Meet your Pacers for
Half Marathon Pacers: 1:35 1:40 1:45 1:50 1:55 2:00 2:05 2:10 2:15 2:20 2:25 2:30 2:35 2:40 2:45 2:50 2:55 3:00
Half Marathon 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. 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
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
Kenny M. - 1:40 pacer
Kenny began running in high school, competing in both cross-country and track, as an alternative to playing football. He has been a runner ever since. Kenny ran at Northwest Missouri State University (Go Bearcats!!), before being sidelined by injury. After college, Kenny began running again to stay active, and to get in better shape.
He has run over 170 races to date, including 19 marathons (PR of 2:52), and over 65 half marathons (PR of 1:20).
Kenny believes the biggest mistake people can make is starting off too fast. He is looking forward to sharing his passion for running with others and helping them and encouraging them to reach their running goals. Through his high energy and motivation, Kenny is confident he can help you achieve your goal time.
What does he enjoy about running? Helping people in reaching their goals, being active, and the camaraderie and atmosphere in the running community. Also, running allows him to eat lots of Peanut M&Ms (it's a mild addiction...ha) without too much guilt.
Half Marathon PR: 1:20
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
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 to get his group to the 1:55 goal and having fun along the way. He's looking forward to crossing the finish line in Memorial Stadium with a smile on his face.
When not working, Mike likes to stay healthy by swimming, biking, and running workouts. He is also a 5 time Ironman triathlon finisher and is training for the 2013 Ironman Lake Tahoe in September.
Half Marathon PR: 1:38
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
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 2 half-marathons - 1 half-marathon and 2 marathons were at Lincoln (including the 2011 marathon as a pacer). Brad and his wife live in Omaha and have 3 children age 6 and under. He is looking forward to working with the 2:05 pacing group to meet everyone's race day goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39
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
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
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
Andi H. - 2:25 pacer
"When your legs get tired, run with your HEART."
Andi is a run club lead and cycle instructor with Life Time Fitness, Omaha. She has been running for 10 years and enjoys all things endurance including her recent adventures--her first triathlon and fall trail runs. She enjoys destination races--seeing new courses and sites and looks forward to accomplishing her goals in 2013, pacing the Lincoln Half Marathon being one of them.
She is looking forward to sharing the excitement of race day and her first time pacing at this year's Lincoln Half Marathon with you.
Here's to a strong Husker stadium finish!
Half Marathon PR: 2:21:04
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 completed eight half marathons and Grandma's Full Marathon this year. 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: 1:48
Karina S. - 2:30 pacer
Karina started to focus primarily on distance running after moving to Lincoln in 2005. Since then she's run 8 marathons and many half-marathons. Her first pacing experience was for the Lincoln 2011 4:50 marathon group and it was so much fun that she's stayed with it in 2012 and 2013. She strongly believes in the Smart Pacing strategy and that starting a race smart will lead to a strong finish. An frequent traveler for work and fun, Karina loves to explore new places by foot and never forgets to pack her running shoes.
Half Marathon PR: 1:58
Jack F. - 2:35 pacer
Started running in 1985. Completed 24 marathons and countless half/10k races. No need for speed but to finish and feel good after the race. Paced 1/2 at Lincoln, NE 2011. Kept on pace and finished within 1 minute of est finish time. Love to run with people and I'm always available for questions and encouragememt.
Half Marathon PR: 1hr 45min
John S. - 2:35 pacer
John's been running since 1986, completed 24 marathons & 2 Ironman Triathlons. His favorite runs are trail runs. Any chance to be outside and active is his opportunity to play....and he loves to play. He is looking forward to pacing others to complete their running goal. He has always said, "I am so glad to make it to the Start line."
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
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
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!
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