Our Upcoming Races
Words to run by
"Most mistakes in a race are made in the first two minutes, perhaps in the very first minute." Jack Daniels, Exercise Physiologist and renowned Coach
Meet your Pacers for
Half Marathon Pacers: 1:25 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 3:35 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
Caleb T. - 1:25 pacer
Running is more than a hobby to Caleb, running has helped define the person he has become today! Running has given him his closest friends, paid for his college, and has showed him what hard work can do for you in all aspects of life. These reasons and many more are why he personally knows how helpful and inspiring it is to have someone next to you, pushing you, helping you, and making sure you are running the right race for YOU to run the goal time you are starting the race to run. He has had a lot of help through his ups and downs in his running and races, and that is why he knows how important and fun it is to help you with your goals. So, he will be out there using the smart pacing system to help you the day of your race! He's excited to meet you and he will see you out there!
Half Marathon PR: 1:09:04
Matt J. - 1:30 pacer
Matt is thrilled to be a part of this pacing team and is excited to help dedicated runners achieve their goals. His love for running was discovered 20 years ago in high school where his successes led him to Northwest Missouri State where he competed for the Bearcats in the late '90s. After running sporadically for over a decade just to stay in shape, Matt has recently started coaching young runners and has returned to competitive running once again himself. Matt can't wait to help you find success with the SmartPace strategy and looks forward to seeing everyone's hard work pay off.
Half Marathon PR: 1:15:53
Aaron H. - 1:30 pacer
Aaron joined the Kansas City running community in 2008 after a college career at Stephen F. Austin State University in east Texas. He has raced dozens of half marathons and numerous full marathons including Kansas City ('10), Chicago ('11), California International ('11), and Boston ('12). Aaron's success has come from his strength and ability to maintain even splits throughout races despite topography or weather. He enjoys the reward of a race well ran and is happy to support others in achieving their goals as well. Numerous runners have achieved personal bests or met qualifying standards for other races with Aaron's support and pacing. Let him help you perform your best, too!
Half Marathon PR: 1:10
Daniel M. - 1:35 pacer
Daniel discovered his passion for running over 13 years ago when he joined his junior high track team. Since then Daniel has completed ten marathons, seven half marathons and more 5-10k races then he can count. Daniel's favorite accomplishment was finishing first overall at the 2012 Garmin Marathon. One aspect Daniel enjoys about running is meeting other runners in the community, they understand whats it's like to have a crazy addiction for running. Daniel also enoys helping and encouraging runners achive their goals. While he is still new to the pacing community he is confident that you will reach yours when you pace with him. Daniel will be using the Smart Pacing strategy to ensure a succesful race.
Half Marathon PR: 1:18
Kevin W. - 1:35 pacer
Although he had no previous experience with distance running, Kevin began running in 2009 as a way to get back in shape after college. To date, he has completed 9 half-marathons and 7 marathons, along with several other races of various distances. Kevin enjoys the transformation that running brings about in people's lives and believes in being absolutely positive during all aspects of the run. He also enjoys sharing stories about the crazy extents to which runners will go in order to get across their next finish line. Kevin's current running goal is to stay healthy and happy, and to complete all 6 of the World Major Marathons!
Half Marathon PR: 1:19
Rick G. - 1:40 pacer
Running and racing have played a major role in Rick's life; setting and achieving goals in HS and college provided much confidence and opened many doors. Rick took a long hiatus from racing after college, but then realized the #1 reason he loved running and racing was due to the friendships that it provides. The camaraderie that accompanies running is like no other. Rick enjoys running with others to exchange stories of success, struggles, and goals. Rick has been pacing for a couple years now and knows that having someone beside you to run and pace with provides much needed motivation and will push you to achieve your goals through smart pacing.
Half Marathon PR: 1:18
Jeff T. - 1:40 pacer
Jeff has completed 11 marathons, including Boston in 2008. His personal best is 3:07. He has also paced three races with the SmartPace team and has enjoyed every mile of helping people reach their goals.
Half Marathon PR: 1:32
Brian B. - 1:45 pacer
Brian is a recreational runner that enjoys the act of running as much as racing. A tenacious high school coach finally convinced him to try the sport his senior year and it stuck. Brian has run half marathons, shorter races, a few duathlons, triathlon and trail races. He has paced several half marathons using the SmartPace strategy and looks forward to this race and helping you reach your goal.
Half Marathon PR: 1:35
Scott B. - 1:45 pacer
Scott is a veteran of 9 marathons, over 40 half-marathons, and 82 triathlons including an Ironman. He is a 2013 All-American Triathlete. He has paced 20+ races with SmartPacing. From that pacing experience, Scott is convinced the Smart Pacing Strategy is the best method for getting the most runners to beat their pace goal and to have the best race experience.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33
Nick P. - 1:50 pacer
Nick takes great joy in pacing races. He has utilized the smart pace strategy to success at the Kansas City marathon two times and Hospital Hill five times. During a run he likes to engage the other runners in conversation and tell stories for those that enjoy a group without active participation.
Half Marathon PR: 1:33:09
Chris L. - 1:50 pacer
Chris has run distances from track events to marathons. As of the last eight or nine years he has activly been a pacer, coach and participant in many events to help promote the running community. This will be his second time pacing the Kansas Half-Marathon. He has also paced a number of marathons/half-marathons in KS/MO/NB. He is an elementary school teacher and coaches several different sports throughout the year.
Half Marathon PR: 1:25
Joe H. - 1:55 pacer
Joe started running in 2009 and has been hooked ever since. He has completed numerous half marathons and 1 full marathon, 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
Kim M. - 1:55 pacer
After running cross country in high school, Kim later had a goal to train and run one marathon in life. However, after running her first marathon in 2005, she soon caught the "running bug" and has now completed close to 20 marathons- including the Boston Marathon, several half marathons, and 1 ultra-marathon (50K). Kim enjoys being involved with this endurance sport mainly for the camaraderie found with other runners, being outside with nature, and the health benefits- including having more freedom with her diet. She also loves the high energy and enthusiasm that race day brings! Kim likes to approach each race like a fun science experiment- despite one's training, one really never knows what is going to happen on race day. Kim has paced several half marathons in the past and finds it rewarding to see & hear the excitement other runners have as they achieve the goal they have set out for!
Half Marathon PR: 1:42
Kelly C. - 2:00 pacer
Kelly has been running most of her life and can't imagine life without running! She has completed 5 marathons, with a PR of 3:30 at Boston. She can't keep track how many half marathons she has run, but they include a PR of 1:38 at Kiawah Island. She has paced many half marathons, including Kansas City. She looks forward to helping you achieve your goal!
Half Marathon PR: 1:38
Margi W. - 2:00 pacer
Margi is excited to help you reach your goal and help you cross that line right at your goal! A mother of 4 that is a veteran of 11 marathons, including 5 Bostons, and countless half marathons, has paced with the Smart Pace team for several years. It has been a highlight of her running experience to help others reach their goals on race day. It is said that "Goals are dreams with deadlines." Let's go make that deadline!
Half Marathon PR: 1:40
Shannon J. - 2:05 pacer
Shannon has been running competitively for about 8 years. She has completed several half marathon, 10K, and 5K distances as well as duathalons and adventure races. Although she has been pacing for several years now she is truly passionate about the opportunity to help others achieve their personal goals. She loves to meet new people and can't wait for you to join her for a great run and LOTS of fun!
Half Marathon PR: 1:44
Tiffany S. - 2:05 pacer
Tiffany started running and completed her first marathon in 2006. Since then, she has competed in 17 marathons. She has also been a pacer in many local marathons and half-marathons. Tiffany’s favorite marathon was the Women’s Nike Marathon in San Francisco, it was her first marathon and each runner received a Tiffany’s necklace as their medal. It was also the first time she qualified for the Boston Marathon. Tiffany thoroughly enjoys meeting new runners, learning about their experiences and what motivates them. Helping others to achieve their goals is a great passion of hers, and is one of the main reasons she enjoys being a part of a pace team.
Half Marathon PR: 1:37
Crystal H. - 2:10 pacer
Crystal loves to be active! She has completed 2 mile fun runs, 5K's, 10K's, half-marathons, full marathons, adventure races, triathlons, and a half ironman! Graduating with a degree in kinesiology has helped her to continue to be involved with sport and activity in everyday life, along with her 3 boys that keep her super busy!!! She enjoys the overwhelming sense of accomplishment in every race. Her motto "NEVER GIVE UP"!!! Goodluck Runners.......
Half Marathon PR: 1:46
Ben S. - 2:10 pacer
Ben has been running for 5 years and has completed 14 Half Marathons with a PR of 1:42 at Hospital Hill. He loves helping others train for events & achieve their goals. Ben enjoys running with his boys Kaden & Colin in the morning and is looking forward to seeing you on race day to achieve your goal.
Half Marathon PR: 1:42
Grete R. - 2:15 pacer
Grete is an avid runner, having completed 2 marathons and numerous half marathons. She is training to qualify for Boston this year. She started running long distance about 10 years ago when her older sister ran a marathon and challenged her to beat her time. Grete is a true motivator and inspiration to those she paces. She will do whatever it takes to help a fellow runner find their inner strength to finish, even if it means being a little goofy! If you're looking for an edge, an ally, and an amazing pacer, Grete is your girl!
Half Marathon PR: 1:45
Bryan L. - 2:15 pacer
Bryan LeBar has been running ever since he took “The Marathon Class” in college and completed his first marathon. Bryan has completed numerous half marathons and several marathons. Bryan looks forward to helping runners achieve their goal times while keeping spirits high. His favorite race distance is the half marathon as it's long enough that you have to train for it, but not so long that it consumes your life. It's also a distance that can impress your friends. "You ran how far? 13.1, like, miles?" He still runs marathons though so he can eat whatever he wants. Bryan usually walks through aid stations when he is pacing.
Half Marathon PR: 1:46
Stacey E. - 2:20 pacer
Stacey has been running since high school and has completed two marathons, over a dozen half marathons and three triathlons. She believes the best way to reach your running goal is to have fun with it. Her race philosophy is to smile and let it happen. Helping others enjoy running is a great motivator - there is strength in numbers. We will take walk breaks through water stations to make sure everyone stays hydrated, and have fun the rest of the way reaching your goal.
Half Marathon PR: 1:40
Chad M. - 2:20 pacer
Chad got into running after his first of two ACL surgeries. His goal with any race is to finish and have a good time doing it. Chad enjoys helping fellow athletes hit their goals and is happy to answer any (ANY) questions they may have along the way. Chad's racing history is marked with half marathons, marathons, Ironman 70.3s (Half Ironman) and he completed his first full distance Ironman in 2010.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43:00
Cynthia D. - 2:25 pacer
Cyndi began running about 2 1/2 years ago after her husband suffered a heart attack at the age of 35. As her husband recovered and started to work out to get healthy he took to running. In order to encourage him (and to keep a close eye on him) Cyndi decided to lace up her shoes as well. As a sprinter in school, distance running was a daunting challange. Starting slow and working up in milage, Cyndi ran several local 5k and 10k runs. As her confidence began to build she decided to "put her best foot forward" and began training for her first 1/2 marathon, the Dallas Rock N Roll. After finishing the Dallas 1/2 in under the 2:30 goal she had set for herself she decided to push forward and to date has completed 10 1/2 marathons and completed her first full marathon at the Little Rock Marathon last spring. Cyndi's average time for the 1/2 marathon is 2:20, and set a p.r. in the Louisiana Half Marathon in Jan. 2012 in 1:57. Cyndi loves to encourage runners and loves to see the emotion on their faces when they finish the run.
Half Marathon PR: 1:57:54
Jason D. - 2:25 pacer
Jason enjoys running and participating in races throughout the country with friends and family. Jason got back into running after experiencing a heart attack at the age of 35. Running played a big role in helping Jason to lose 40lbs and maintain his weight loss. Jason has completed numerous 5K and 10K events, over 10 half marathons and 6 marathons. Jason is always searching for that next running adventure! Jason is new to pacing, but loves crunching the numbers and looks forward to having a great time and helping runners finish in their goal time. Jason was nominated as the 2011 Hospital Hill Hero and found that to be an incredibly rewarding experience, assisting and motivating runners to reach the finish line.
Half Marathon PR: 1:43:45
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 marathon with the right attitude and a little ambition, you've just got to keep going - a motto which has worked for her in 33 marathons. Her personal goal is to complete her 50 states by her 50th birthday (23 down, 27 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!
Half Marathon PR: 1:55:58
Janice W. - 2:30 pacer
You have the best pacer ever at 2:30!!! That's right. Cristal is the bomb. Really. As far as your other pacer, me, I am just thrilled to be here participating and getting to interact with all you phenomenal runner people. Especially when I'm pacing with Cristal. (Have I mentioned how great she is?) When I pace I meet the best people who inspire me so much. I am honored to get to do this. I am neither the fastest or the slowest runner. I am the runner I am. For every day I get to run I am truly grateful. I hope I can share this joy with those I pace.
Half Marathon PR: 1:57
Annette G. - 2:35 pacer
Annette has been running for 7 years and has run 15 marathons (12 states) and seven half-marathons. Last fall she ran her first ultra-marathon, North Face Endurance Challenge (31 miles) in 5:30. She has paced two marathons (KC) and five-half marathons and views this as an opportunity to help others reach their personal goals. Annette loves to run at a conversational pace, enjoying a walk break through each water station, and a good lean on the down-hill slide. In addition, a good walk break on a steep hill is a strong possibility. Her personal goal is to complete a 50-mile run by age 50 and to complete a marathon in all 50 states by her 65th birthday. She is excited to help every runner in her group reach the finish line right on time.
Marathon PR: 4:28:23
Half Marathon PR: 2:04:40
Wally M. - 2:35 pacer
Veteran runner/triathlete of 12 marathons 10 triathlons 1 ultra marathon and too many to count half marathons!! One of the 12 was a international marathon in Argentina in 2006.
Pacing will be the Smartpacing concept. We will walk thru the aid stations for 1 minute while drinking.
Half Marathon PR: 1:50
Brian B. - 2:40 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
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 8 marathons and over 10 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
Amanda Z. - 2:45 pacer
Amanda is a former collegiate soccer player who, until recently, would never have thought she would run "for fun" more than the staple 3/4 miles a few times a week. In the summer of 2010, she joined a friend on her training runs as her friend prepared for her first marathon. In doing so, Amanda discovered she was able to run distances beyond her previous measures and took great joy in setting new personal goals of her own. She was motivated to run her first 1/2 marathon in the fall of 2010, her first marathon in March 2011, qualify for Boston in June 2011, and participated in many other races in between. Through these endeavors she met numerous runners who graciously supported and encouraged her along the journey. She hopes to pass this along to others by helping them meet their running goals while having a fun and rewarding experience.
Half Marathon PR: 1:52:32
Jennifer F. - 2:45 pacer
After a brief stint in high school track, Jennifer rejoined the world of running in 2007. She completed a number of 5K and 10K races and several half marathons before completing her first marathon in 2009. Jennifer began pacing in 2010. Her favorite part of pacing is getting to re-experience the feeling of your "first race" each time she paces a race.
Half Marathon PR: 2:07:12
Sueann S. - 2:50 pacer
Sueann has been a runner with Runner's Edge for the past 8 years. She has paced 8 half marathons and 5 marathons. With the encouragement of her oldest son, she started running at the age of 53. Since then she has run 13 marathons, 14 half marathons, and 1 ultra marathon. The variety of runs includes the “Goofy” run in Orlando and the Dublin Ireland Marathon. She believes in the Smart Pace method which includes a slow start for the first 2-3 miles; running a mile than walking a minute; walking through aid stations; going slow up hills, and increasing speed down the hill. She also believes running should be a fun and long lasting hobby.
Half Marathon PR: 2:30
Cynthia S. - 2:50 pacer
Cynthia has been a pace group leader for The Runner's Edge for seven years. By employing the SmartPace strategy, Cynthia has successfully completed more than 40 marathons (which includes serving as a pacer for KC in 2007-2013; Hospital Hill in 2009-2014; Olathe in 2008-2014; Rock the Parkway 2010-2014; and Lincoln, Neb. 2011-2013, as well as others); two ultra road runs (33 miles x2), five ultra trail runs (44 miles x2, 38 miles, and 31 miles x4), the Lake Tahoe Triple 2011 and many half marathons.
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 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.
Half Marathon PR: 2:25
Shannon G. - 2:55 pacer
Shannon has been running for almost 10 years. She has completed 20+ half marathons and 5 marathons. She is a busy mom of 2 young girls and enjoys helping other runners achieve their goals. In addition to running, she enjoys training for triathlons, yoga and traveling.
Half Marathon PR: 2:22
Becky Z. - 2:55 pacer
After running numerous half marathons, Becky decided to give back and joined the Smart Pace team three years ago. While she'll enjoy getting to know you and the others in the group throughout the race, her favorite part will be watching you cross that finish line! And using the Smart Pace method will definitely help you accomplish that goal!
Half Marathon PR: 2:16
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: 2:39
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
Larry P. - 3:15 pacer
Larry has been running since high school. He enjoys running in marathons, half marathons, 5K's, corporate challenge track, triathlons, and just to get from one place to another. Larry is from a family of six marathon running siblings! He loves to share the joy of running and competing with anyone willing. Enjoy your training journey - see you at the starting line for a perfect marathon.
Marathon PR: 2:59
Tom P. - 3:15 pacer
Tom is a competitive endurance athlete who has successfully completed several sub 3-hour marathons and most recently qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas, NV, and the Ironman World Championships, in Kona, HI.
Marathon PR: 2:58
Anthony L. - 3:30 pacer
Anthony has been running since he was 15 and has not stopped!! He is a USAT/USAC Level II Elite coach and loves helping people attain there goals. Anthony has competed in Marathons, Half Marathons, Ultra's and any other distance you can run. He also does Ironman triathlons and bike races. Currently he is training for the 2014 Boston Marathon and will be doing the Charleston and Shamrock Marathon as build up races, he is planning to go back under 2:50 this year!! He is a member of the All Army Triathlon Team and past member of Team USA. He is psyched to pace you to your goal time and have fun doing it. His one pre-requisite is that you SMILE!!!
Marathon PR: 2:38
Scott S. - 3:30 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.
Marathon PR: 3:10
Steve C. - 3:35 pacer
Steve likes to talk, so if you are looking for a pacer to motivate you with words, you came to the right place! His motto is 'every day you can run is a blessing, so run every day you can'. A multi-sport athlete who is relatively new to pacing, Steve has his own running goals but looks forward to helping you achieve yours in a fun, friendly, and easy-going manner.
Dana M. - 3:35 pacer
Dream, Train and Race!!
Dana has been running marathons since 2001 and after running Boston Marathon he started racing the Ironman distance triathlon for last 7 years 16 Ironman completed. He loves training and he is looking forward to breaking his PR of 10:54. He is currently training for Ironman Utah this spring and running Chicago marathon this fall. Dana has paced Rock-N-Roll Denver and St. Louis last year @3:30. He likes to drop back to gather runners who are striking distance from the main 3:30 group.
Marathon PR: 3:04
Adam M. - 3:40 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
Kenny M. - 3:40 pacer
Kenny began running in high school, competing in both cross-country and track, as an alternative to playing football. He has been a runner ever since. Kenny ran at Northwest Missouri State University (Go Bearcats!!), before being sidelined by injury. After college, Kenny began running again to stay active, and to get in better shape.
He has run over 170 races to date, including 25 marathons (PR of 2:52), and over 75 half marathons (PR of 1:20).
Kenny believes the biggest mistake people can make is starting off too fast. He is looking forward to sharing his passion for running with others and helping them and encouraging them to reach their running goals. Through his high energy and motivation, Kenny is confident he can help you achieve your goal time.
What does he enjoy about running? Helping people in reaching their goals, being active, and the camaraderie and atmosphere in the running community. Also, running allows him to eat lots of Peanut M&Ms (it's a mild addiction...ha) without too much guilt.
Marathon PR: 2:52
Raj M. - 3:50 pacer
Raj is an avid runner who has run marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons.
In addition to formal events, Raj enjoys running with runners of different paces and capabilities in training running groups. While a regular runner, Raj also swims and bikes regularly. As a pacer, Raj is excited to help others achieve their goals and most importantly enjoy their race.
Marathon PR: 03:40
Greg S. - 3:50 pacer
Greg has run competetively for 30 years. He has completed 35 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 5 times, and over 100 half marathons. Greg is a five year cancer survivor. His enthusiasm towards running is infectious.
Marathon PR: 3:12
Jarod R. - 4:00 pacer
I run barefoot or in running sandals, sometimes a kilt or even a costume. I'm capable of being very goofy and motivating with regards to how I run. I don't train much, I eat mostly fruit, I enjoy the run as that is my lone goal, and I love the camaraderie of races.
Marathon PR: 3:40
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
Carol F. - 4:10 pacer
Carol has paced multiple times and thoroughly enjoys the people she meets. Being able to meet new runners and motivate them to achieve their goal is so rewarding. She has completed 70 marathons (including 2 50Ks and a 50 miler) and multiple half marathons. Her favorite race experience to date has to be the Tahoe Triple that she ran in Sept 2010, which entails 3 marathons 3 days in a row around one of the most beautiful places in the country. Running helps her keep her sanity and truly is therapeutic to her; it helps to manage the stresses that are thrown on us from time to time. She is a huge advocate of the run/walk program to ensure the legs stay fresh and hydration happens efficiently and effectively.
Marathon PR: 3:45:22
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
Stephen L. - 4:20 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, a few full marathons, many half marathons, sprint and international distance triathlon along with an ironman distance in 2014. His first marathon was achieved at MO Cowbell were he learned the importance of pace groups or the lack thereof. 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, half marathon pacing, and plenty of triathlons.
Marathon PR: 3:55
Jen T. - 4:20 pacer
Jen is new to pacing, but not to running, having first started running over 30 years ago in a summer running program for elementary school kids. For many years, she was a fitness runner, entered the local 5 and 10Ks for fun, and had running as extremely needed stress relief during med school, residency, and early practice years with 4 kids along the way. Starting in 2007, her focus shifted to longer races and she completed her first marathon in 2008. In 2011 she moved to the Kansas City area and was thrilled to find a vibrant running community after living in the middle of nowhere for many years. She loves running with friends, old and new, and will consider you a friend from the first few steps. After informally pacing a few friends to their goals, and running lots of a miles with an experienced Smart Pacer friend, she's excited to take a little break from training for a PR to help you hit your goal!
Marathon PR: 3:42
Katie K. - 4:20 pacer
Katie will bring her energy and love for all things running on race day. Katie has completed Ironman Louisville 2014, 21 marathons and ultra-marathons, including three Boston marathons, and a 50 miler in 8:13:00. Together we'll chase down your 2:00 goal. Let's go!
Renea M. - 4:30 pacer
Renea has completed 17 marathons and 16 half marathons. Her personal best marathon time was 4:07 and half marathon time was 1:53. Renea's goal for running races is to run efficiently and make the race a positive experience. To accomplish this goal she utilizes the SmartPacing method. She will start the race with a warm up and then settle into a goal pace for her group. Renea will always walk through each aid station to allow enough time to properly hydrate. She will also tackle hills by slowing down a little on the ups and picking up the pace going downs. Renea will get you across the finish line just under her pacing time and will make your race a fun experience.
Marathon PR: 4:07
Jodi S. - 4:30 pacer
Jodi...a.k.a "Blue Zebra" is a running fool! Even though she has only been racing for five years she has completed numerous marathons, half marathons, and 4 ultra marathons. Her most recent accomplishment is finishing the 2014 Hawk 100 race...her very first 100. Jodi's positive attitude, motivating spirit, and high energy will get you across that finish line in your goal time!
Marathon PR: 3:30:54
Hilary B. - 4:40 pacer
Running has been a part of Hilary's life for as long as she can remember. She has completed many races including 6 marathons and 12+ half marathons. She loves the sense of accomplishment that long distance running provides and uses the SmartPace strategy in her own races. She is excited to help you reach your running goals!
Marathon PR: 4:11
Michael B. - 4:40 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
Ken F. - 4:50 pacer
Ken started running for fitness and recreation in college and completed his first marathon in 1980. He intended to run his second in the fall of 1983 but medical school ended up taking more time than he thought. 25 years later, he decided to make priorities instead of excuses and has now finished 127 marathons, including at least one in every state (enough to qualify for titanium/10-star status in Marathon Maniacs two years in a row by completing 52 in less than 52 weeks). He practices SmartPacing principles in his own training/racing and in mentoring his son (who has been a Half Fanatic since he was 10). Ken has paced half and full marathons in CA, CO, KS, MO, NC, NE, NY, OK, VA, and WA. Remind him to teach you the "Runner's World" knot and your shoes will never come untied during a race again.
Marathon PR: 3:53
Sheena R. - 4:50 pacer
Sheena R. is very proud to consider herself a marathon runner. She had never been a runner until she was 25 years old. Nine months after beginning her running journey, Sheena ran the Portland Marathon with her mother; her inspiration. They crossed the finish line at 4:45. Since then, (5 years later) Sheena has now run a total 6 marathons in 6 states, including: Portland, OR (2009); Coeur d' Alene, ID (2010); Lincoln, NE (2011); North Bend, WA (2012), San Francisco, CA (2013), and Kansas City, MO (2013). At the North Bend Tunnel Run, she reached her sub- 4 hour goal time at 3:59! Running makes Sheena feel balanced and healthy. She is a better person when she can get out and log a few miles. Sheena hopes to be a role model for a healthy lifestyle by infecting her family, friends, students, and community members with the love of running. Becoming a pacer is just the icing on the cake, the obvious next step in her running career. She cannot wait to be a part of helping fellow marathon runners reach their running goals, and to be right there with them when they cross the finish line; this is more exciting than she can ever hope to be able to explain. Sheena has previously paced the Lincoln and Kansas City marathons. Sheena loves reaching her goals and hopes to be there to see you reach yours!
Marathon PR: 3:59
Marathon PR: 3:59
Kelly P. - 5:00 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!
Marathon PR: 4:23:41
Mike P. - 5:00 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: 3:43
Steve H. - 5:15 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 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
Kirby S. - 5:15 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
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
Lori A. - 5:30 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