Jun 13 2015

Meet Your Official Pace Team

Half Marathon

John Wesner

Pace Group – 1:40 = 7:38/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I have paced many individual runners and have always greatly enjoyed the experience. It is rewarding to help someone hit their goal time. Pacing many runners to their goal will be a blast.

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

Trust me to keep the correct pace so that we finish just under the goal time. I’ll try to keep things as even as possible with the exception of large hills where I’ll ease off a bit and run on effort. I often run this pace in my training and it should come naturally.

What is your favorite type of running?

Running with friends and trail running.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

On a cold race day just after finishing I love hot chicken soup. To treat myself after an initial recovery, it is definitely a stop at a local coffee shop for coffee and a baked treat.

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

Comrades Marathon in South Africa. Mostly for an excuse to travel to Africa, and the ultra distance would be a challenge I haven’t tackled yet.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

Eight. Chicago 2006. I finally qualified for Boston and actually finished strong in the marathon. I trained extremely hard for that race, and to have everything come together on race day was a great reward for all the effort.

Jeremy Sullivan

Pace Group – 1:45 = 8:00/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I am excited to provide a steady, even pace to help other runners meet a particular goal. I’ve run with pace groups in the past, and I enjoy the camaraderie that forms within the group. It can be really helpful to have other nearby runners for extra motivation when the miles get tough.

What is your favorite type of running?

I spend most of my training days running through the city on blacktop and concrete roads, sidewalks, and multi-use trails. Once every couple months, I’ll get in a run on a dirt road or mountain trail. It’s hard to pick a favorite as all types of running provide unique experiences that are enriching in different ways.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Once after a hot race, I had a frozen orange juice smoothie, and it hit the spot perfectly. Cold and refreshing.

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

I’d love to run some of the major marathons in the US – races like those in Chicago, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

I’ve run in eight half marathons, including three Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathons, and two full marathons.

Nelson LaPlante

Pace Group – 1:50 = 8:24/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

Next to coaching, I think this will be the best and most important method of helping people break though a time barrier and achieve a significant goal that they have likely been working long and hard for in the sport that I am most passionate about. I love running and everything about it, and I enjoy encouraging and assisting others not only to get better but to build a passion for the sport. I am nervously excited about bringing my team through in sub-1:50 and seeing the joy on their faces from their accomplishment. That will bring a similar joy and sense of accomplishment to me. This will be my first time as a pacer. I just hope we all can run happy.

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

My advice would be to remember their training and stick to their goals. Don’t get too excited in the first few miles and just keep running in the last few. The mental aspect of running is absolutely key. Your mind can make you go further than your body thinks you can.

What is your favorite type of running?

I like to run far and fast, so probably longer tempo runs. I prefer to do my long runs not too much slower – maybe 30-45 seconds per mile – than I would race at the distance.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

I like protein bars for a quick post-workout snack, but for early runs when I have time I like an egg white omelet with lots and lots of salt. And Starbucks coffee is a treat as well. 

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

I lived in NYC for two years and watched the marathon spectacle from the sidelines unable to get into it either year. The year after I moved, I was accepted into the 2012 NYC Marathon, but of course Sandy came through and canceled those plans, so I think if I could I may like to do that one.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

My favorite PR was 1:32:05 at the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon, which has an incredible course that is about 60%+ dirt/gravel trail along Lake Sammamish and finish line festivities that are right on the lake. I’ve run twp marathons (2006 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego @ 3:53 & 2013 Eugene @ 3:38).  I love Eugene, and the marathon course was amazing, but I hated the distance. I plan to stick to the half.  It’s much easier on the body, which allows me to enjoy the course more.  

Elvira Gawlinski

Pace Group – 2:00 = 9:10/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I think it is a great opportunity and an honor to help support other runners and help them accomplish their goals.

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

Smile, enjoy the race and the music. Resist the temptation to use your maximum effort at the start line. Trust yourself and your pacer to help you get to the finish line in time.

What is your favorite type of running?

I enjoy road running as well as trail running. I love being out in the nature enjoying the terrain and the scenery.  

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

My favorite post-race treat is a banana and some chocolate milk.

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

I would like to run the Big Five Marathon in South Africa. I find it to be a challenging and exciting route through the natural habitat of the African savannah where nothing separates you from the wildlife.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

I participated in the Seattle Half Marathon in 2012, which is still my favorite course, and the Lake Sammamish Half in 2013. I was training for my first marathon in Eugene this year, but a knee injury prevented me from running it. 

Morgan Root

Pace Group – 2:00 = 9:09/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I remember when I ran my first half marathon and the excitement and accomplishment I felt when I achieved the goal time I was aiming for. I want to be able to help other people have that feeling and achieve their PR. 

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

Relax. Don’t start out too fast. Trust us to help you reach your goal time. Believe in yourself! You can do it! 

What is your favorite type of running?

I love hitting the road to run off the stress and rejuvenate after the work day. 

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?

Big Sur Marathon simply for the view. I hear it is beautiful. Of course Boston would always be fantastic too. 

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

No marathons yet, but I am currently training for my first one. My favorite race so far has been the Vancouver BC half. The course was beautiful, and the crowd support was great.

Danielle Cordon

Pace Group – 2:15 = 10:18/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I have never been a pacer before, but have been running consistently for over seven years now. I love the feeling of setting a goal, working hard and achieving it. I’m really looking forward to helping others experience that same feeling. 

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

Relax, get comfortable with the pace, HAVE FUN and trust us. We’ll get you to the finish line smiling!

What is your favorite type of running?

Running with friends in the early morning when the sun is coming up.  

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Coconut water and a spinach/goat cheese omelet. Yum!!! Maybe a donut too :)

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

New York City Marathon. And the Bluenose Marathon in my hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

I’ve run 16 half marathons (PR 1:52) and three full marathons (PR 4:33). 

Meegan Wolczyk

Pace Group – 2:15 = 10:18/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

This will be my first time pacing, and I’m really excited about it. I’m looking forward to focusing on supporting others through their marathon experience and helping them meet their goals.

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

Have fun! Don’t start out too fast. Enjoy the experience. It can be really tough both mentally and physically, but the feeling at the end is like no other.   

What is your favorite type of running?

I love early morning runs, either alone or with friends. It’s a great way to start my day and to get a little bit of “me” time without the craziness of work and raising young kids. I’ve been running a lot of half marathons over the past couple of years, and I enjoy keeping that maintenance distance up.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

It varies. Sometimes I’m not hungry at all, and other times I crave something like a burrito. For my daily shorter runs, I love to get coffee afterwards.

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

I’d love to qualify for and run Boston. I ran the Chicago full last year and was 5 minutes off qualifying, so I figure it might be within my reach some day. I like destination runs, so any marathon in a beautiful place or a fun city would be great.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

My first marathon was Seattle in 2000, and my second one was Chicago in 2012 (took me awhile in between!). I had an amazing experience at both. Chicago was wonderful because I ran it with one of my best friends, we’d never been to Chicago before and I beat my previous time by 2 minutes. I’ll be running Portland Marathon this October.

Joyce Adams

Pace Group – 2:30 = 11:27/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I’m running as a pacer because I really love encouraging other runners, particularly ones who are new to the sport or are pushing themselves to run a new distance or time PRs. And because I think it’ll be a really fun challenge!

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

I think it’s really important to relax and have fun, particularly during the first half of the race, so that you’re ready to kick yourself into gear when the going gets hard near the end. Always thank the volunteers and cheer for people who need a boost.

What is your favorite type of running?

My favorite runs are long-ish tempo runs because, although they’re the most challenging kind of run for me mentally, I just feel so awesome and accomplished when I’m finished. My favorite race distances are half marathons and ten-milers.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

I crave bangers & mash (sausages and mashed potatoes) or bacon after a race, probably because of the salt. And chocolate milk or hot chocolate depending on the weather.

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

I’d LOVE to run Comrades, the South African Ultra. I lived in South Africa for about six months after grad school and would really like to go back for this one. It’s supposed to be the most incredible race on the planet as well as being an incredible challenge.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

I’ve run two marathons – the Virgin London Marathon and the North Olympic Discovery Marathon – both in 2013. Tendonitis ended this year’s marathon plans, but I’ll be back. My favorite PR is probably my 5K PR at the Top Pot Doughnut Dash last year. It was a week after London, and I smashed out a minute PR by telling myself “you just ran a marathon, you CAN keep pushing for a weeny three mile race!” Plus, we got Top Pot doughnuts at the end!

Marathon

Momodou Fatty & David Rund

Pace Group – 3:15 = 7:26/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

Mo: I like helping other runners succeed in meeting their race goal times, so this is a good opportunity to make that happen.

Dave: Both pacing and running Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle are new for me, and I think this race’s atmosphere should make for a great experience.

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

Mo: Trust me. I’ll get you to the finish line on time.

Dave: Have fun in Boston!

What is your favorite type of running?

Mo: Tempo runs with running buddies.

Dave: I like to run really late at night when it’s quiet and there’s nobody else out.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Mo: Not going to work the day after a race.

Dave: A nap.

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

Mo: A marathon in Gambia. It would be a run down memory lane. Super awesome!

Dave: The Antarctic Ice Marathon is squarely at the top of the list since the Everest Marathon is surely plagued with an overabundance of yak droppings.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

Mo: I haven’t run a marathon yet. My favorite PR would be the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon. I was recovering from a knee injury and did no “real” training, so I thought it was going to be a training run. I didn’t even have a watch to keep track of my pace, but I got to the finish line in 1:29. That was an easy PR.

Dave: I’ve done three half marathons and one Ragnar, so I guess that makes it zero. My favorite PR was the last 2 mile fitness test I took before leaving the Army.

Dexter Guiang

Pace Group – 3:40 = 8:24/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

This will be my first time pacing, but my training plans for half and full  marathons have always had tempo runs. I am honored to have been asked to be a pacer this year!

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

You run with a pace group because you have a goal you want to accomplish for that race. My advice is to stick to your game plan, have fun and smile!

What is your favorite type of running?

I’ve been a fan of the half marathon race, but I’m ready to challenge myself to do more full marathons and qualify for Boston!

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Celebrating with my fellow runners with a beer!

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

I would love to run the Boston Marathon. It has been my goal to qualify ever since I started running.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

I have only done one marathon: Eugene Marathon 2013. I trained hard for my first and finished with a 3:35:40. I will try to qualify for Boston this fall with a 3:10.

Philip Huang

Pace Group – 3:40 = 8:24/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I ran my first marathon six years ago. Running with a pacer and pace group really helped me feel that I could finish it. Since then, my friends and I have paced each other on countless training runs and to new PRs. I’m a pacer because I like helping others reach big goals, and I enjoy contributing to this fantastic sport that has given much to me. 

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

Remember to relax and enjoy the experience. Trust your training, and have confidence in yourself. Most people never make it to the start line! Finally, take heart that the pacers are looking out for you. We want you to succeed!

What is your favorite type of running?

I like many types: easy three mile runs around Green Lake, challenging trails through Tiger Mountain, intervals on the track and a fast and flat half marathon race.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Chocolate milk and oranges!

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

The McKenzie River Trail Run 50K in central Oregon. It was through hiking and biking this trail years ago that I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

I have run five marathons. My favorite was the 2012 Portland Marathon where I set a 28 minute PR. Sometimes I still can’t believe that I ran a minute per mile faster than I did before. But you know what? Anyone can do it!

Desiree Jordaan

Pace Group – 3:55 = 8:58/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I am nothing if not consistent, especially when it comes to running. Six days a week and 45-50 miles per week year round. I love running, but what I love more is encouraging friends to join me who never believed they could. 

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

Stick with us and have some fun. Forget about your watch and the miles will fly by. 

What is your favorite type of running?

When traveling, I love to run at sunrise. I get a totally different perspective of a place that I would have missed as a regular tourist. 

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Sharing a good bottle of wine!

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

I live to run, but not necessarily to race.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

No marathons, but countless half marathons. I would say my favorites would be the Two Oceans in Cape Town and the Knysna Half Marathon, which were both in South Africa.

Julie Herbst

Pace Group – 3:55 = 8:58/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I’m looking forward to seeing the joy felt by those accomplishing their goals. There is nothing better than infectious happiness!

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

Relax, breathe, enjoy the experience and remember why you’re here.

What is your favorite type of running?

Getting lost in my head on a sunny morning tempo run.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Immediately following, chocolate milk and pretzels. Give me a little time, then French fries with plenty of ketchup and ice cold beer!

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

It has to be Boston.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

I have run three marathons. The California International Marathon was my favorite. It was a fast course and a Boston Qualifying time. You know it’s memorable when you look back and wonder how you did it.

Amy Peterson

Pace Group – 3:55 = 8:58/mile

Why are you running as a pacer?

It’s a great chance to support other runners.

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

Enjoy your race! You’ve trained long and hard for this, so be proud and give it all you’ve got.  

What is your favorite type of running?

I enjoy any type of running that pushes me a little bit further or faster than I thought I could go that day.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Burger, fries, a beer and a nap!

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

The Chuckanut 50K. It’s an iconic Northwest race and would be an incredible personal challenge to achieve.

How many marathons have you run?  What was your favorite?

I’ve run 3 marathons. My favorite was the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis/St. Paul. The course was beautiful, the spectators were supportive and it’s my hometown.

Beth Bollwerk

Pace Group – 3:55 = 8:58/mile

Why are you running as a pacer?

One of the things I love about running, especially running races, is that a lot of the challenge is pushing yourself against your own limitations. I always find I can do that better when I’m running with a team or a group of people. As a pacer, my goal is to create a friendly and supportive atmosphere for my pace group that people can draw on for support as they challenge their own limitations and accomplish something they have been working so long and hard for!

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

Relax, have fun and remember not to start out too fast. It’s much better to take it a little slow the first few miles and build than start out too fast and not have anything left in the tank for the last few miles before the finish line. You want to have something left for the end so you can finish strong!

What is your favorite type of running?

I really love track workouts. I think it’s because there is a real team mentality to it. You are pushing yourself, but you also have awesome people running all around you who are pushing you to run even harder. Plus, sometimes it is really fun to just sprint as fast as you can!  I also love long runs because of the sense of accomplishment I feel afterwards and the connections I make with those running with me!

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

I am on the chocolate milk train. I often have problems eating right after a race, so it’s a great way to get those calories in to start recovery.

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

I would love to run an ultra marathon one day. Pretty much any one would do. 

How many marathons have you run?  What was your favorite?

I have run one marathon (Chicago 2003) and eight half marathons in the past nine years. I am hoping to run another marathon in the next year. My favorite half was Eugene. It wasn’t a PR, but it was the first half marathon where I have been able to run negative splits!

Claire Fenton

Pace Group – 4:00 = 9:10/mile

Why are you running as a pacer?

I love helping people meet their goals! I’m a personal trainer and a running coach, so this is the type of thing I live for. 

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

Don’t go out too fast in the beginning of the race. If the pace seems slow in the beginning, it won’t feel that way in the end. Also, find someone to chat with; it could be me! Having someone to help you through the tougher times later in the race is really helpful. Plus, it makes the time go quicker!

What is your favorite type of running?

I like track workouts (speed, speed, speed!), and I like half marathons. I also like going on a run without my watch with friends where I can relax and enjoy the run. Also, I love my Saturday long runs with my running group.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Going out to breakfast with friends. Or, if the race is later in the day, a post-race beer!

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

I did the Eugene Half Marathon this year. I was supposed to do the full, but I got injured and was unable to train. So, I’d like to do the full in Track City. There’s such fun energy at that race, and it was pretty flat. Hopefully I’ll be there next year!

How many marathons have you run?  What was your favorite?

I ran Chicaco two years ago, so I guess that was my favorite. I hit a wall around Mile 20, and it was pretty tough going from there on out. I’ll always remember that race, and I plan to run another marathon in the next year if my body will cooperate.

Snow Brook Peterson

Pace Group – 4:00 = 9:10/mile

Why are you running as a pacer?

I’m running as a pacer because I love the energy and atmosphere of a marathon, but there are only so many I can actually race. Also, I want to give back to the running community.

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

Having just broke four hours in a marathon myself, I would advise people in my pace group to avoid the temptation to go out too fast in the beginning! It is going to feel slow running a 9:10 pace at first, but stay with our pace group, and you’ll find you have something left for those last few miles.

What is your favorite type of running?

I like to run to explore, either in Seattle or when I visit friends in other places. I feel like I really get a feel for a new neighborhood when I’m touring it on a run!

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Vegan pancakes!

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

Apparently there is a marathon in Antarctica, which sounds pretty amazing.

How many marathons have you run?  What was your favorite?

Two full marathons and five or six half marathons. My favorite PR was the 2012 Bellingham Bay Half when I shaved off seven minutes from my previous best, finished under 1:50 for the first time and got to run a beautiful course on a perfect fall day.

Pete Bohne

Pace Group – 4:00 = 9:10/mile

Why are you running as a pacer?

I’ve paced a marathon and a half marathon in the past and really enjoyed it. I’ve followed pacers myself and know how encouraging it is just to have them in my sights as I push towards my goal, so it’ll be a real honor for me to give back and help other folks reach theirs.

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

Keep hydrated during the race! Do your carb-loading for several days beforehand and not just the night before. It’s most useful prior to that. Put on your best race day attitude. Enjoy being there! So many folks would love to be able to do what you’re about to do. Trust your pacers. Some of us have been running a very long time. There’s a decent chance that I ran my first marathon before you were born!

What is your favorite type of running?

Trails are great! Running with my friends in a group is great! And, “hills are your friend.”

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Donuts! Then bananas and a trip to the nearest breakfast cafe.

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

It’s one I’ve run already and will run again: the Jungfrau Marathon in Switzerland. Absolutely stunning scenery right in the Alps. You forget all about the altitude you’re gaining. My favorite marathon of all of them.

How many marathons have you run?  What was your favorite?

About 20 marathons and lots of half marathons. Fastest marathon was 3:13. Favorite PR was 3:24 because I was coming off of a serious knee injury which thankfully had finally healed up and got me my second Boston Qualifier and first NYC. Talk about feeling grateful and fortunate!

Cailyn Spurrell

Pace Group – 4:10 = 9:33/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I am so excited to be a pacer and to give back to the running community. Even though running is such an individual sport, having encouragement and support along the way really elevates the race day experience and makes it easier to achieve new goals and PRs. 

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

Relax! You’ve put in all the hard work to get here, so listen to your body, and let me worry about the pace. Double knot your shoe laces!

What is your favorite type of running?

I love getting out on the trails. There are so many beautiful places in Washington.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Coffee and a big brunch.

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

As a native Californian, the Big Sur Marathon is definitely high up on my list.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

I have run two full marathons and tons of half marathons. The Nike Women’s Marathon was my first, and it was such a beautiful and challenging course. The swag wasn’t bad either!

Jessica Gobler

Pace Group – 4:10 = 9:33/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I have completed a number of different runs in the past, and the experiences of those surrounding you are one of the best aspects. It will be quite amazing to be that inspiring voice and to cheer on those around me.

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

Trust your training.

What is your favorite type of running?

Running just makes me happy. Miles 6-13 are my favorites. You can just get in the zone, shuffle along and simply enjoy being outside.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

HAMBURGERS!

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

I am signed up for White River 50 this year, and after being pulled last year at mile 32 for not meeting the cut off times, I am looking for redemption.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

I’ve lost count.

Stefanie Carr

Pace Group – 4:10 = 9:33/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I am running as a pacer because it gives me a chance to run for someone else’s personal goal instead of my own. And to empower another runner to achieve their own personal goal. I have run several marathons, volunteered at the finish line, been a spectator, and I feel this is just another way to give back to the running community

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

Don’t go out too fast! Trust your training and have fun

What is your favorite type of running?

Marathon running!

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

A massage. Also, there’s nothing better than a big juicy burger and an ice cold beer with friends afterwards.

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

The original marathon in Greece. Why? Because it’s in Greece! :)

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

I have run six marathons in the last three years, and each one has been a PR and a favorite. I have learned something about myself, training and just running in general with each marathon.

Sarah Sandquist

Pace Group – 4:25 = 10:07/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I’m so excited to be a pacer! I have really benefited from following pacers in races I’ve done, and I look forward to being on the other side. As the second half pacer for the full marathon, I’m looking forward to coming into the race with fresh legs and lots of motivation to keep everyone strong through the finish!

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

Let’s have fun out there!

What is your favorite type of running?

I love a long run surrounded by all of my running buddies. It makes the time fly!

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 two 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. My favorite PR was last year at this race! I finally broke 2 hours in the half!

Chris Hatfield

Pace Group – 4:25 = 10:07/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I was once a large guy, and running marathons has been a huge piece of me losing 90 pounds. I want to help others achieve similar goals, and pacing a marathon is a great way to do that. The feel of reaching your goal at the end of a marathon is amazing.

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

Relax and have fun. Trust the work you have done to get to the starting line and trust your pacer to get to the finish on time. We will run a smart race and try to keep the splits as even as possible.

What is your favorite type of running?

My favorite type of running is road races. I love the half and full marathon distances. I think the accomplishment of completing a full marathon is something you can’t understand until the first time you pass the mile 26 marker and realize that you are going to finish.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Cold water and fresh fruit are great right after you finish, but nothing is better than that first beer in the beer garden.

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

I would love to qualify for Boston and run that race in the next two years. I have been working on increasing my speed for many months, and I think I can trim down my time enough to qualify.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

I have done three full marathons and eleven half marathons over the last two and a half years. My favorite was the Eugene marathon.

Rachel Freeman

Pace Group – 4:40 = 10:41/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I’m always inspired by other runners. I can’t wait to help others reach their goals and to be a part of that!

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

Remember to smile – this is a fun event! And you want to have great race photos.

What is your favorite type of running?

I love hitting the road or trails with friends. It doesn’t matter where. They always push me to go further or faster.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Brunch. Races are best with a group and even better if the group gets some good food afterwards.

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

I’d love to run the Midnight Sun Marathon in Norway. You start at 10:00 pm and run through the night when it’s still light at night. This year it’s taking place the same day as Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle. Runners in Norway will be starting their journey while we’re finishing ours!

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

I just ran the Paris Marathon in April, and I’m still talking the ear off of anyone that will listen to me.

Sonja Halverson

Pace Group – 4:40 = 10:41/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I love helping people reach their goals and discover their potential. I also find it inspiring to see so many different types of people tackling a marathon. I want to be there to help them reach their goal and hopefully get them a PR! 

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

Relax and enjoy the experience. Everyone has on days and off days in running, but if you focus on enjoying the sights and sounds, you’ll have a great experience no matter what. 

What is your favorite type of running?

Hitting the pavement on summer mornings. There is nothing better than running the streets alone at 5:30 in the morning when the birds are chirping and the sun is coming up. 

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

It’s a toss-up between nachos and a spicy Bloody Mary loaded with veggies or oatmeal and a nap.  

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

The Boston Marathon. I cheered on the runners for years when I lived in Boston and always wanted to participate. Based on my current pace, I may need to wait until I am in the 50 year old age group until I can qualify, but I will make it happen someday!

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

Half marathons are my favorite distance, but I had a great time running the Seattle Marathon. I ran with my best friend, and we supported each other through the whole race. It was such an amazing experience.

Lisa Barragan

Pace Group – 4:40 = 10:41/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I have been able to reach my goals because of some great pacers. I want to do the thinking for you.

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

You have trained so hard, and you need to trust your training. This is your party. You have fun, and I will get you to the finish line.

What is your favorite type of running?

Relays are fun. They make you really goofy, but they are a blast.

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

A cheeseburger with an ice cold beer.

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

There are so many. I would love to run a full abroad.

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

I have run seven fulls and loved them all for different reasons. My favorite was Rock ‘n’ Roll Phoenix because it was 98 degrees when I finished. While I was a minute shy from a PR, that race taught me I could literally do anything. And they gave out Popsicles at the end. You can’t beat that!

Nathanie Lee

Pace Group – 4:40 = 10:41/mile

Why are you running as a pacer? What do you like about it?

I am running as a pacer because, first of all, I love running and reap many benefits from it. I can only hope that I can share that passion with others and encourage them to achieve their goals! I have paced two marathons and two half marathons, and there is something really rewarding about running for others and experiencing the mental and physical joys and challenges of completing a long distance race.

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

My goal is to maintain fairly consistent splits while being mindful of changes in elevation and aid stations. So, my advice is to trust your training and to enjoy the experience of letting the pacer do the work!

What is your favorite type of running?

My favorite type of running really varies! I guess I would have to say that I love runs where I can just enjoy the people and scenery around me and not think about training!

What’s your favorite post-race treat?

Soup and a banana. It takes me an hour or so to want the good stuff like French toast and eggs!

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

My dream is to run Boston one day! I may have to wait a few years to qualify though!

How many marathons have you run? What was your favorite PR?

I have run 15 full marathons and am not sure of how many half-marathons. My PR is 4:01. 

 

Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Race Day

Half Marathon Start Time: TBA
Marathon Start Time: TBA
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