Jun 13 2015

MEET YOUR OFFICIAL PACE TEAM

HALF MARATHON

Garett Nakamoto – 1:40

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I ran with John Wesner last year (unofficial pacer) and loved it. The vibe of the participants was awesome.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
I’m going to let John take the lead and fall back to encourage others to stay on course. I’m able to talk and run and keep anyone distracted long enough to get through the next hill. If I see anyone really struggling, I may advise them to fall back to the 1:45 pacers.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Chocolate milk

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
New York City Marathon. I’d like to see what the night life is like over there.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
Four Marathons. Honestly, I have never enjoyed a marathon. To all those who attempt and finish a marathon, “I Salute You!!!” That is no small feat.

John Wesner – 1:40

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
Helping people achieve their goals.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?

Relax and let me worry about the splits. I’ll try to keep things as even as possible, so I may pull ahead on the ascents, but you can always catch up on the downhills. 

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Apple fritter and a large coffee (iced on hot days).

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
Comrades Marathon in South Africa.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
Nine marathons. My favorite PR is easy: Chicago in 2006 when I finally qualified for Boston. I’d never worked so hard for a race, and to have it pay off with a strong finish and a ticket to Boston is still the best moment in my 16 years of running.

Desiree JordanDesiree Jordaan – 1:45

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
Some of my best races have been run with another person (often a stranger) being encouraging and keeping me going at a steady pace, especially towards the end. Now, as a very consistent and seasoned runner, I love being able to be that person for somebody else.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
My plan is to keep a steady 8 minute pace throughout the race with enough time to drink and fuel throughout. The pressure is off you to try and pace yourself – just relax and try to stick with the group.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Immediately after would have to be a huge crunchy apple. Later, sharing a good bottle of wine and definitely ice cream!

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
I love using races as an excuse to travel somewhere. I have only lived in the US for 6 years and still have so much to see. I just need to figure out where next!

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I am not a marathon runner, but I have lost count of the half marathons I have done. My favorite would have to be the Knysna Forest Half in South Africa. I’m still not sure if the elephant dung along the course was “planted” or legit.

Brian WardlawBrian Wardlaw – 1:45

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I love helping other runners reach their goals and keeping them calm and focused during the race.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Enjoy the race, stay focused on your form and let the time worry about itself.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Coconut water and gummy bears.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
Boston Marathon. Obviously the thrill of accomplishing a qualifying time and participating in the grand daddy of races.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
Two full marathons. My favorite PR was probably the Portland Marathon because my extended family was there at the end, and it was a beautiful, fun race.

Nelson LaplanteNelson LaPlante – 1:50

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I ran as the 1:50 pacer last year, and I had so much fun that I leaped at the opportunity to do it again. I enjoyed the fun atmosphere that comes with any RnR event, and, as a pacer, I really liked that I was able to feel like an essential piece of the running event. I enjoyed being able to talk running and life in general with those I was pacing and to encourage them and help them achieve their goal.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Follow me. Relax and let me take care of the time. I do suggest bringing your own watch/GPS though. If you’re within a reasonable distance of me or can read my shirt, you’ll finish under 1:50. I am planning to build a reasonable cushion, as I did last year, to make sure that anybody near me is going to be able to finish under their goal time.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Hmm, I’m not sure. I’m a morning runner (EARLY early), so after a good, hard run I like to cook up some egg whites with chicken sausage and a sweet onion. Not much of a “treat,” but I love it.  

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
Meb is pacing the 1:30 group for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego half, which happens a couple of weeks before this event. That is probably the ultimate race to me. My goal is to break 1:30 in an official half marathon, (I did it once, but the race was short) and to do so being paced by Meb would be the ultimate experience. I’ve run with Ryan Hall and Scott Jurek on casual group runs, and it’s pretty neat.  

The other would maybe be Boston. After hearing stories from fellow SGLRG runners about their Boston Marathon experiences, I am pondering that, but I don’t like the distance. Plus, I would have to double my half PR to qualify, so I don’t think I’ll ever do so, but it would be interesting.  

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I’ve run two full marathons with a PR of 3:38:40 in Eugene in 2013. That was my favorite marathon as Eugene is an amazing running experience for any runner, and their marathon course is great. But I hated the distance and will stick to the half. This will be my 30th half marathon, having PR’d on a short course of 1:29:58 (estimated 1:30:30 if it had been of official length).

Penny LeongPenny Leong – 1:50

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
This will be my first time pacing a race. I’m excited to help people reach their goal since I was that person in the past who wouldn’t have met my target time without a pacer. 

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Make sure you have extra fuel (energy gels, chews, etc.) to get you through the race. I carry a couple gels even for a half marathon.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Potato chips. They need to have these at more races.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
NYC for the challenge of qualifying. Marathon du Medoc for the wine.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I’ve run four full marathons, and I’ve lost track of how many half marathons I’ve run. Boston was my favorite PR. I didn’t think I could re-qualify on such a challenging course, so since the pressure was off. I spent time seeking out and smiling for the race course photographers. I still managed to run a BQ and PR!

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Allison Bahe – 1:50

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I love running and especially pacing since it’s fun to be a part of another runner achieving their goals.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Make sure you fuel and drink enough consistently, which includes the beginning of the race. But most importantly, enjoy the race!

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Chocolate milk immediately after a race, and a really good burger for lunch.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
I would like to one day run the Athens marathon since it’s where marathons began as well as a tough and challenging course.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I have run eight marathons. My favorite PR was at the Yakima River Canyon marathon since it was an absolutely beautiful course, and I had a strong finish over the final 10K.

Morgan RootMorgan Root – 2:00

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I ran as the 2:00 pacer last year and loved it, so I naturally was thrilled to be asked to do it again this year. My first half marathon was Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle in 2012, and I remember how badly I wanted to break the 2:00 mark. I love being a pacer because it reminds me of the journey we all take as runners. I hope that I am able to motivate people to give it that little extra push even when they think they can’t. I enjoy being able to help people accomplish their goals and to be able to give back in a small way to the running community in Seattle that helped me.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Have a race plan for yourself. If you feel strong, don’t be afraid to run ahead of us or, alternatively, if you are feeling the pace is a little too quick for you, don’t be afraid to drop back a little. We are your guide. We will run as even of a pace as possible to make sure to bring everyone across the line in two hours.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
A mimosa.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
Pikes Peak Ascent. It would be a whole new kind of running challenge to run uphill for 13.32 miles at high altitude. The view at the top wouldn’t be too bad either.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
Just one marathon last fall (Portland Marathon), but I’ve done many half marathons, 5Ks and 10Ks. My favorite PR is my 5K PR from December 2013. I had taken most of October off after finishing the Portland Marathon and feeling an injury cropping up, so I just wasn’t feeling strong for the 5K, but I ended up getting 4th place, a 26 second PR and the fastest mile I have ever run in a race.

Julie Herbst Eugene HalfJulie Herbst – 2:00

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
Running as a pacer last year was a fantastic experience. It’s an honor to be a member of this awesome pace team. Watching runners reaching their goals is a wonderful feeling.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Relax, breathe, enjoy yourself and don’t forget to appreciate all the things your body and mind are doing for you from moment to moment for 13.1 miles.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Chocolate milk and pretzels! Once the post-race stomach has settled, a homemade black bean burger with French fries (and lots of ketchup!). I also wouldn’t turn down a chocolate-raspberry milkshake if someone offered!

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
Patagonia International Marathon in Chile for the unparalleled beauty!

How many marathons have you run?
Three: Portland, CIM and BMO Vancouver. All very different experiences!

What was your favorite PR?
California International Marathon (CIM). I traveled to Sacramento and ran it by myself in my mid-twenties. There was some serious determination there because I managed a 3:30 PR!

Danielle CordonDanielle Cordon – 2:15

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I paced this same time last year and absolutely loved it! It was so wonderful being present for other runners who either hadn’t run a half marathon before, were going for a new PR or were just looking for support. I like being able to help motivate and encourage others during a race and watch their faces when they’ve crossed that finish line.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Have fun, relax and trust all your training and hard work leading up to the race. You’ve done the work already. The race is the icing on the cake. And trust that we’ll get you to the finish line in the goal time. It’ll be a great race.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
After a long run or race, I love eggs with spinach and goat cheese, coffee, coconut water, a banana and ideally some sort of gooey pastry.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?

I’d love to do the New York City Marathon because running is such a great way to see a city, and I’ve been wanting to explore New York. Chicago and Paris are both on my bucket list as well as the Blue Nose Marathon in my hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I’ve done four full marathons and 26 half marathons. My favorite full PR was the 2013 Portland Marathon (4:32), and my PR for a half marathon was Lake Sammamish in 2013 (1:52).

Lisa BarraganLisa Barragan – 2:15

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
Last year, I was selected to pace the RnR full course. I have been running for over 10 years and at that point had really forgotten what it was like to be new to racing. I had a wonderful time meeting everyone in our pace group and hearing why they chose to train and run a marathon. It was so inspiring to hear those stories that got them to start line. I am here to inspire you to keep on keeping on and getting you to a PR.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
First and foremost, have FUN! Secondly, let Danielle and I worry about the numbers. It’s our job. This course can be tough with the speed bumps we call hills. Allow yourself to recover while moving on the downhills and flats. Enjoy the ride.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
After running, I find it difficult to want to eat. Usually I love some REALLY cold chocolate milk right after a race. After I get in a shower and do some stretching, I can usually convince myself to eat a guilt free cheeseburger and a large beer.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
At one point, I thought I would do a marathon in each state. Sadly that dream has died a little bit. I would love to run the Great Wall of China Marathon. I mean how many people can say they have done that?!

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I have completed seven full marathons and 26 half marathons. I am currently doing 12 half marathons in 12 months this year along with training for a half Ironman. It is hard for me to say which has been my favorite. I loved running the LA full because I grew up there. And you can run that course WAY faster than you can drive it, which is funny. My whole family showed up at the finish, and it was great to hear their support and to know they were so proud of my accomplishments.

Daisy KeselDaisy Kesel – 2:30

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I’m running as a pacer because I loved my pacer in the Biggest Loser half last fall, and I want to bring some runner the same joy and inspiration that my pacer brought me! I like that I can help someone maybe finish their first half marathon and feel so strong that they do more!

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
My advice to runners in my group is to have fun, finish strong and talk about what we like to eat!

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
My favorite post-race treat is crazy bread! Yep I said it!

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
I have always wanted to do this Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, so I’m living the dream! I’m excited about the energy of Seattle on race day.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
This is my second half marathon, and I have been training to be a pacer for months!

MARATHON

Craig KohringCraig Kohring – 3:15

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
Running with a pacer sign is an awesome deltoid workout, which is great moving into swimsuit season.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Coconut water! However, I’ve found them particularly difficult to carry while running, so I would suggest tapping and draining the coconuts into your hydration belt before the race starts. I hear it also comes in cans, but where’s the fun in that? Also, try to limit the number of live bands you stop and dance to during the marathon to 2 or 3 at most. I’ve found it can add substantial time to your finish.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Taking my shoes off.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
The Wife Carrying World Championship in Sonkajarvi, Finland. Only problem is I’m not married. I’m currently accepting applications. Finnish language proficiency is a plus.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
Three. Bozeman Marathon was pretty memorable. The local livestock provided an ample cheer squad.

All kidding aside, though, I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity! I can’t wait to meet everyone who will be running in our pace group and to set some awesome PRs with you all! I’m very confident with the pace, and I’ve run the course before. We’re all set for a great marathon :) See you soon!

Sean MichaelSean Michael – 3:15

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I want to help people reach their goals. It will be a lot of fun, and I will feel fulfilled knowing that I helped other runners run their goal pace and that it may be a new PR for them. I also look forward to running a race without the intention of pushing myself as I normally would, though it will still be a challenge to make sure I stay at the correct pace.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Keep us in sight and then use that extra gear to pass us in the final stretches of the race!

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Anything chocolatey with plenty of protein in it and a banana.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
The Patagonia International Marathon because it’s in Patagonia! It’s a destination I always dreamed of visiting, but never seemed realistic until a group of friends decided we should all go do it together. We are doing it September 2015.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
No fulls yet, but I have run two half marathons. While Lake Sammamish was my faster race, Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas was my favorite.

Jesse Bloom – 3:15

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I enjoy doing marathons and thought it would be fun to try to help people achieve their goal times.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Just relax at the start of the race. A marathon is a long way, so it’s easiest if you can cruise through the first half without exhausting too much mental energy worrying about your pace.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
I like all the post-race snacks that you can usually get at the end of marathons. Pizza is especially good.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
I would love to run the Angeles Crest 100-Mile Endurance Run. I lived in Pasadena before moving to Seattle and did many runs on the trails of the race. I’m sad that I never attempted the race itself.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I have run five marathons. My favorite PR was when I ran 2:39 at the Cal International Marathon. Every other marathon I’ve struggled at the end, but that one I had a consistent pace and effort the whole way.

Jeremy SullivanJeremy Sullivan – 3:30

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
Pacing is a lot of fun and a privilege to get to help other runners meet their goals. As a participant, I know what it’s like to chase an elusive goal, and having a pacer to help you know where you stand in that chase can be incredibly helpful. It’s exciting to be part of that experience with other runners.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Run with determination. A marathon is a very difficult thing. Our bodies want to shut it down near the end. Being determined, I’ve found, helps me get through the inevitable wall and push through to get my goal.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Relaxing! I love sitting in a shaded area with some water and friends, finally getting the opportunity to look at all the many miles of training and racing that are now in the rearview mirror and thinking forward to the next race!

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
I’d love to travel to Europe to do a race sometime. I bet the London Marathon would be a lot of fun.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I have completed three marathons, including the Boston Marathon this last April. My favorite PR was a year ago at the Eugene Marathon. I was very dedicated to my training plan. I trained with a fantastic group of friends. I trained without getting injured. I got to the start line healthy, and I ran my best race. I had so much fun!

Boston Marathon Picture

Nicola Towers – 3:30

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I love running! I noticed a significant improvement in my running when I started running with other people. I love how running is an individual sport, but by running with other people you can learn strategies and have support from others to help you meet your goals. 

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Do everything you can to prepare for your race, but once you show up at the start line have several goals in mind, one of which should be to have a great race and be happy when you finish knowing you gave it your best effort. Another big thing I’ve learned from experience is to not go out too fast! You might feel like you are going a comfortable pace, but you need to have a plan to meet your goal. My happiest finishes were when I successfully ran a marathon with a negative split!

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Immediately after a race, I like chocolate protein drinks or the Zico chocolate coconut water. I’m also a fan of a well-earned post race stout or porter beverage with a delicious burger.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
I’ve become a fan of destination races. I have several marathons on my list, like the Patagonia International Marathon, Big Sur International Marathon  and the St. George Marathon. I’m sure others will come up too with the help of my fun running friends who like to travel and plan fun running adventures!

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
My first was Vancouver B.C. in May 2013 . I ran a 3:31. I also ran the Tunnel Lite marathon in September 2013 in 3:20. My third marathon was Boston 2014, where I ran a 3:32. It’s hard to say which marathon was my favorite as they were each special and very memorable for different reasons!

Robert StadlerRobert Stadler – 3:30

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I was lucky enough to be asked to pace this year. I love the race environment and look forward to supporting all the runners that have a 3:30 marathon (8:00 pace) as their goal.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Try to relax, take in the moment, hum a little tune and have fun!

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
After sufficient hydration, probably beer, particularly after a full marathon. Bananas with peanut butter are a close second.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
Do I only get to choose one? Boston for sure, followed by New York.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I’ve run two full marathons and four or five half marathons. My favorite PR was the Vancouver BC full in 2012. I ran a great race and finished strong!

Charlie RoberstsCharlie Roberts – 3:40

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I have run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon every year since it’s inception, and I’m looking forward to changing it up this year. I’ve enjoyed pacing in the past, and it’s pretty cool to hear that those in your pacing group reached a PR.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
If you’ve got a race plan, stick to it as best you can. If we’re behind you, you’re doing great. If your plan is to stick with us, we’ll get you in on time, so enjoy the views from the viaduct and Lake Washington Blvd and keep us in sight. We’ll worry about the pace.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Burgers, beer and a lawn or beach to lay on.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
Boston would be great. It would mean I’m a much faster runner than I currently am or that I’ve been able to keep this pace in my late 50s.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I have run one official marathon, so it was a PR. I can’t say it was my favorite PR though.

BruceKaskelBruce Kaskel – 3:40

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
Pacing is a different experience than racing for your best possible time or running a race casually (alone or with friends). It gives you a chance not only to give back to the running community, but to meet a lot of other runners and help and encourage them along their journey. Oh yeah, and it’s a lot of fun!

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
1. Have fun. That’s what running should really be all about.
2. Introduce yourself to the pacers and others in the group at the start or along the way.
3. Finally, this may sound strange coming from a pacer, but I would encourage runners to not feel obligated to stay with the official pace group 100% of the time. Everyone needs to run their own race. Some people may prefer a constant pace and others may want to take some sections faster and others slower. But beware of going too fast early on.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
It may be uninspired, but bananas are awesome. But an hour or two after completing a full marathon, I crave real food (sometimes I have 2 or 3 lunches that day).

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
The New York City Marathon. I’m a native New Yorker, but I only started running a few years ago (decades after I left New York).

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I have run three full marathons, all in the past 12 months. My FIRST was actually at last year’s 2013 Rock ‘n Roll Seattle, which I finished in 3:52. And if someone had suggested then that I would be pacing the 3:40 marathon group a year later I would have told them they were crazy. My favorite PR is my most recent marathon result, a 3:17 in Ventura, California, which qualified me for the 2015 Boston Marathon. I’m already making my reservations.

Joe Wahle – 3:40

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I play a mean air guitar, which I figured would be useful entertainment along the course as I jam along with all of the bands.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Don’t think or worry too much. Just keep up with the pacers and enjoy the run.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Copious amounts of beer.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
I don’t really have much in terms of a racing bucket list. I just like to pick the next race, work hard for it and then move into the next one.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
Three or so fulls and more half marathons than I can count. I don’t have a favorite. I’m just happy when a race goes planned.

Sher KungSher Kung – 3:50

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I ran this race last year and started out way too fast on the Rainier Ave downhill. I was thinking “I’m ahead of my time since I’m ahead of the pacers!” and ended up getting passed by the pacers around mile 10 when I crashed and burned. I’m running as a pacer to help others not make the same mistake!

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Don’t blow through the first 10K at 30 seconds faster than your goal pace even though it may feel easy and you will be pumped up. Try to run a reverse split (faster the second half than the first). Stick with me until at least mile 9, and then you can throw in an extra kick to beat your time.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Rice crispy treats or peanut butter sandwiches.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
Big Five Marathon in South Africa. How much more scenic can it get than running with lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalo?

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
One full. It was SF, and I was so excited to run across the Golden Gate bridge, but that morning it was as foggy as ever, and we couldn’t see a THING except white all around. And five half marathons. My favorite was the Kaiser Permanente 1/2 on Superbowl Sunday in San Francisco where we ran through Golden Gate Park and parallel to the beach.

Betsy GrayBetsy Gray – 3:50

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I’ve been running for nearly a decade, but this will be my first time as a pacer! I’m really excited to support other runners and help them reach their goal.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Have FUN and enjoy your race! Relax, get comfortable with the pace and resist the temptation to start off too fast.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Coconut water and a banana right after the race. Then a nice big meal and a bottle of wine with friends.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
I’d love to run the Big Sur Marathon. The course looks so beautiful! And of course qualifying for and running Boston has always been on my list.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I’ve run one full marathon and several half marathons. The Portland Marathon was awesome! It was a beautiful course, and the crowds were so supportive. It felt like the entire city was out cheering for us!

Karrie GaylordKarrie Gaylord – 4:00

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I think running and racing can be such an inwardly-focused activity. Running as a pacer gives me a chance to turn that focus outward, to fellow runners and their success. It’s a really rewarding feeling to be of service to others, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to help people that being a pacer offers. Running a sub-4:00 marathon was a goal I had for my first full, so it’s awesome to be able to help others reach for that at this year’s race.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Start paying attention to hydration days in advance. On race day, try to not go out too fast, and do take water at the aid stations, even if you think you don’t need it. Above all, try to enjoy the experience. The hard work of training is over – racing is the reward!

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Post race (and long run) I have an amazing plant-based smoothie recipe that I swear is nirvana in a straw. It’s made with frozen bananas, frozen apples, dates, hemp protein, maca, almond butter, pumpkin pie spice, raw cacao and coconut water. It’s the perfect recovery treat, and it’s actually quite healthy.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
I’ve had the Big Sur Marathon postcard on my refrigerator for 4 years now. One of these days I’m going to do it!

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
Just two – Vegas and Tucson. My 3:30 PR in Tucson this past December is a Boston qualifier, so I have that to look forward to next year.

MeeganMeegan Wolczyk – 4:00

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I paced the half last year and loved supporting others in their goals. It was great to hear some stories from individual runners and to be able to encourage them along the way. I am thrilled to have an opportunity to pace again this year. It is challenging in a different way and also extremely rewarding. 

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
I’m anticipating that there might be a lot of people aiming for a 4:00 marathon. My advice is to keep a steady pace, don’t go out too hard and allow us to do the work of watching the pace. Fuel frequently. We might have some miles slightly under pace and others over, depending on hills and such, but our goal will be to get you in at just under 4:00.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Most of my runs are really, really early, so my favorite treat is usually coffee!

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
I really love destination runs, especially those that involve travel with friends. Like many people, I have Boston on my list. I’d like to try to qualify in the next year or two.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I’ve done 3 marathons and many more half marathons. My favorite run so far was Chicago in 2013. It had been 12 years since my previous marathon, and it was all in all just a phenomenal experience – huge crowd support, perfect weather and running with a childhood friend. 

Sarah SSarah Sandquist – 4:10

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I’m so excited to be a pacer again this year! I have really benefited from following pacers in races I’ve done, and I look forward to helping the runners that stick with us to reach their goal!

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Let’s have fun out there! My goal is to run even splits, slightly ahead of our pace so we can bank a 1-2 minute cushion for the second half.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Chocolate milk and bananas…and some beer.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
I would like to run Boston someday. Qualifying would be a huge accomplishment for me and would really show how far I have come as a runner.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I have completed three marathons. My first one did not go as planned, and I had some redemption to do on the second. I PR’d by 45 minutes, which was very exciting. Then I knocked another seven minutes off the third. I’m still a long way from qualifying for Boston, but a PR feels good no matter what. 

Kristie ThompsonKristie Thompson – 4:10

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I’m running as a pacer because it provides a completely different race experience. I enjoy being a part of a group working toward a common goal. It’s also nice to know that I have some part in helping people.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
My advice is to make sure your training includes some hills and speedwork. I also recommend you practice holding your goal pace so you get comfortable with how it feels.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Once I get home post-race, I usually eat something substantial like a potato and vegetable hash with scrambled eggs. I’m not a big fan of sweet treats.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
There isn’t one specific race that I would love to do. Mostly, I just want to keep running fun and continue to challenge myself.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I have never run a full marathon. This will be my eighth time running a half marathon (since I only pace half of the full marathon), my second time pacing and my third Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle race.

Dan FabelaDan Fabela – 4:10

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
This is my first time being a pacer, and I am running to support those who want to finish a marathon on June 21st, 2014. I like the consistency of being in a pace group. It does not allow you to go out too fast and burn your legs up.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Have fun! You have already done all the hard work. This is the party for all those runs early in the morning, late at night, in the rain, when you did not feel like it and in pain. This is the celebration. Enjoy it.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
A really good burger.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
Kona Ironman World Championship has always been on the list since I was a kid watching it on TV.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
 
I have run nine. My favorite marathon was the 2013 New York City Marathon.

Joanna BoveJoanna Bove – 4:20

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I’m running as a pacer because I enjoy supporting other runners in meeting their goals. I love being a mobile cheerleading squad!

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Relax, enjoy the run and stick with me :)

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Brunch, specifically eggs benedict with salmon.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
Boston Marathon because I want to run where I was born and be Boston strong!

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I’ve run three marathons: Vancouver, BC, Madagascar, and Whidbey Island. I had a PR of 4:00:59 at Whidbey Island in April!

IMG_0125Kirstin Ward – 4:20

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I love being a part of the running community. It has given me so much encouragement, mental sanity and just overall health. Come race day I get to see how all that hard work pays off as I go for a PR. I have definitely kept pacers in my sights as I have aimed for the ever elusive next PR, and I am excited to be able to be that for someone else. I look forward to cheering on those around me and just hopefully be an encouragement to keep going. I want to be able to give back to the running community that I love, and the environment on race day helps me keep going as I seek my next race goals.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Relax, run your race and have fun. Enjoy being with the running community. Most of all, let us be your biggest cheerleaders as you run the race with confidence knowing we are watching the pace and the clock.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Probably a burger and fries once I finally get my appetite back.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
This is a difficult question as the bucket list of races I would love to do is long. I would love to go back and run the Budapest Marathon since I lived there at one point in my life. I would also love to run the NYC Marathon and run through all the boroughs. Of course it would be amazing to qualify for Boston. But for now I am training for my first half Ironman.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I have run three marathons and over 20 half marathons. My favorite PR was probably when I ran the Seattle half a couple of years ago and surprised myself with the PR considering all the hills. I have loved traveling different places for races and also when there have been lots of us from SGLRG running and just the encouragement that comes from seeing each other on and along the course.

Hilary Case

Hilary Case – 4:20

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I’m very excited to have the opportunity to serve as a pacer! I love helping people meet their goals (I’ve even coached a competitive jump rope team), and I know how hard all runners have worked to turn their marathon dream into a reality. I’m happy to support them in any way that I can. Finishing a marathon is a big deal, and I feel privileged to be a part of someone else’s marathon journey in some small way.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Stay with a steady and consistent pace! The excitement and adrenaline at the start of the race may make you want to begin with some serious speed, but don’t do it! Stick with the pacers to finish strong!

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Anything with chocolate!

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
There are so many good options out there. One that has peaked my interest is the Patagonian International Marathon in Chile. It would be amazing to run 26.2 miles surrounded by such beautiful scenery. It looks breathtaking!

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I’ve run seven half marathons and one full marathon since my first one 19 months ago. My favorite PR was the Portland Marathon. It was my first full marathon. There was so much community support. The weather was great. I appreciated the entertainment along the course. I had many friends and family to cheer me on, and I felt good throughout the race. It definitely got the momentum rolling and left me craving more!

CrystalCrystal Gamber – 4:30

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
This is my first year running as a pacer, and I’m really excited to help others cross the finish line within their goal time!

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Take it one step at a time and enjoy the race. Your pacers are here to help you have some fun along the route and to enjoy your race.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
A nice, tasty cheeseburger.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
Marathon du Medoc. Running through wine country in France? Yes, please!

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I have run seven marathons. My favorite was Dublin Marathon. It is nicknamed “The Friendly Marathon,” and it lives up to the reputation. 

Nathanie LeeNathanie Lee – 4:30

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
Pacing is a very rewarding experience. I have paced a couple full marathons and several half marathons, and each time I do it, I am just blown away by and inspired by those who are either running the distance for the very first time or their 10th time. Some of them tell me stories about their journey to that point and it makes me feel honored to be a part of their experience.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Let us take care of the added stress of watching your pace and time. That is why we are here! My advice is to enjoy the experience and the people around you. Pace yourself and listen to your body. Walk when you need to walk and push yourself if you feel like you have it! Either way, enjoy the experience! Trust your training and reap the rewards from it!

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
That is a good question! I might say a good breakfast of french toast, scrambled eggs, sausage and a large latte! 

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
I would love to qualify for Boston one day. I know it might take me a few more years, but I hope to get there one day! Though pace and running experience is all relative, qualifying and making it there is a tangible reward of the hard work!

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I have run 15 marathons. My favorite PR is 4:01. I will be happy to come in under 4:00. I have experienced a few injuries and setbacks the past couple years, but with patience and hard work, I am slowly getting back to where I was. 

Ben SommersBen Sommers – 4:40

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I have run in several events and volunteered at a couple, but this will be my first time as a pacer. To me it’s a small way to give back to the events that have provided me with so many wonderful experiences, and I get to help people in the same way I have been helped.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
First, don’t over think it. Getting into  your own head is the easiest way to to hurt yourself. Shin splints are bad. but self doubt is a killer. Second, run your own race. It’s not you against everyone else. It’s you FOR you! 

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Immediately after it’s ice cold chocolate milk! I don’t know who started introducing this to races, but they deserve a special medal for it!

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
Boston because you need to qualify in order to get in. I’m not there yet, but I will be some day.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I have run nine marathons and 14 half marathons. My favorite PR was probably the Whidbey Island Marathon. It was the first time I broke the 4 hour mark, and I did it after not running a marathon for over a year. I was a little nervous going in, but I listened to my body, trusted my training, and ended up with a nearly 30 minute PR.

Amy Yeh

Amy Yeh – 4:40

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I’m looking forward to helping people hit their goals and also enjoy the journey. I remember the excitement of finishing my first marathon and hitting my goal times. Being able to help others do that would be a great thrill!

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Have fun, enjoy the scenery and the journey and trust us to help you hit your goals.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Chocolate milk! Immediate boost of protein, carbs and hydration!

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?

Boston Marathon. Qualifying and running Boston would be the ultimate accomplishment for me as a runner.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I’ve run nine marathons. I ran Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle in 2011 in 4:52:56 as a training run for the San Francisco Marathon a month later in 4:45:11. The madness started there, and I went on to complete another five marathons in 2012. I tore my ACL in early 2013, and after my ACL surgery, I had doubts about where I would be with my running. It was great to come back to my first marathon post surgery this year and PR at the Whidbey Island Marathon with a 4:18:05 finish.

Angel LamarAngel Lamar – 4:40

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
I enjoy pacing because of the training involved building on a consistent promise to myself and community to stick with a plan. It helps personally to manage my time and accountability.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
It goes by too fast to get stuck in a rut. People constantly say I smile when running. I haven’t noticed, so it is a natural occurrence. Run happy is not just a phrase. It will catch up with you when you least expect it. Relax, enjoy and wear a sun visor/sunscreen. It’s gonna be hot!

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Water!

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
Marathon de Paris is a bucket race because I hear the streets are confusing and one could get easily lost. It’d be a great way to discover the nooks, crannies and hidden non-tourists places. I run to escape the pressures of daily tasks and like the thought of winding, unmarked roads.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I have completed nearly a dozen half marathons and gearing up to run the full in Chicago. My first half was Lake Sammamish, so I enjoy repeating it yearly.

Michelle Wagner – 5:00

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
It is a good way to give back to running and reminds me that every pace is an important part of the race.

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Be true to your own body and strengths.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Anything, but a good cheeseburger with avocado is hard to beat.

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
Besides Boston, which is way out of my league? I don’t have any specific race in mind; just to keep running for life. 

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
I’m kind of a half marathon gal. I’ve done 10 of those. I’m hoping to PR in July at the Napa to Sonoma race, which I am expecting will be fabulous.

Kaye ReiterKaye Reiter – 5:00

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?
For me, being a pacer is all about cheerleading. I really enjoy meeting those around me and learning what their goals are for the race. Do they want to PR? Is this their first marathon? Are they coming back from an injury and want to perform and finish the race? I find a lot of satisfaction in helping others meet their goals. 

What’s your advice for people running with your pace group?
Take it easy, but build up a small cushion of time. For my pace group, if you do your first few miles at 10:30, then at the end you can have a few miles at 12:30 and still make the finish line at the 5:00 mark.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?
Chocolate! Almost anything chocolate!

What is one race that you would like to do once in your life and why?
I’d love to do the Athens Marathon that follows the original marathon course and was the course for the 2004 Olympics. Greece is a beautiful country. It would be very cool to run the same course, and it would be an awesome vacation!  

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?
No marathons, but nine half marathons. My PR for the 1/2 marathon is 2:10. I just had my PR for a 12K at 1:13, which was awesome!

Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Race Day

Half Marathon Start Time: 7:30am
Marathon Start Time: 7:30am
Event Details
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Health & Fitness Expo

CenturyLink Field Event Center
Times
Thursday, June 11, 12pm-7pm
Friday, June 12, 10am-7pm
Map | Exhibitor Info | Spectator Info