Our Upcoming Races 

Chocolate Rush - 02/03/2018

Liberty Hospital Half - 03/03/2018

Go! St. Louis - 04/08/2018

Rock the Parkway - 04/14/2018

Garmin Marathon - 04/21/2018

Trolley Run - 04/29/2018

Lincoln Marathon - 05/06/2018

Independence Half - 05/07/2018

Running with the Cows Half - 05/12/2018

Bill Snyder Highway Half - 05/19/2018

Striker Life Half Marathon - 05/19/2018

Hospital Hill Run - 06/02/2018

Words to run by

"The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible." Arthur C. Clarke

Meet your Pacers for
Garmin 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 3:45 4:00 4:15 4:30 4:45 5:00 5:15 5:30 5:45

Half Marathon SmartPace Teams

1:30 SmartPace Teams

Brad F. - 1:30 pacer

Brad starting running in high school and hasn’t stopped since. At KU he joined a running club and got hooked on racing. Ever since his first marathon in 2014, he has worked to improve his running and meet other runners in the community. Brad spent the last few years improving his marathon time because it has long been a dream of his to qualify for the Boston Marathon, which he accomplished at Gobbler Grind 2017 (PR 3:00). He loves to see others meet their goals, too. With 6 full marathons, 3 triathlons, and many half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, he is ready to help pace others to their dreams!
Half Marathon PR: 1:27

1:35 SmartPace Teams

Brandon S. - 1:35 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

Andrew M. - 1:35 pacer

Andrew ran his first 5k in 2012 and became addicted to the sport almost overnight. He loves how distance running rewards consistency, persistence, and the willingness to step out of one's comfort zone (i.e. embrace the hills and the sultry Kansas City summers). He has raced in over 40 half marathons and run the distance (his favorite) countless times in training and strongly believes that the SmartPacing strategy brings the best results, as there is nothing negative about running negative splits! Join him in a race if you want to have a lot of fun while giving it 100%.
Half Marathon PR: 1:22

1:40 SmartPace Teams

Dustin D. - 1:40 pacer

Dustin has been a competitive runner since his high school cross country days. He enjoys racing in distances from 5k's to half marathons, on everything from pavement to rocky trails and obstacles. Dustin loves the competitive spirit and camaraderie of running and can't wait to help other runners to achieve their goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:31

Rob M. - 1:40 pacer

Rob started running in 2008 because it was a cheap way to stay in shape during college. His competitive nature pushed him to go further and faster over time and eventually led to him participating in half and full marathons. Since 2010, he has completed about 20 half marathons, 11 marathons, and one ultra-marathon. His training has improved his half marathon time by more than 19 minutes and his full marathon time by more than 50 minutes. The SmartPace teams have had a large role in Rob’s improvement, and he looks forward to helping others improve as well.
Half Marathon PR: 1:31

1:45 SmartPace Teams

Scott S. - 1:45 pacer

Scott started running several years ago as a new challenge and way to stay fit. He runs all distances from 5K to marathon as well as triathlons from Sprint to full Ironman but seems to find himself doing marathons the most. As your pacer you can expect very consistent splits and a well planned race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:27

Jeff S. - 1:45 pacer

Jeff was a collegiate rower for the University of Kansas in the early '80's. His interest in running began in 2005. He has completed 17 marathons and over 40 half marathons. Jeff's current passion is the sport of triathlon. Jeff has completed two full Ironman distance races, over 10 half Ironman distance races and many shorter distance triathlons.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33:00

1:50 SmartPace Teams

Derek K. - 1:50 pacer

Running is something Derek started doing in college as a reason to put off studying. Now it is something he does as a hobby and to meet new people. He has ran a few 5 and 10K’s but prefers half and full marathons. His favorites so far have been Rock the Parkway half and Berlin Marathon. Sundays are by far his favorite running day because he gets to meet up with others for a long run and share running stories. He look forward to meeting you to hear your story and provide you the motivation you need in earning the PR that you have trained for.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37

Mike G. - 1:50 pacer

Mike started running in 2011 to try and lose weight and get healthier to set an example for his daughters. After running for about a year he decided to sign up for his first 5K and was immediately hooked on races. Since then he has participated in numerous races both local and nationally varying from 5K to full marathon. He has completed six full marathons including The Chicago Marathon 4 times and The TCS New York Marathon. Mike has run some of his best times while with a pacer and wants to be able to help others achieve their goals while leading their pace group.
Half Marathon PR: 1:28

1:55 SmartPace Teams

Chris L. - 1:55 pacer

Chris has run distances from track events to marathons. He has paced several marathons in KS, MO and NE and has paced many half-marathons as well. Up until collage all the running he did was for other sports. In collage he really began to grow attached to the sport and competed in XC and track. After collage running became a part of his daily routine. He enjoys helping others achieve their goals and creating a healthy lifestyle. He is an elementary reading specialist and coaches middle school XC, wrestling and track.
Half Marathon PR: 1:25

Zac T. - 1:55 pacer

Zac is 29 years old and started running some in junior high school. He got back into the swing of it at the end of college and is now currently regularly involved in KC running company groupies and occasionally with Sports bras 2 sports bars. He has completed numerous 5k's and half marathons and is currently training to better his marathon time. Zac admires the running community for their sense of togetherness and never leaving anyone behind. He just paced his pastor and pastors wife in finishing their first half marathon and is ready to help you do the same! He loves meeting new runners and is happy to help you get to that finish line on time and celebrate that life goal!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39

2:00 SmartPace Teams

Megan D. - 2:00 pacer

Megan has been running for most of her life. She ran her first 5K race in 2010 and now has completed over 40! She has also increased her distance by competing in over 20 half marathons and ran her first full marathon in 2017. Megan has always enjoyed the social aspect of running and working out with friends. She is looking forward to helping others achieve their goals with Smart Pacing and can’t wait to cross the finish line with you!
Half Marathon PR: 1:35

Stephen L. - 2:00 pacer

Stephen picked up running in late 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, The Hawk 50 mile trail race, 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. Stephen has less race plans these days but loves to help out with marathon and half marathon pacing.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37

2:05 SmartPace Teams

Joe H. - 2:05 pacer

Joe started running in 2009 and has been hooked ever since. He has completed numerous half and full marathons, with many more to come! Joe enjoys setting a goal for himself for every race and has met or exceeded those goals every time. He looks forward to helping you reach your goals and have a little fun at the same time!
Half Marathon PR: 1:42

Claire S. - 2:05 pacer

Claire started running in 2005 when she realized you can't always find a pool to swim in, but the great outdoors is always available. Since mostly converting from swimming to running, she has completed 2 trail marathons, 10 road half marathons, and a hand full of triathlons. Her favorite things about running include being outside, pushing her limits, and the comaraderie of fellow runners.
Half Marathon PR: 1:44

2:10 SmartPace Teams

Alyssa B. - 2:10 pacer

Alyssa Blakeman is an experienced distance runner. She began her running career in high school running Cross Country and Track. She then went on to run Cross Country and Track for University of Central Missouri. While there she competed in various distances from 3K-10K. After Alyssa finished her college running career she went on to run various half marathons and 3 marathons. She has a love for running and the friendships it brings. Her half marathon PR is 1:42:38 and her marathon PR is 3:35:03. This will be Alyssa's first time pacing for a race. However she has over 10 years of running experience and will help you run the "smartest" race possible. Alyssa will be your biggest cheerleader while keeping you focused on your goal of completing your race. If it is your first or 31st half marathon you are sure to have a fun and successful race experience with Alyssa as your pacer.
Half Marathon PR: 1:42

Jeff B. - 2:10 pacer

Jeff started running in 2009 as a challenge to run a half marathon and as a way to improve his fitness. His first half marathon was the 2009 Kansas City Half. After a couple more half marathons he was hooked with running and took on the challenge of running a marathon. His first marathon was the 2011 Kansas City Marathon. Jeff has completed numerous 5K's and 10K's, 17 half marathons, and 6 marathons. Jeff has employed the Smart Pacing strategy for many of his half marathons and marathons, and firmly believes this strategy helps set up runners for late race success. He's looking forward to using his race experience to help you cross the finish line and achieve your race goal.
Half Marathon PR: 1:40

2:15 SmartPace Teams

Candy H. - 2:15 pacer

Candy’s passion for running started in the 80’s when she ran cross country and track in college. After graduating, she still had that competitive drive so she began racing triathlons. Her racing background includes over 100 triathlons/duathlons, Chicago and Boston marathons, numerous road races at different distances, and three duathlon world championships. Candy works as a wellness coach and fitness instructor so she brings her passion for running and health to those she leads. She is inspired by people wanting to get into the running world. She loves encouraging first timers and seeing athletes of all abilities push themselves simply to improve on from where they began.
Half Marathon PR: 1:47

Carolyn W. - 2:15 pacer

Carolyn has come a long ways from her high school track days when she was notorious for finding shortcuts on runs. Her love of running grew in college when she found the MKT trail in Columbia, MO and ran to clear her head. With the encouragement of her running fanatic Mom, she completed her first half marathon and left her Mom in the dust at mile 10. Since then, she has finished 5 half marathons and 2 marathons, most of which she's finished after her Mom. Carolyn loves races for the amazing community that they bring. No matter how tough the course is, she will never forget to smile at funny signs and yell "ZOU" back at Mizzou fan spectators. She looks forward to helping you reach your goal and have a great time doing it!
Half Marathon PR: 1:51

2:20 SmartPace Teams

Brian B. - 2:20 pacer

Brian ran his first 1/2 marathon in the 2009 Kansas City race and stayed to watch a friend finish the full. The thought began with "Hey, I should be able to do this." So he signed up and completed his first full at the Bass Pro Marathon just 2 weeks later! Since then Brian has either run or paced numerous half & full marathons. His latest accomplishment was finishing the Western States 100 mile Endurance Run. He enjoys the company of fellow runners and continues to be amazed at the accomplishments/success stories of other runners. You just never know who in your pace group is going to share a personal story that inspires you. Brian believes that running with the group and having the camaraderie provides a distraction from the sometimes experienced or perceived "pain". The more fun we have, the less we will notice the mile markers flying by.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43

Holly J. - 2:20 pacer

Holly has always loved running! She ran her first half marathon in 2002 and her first marathon was the 2009 Kansas City Marathon, where she qualified for, and ran, the 2010 Boston Marathon. She has since run several more half's and 2 more full marathons. She was selected by Saucony in 2013 to be part of the 26Strong team as a veteran runner. She coached her friend through her first marathon. Their journey was documented in Competitor and Women's Running magazine and online. She is so excited to be part of the Smart Pacing team and is looking forward to helping you reach your goal!
Half Marathon PR: 1:39

2:25 SmartPace Teams

Larry L. - 2:25 pacer

Larry started running consistently in 2002 and is now a complete running junkie! Over the past 6 years, he completed 40+ trail ultra marathons. He has soloed Brew to Brew six times. When he isn't pacing, he runs 50K, 50 mi, 100K and 100 mile trail races. He also competes in ironman distance triathlon (most recently Redman and Boulder). Pacing is a particular passion of Larry's as he is always looking for like-minded runners who enjoy challenging their personal limits.
Half Marathon PR: 1:41

Emma S. - 2:25 pacer

Emma began running early in high school after completing a 5k race. The runner's high stuck! Since then, she has completed countless races, ranging from 5k's to full marathons. Emma hopes to complete a race in every state, currently crossing off Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, and Illinois. It's the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment that keeps Emma training and racing; she hopes to instill this sense of accomplishment in you. She can't wait to race with you and help you cross that finish line with a smile!
Half Marathon PR: 1:42

2:30 SmartPace Teams

Cristal B. - 2:30 pacer

Cristal LOVES pacing any distance from 5K to 26.2. A fitness instructor & born optimist, Cristal loves to run at a conversational pace, enjoying a walk break through each water station, with enough time to thank volunteers and high-five as many cheering kids along the course as possible. She believes anyone can run a half or full marathon with the right attitude and a little ambition, you've just got to run Smart & keep going. Her personal goal is to complete her 50 states by her 50th birthday (35 down, 15 to go!), and to eventually run just fast enough to BQ. She looks forward to meeting you & helping you cross the finish line exactly on time (or a little early
Half Marathon PR: 1:55:58

Thomas R. - 2:30 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

2:35 SmartPace Teams

Scott B. - 2:35 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 many 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.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43

Sean B. - 2:35 pacer

After years of wrestling in junior high, high school and college Sean needed to find a way to stay active and compete. He spent several years trying different things out. He ran 3 full and 3 half marathons, a triathalon, duathalons, trail racing and mountain bike racing before he found Adventure racing and Obstacle racing. He competed in 4 Tough Mudders, 4 Spartan Races and many smaller obstacle races. In 2014 he got back into road races because his 6 year old wanted to do some races with him. He trains with the KCTC Max team and is excited to help you reach the finish line.
Half Marathon PR: 1:40

2:40 SmartPace Teams

Kim C. - 2:40 pacer

Kim started running to lose the "baby weight" after her youngest turned 2. She fell in love with running, especially the half-marathon when she completed her first half (The KCM Half) in October of 2012. She enjoyed the race experience so much that she completed her second half just 4 weeks later. Since starting, Kim has completed 24 half marathons and over 20 5K & 10K runs and is a member of Half Fanatics. Kim's goal is to run to have fun and enjoy the journey.
Half Marathon PR: 1:57

Laura B. - 2:40 pacer

Laura's first 5k was in 2010 and then first half marathon in 2012. Since then she has completed 23 Half Marathons and another 20+ 5k/10ks. She loves the post run feeling after every race and getting to experience that feeling with first timers makes it even better! Laura has paced many friends to a successful finish and enjoys the full race experience. Steady pace, walk through each aid station, joking and smiling are all part of pacing with Laura. Laura knows we are all stronger than we think and gently encourages everyone to keep moving forward. "You can do it!"
Half Marathon PR: 1:55

2:45 SmartPace Teams

Vita-Roxanne J. - 2:45 pacer

Vita-Roxanne grew up watching her mother run and now follows in her footsteps. She took up running in 2011 to get back into shape after having her second child and has not stopped since. Vita started out running a variety of 5k's and 10k's but she soon stepped up to her favorite race distance, the half marathon. Since running her first half marathon in 2012, Vita has completed 30+ half marathons. She completed the 39.3 series in 2014 and 2015 followed by the Hospital Hill Run and still managed a PR of sub 2 at the Garmin Half. With the support of her husband and 2 children she has also completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2013 and 2014, the TCS New York City Marathon in 2015, Garmin Marathon in Spring 2016 and the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in 2017. In the fall of 2016 she finished a sub 12 hour 50 Mile Ultra race at the Praire Spirit Fall Extravaganza and will soon begin training for a 2nd 50 mile race in Spring 2018. Vita absolutely lives to run. She also loves to pace! You may recognize her from multiple half marathons in 2015 including Garmin half, Hospital Hill, Lee's Summit Half, KC Half, and Longview Half Marathons. She is eager to help others achieve their race goals just like so many have done for her. Vita is uplifting and encouraging and strongly believes that if she can do it you can too! She is ready to help you make this race YOUR RACE!
Half Marathon PR: 1:57

Kelly P. - 2:45 pacer

Kelly has been pacing half and full marathons since 2009. She follows the Smart Pacing philosophy - starting out slow to warm up, taking it easy on the uphills, taking advantage of the downhills, and walking through every aid station to fully hydrate. She is fully focused on helping each runner achieve their race goal while having fun along the way. Her goal is to have her runners cross the finish line ahead of her with a smile on their face!
Half Marathon PR: 1:59:13

2:50 SmartPace Teams

Kristin M. - 2:50 pacer

Kristin has been running for about 7 years, a mix of road and trail. She generally high fives roughly 83% of the kids on the course, and her favorite running fuel is frozen pizza.
Half Marathon PR: 1:42

Melanie S. - 2:50 pacer

Melanie started running when she was testing for her first degree black belt in taekwondo. She didn't find her love for running until 2010. She has run multiple distances ranging from 5k to 50k. She has also done everything from road races to trail races. She does enjoy running with both her husband and her BRF (Michelle), as well as her BRF's dogs. She sees it as both a time to bond and therapy time. She has always wanted to be able to help other runners achieve their goals and to have fun while doing so.
Half Marathon PR: 1:50

2:55 SmartPace Teams

Sharon J. - 2:55 pacer

Sharon started running after having 3 kids and was “bitten” by the marathon bug. Sharon has completed 16 marathons (her favorite marathons are the NY marathon and the Chicago Marathon), the Disney Dopey 48.6 mile challenge, 3 Twenty mile plus races (her absolute favorite race is in Big Sur, CA), more than 110 half marathons locally and across the country, and is a "Double Agent" (member of both the Half Fanatics and Marathon Maniacs national running clubs). She looks forward to helping others reach 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

Deborah P. - 2:55 pacer

Deborah started running late in life, after the last of her four children graduated from high school. Having watched her youngest run cross country for four years, something made her want to start running, as well. “You’re never too old to start,” she says. “Unlike so many sports, running is one you can do throughout your life.” Her first race was the Hospital Hill Run 10K and after that she went on to half marathons, having run 28 so far. Deborah has run 6 marathons but the half marathon is her favorite distance and she wants you to enjoy it just as much as she does. She says that pacers have played a big part in her racing experience so now she wants to pay that forward and help others along the way.
Half Marathon PR: 2:09:03

3:00 SmartPace Teams

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: 2:25

Scotty J. - 3:00 pacer

Inspired by her marathoner daughter and motivated by a MS diagnosis and wheelchair in her past, Scotty started running in January 2008. She just completed her 39th half marathon. Yes, that means the Inaugural Longview Half Marathon will be number 40! She has also completed 5 marathons and a spattering of 5 and 10 K's. Her goal this year has been to log more miles and continue to have fun doing it. Scotty was fortunate to meet the best pacers on the planet the first time she ran Hospital Hill Run. That experience with Janice and Kelly continues to motivate and inspire especially on the "today is not a good running day" days. Scotty has the honor of being a former Hospital Hill Run Hero and after that experience was bitten by the pacer bug. She will use every idea in the Magic Pacer Bag of Tricks to help you cross the finish line. Not being a speedster herself, Scotty recognizes and understands the unique challenges faced by "back-of-the-packers". The goal is not just to finish, but to recognize and take pride in the individual accomplishment. And, have a GREAT time doing it!
Half Marathon PR: 2:38

Full Marathon SmartPace Teams

3:15 SmartPace Teams

Andrew U. - 3:15 pacer

Andrew was a college swimmer converted triathlete competing in distances up to Madison Ironman in 2010 and Louisville in 2014 although his passion is mainly for running. His best running experience was when he ran Burning River 100 with huge support from his now Fiance along with friends and family. He is currently working on his goal of completing a marathon or longer distance in all 50 states with plans to have 39 completed by the end of 2016. He's looking forward to helping you attain your race goals!
Marathon PR: 2:48

Michael U. - 3:15 pacer

Michael was a college swimmer converted triathlete and eventually just runner. His favorite event is the marathon. He is a little more than halfway done with completing his goal of running marathons in 50 states. His best running experience was running the Grand Canyon R2R2R. Michael does most of his training with his dog or brother; both of whom can smoke him in any distance including ultra-marathons.
Marathon PR: 2:54

3:30 SmartPace Teams

Matt O. - 3:30 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 20 years, building up from 5k's to marathons and a couple ultras (not too many of those though!) Matt has completed over 60 half marathons and 28 marathons, and has paced over 15 events. He is looking forward to helping people meet their goals as a pacer!
Marathon PR: 2:58

John S. - 3:30 pacer

John Sabatine is a member of the Marathon Maniacs and the 50sub4 Marathon groups. He has paced at 30 events in 23 different states. When he isn't running or pacing marathons, John enjoys hiking the high peaks of Colorado and skiing/snowboarding all over the US.
Marathon PR: 3:08

3:45 SmartPace Teams

Ryan M. - 3:45 pacer

Ryan started running 6 years ago to improve his health. What started out as just a form of exercise turned into a passion. Ryan has ran 8 full marathons and several half marathons. After having a pacer help Ryan set a new PR he wanted to become a pacer and help someone else achieve their goal.
Marathon PR: 3:25

Alissa H. - 3:45 pacer

Alissa started running cross country her junior year of high school on a dare from her sister and ended up running cross country and track for Middle Tennessee State on a scholarship. After college, she started running half and full marathons and has since run 4 full marathons and 15+ half marathons. Before moving to Kansas City, she lived in Chicago where she regularly paced group training runs and races and was a Girls on the Run coach. In her spare time, she is an ICU nurse and enjoys spending time outside with her (very spoiled!) black lab, Jett.
Marathon PR: 3:26

4:00 SmartPace Teams

Marvin M. - 4:00 pacer

Marvin has been pacing for a couple of seasons and 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 30+ marathons and a collection of ultra's including the Leadville 100 in 2013. Marvin loves motivating runners and will help you dig deep. "It's all about the Pace"
Marathon PR: 3:03

Robert M. - 4:00 pacer

Robert started running in high school cross country but took several years off after that. He began running again in 2012 and since then has ran 17 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

4:15 SmartPace Teams

Adam M. - 4:15 pacer

Adam "loves" waking up to run at 2:00am to get long runs in on weekdays before work. He has run 75+ marathons and ultramarathons so far and has a lot of "fun" doing them! He is often questioned by his view of "fun" and sometimes thinks they might be right...until about two days after the last race when he is ready to do it again! He has paced the Olathe Marathon twice, Lincoln Marathon, and Kansas City Marathon and has finished under the goal time each time. He loves the SmartPace Strategy and the thrill of pacing someone to help them meet their goal at the marathon.
Marathon PR: 3:27

Greg S. - 4:15 pacer

Greg has run competitively for 30 years. He has completed 54 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 5 times, and over 100 half marathons. He is a 9 year breast cancer survivor. Greg enjoys helping others meet their goals and his enthusiasm towards running is infectious.
Marathon PR: 3:12

4:30 SmartPace Teams

Dawna G. - 4:30 pacer

Dawna started running over 20 years ago to lose weight. Several years later a flyer came in the mail that said if you raise money you can do the Disney marathon. She signed up, ran her first marathon in her early 30s and was hooked. She is currently training for her 24th marathon (and 21st state.) Dawña coached Girls on the run for 8 seasons and LOVED it. She is excited when young girls realize that running is great! She cannot wait to meet you and help pace you through your race!
Marathon PR: 03:41

Wael S. - 4:30 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

4:45 SmartPace Teams

Nick H. - 4:45 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

Mike P. - 4:45 pacer

Mike started to get serious about his running by completing his first Half Marathon at the Kansas City Marathon in 2007. He found he enjoyed the challenge and completed his first Marathon in 2008. Mike's wife, Kelly, introduced him to pacing and he found he really liked to help people achieve their goals. Mike has paced several Half and Full Marathons using the Smart Pacing strategy.
Marathon PR: 3:34

5:00 SmartPace Teams

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

Tom P. - 5:00 pacer

Tom started running nearly 42 years ago and since then he has logged over 105,000 miles. He is acknowledged as the only person in the world with over 100,000 running miles, while completing over 2,000 plus races, and a Sub 4 Hour 50 State Marathon Club finisher, and a three time 50 State Club finisher, and Titanium level with Marathon Maniacs. He has been running marathons since 1993 and has completed over 430 marathons. During those years of running he has paced over 350 events, of which at least 250 of those pacing events were marathons. Tom is well known for having fun while pacing or running. Tom will help you as best as possible with helping you achieve your running goal whether that is being a first time finisher, obtaining a new Personal Record, or getting a Boston Qualifier in a marathon.
Marathon PR: 3:35

5:15 SmartPace Teams

Edward B. - 5:15 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

Kaleb M. - 5:15 pacer

Kaleb has been running since 2015. He has completed countless half marathons, a full marathon and a handful of 50k trail races. He loves being active and involved when he runs. He is a talker and eater when he runs and enjoys encouraging anyone he passes or passes him during a run, whether he is pacing or not. Kaleb wants nothing more to help everyone complete their goals and have a good time doing it!
Marathon PR: 4:44

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

Lindsey M. - 5:30 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 she has since run numerous half marathons, a couple marathons, and a few ultra marathons! 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.

5:45 SmartPace Teams

Cynthia S. - 5:45 pacer

Cynthia has been a pace group leader for The Runner's Edge for 13 years. By employing the SmartPace strategy, Cynthia has successfully completed 11 ultras (road and trail), 38 marathons and 43 halves. She was awarded the Road Runner's Club of America Grand Master Award for her finish in the 2010 Brew-to-Brew solo. Cynthia believes running comes from the head, the heart and the gut. She works with her group to use all those to your advantage. And she really enjoys encouraging others to do what they've never done before -- to run farther, to run faster or just to run! And having fun is the best part of it all. Her strategy is to go out slow for the first 2-3 miles, run a mile and then walk a minute, walk through the aid stations for up to a minute, go very slow up hills and make up the time on the down hills while making sure you have even effort breathing the whole time.
Marathon PR: 4:56

Paula W. - 5:45 pacer

Paula was a thrower in high school and college and hated running. In 2010, she picked up running during a biggest loser competition at work. Ever since running has been her passion. She loves all things running related, and endurance sports. From 50 mile ultra marathons, to Tough Mudders to triathlons. She loves to compete, but also loves to run for fun. She enjoys pushing herself as well as pushing others to do their best and to have fun. There is no better feeling than crossing the finish line and crushing your goals. Let s do this, together we can!
Marathon PR: 5:08

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