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
Gerald K. - 1:30 pacer
Gerald has been racing for over 20 years. If there is a race of any kind you may find Gerald there. From 300 meter hurdles in high school, to the steeplechase in college, to an Ironman, Gerald has dabbled in many events at many distances. At 40 years old his next big event is the Masters 800 meters at the Drake relays. Gerald has served as the 3 hour pacer at the Omaha Marathon in the past and looks forward to helping others hit their goals this May in the Lincoln Half Marathon.
Half Marathon PR: 1:16
Roy W. - 1:30 pacer
Running for nearly 30 years his most rewarding experiences has been when pacing in marathons to help others obtain personal goals. It is very important to Roy to have others obtain goals they have set out to obtain. His pacing experiences include pacing in the Omaha Marathon several times, Lincoln Marathon and the Chicago Marathon.
Half Marathon PR: 1:14:28
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
Stephen M. - 1:35 pacer
Stephen has been running since 2012, when he dropped 45 pounds to be an example for his patients. As a physician, he loves promoting a healthy lifestyle with running. He has run 9 marathons and over 20 half marathons, and enjoys pacing others to achieve their goals. He is an avid racer and pacer, often running 20+ events a year from the mile to the marathon. In 2016 he took on his first ultra, completing the GOATz 50K in Omaha. He is excited to help get people in under their time goal with the Smart Pacing Strategy.
Half Marathon PR: 1:26
Matt S. - 1:40 pacer
While Matt ran regularly and raced road races for fun in high school (a long long time ago), Matt "began" running again in 2011 shortly after the birth of his son (his second child). He quickly fell in love with running, lost nearly 40 pounds and ran the Des Moines Half Marathon that fall. He complete his first full marathon at the Lincoln Marathon in 2012. He has completed 5 full marathons (Lincoln, Omaha, Santa Clarita, Grandmas and Philly). Matt has run 5 half marathons (Wichita, Lincoln, Des Moines (x2) and Omaha).
Matt has paced at the Omaha Marathon twice, first as the 4 hour full marathon pacer (2012) and most recently as the 1:55 half marathon pacer (2013). He had incredibly rewarding experiences both times.
Matt believes that successful racing begins by starting out easy and then methodically working up to pace, as most runners tend to go out too fast, costing them valuable energy and time at the end of the race. Matt also prefers even effort as opposed to even pace. This means we will go easier up hills, faster pace down hills, and probably a little faster than average pace on flat as he plans to walk all water stops after about halfway. He loves to have fun and promises to keep things interesting. Let's do this!
Half Marathon PR: 1:26:15
Shaun I. - 1:40 pacer
Shaun started running five years ago when he was duped by a co-worker to run over lunch. Since then he has been courted by running companies and major apparel brands to sponsor their products. However, he has chosen to keep his amateur status and keeps a day job when he is not running. Shaun has completed 5 full marathons and a handful of half-marathons. He is looking forward to helping all the runners reach their goals and share some good running stories!
Half Marathon PR: 1:30
Amy B. - 1:45 pacer
Amy has been running competitively since high school, setting school records in both the mile and two mile and placing at the Nebraska State Track Meet with a 5:19 mile and 11:38 two mile. While in college, running for fun, Amy starting competing in half marathons with the Lincoln Half Marathon in 2001 being her inaugural one. Since then she has competed in numerous half marathons and two full marathons. She is a member of the elite running group Women Run Nebraska and loves the friendship and support that comes with her running friends. Amy will be running the Boston Marathon in 2017 with her twin sister Ann (also a 1:45 pacer) and will be excited to motivate and encourage other runners to accomplish their goals in Lincoln on May 7th! The twins will make sure you have a fun time in this group!
Half Marathon PR: 1:26
Ann H. - 1:45 pacer
Ann graduated from high school in 1998, where she ran a 5:27 mile, and discovered her love for distance running. The 2001 Lincoln half marathon was her first half, and since has competed in a dozen or so, including 2 full marathons. She is a member of the elite running group Women Run Nebraska and Thayer County Running Company. She is also a certified personal trainer, where she has helped clients achieve their fitness goals. Ann will be running the 2017 Boston marathon with her twin sister, Amy, who is also a 1:45 pacer. She is excited to pace and help runners meet their goals, while having fun at the same time!
Half Marathon PR: 1:30
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 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
Brandon S. - 1:50 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
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 50 mile and everything in between. In September 2017, Mike will attempt his first 100 mile trail race in Lawrence, Kansas. His favorite distance is the half marathon and also loves pacing the half. Mike has paced runners at all distances including 100 mile races over 30+ hours. Mike is very excited to work with smart pacing and helping you achieve your running goals! See you on Race day!
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
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
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
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
Erin G. - 2:05 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
Nate G. - 2:05 pacer
Nate has been running for over 7 years. His first half marathon was in Grand Island and since then he has ran 21 halfs, 2 full marathons, and one sprint triathlon. He loves to be outdoors swimming, biking, and road or trail running. Nate feels that meeting new runners and pacing them to achieve their goals is truly #1
Half Marathon PR: 1:44
Mitzi R. - 2:10 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. - 2:10 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
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
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
Gay P. - 2:20 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
Kim M. - 2:25 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
Paul C. - 2:25 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.
Sue A. - 2:30 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. - 2:30 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
Megan F. - 2:35 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
Meggan B. - 2:35 pacer
Meggan lives in Omaha with her husband and 3 kids. She ran track in high school but always shorter distances and was active in other sports. Running the mile or 2 mile was always a "bad word"! She would run off and on throughout the years for fitness but would never consider herself a runner. She then decided on the goal after her first 2 kids to run a half marathon one day. She ran the Omaha half in 2008 and got the running bug. Since then, she has ran over 12 half marathons, 5 marathons (1 5 weeks pregnant) and 2 50Ks. Meggan enjoys trail running and meeting new people with the same enthusiasm for running (instead of thinking she is crazy!). She is looking forward to helping others push themselves and reach their goals for Lincoln.
Half Marathon PR: 1:47
Julie A. - 2:40 pacer
Julie lives in Kansas City, MO, with her husband, two children, and two Yellow Labrador Retrievers. Since 2010, she has completed 10 marathons and over 16 half marathons. Julie loves running because it helps her stay in shape, and she enjoys meeting amazing people and making new friends. She also likes to help her Labs stay in shape; with their company, she never runs alone. She likes to help others set and achieve goals for themselves, and is looking forward to this pacing opportunity.
Half Marathon PR: 2:07
Half Marathon PR: 2:07
Emily W. - 2:40 pacer
Emily started running as a child. She ran competitively through out her younger years. She took a break through out college and started running again in 2011. Emily has run several half marathons and one marathon in 2013. She is also a group fitness instructor in Lincoln, Nebraska. She loves to help people reach their goals. She paced the Good Life Halfsy this past fall and it was one of her favorite running experiences she has had. She is very excited to help you achieve your race day goals!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39
Larry B. - 2:45 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 3 marathons including Chicago in 2014 and 12 1/2 marathons. Larry is looking forward to help you reach your finish goal.
Half Marathon PR: 1:56
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
Sarah O. - 2:50 pacer
Sarah has always considered herself an athlete, playing multiple sports in high school and college. She did not, however, ever think she would consider herself a runner. That all changed in May of 2013 when she received a 5K entry as a birthday gift from her sister-in-law. After her first 5K, Sarah immediately asked her sister-in-law when their next race would be. A few months later Sarah began training for her first half marathon. Two years later in October of 2015, Sarah completed her first full marathon.
In addition to being a wife, mom of three, high school counselor, and varsity cheerleading coach, Sarah has also been a pacer for Big River Training Team through Big River Running Company in St. Louis Missouri and a race pacer for another company. Sarah is also excited to pace for Smart Pacing! Some of Sarah’s running goals include running a sub-5 marathon, running a sub-2 half marathon, and running a race in all 50 states!
Half Marathon PR: 02:09
Lindsey M. - 2:50 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 eager to encourage other people to run their best race. Lindsey's PR was set at the KC Half Marathon in 2015 with the help of the Smart Pacers and became a pacer to help others achieve their goals.
Half Marathon PR: 2:09:55
Jamie H. - 2:55 pacer
Jamie loves running any distance, 5K to 50K! Her favorite is the half-marathon; she's completed 25 of them! Jamie has even run on four continents! She loves running with friends and is so excited to help you achieve your race-day goals!
Half Marathon PR: 2:06
Amy A. - 2:55 pacer
Amy started running when she moved to Pensacola Florida in in 2011.
She started running 5ks. She did this to lose weight and make new friendships along the way . She completed her first half marathon at Disney princess's in February of 2012 then the following week completed her first full marathon on
New Orleans . Since then she has ran several 5ks , 10ks , 20 half marathons
And three full marathons . Her goal now is to help others reach there goals and get them to that finish line with fun along the way and Of course a smile .
Susan H. - 3:00 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. - 3:00 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
Full Marathon SmartPace Teams
Ryan W. - 3:15 pacer
Ryan started running XC and track in Jr. High, and has loved it ever since. During college, he created the K-State Marathon Club, and pushed many runners to complete their first half and full marathon, with several qualifying for 2013 Boston Marathon. In 2012 he organized a team relay to run across the state of Kansas with only 8 runners. He loves seeing people achieve their goals and doing more than they think possible. Ryan is excited to be a pacer and hopes give those running with him the encouragement to achieve their own goals.
Marathon PR: 2:46
Eddie W. - 3:15 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
Terry W. - 3:30 pacer
Terry is married and has two children. In the absence of finding a sponsor to support his running career he works as a Systems Engineer to pay the bills.
In addition to running Terry enjoys biking, kayaking/canoeing and swimming. He likes to dabble in triathlons and adventure racing. He plans on completing a full Ironman triathlon after he retires. Terry didn’t start running until he was in his 30’s. Now in his 50’s he’s still going strong.
Terry ran is first marathon in 2000 with a time of 4 hours, 24 minutes. Since then he been averaging one marathon a year has whittled down his PR to 3 hours 26 seconds at the Chicago Marathon in 2014. Still in pursuit of a sub 3 hour marathon he is focusing on training and racing smarter.
He also enjoys studying Spanish. With his Colombian wife, Nubia, as his private tutor he is now conversational in Spanish. He has plans of starting French in the future with tentative plans to run the London or Paris marathons.
Marathon PR: 3:00
Jun Z. - 3:30 pacer
Jun has been running since 2011 as a way to practice healthy habits. He believes that running is a tremendous blessing to the life, and enjoys achieving variant running goal. He has completed numerous running races including 6 Half Marathons and 7 full Marathons. Jun ran the Boston Marathon in 2015 and 2016. He is excited about the pacing opportunity, and is eager to help his group run their best race possible.
Marathon PR: 3:01
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
Stephanie M. - 3:40 pacer
Stephanie started running for fun and as a way to keep in shape in between weekend soccer games about 6 years ago. She signed up for her first half in 2012, and became hooked on distance running. She has run everything from a 5k to a 50k, and is the current Missouri women's record holder at the 50k distance in her age group. She enjoys recovery runs with her dachshund Norman. She just ran her first Boston Marathon in 2016! She looks forward to helping people meet personal running goals, while making the marathon experience a great one!
Marathon PR: 3:20
Robert M. - 3:50 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 14 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
Cynthia K. - 3:50 pacer
Cynthia found her love for distance running about ten years ago. She went out for her daily 3 mile run with a friend and ten miles later never looked back. Cynthia has been running marathons for ten years and has run at least one every year since she started. She has paced for several races in the Chicagoland area. Cynthia is a Running Coach for Chicago Endurance Sports, Chicago's largest multisport training group. She is known for her continuous positivity and energy. Cynthia will be there to cheer you on every step of the way, all while holding a stick!
Marathon PR: 3:34
Stephen L. - 4:00 pacer
Stephen picked up running in 2010 after realizing that two little curtain climbers needed their dad to be able to romp and play instead of sitting on the couch eating potato chips. Inspired by his brother who had also achieved great health results via running, he trained and completed his first 10k at the TLC Groundhog in January 2011. Since then he has run 5ks, 10ks, 10 mile trail, 20 mile trail, 50K trail, 44 miler at Brew2Brew multiple times, a bunch of full marathons, countless half marathons, sprint and international distance triathlon along with an ironman distance in 2014. His first marathon was the MO Cowbell in St. Charles, MO. His half marathon PR came in 2013, which was run purely for fun. The social and all inclusive aspect of running and multi-sport is what keeps Stephen going so don't be surprised if you end up run BFF's by the time your race is over. Stephen has plans to complete more trail runs, marathons, and half marathon pacing.
Marathon PR: 3:36
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
Greg S. - 4:10 pacer
Greg has run competetively for 30 years. He has completed 40 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 5 times, and over 100 half marathons. He is an 8 year cancer survivor. Greg enjoys helping others meet their goals and his enthusiasm towards running is infectious.
Marathon PR: 3:12
Adeline H. - 4:10 pacer
Adeline graduated from Columbus High School in 2002 and continued her education at Hastings College, where she ran cross country and track. She graduated in 2006 with a BA in 7-12 Social Studies Education, earned a Master's Degree from University of Nebraska-Kearney in 2009 in Mild/Moderate Special Education, and is currently working on an endorsement in Educational Administration. Adeline now lives in Seward, Nebraska with her husband and three sons and is a special education teacher. PRs include: 5:45 mile, 19:59 5k, 40:36 10k, 1:31 Half-Marathon, and 3:43 Marathon. She has also an Ironman Triathlon finisher.
Marathon PR: 3:43
Scott B. - 4:20 pacer
Scott started running again at the young age of 41 just to lose a few pounds and be in better health. Joined a local running club and after a few years of a mile here and a mile there he decided to try his first marathon in spring of 2014 and has been hooked since. Two years since the spring of 2014 he has completed 6 marathons and several half marathons. His favorite thing about running is the camaraderie that runners share and seeing his kids cheer him on at the end of a race.
Marathon PR: 3:44
Lori M. - 4:20 pacer
Lori started running to lose weight. In one year she lost 70 pounds and scored herself a spot on the College of Saint Mary's cross country team as a junior in college....something she never thought would be in her cards in life. To date, Lori is now the Head Running Coach for Chicago Endurance Sports, Chicago's largest multisport training group. In addition she has been pacing the Chicago Marathon since 2008 along with several other races in the Illinois and Indiana area. She is now 22 time marathoner, 30+ half marathoner, and paces most of the races that she signs up for. She feels more rewarded by helping fellow athletes with the amazing experience of finishing an endurance event. Her goal is to help people know that participating in an event is all about the journey that gets you to the start line and the adventure you can share with friends after you finish.
Marathon PR: 3:37
Todd C. - 4:30 pacer
Completing the Chicago Marathon in 1995 was one of the most inspiring days of Todd's life. Four months earlier, he had never run more than three miles. When he finished he was surprised and thrilled! His friends, the volunteers, the crowd, and his fellow runners all helped Todd finish that first marathon. Now, he gives back when he can by pacing, and mainly runs to support his cheeseburger and beer habit.
Marathon PR: 3:45
Bob W. - 4:30 pacer
Kansas City is Bob's favorite marathon. He ran his first ever here in 2007 and got his PR here in 2013. He has completed the KC full 5 times (and the half once) and keeps coming back for more!
Besides the KC Marathon Bob has run quite a few others including trail 50ks and over 20 half-marathons. He recently completed a night half marathon followed by a 50 mile trail run the next day.
This is Bob's second time pacing, he paced the KC Full last year for the 4:30 group as well. Last year Bob finished in 4:30:02 -- seeking revenge this year Bob vows to get you across the line in 4:29:59!
Marathon PR: 3:34
Lauriel N. - 4:45 pacer
Lauriel loves race mornings!! To date, Lauriel has run 12 marathons & 13 half marathons. Using the SmartPace Strategy helped Lauriel run her marathon PR and a BQ, so she knows it will help you achieve your goal, too! Whether it's your 1st or 50th race, Lauriel will keep you psyched up but steady the whole way. Ain't no thang! See you on race morning!!
Marathon PR: 3:34
Jody G. - 4:45 pacer
Jody started running as a social activity back in graduate school and worked her way up to marathons and a few trail ultramarathons. Jody has completed 10 marathons and 15 half marathons, both road and trail, but these days prefers pacing to racing. The social aspect of what running has brought into her life, has led Jody to be an active member and volunteer in the local running community in Omaha. She's excited to use the SmartPace Strategy to accompany you on your Lincoln Marathon journey and help you achieve your goals.
Marathon PR: 3:44
Michael B. - 5:00 pacer
Mike has completed 167 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
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
Lori A. - 5:15 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
Steve H. - 5:15 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 10 marathons and 9 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. He goes easy on the hills and walks through all aid stations in order to maximize efficiency.
Marathon PR: 4:12
Jonathan D. - 5:30 pacer
Jonathan took up running shortly after the birth of his first child. Having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 3.5 years prior, questions started to be raised regarding how active and involved he would be in his daughter's life. Questions like 'Will I be able to coach her soccer team?, teach her how to ride a bike?, how many years until I am in a wheelchair?, will I be able to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day?; we have yet to decide if we will even let her date! Jonathan’s thoughts turned to a proactive way he could be intentional about taking better care of myself. He turned to running.
To date, eleven years into his MS journey, Jonathan has completed 23 marathons in 23 states and hopes to be at 30 states by the end of 2016. He began using a modified Jeff Galloway method of taking regular walk breaks during all of the water stops beginning with his 6th marathon, the day after meeting Jeff Galloway in Atlanta. His goal is to complete a marathon in all 50 states before he turns 50.
Jonathan feels blessed to be able to do so much 15 years into his diagnosis. His ultimate goal is to run Boston as a charity runner for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Jonathan has paced the 4:45 marathon group in Hartford, CT to a finish within 10 seconds of that goal and he looks forward to pacing in Kansas City this year!
Marathon PR: 4:10
Laura S. - 5:30 pacer
Laura began running later in life at the age of 39. It took one themed 5k for the addiction to set in and she ran her first marathon less than a year later. She spends a lot of time in the Big River Running community in St. Louis picking up advice from other runners. When not running, she works as a high school choir director and spends time with her husband and 3 children.