon PR: 3:03
Matt O. - 3:40 pacer
Matt started running cross country in high school after getting cut from the soccer team, and quickly fell in love with distance running. The camaraderie of group runs, the calm of a long solo run, and the thrill of racing are all integral parts of Matt's life. Matt has been a distance runner for 17 years, building up from 5k's to marathons and a couple ultras (not too many of those though!) Matt has completed 30 half marathons and 10 marathons, and is looking forward to helping people meet their goals as a pacer!
Marathon PR: 2:58
David H. - 3:50 pacer
David H has been a life-long runner. From early inspiration at elementary school, when 400m was long distance, to a first half marathon aged 12, running has been a central tenant in his life. David ran the London marathon throughout the 90s before moving to the south western U.S. and falling in love with the desert and mountains. His favorite marathon in the was the Midnight Sun Marathon in Alaska which showed him that running races is the best way to experience new places and pack a whole lot of quality memories into a short time. After successfully chasing down his sub-three hour goal, David has focused more on the enjoyment and less on the speed and passionately believes that running can enrich anyone’s life, even if they have not yet realized it. He recently completed the Big Horn Wild and Scenic 52 mile run in Wyoming and is running in a (much flatter) 100K race next year close to his roots in England. David loves to inspire improving runners by sharing his experiences in training and racing smart, staying injury free as well as in healthy yet enjoyable nutrition.
Marathon PR: 2:56
Xiaolin L. - 3:50 pacer
Xiaolin was passion about running in high school and college, and he started running again when his son Sihan went to college in 2012. He has run three marathons and several half marathons, and plan to run Boston and NYCM this year.
Xiaolin is excited to be pacing for the first time and knows the importance of pacers and the smart pacing method. He looks forward to helping you achieve your race goals and have fun along the way!
Marathon PR: 2:59:40
Wael S. - 4:00 pacer
Wael has been running since 2008. He has completed several ultra trail races, several half marathons and full marathons. He enjoys trail running with the Kansas City Trail Nerds. Wael completed two 100 mile ultra runs with a sub-24 hour finish in Feb, 2014.
Marathon PR: 3:47
Cory S. - 4:00 pacer
Cory has completed 19 marathons and many half marathons. He qualified for the Boston Marathon during the 2015 Chicago Marathon with a PR of 3:09:38. Cory has benefited greatly from the help of pacers in past races and looks forward to helping you accomplish your goals! Cory's mantra is #MakeEveryMileMatter and he has seen how running can be used as a platform to help raise awareness and support for those with basic needs.
Marathon PR: 3:09:38
Robert M. - 4:10 pacer
Robert started running in high school cross country but took several years off after that. He began running again just a couple years ago and since then has ran 10 Marathons and many half's. He contributes most if his success to his long time training partners, "they get me up and get me motivated" He said, "We log a LOT of miles together and frankly I would never have gotten anywhere without them". He knows that the people around you in training AND a race can greatly increase your performance and he hopes to get you to your goal too.
Marathon PR: 3:17
Andy D. - 4:10 pacer
Andy has been running since 2000 when he completed his first Marathon in Lincoln, NE. Since that time, he has gone on to complete 8 half marathons, 7 full marathons, 2 ultra marathons, 7 half ironmans, and 3 full ironmans.
Marathon PR: 3:28
Tricia M. - 4:20 pacer
Tricia loves to run as a break from her two crazy jobs:being a busy mom to three great kids (18, 16 & 9) and a prosecuting attorney. She loves to pace, and has completed 13 full marathons and countless half-marathons since she started running as a way to relieve stress and get healthy in 2009. Tricia has ran several marathons with the SmartPace team pacers and truly believes this is best strategy to achieve your marathon goals. She's very excited to help you hit yours!
Marathon PR: 3:46
Hannah K. - 4:20 pacer
Hannah currently lives in Austin, Texas, but don't worry though...she is a true Husker at heart! She grew up in Lincoln and graduated from UNL (GBR!). She competed in cross country throughout middle school and high school, but her enjoyment and passion for running grew while living in Austin with the active running community.
Hannah has completed 5 marathons and several half marathons. She recently finished the Chicago Marathon this past October and is proud to say she is officially a Boston qualifier!
She is quite excited to come back to her hometown to be a pacer for the 4:20 team! Hannah can't wait to meet everyone who will be joining her on their 26.2 mile journey.
Marathon PR: 3:32
Paul C. - 4:30 pacer
Paul has been running for 8 years, competing in road,
trail races, and triathlons. He has competed in all
distances from 5k's to 100 milers. He completed two
iron distance triathlons, and multiple half iron distances.
Last year he ran 4-marathons, 3-50k's, 1-50 miler,
1-100k, and 1-100 miler. This will be his first time pacing a
group and is excited to get the group across the finish line.
Marathon PR: 3:44
Jen T. - 4:30 pacer
Jen is a lifelong runner, mostly running for fun and fitness, until finding longer races in 2007. She completed her first marathon in 2008. This fall she’ll race marathon #9 and then #10 will be pacing Gobbler Grind. In 2011 she moved to the Kansas City area and was thrilled to find a vibrant running community after living in the middle of nowhere for many years. She runs most of her miles with a crazy group of friends at 5 am before work, and is grateful that someone is always is willing to meet her and keep her company for a run. She loves running with friends, old and new, and will consider you a friend from the first few steps!
Jen loves the Smart Pacing philosophy, especially starting slower to warm up, and running even effort on the hills. She can’t wait to help you meet your goals on the road!
Marathon PR: 3:42
Michael B. - 4:45 pacer
Mike has completed 128 marathons in 39 different states. His past pacing experiences have included the Kansas City Marathon, the Lincoln Marathon and the Olathe Marathon. Mike is passionate about sharing his many running experiences with others and supporting all marathoners in doing their personal best.
Marathon PR: 3.35
Eve M. - 4:45 pacer
I fell in love with running not so long ago - I would say about 4 years, and I had no idea that I am going to be addicted so much. Running is not just a sport for me , it's my lifestyle.
My Running routine is about 4-5 times a week with Nike Running club and NYC BridgeRunners.
Next race: New Orleans half marathon in January & New York City half in March
Marathon PR: 4:25
Steve H. - 5:00 pacer
Steve picked up running in 2009 as a way to practice healthy habits and was soon hooked. His favorite race is Hospital Hill because it is a great course and really puts you to the test. Steve has paced 7 marathons (including Kansas City twice) and 8 half marathons. He will never stop encouraging the runners in his group because HIS goal is helping you reach YOUR goal. He strongly believes in running at 'even effort' using Smart Pacing in order to help his group run their best race possible.
Marathon PR: 4:12
Nick H. - 5:00 pacer
I am an avid endurance athlete competing in: Ironman Triathlons, Ironman 70.3 Triathlons, Sprint Triathlons, Ultra Marathons, Marathons, Half Marathons and local 10k and 5k races. These taking place all over the United States.
My favorite running event is the marathon. It’s a great experience! There are people everywhere; runners and fellow competitors swarming all over the place. One really feels a sense of unity and solidarity as we all run and cheer together as one. In the life of an endurance athlete, it is a huge milestone. It’s a race we will never forget. No two marathons are ever alike. Each has story of its own. The sense of pride that overcomes you as you cross that finish line is indescribable, truly making it an extremely rewarding endeavor.
Marathon PR: 3:32
Karma B. - 5:15 pacer
Karma has always loved running but never thought she could run more than 13miles! But that all changed after she started reading running books and the Ultra Marathon Man in 2011. She has run several 10ks, half-marathons, 6 marathons and 5 ultras. She is a also member of the GOATz(Greater Omaha Area Trail Runnerz) and loves to volunteer at races.
Recently she ran the Grandma’s marathon and is proud to say she is a Boston qualifer. She will be running the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016.
She loves to run with friends and help them achieve their goals.
She has also helped and trained a few friends to run half marathons.
This is her first time pacing and she is very excited to help achieve the runner’s goals.
Marathon PR: 3:36
Edward B. - 5:30 pacer
Edward has been running since 2007. His first Marathon was the Seoul International Marathon in South Korea. He served in the US Army for over 26 years and enjoyed the challenges of the Marathons. Edward deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times during his career so in 2010 he came back and ran 9 Marathon in 9 months to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Edward then went on to deploy 1 last time in 2012 getting back in September 2012. The next month Edward ran 13 Marathons in 10 weeks propelling him to complete all 50 states, running a total of 53 marathons from September 2012-September 2013. He also completed his first 100 miler and 50 miler and loves the Ultra and Marathon distance. Ed has found that pacing is very rewarding and is happy to see others reach their goals.
Marathon PR: 3:19
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