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Follow a Pace Leader to your Goal

Running a marathon is hard…if it’s your 1st marathon or your 40th marathon, it’s hard. Our experienced Pace Leaders support all runners, from beginner to hardcore. Hook up with our experienced Pace Leaders and get out there and achieve your goals!

One of the keys to achieving your best marathon time is to keep an even pace throughout the race. Go out too fast and you’ll hit the wall, go out too slow and you won’t be able to make up the time later (but you may feel more rested at the end). Determine the pace that you believe you can honestly achieve and stick to it.

Our Pace Leaders will help you to keep a consistent pace throughout the marathon. Simply determine your goal finish time and find the Pace Leader holding a sign with that finish time on it.

Pace Leader finish times are determined by Boston Marathon qualification times.

2016 Marathon Pace Team

2017 Pace Team Coming Soon

3:02 – Galvin Gonzalez

Marathon PR: 2:44:24

# of Marathons Completed: 5

Favorite Marathon: Los Angeles

Advice For Pace Group: I will maintain pace through out the run

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3:07 – Bo Wang

Marathon PR: 2:55:02

# of Marathons Completed: 8

Favorite Marathon: CIM

Advice For Pace Group: Try to maintain even pace and finish strong. Enjoy the view along the way and don’t worry too much about the pace. It will become warmer near the end so be prepared to drink enough electrolyte.

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3:12 – Peter Kelleher

peterkelleherMarathon PR: 2:59:03

# of Marathons Completed: 40

Favorite Marathon: Portland

Advice For Pace Group: The course is fast and flat; don’t go out too fast, drink plenty of water and eat at a consistent rate utilized in your training and you will have a great marathon. Expect even splits for our goal finish time. See you at the starting line.

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3:22 – David Plyler

Marathon PR: 2:59:12

# of Marathons Completed: 27

Favorite Marathon: Boston Marathon

Advice For Pace Group: Carbs are your friend! Have a good breakfast before the marathon, and have a plan to take on calories during the marathon. I like to have a bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar, a bagel, and a banana, before I run a marathon.

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3:27 – Don Wang

Marathon PR: 2:59:33

# of Marathons Completed: 17

Favorite Marathon: Chicago Marathon

Advice For Pace Group:

1. A steady pace wins the race!
2. The middle miles (15-20) can be just as challenging as the last 10km, so stay relaxed and focused for the long haul.
3. Be mentally prepared for rising temperatures toward the end of the race — all the more reason to not get carried away in the beginning when it feels “too easy”.

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3:32 – Nile Sousa

nilesousaMarathon PR: 3:11

# of Marathons Completed: 20+

Favorite Marathon: Lithia Loop

Advice For Pace Group: If you join my group don’t let my photo be what you see

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3:37 – Sean Collins

seancollinsMarathon PR: 3:20

# of Marathons Completed: 15

Favorite Marathon: Modesto Marathon

Advice For Pace Group: Don’t try anything new on race day.

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3:42 – Jason Campbell

Marathon PR: 3:19

# of Marathons Completed: 10

Favorite Marathon: San Francisco Marathon

Advice For Pace Group: Be ready for some fun! You have made it to the starting line after spending many grueling days/weeks training for this opportunity. Now, it is time to “Show What You Know”. Run relaxed and confident. I will take of the rest. “You Got This!”

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3:52 – Jen Francis

Marathon PR: 3:23

# of Marathons Completed: 22

Favorite Marathon: Boston Marathon

Advice For Pace Group: Trust your training, we will be running even splits on this course, roughly an 8:50 pace. I will adjust for mile marker discrepancies but for the most part will be staying around 8:44-8:50. I don’t slow down much or walk or stop at aid stations at this pace, so I recommend you run a little ahead of me to grab water, or catch up after. The course is known to be fast and flat so it should be pretty easy. I welcome all questions and will be your biggest cheerleader on race day! We are running a few minutes under the stated pace time in order to ensure anybody looking for a BQ has the required time to get in. Last year the cutoff was about 2:38 I think, so we want to make sure if you run a Boston time you are able to run Boston! Happy training, see you in March!

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3:57 – Emi Yasaka

Marathon PR: 3:09

# of Marathons Completed: 11

Favorite Marathon: Twin Cities Marathon

Advice For Pace Group: Run your first 20 miles at your goal pace. It is easy to run faster in the beginning but I make myself stick to my game plan and don’t get carried away. I know that to run well later, I need to feel really relaxed the first third. One of my runner friend’s motto is “A marathon begins at mile 20.” I think it is really true.

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4:07 – Yan Yao

Marathon PR: 3:17:20

# of Marathons Completed: 5

Favorite Marathon: Boston Marathon

Advice For Pace Group: Follow the plan, trust your training, you will get what you trained for. The most important one, do NOT go out too fast!

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4:22 – Mindy Creed

mindycreedMarathon PR: 3:42

# of Marathons Completed: 11

Favorite Marathon: Los Angeles

Advice For Pace Group: Dont go out too fast. It feels way better to both physically and mentally to fly across the finish line than it does to fly out of the start line.

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4:37 – Stacy Anderson

stacyandersonMarathon PR: 3:46:31

# of Marathons Completed: 53

Favorite Marathon: Boston Marathon,Modesto Marathon and Tulsa Marathon

Past Pacing Experience: The Modesto Marathon was my first pacing race. I had so much fun pacing runners that I wanted to come back again this year!

Advice For Pace Group: The training is done the marathon is the fun part so enjoy it, even when it gets tough! Keep a consistent, steady pace, smile for the photographers and keep running until your reach that finish line.

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4:52 – Jason Glazier

Marathon PR: 4:02:20

# of Marathons Completed: 4

Favorite Marathon: Modesto Marathon

Advice For Pace Group: So you gave into your insanity and signed up for a marathon huh? Well, join the club. We are all a bit crazy!

I am not going to lie to you and tell you that running a marathon is easy. I will however tell you that it is worth it on so many levels. The sense of accomplishment, the dedication to a goal, the persevering during great struggle, and the finish line beer are all examples of what I personally find worth it.

On race day, the plan will be to have as much fun as possible. I hope that each of you come with at least one joke planned and that most stick with the group until the end so they get to hear all those jokes. We will all do our best to run a steady pace throughout the race and adjust only as necessary.

Remember…if you keep me in your sights (whether in front of you or behind you) you will achieve your goal time and hopefully a new PR!

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5:07 – Guru Nagaraja

Marathon PR: 4:30

# of Marathons Completed: 15

Favorite Marathon: Marine Corps Marathon

Advice For Pace Group: Don’t go too fast too soon. Start slow and be consistent. Enjoy your run and don’t be stressed. Hydrate well; fuel right; look up and around; be proud of your commitment to yourself and stay focused.
Remember 4 things – Focus, Fluids, Fuel and Fun.
We will keep the team engaged with some games as we run. Stay tuned !
If you have run a Marathon before, you know the drill. For the first-time marathoner, speed kills!

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5:22 – Linda McFadden

lindamcfaddenMarathon PR: 3:25

# of Marathons Completed: 300+

Favorite Marathon: Modesto

Advice For Pace Group: You will accomplish your goal! Smile and enjoy the journey!

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2016 Half Marathon Pace Team

2017 Pace Team Coming Soon

1:30 – Thomas Solomon

thomassolomonMarathon PR: 2:58:17

# of Marathons Completed: 17

Favorite Marathon: NYC Marathon

Advice For Pace Group: Don’t Go Out Too Fast! I plan on running even splits.

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1:35 – Agustin Campos

Marathon PR: 2:57:35

# of Marathons Completed: 10

Favorite Marathon: Modesto!!!

Advice For Pace Group: Stick with me and well get in under 1:30!

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1:40 – Sean Topping

Marathon PR: 3:19:56

# of Marathons Completed: 6

Favorite Marathon: 2012 California International Marathon, a.k.a. the Typhoon

Advice For Pace Group: I have never paced, but have utilized pacers in three of my full marathons and see a huge value in having the support of a pacer.

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1:45 – Betty Topping

Half Marathon PR: 3:23:47

# of Half Marathons Completed: 25

Favorite Marathon: New York

Advice For Pace Group: The goal pace for a 1:45 time is 8:00 min. Be sure you are getting a solid amount of your training miles in at this pace or even a bit faster so your body is properly prepared.

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2:00 – Vanessa McBride

Marathon PR: 3:47

# of Marathons Completed: 25

Favorite Marathon: San Francisco

Advice For Pace Group: I will run an even split. Avoid temptation to go faster, you will need your energy towards the end. Stay positive, feel good mentally and your body will follow. Most important, have fun!!!

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Just Under 2:10 – Craig Anderson

craigandersonMarathon PR: 3:56

# of Marathons Completed: 27

Favorite Marathon: Hatfield-McCoy, WV

Advice For Pace Group: We will work together as a team and maintain a steady pace. The goal is to finish strong in just under 2 hours.

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2:20-2:45 – Craig Wood

craigwoodMarathon PR: 4:51

# of Marathons Completed: 5 and 80+ halfs

Favorite Marathon: Redding Marathon

Advice For Pace Group: Enjoy race day and plan on running the first half at a slightly faster pace than the second half.

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2:30 – Ashley Jones

Marathon PR: 4:11

# of Marathons Completed: 2 full, 15 half

Favorite Marathon: Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

Advice For Pace Group: Run your race! It is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of the race, and running with so many people, that you can accidentally go out too fast. This makes for a miserable last 4 miles (trust me, I know from experience). Listen to your body, check in with it every mile or two, and try to plan for a negative split (running the 2nd half faster than the first). By using this plan, you are less likely to bonk out at the end. Enjoy yourself, take in the scenery, try to make a new friend or give someone who is struggling some encouragement. We are all in this together!

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