Our Upcoming Races 

Words to run by

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go." Dr. Seuss

Meet your Pacers for
Lincoln Marathon

Half Marathon Pacers: 1:30 1:35 1:40 1:45 1:50 1:55 2:00 2:05 2:10 2:15 2:20 2:25 2:30 2:35 2:40 2:45 2:50 2:55 3:00

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

1:30 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

1:35 SmartPace Teams

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, Shawn 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 (6x Boston finisher) and numerous ultramarathons, including a 100 miler. In addition, Shawn is also a three-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

1:40 SmartPace Teams

Robert A. - 1:40 pacer

Robert never understood the concept of running nor the endurance required for the sport. But after a much needed lifestyle change he decided to set a milestone by running the full 26.2 on his 26th birthday back in 2011. With the help of family and friends, he was able to conquer that feat. After that moment it's all history.. as he has completed 2 full ironmans and 6 marathons, along with numerous of various distances. With his experience and positive attitude, he will push you to dig deep and search for motivation you never thought you had.
Half Marathon PR: 1:25

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

1:45 SmartPace Teams

Stacey B. - 1:45 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

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

1:50 SmartPace Teams

Erin G. - 1:50 pacer

Erin pretty much refused to do any kind of individual sports in high school--who want's all that pressure on just your shoulders?? When she went to college, however, she had to find something to compete in. Running it became. Her dad signed her up for her first race, a 10 mile run. Since then, she's competed in 8 half marathons, 12 Olympic distance triathlons, two 1/2 Ironman races, three 50Ks, two 50 milers and is pumped to have crossed "help someone finish a race" off her bucket list when she paced friends for 100 milers this past year. Now Erin knows, nothing is more rewarding, nor do you learn more about yourself, than finding the inner strength of an individual to finish a race. Erin is a personal trainer in Omaha and works primarily with runners and triathletes. Ultra marathons and trail running are her passion, but also expect to hear good stories (she has her masters degree in story telling) and talk about lots of good food if you're in her pace group!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39

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

1:55 SmartPace Teams

Casey F. - 1:55 pacer

Casey is a mother of three young children who has been running for over a decade. She ran her first half marathon in Lincoln in 2008. Since 2008 she has run 17 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

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

2:00 SmartPace Teams

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

Mike C. - 2:00 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

2:05 SmartPace Teams

Margaret W. - 2:05 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

Mitzi R. - 2:05 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

2:10 SmartPace Teams

Molly R. - 2:10 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

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 9 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 4 marathons and 4 half-marathons - 3 half-marathons and 2 marathons were at Lincoln (including the 2011 marathon as well as 2013 and 2015 half-marathons as a pacer). Brad and his wife live in Omaha and have 3 children age 9 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

2:15 SmartPace Teams

Brian D. - 2:15 pacer

Brian started running in high school on the country roads around Auburn, Nebraska as a half-miler on the track and eventually became a cross country runner. Over the past six years, he has completed over a dozen half-marathons and one marathon. Having paced multiple half-marathons, Brian looks forward to meeting new people and helping them have a great race with an appropriate starting pace and even effort throughout.
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

2:20 SmartPace Teams

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

2:25 SmartPace Teams

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

Megan F. - 2:25 pacer

Megan has been running since the birth of her second daughter in 2010. She has run nearly 30 1/2 marathons, including 1 trail 1/2. She loves the 2:25 groups, describing them as the party crowd! 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. 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

2:30 SmartPace Teams

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

2:35 SmartPace Teams

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

Katie W. - 2:35 pacer

Katie has been running for 15 years. She has done a handful of 1/2 marathons and did her first full marathon last year. Working full time and having 4 kids can make finding time difficult but she makes it a priority because it makes her a happier person. She has done many 5K's, 10K's. She is going to train for another marathon this year.
Half Marathon PR: 1:55

2:40 SmartPace Teams

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

2:45 SmartPace Teams

Karina S. - 2:45 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

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

2:50 SmartPace Teams

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

2:55 SmartPace Teams

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

3:00 SmartPace Teams

Melinda B. - 3:00 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

Full Marathon SmartPace Teams

3:15 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

3:30 SmartPace Teams

Mark W. - 3:30 pacer

As of April 2016, Mark Wooten has completed 41 full marathons, which includes 13 full Ironmans, the Ironman World Championships, Boston, and Pike's Peak. Mark's two primary running goals are to complete a marathon in every U.S. state - he's completed 23 states so far - and to qualify with guaranteed entry into the New York Marathon. Mark loves to inspire his "Not this Mile" philosophy with his runner partners: "Are we going to slow down?" "Not this mile. Maybe, next mile but not THIS mile." "Are we going to give up on our goals today?" "Not this mile. Maybe the person we just passed, but not us - not on THIS mile."
Marathon PR: 3:02

Eddie W. - 3:30 pacer

Eddie is a recent college grad living the good life in Lincoln Nebraska. Eddie has ran the Boston Marathon four years running and will be returning this Spring for his 5th consecutive year. He has ran a total of 13 marathons and 5 half marathons. He is also the youngest pacer to be on the Nike Pace Team for the Chicago Marathon. When not pacing Eddie is a coach for Red Dirt Running Company where he works with a wide variety of runners from 5Ks to Boston qualifiers. 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

3:40 SmartPace Teams

Abby K. - 3:40 pacer

Abby is a nanny and competitive runner in Omaha, NE. She has completed 31 marathons, including Boston 5 times, with a total of 23 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

3:50 SmartPace Teams

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 several marathons and half marathons include Chicago and Boston. 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

4:00 SmartPace Teams

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 three 100 mile ultra runs with a sub-24 hour finish in Feb, 2014.
Marathon PR: 3:36

Cory S. - 4:00 pacer

Cory has completed 20 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

4:10 SmartPace Teams

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

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 11 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

4:20 SmartPace Teams

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

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

4:30 SmartPace Teams

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

4:45 SmartPace Teams

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

5:00 SmartPace Teams

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 9 marathons (including Garmin 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

5:15 SmartPace Teams

Sushma KC M. - 5:15 pacer

Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sushma came to the US in 1994. Sushma has always been pretty athletic growing up. She always participated in relays and sports activities, including team sports, both in school and in college. Though she always loved running, she had never run more than 6 miles. Her first official and longest run was in 2006, The Omaha Half Marathon. After she moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in 2008, and after having her second child, she ran her very 1st marathon, 26.2 with Donna (for breast cancer awareness), in February of 2011, in the memory of her mom. She thought that it was going to be her first and last marathon, but she proved herself wrong! Since then, Sushma has run 14 Ultra races, of which four are 50 and 55 miles (two of each), two 100 miles and eight 50ks. She has also completed a few triathlons (she wishes to do an ironman, someday), 3 century bike rides, number of 15ks, couple of 30ks, 14 half marathons and 10 full marathons. Due to being constantly injured, Sushma started focusing on endurance than speed. A lot of her friends, colleagues and acquaintances have been inspired by her positivity towards life. She has been able to motivate people to start running, as well as help them train to run races. She just recently, on February 14th, helped co-pace a 5 hour group at the 26.2 Donna Marathon, in Jacksonville, FL. This is her second time co-pacing a marathon, and she is ecstatic to be co-pacing with one of her besties, Karma Basnyat. They ran their 1st marathon together and crossed the finished line hand in hand. Both of them are extremely happy to be pacing the 5:15 group together, to help, support, encourage and motivate YOU to cross the finish line as well.
Marathon PR: 4:43

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

5:30 SmartPace Teams

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

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

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