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 4:40 4:50 5:00 5:15 5:30
Half Marathon SmartPace Teams
Matt O. - 1:30 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!
Half Marathon PR: 1:23
Stacey B. - 1:35 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
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 an 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
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
Abby K. - 1:40 pacer
Abby is a nanny and competitive runner in Omaha, NE. She has completed 27 full marathons, including Boston thrice, with a total of 20 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:24
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 being there with you on the journey towards your goal time, helping you discover your new limits within!
***if you are running the Lincoln half, this will be Katie & Brandon's 2nd year pacing this group together and they are definitely excited to be running this race and sharing this experience with all of you again!
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
Josh C. - 1:45 pacer
Josh initially began running in college to avoid gaining the freshman fifteen. Though over the past 10 years, recreational running has become an integral part of his life. Josh has run half marathons and many shorter road races.
Josh’s favorite aspect of running competitive races is the mental toughness required to achieve one’s goal time and the satisfaction (and bragging) that follows an accomplishment that is often 3-4 months in the making. He looks forward to helping you on your journey to achieve your goal time, through friendly conversation and support.
Half Marathon PR: 1:31
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. Lincoln 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37
Mike B. - 1:55 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 26.2 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: 1:37
Dave K. - 1:55 pacer
Dave really got attached to distance running in 2001 when he finished his first half marathon (Lincoln). Since then he has completed over 60 races. 20 of them being marathons & half marathons. He has been involved with the Lincoln marathon over the years by either participating as a competitor, being a pacer or by volunteering. Dave also attends many group running events and seminars through the Omaha Running Club and the Greater Omaha Area Trail-RunnerZ (G.O.A.T.Z.). If he is not on the course competing, he enjoys going to local races to cheer on fellow runners. Being part of this running community has created wonderful friendships and unforgettable experiences for him. Being a pacer again for this race will allow him to encourage and guide many runners who deserve a great experience from the Lincoln Marathon!
Half Marathon PR: 1:28
Kim B. - 2:00 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
Mike C. - 2:00 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 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. He is a 7 time Ironman triathlon finisher and just completed the 2014 Ironman Canada in July.
Half Marathon PR: 1:38
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
Amanda P. - 2:05 pacer
Amanda started running about 4 years ago after she met her husband, who had ran multiple races. She has ran 5 half marathons and 2 full marathons. Amanda qualified for Boston during her first marathon while following a pacer at the Lincoln Marathon. After running with a pacer helped her achieve her goal, she decided to become one to help others meet theirs.
Half Marathon PR: 1:34
David H. - 2:10 pacer
David Hedman (a.k.a "The Ginger Blur") fell in love with running in high school, but had to break up with her because of irreconcilable differences (overuse injuries). After many years of hiking as substitute (including a long stint on the Pacific Crest Trail), he began running again in earnest in 2006. After participating in the Omaha Running Club's Long Distance Training Clinic in 2007 and learning to run injury-free, he has completed 7 marathons, 3-50K trail runs and too many half marathons to count (including 2 times at Lincoln!).
David loves running with others and has unofficially paced many friends to help them achieve their goals (along with being their personal on-course photographer). David is looking forward to pacing the Lincoln Half this year and helping spread the joy of running! Good Luck to all!
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 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
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 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
Colleen P. - 2:20 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
Lauriel N. - 2:25 pacer
Lauriel absolutely loves marathon mornings!! To date, Lauriel has run 8 marathons, 6 half-marathons and dozens of shorter races around the Midwest, winning many 1st and 2nd age group awards and honing what she calls her "raging race mentality." Lauriel is a firm believer in the Smart Pacing Strategy, which helped her run her first Boston qualifying time in the 2012 IMT Des Moines Marathon. Lauriel will get you psyched up to work hard, run strong and finish proud! Be confident in your training, and see you on marathon morning!!
Half Marathon PR: 1:47:43
Jim W. - 2:25 pacer
Jim likes to help others reach their goals. Jim enjoys basketball, running with friends, and going on vacations or even 'stay-cations...' He will help everyone around him stay positive and keep going! Look for the Half Marathon 2:25 pacer stick!! Let's do this!
Half Marathon PR: 1:55
Larry B. - 2:30 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:56
Gay P. - 2:30 pacer
Gay started running as a little girl and hasn't stopped since! She races or paces in ten to twenty events every year. She just finished running the Big Sur Marathon in California and the Portland Marathon in Oregon this year. She was also crazy enough to run up a mountain at the Pike's Peak Ascent in August 2014. She is 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. As an internal medicine physician, her personal goal nowadays is to encourage others to exercise and get healthy. 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
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 M. - 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
Mary L. - 2:40 pacer
While always physically active, Mary did not become a long distance runner until after the age of 40. She set a goal to run a full marathon as a “bucket list” item and in the process discovered a passion for running. She has now completed 14 full marathons and over 20 half marathons. She enjoys being in the company of other runners and encouraging them to achieve their goals. Mary’s hope is that you complete the race by not only meeting your goal, but also having fun in the process!
Half Marathon PR: 1:59
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
Maria A. - 2:45 pacer
Maria Aguirre is the mother of 4, life can some times get busy. She has ran 2 full marathons, a few half, 10K, 5K, Market to Market and many other fun races. She love to run, she not fast but loves it anyways. Loves to get out and help encourage others to get out.
Half Marathon PR: 2:15
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 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. - 2:50 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
Victoria V. - 2:55 pacer
Vicki is an endurance coach for Tridot.com. She has been coaching runners, cyclist and triathletes for the past 6 years. Before she started her coaching career Vicki was an educator for 20+ years.
She has completed 3 Ironman races as well as countless half Ironmans, marathons, half marathons, 5k, and 10k races. You'll find Vicki to be friendly, encouraging and helpful as your pacer for the Lincoln half marathon.
Half Marathon PR: 1:50
Liz W. - 2:55 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.
Half Marathon PR: 2:04
Amy C. - 3:00 pacer
Amy owes her love for running to her son's cross country coach. The coach encouraged parents to run the road races with the team. One race and she was hooked! After running several 5ks, she decided to give the longer distances a try. Her first half was Hospital Hill in Kansas City. That same coach paced her all the way!!! Amy believes that life should be lived to the fullest and that a positive attitude makes life more fun!!! Come join Amy and be uplifted as we take each mile as it comes with a smile!!!
Half Marathon PR: 2:35
Jack F. - 3:00 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
Full Marathon SmartPace Teams
Erik H. - 3:15 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.
Marathon PR: 3:08
Ken L. - 3:15 pacer
Ken ran his first marathon in 2011 and discovered a passion for running. He has run in eight marathons and several half marathons. The Lincoln marathon is a great course and environment and Ken looks forward to helping you achieve your race goals.
Marathon PR: 2:59
Marvin M. - 3:30 pacer
Marvin is new to pacing but has been running since the 1970's. His first marathon was the Kansas City Macy's Marathon in 1981 and first half was Hospital Hill in 1979. He has run 20+ marathons and a collection of ultra's including the Leadville 100 in 2013. Marvin loves motivating runners and will help you dig deep.
Marathon PR: 3:03
Gary W. - 3:30 pacer
Gary's been running and racing for 25 years, except for a 10 year layoff to focus on family and career. Recently, Gary has officially paced the 2010 Omaha Marathon (3:45) and paced friends in the 2011 Lincoln Marathon (3:25). Gary enjoys the experience of helping others achieve running goals and to have fun in the process. One of Gary's favorite quotes is from Steve Prefontaine "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift".
Marathon PR: 2:42
Sean R. - 3:40 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
Eddie W. - 3:40 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: 2:56
Eliot L. - 3:50 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 or Go home is one of Eliot's mantras.
Since 2011, Eliot ran 14 Full Marathons, including returning to the Rim Rock Marathon four times with the most recent race, he finished 1st place Masters. He has been focused on Boston Qualification and has come close to qualifying twice by seconds in 2014. Once at Phoenix Marathon with a 3:15:11 finish time and Chicago Marathon with a 3:15:28 finish time. He will qualify at the Phoenix Marathon in February 2015.
He ran two Ultra Marathons, 50K and a 50-Miler since 2013. Eliot ran Pikes Peak Ascent in 2013 and Pikes Peak Marathon in 2014. He paced the Lincoln Marathon 2014 and brought his 3:40 group in at 3:39:57.
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.
Marathon PR: 3:15
Chris E. - 3:50 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
Robert M. - 4:00 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 5 Marathons and 10 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: 3:21
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
Eric S. - 4:10 pacer
Eric has been running for over 12 years. One aspect Eric enjoys about running is meeting other runners in the community; they understand what’s it's like to have a crazy addiction for running and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Eric also enjoys helping and encouraging runners achieve their goals. Eric has completed multiple half marathons, 10 marathons, and a 50 miler and he is confident that you will reach your goal when you pace with him. Eric will be using the Smart Pacing strategy to ensure a successful race.
Marathon PR: 3:20
John W. - 4:10 pacer
John is a native of Corinna, Maine. He has been running marathons since 2007 and has had the honor of being a full marathon pacer since 2011. He has completed 33 marathons/ultra marathons and 13 half marathons in 12 states, D.C., two marathons in 24 hrs, four marathons in four consecutive days, one in Afghanistan and one in Iraq.
Marathon PR: 3:29:26
Lori A. - 4:20 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 8 marathons and many other shorter distance races. She recently has decided to tackle a new goal, ultramarathons, after completing the Market to Market 50K in October 2013. Her first 50 miler is in April 2015. 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: 3:47
Kim M. - 4:20 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
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
Tricia M. - 4:30 pacer
Tricia loves to run as a break from her two crazy jobs:being a busy mom to three great kids (18, 15 & 8) and a prosecuting attorney. While this is her first experience as an "official pacer", she has completed 11 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
Mike B. - 4:40 pacer
I am a 35 year-old husband and father of two little girls from Omaha, Nebraska pacing my first marathon.
I have been running for a little over a decade. I have run three marathons (Houston, Santa Clarita, and Duluth). My PR in the marathon was set last June at Grandma’s marathon in Duluth with a time of 3:55:03. My PR in the half-marathon was set last May in Lincoln with a time of 1:39:33.
Marathon PR: 3:55:03
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.
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 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
Michael B. - 4:50 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. - 4:50 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
Amanda F. - 5:00 pacer
Amanda is born and raised in Omaha, NE and went to college at UNL where she studied Marketing/Merchandising. Thus, the Lincoln Marathon is near and dear to her heart.
Amanda is very active in the Chicago and Omaha running community. Amanda is part of the running club 3run2 in Chicago and has trained and raced with them for over a year and a half. Though Amanda has been a runner for years, during her time with them she has completed 3 full marathons (Lincoln Marathon, Chicago Marathon, New York Marathon), 12 half marathons and numerous 5, 8 and 10k races. She has also received the opportunity to run for Nike events as well as with lululemon at their Seawheeze half marathon in Vancouver.
Running brings such happiness to her life, and helps her connect with such great people. The thing that makes her most joyous about pacing is helping people achieve their goals and showing them what they are capable of doing.
Marathon PR: 4:31
Steve H. - 5:00 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 paced 5 marathons (including Lincoln and Olathe Garmin) and 6 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
Chris H. - 5:15 pacer
Chris paced her first race last year and fell in love with it-and she is pacing more races in 2015 than she is racing. She knows everyone works hard to achieve goals they have set, and wants to help her pace group achieve theirs. If you are in her pace group, you can count on lots of encouragement and spirit. You might also hear some off-key singing and see some awkward dancing, but expect to have fun! Chris has run multiple races ranging from 5K's to 50K's.
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
Mary M. - 5:30 pacer
Mary is a downhill skier, snowshoer, former mountain biker, and a lousy but cheerful hockey player who took up running later in life. Mary ran her first marathon when she was 44, her second marathon a few weeks after, and hasn't stopped since. Three years later, she's completed 38 marathons, 12 ultra marathons, and earned her first 100 mile belt buckle in November 2014 at the Tunnel Hill 100 Mile Run. She's a proud back-of-the-pack marathoner who believes in training seriously and running happy on race day. Mary has found that a positive attitude, steady pace, and careful management of electrolytes/fluids/fuel can get you a lot farther in a race than you ever thought possible. This winter she paced the 5:30 group at the RnR New Orleans marathon. Mary grew up in Lincoln, NE and now lives in Madison, WI.
Kirby S. - 5:30 pacer
Kirby has run 11 marathons and many half marathons. He started running about 4 years ago just to lose weight. What he discovered was a real passion for running. Just like many others, he started with a 5k and worked his way up the ladder until he completed his first marathon. He has passed his love for running on to his family. He ran with his wife in her first half (Kansas City) and full (Disney) marathons. He is really looking forward to pacing in many marathons and spreading his enthusiasm for running with others.
Marathon PR: 3:59