2014 Clarkston Back Roads Half Marathon Pacing Team

The Your Pace or Mine (YPOM) Running Club is honored to be the official pace team for this year's Clarkston State Bank Back Roads Half Marathon at Independence Oaks in Clarkston, MI. If you are trying to hit a goal of between 1:40 and 2:45 for this race, consider utilizing these experienced runners on this challenging course. Or run with them if you just want company. The pacers will run a consistent pace throughout the race, in a sense they will be a moving clock that you can use to gauge how you are doing. Pace teams can help keep you honest, help keep you from going out too fast at the start, and help distract you when the going gets tough.

Look for the pacers before the race, they will be easy to find. Each pace team will have a sign they will carry with their finish time on it. No special registration or signup needed, just join them for all or part of the race. They will offer encouragement, advice and answer questions during the race.



WHAT PACE TIMES WILL BE OFFERED? Pace Leaders will be leading these finish times: 1:40 (7:38/mile), 1:50 (8:23/mile), 2:00 (9:09/mile), 2:10 (9:55/mile), 2:20 (10:41/mile), 2:30 (11:27/mile), 2:45 (12:35/mile) 

WHAT PACE GROUP SHOULD I BE IN? Hard to say, you are the best to answer this question. If you find yourself in between two times, it is usually best to choose the slower time. If halfway through the race you are feeling good, then speed up. Most people pick the more aggressive time and then fade badly in the second half. The biggest danger is starting out too fast or overestimating your ability. If you have no idea as to what pace you should run because you've never run this distance in a race before, find the pacers beforehand and ask their advice. Based on shorter races you've run or your training speed they can probably give you a good target pace. 


HOW WILL THE PACERS BE RUNNING THE RACE? Every pace leader will be holding a steady pace throughout the course. Think of them as a moving clock. Each mile should be at the same pace. 

WHERE WILL MY PACE LEADER BE ON RACE MORNING? You will see the Your Pace or Mine tent near the starting area before the race. The pacers will be there and within 15 minutes of the start of the race they will assemble in the starting area. The pacers will have signs with their finish time on them, so find the time you want and start near them. 

WHAT IF I AM USING THE GALLOWAY (RUN/WALK) METHOD? You can still use the pace groups even if you’re using the run-walk method. The pace leaders will not use run-walk, but if your average pace remains constant you will simply pass them when you run and get passed when you walk. 

IF I JOIN A PACE GROUP DO I HAVE TO STAY WITH THEM FOR THE WHOLE RACE? Nope. Runners often tire later in the race and fall behind, especially when they are shooting for an ambitious time. If you have to fall back, then do so. Conversely, if you are feeling good later in the race and want to go ahead, do so! The biggest mistake people make is starting too fast, so be careful those first few miles.

I'D LOVE TO SEE WHAT THESE FABULOUS PACERS LOOK LIKE AND HEAR A LITTLE ABOUT THEM. Wow, what a coincidence. You can see and read about them below!

1:40 Pace Team (7:38/mile)

I started distance running in 2010 when a coworker finally harassed me enough to sign up for my first half marathon 4 weeks before the race. After that turned out so badly I just had to do it again. I finished two more half marathons and the Crim that year and added a marathon to the list of goals for 2011. Since 1 marathon wasn't enough, I ran 7 of them in 15 months to get my fill. It worked. I haven't run one since 2012.

I started running with YPOM in January 2011 for motivation over the winter and it turned out to be the best running decision I’ve made. The combination of friendship and motivation has made running more fun than I would have believed, and the races run with a group of friends and supporters are the best. That is one of the advantages of the pace group. It's just like a group run with friends; talk the whole way and you're done before you know it. If 1:40 sounds like your time come run with us.

Tim Gregorio

Thierry Boulic

I ran my first marathon in Paris in 2001 because of a bet with friends. It was a bad idea. The bet, not the running because I pretty much kept training and racing since that day. And what's best for training than the YPOM group?

I really look forward pacing the Clarkston Back Roads half with Tim and help you achieve your goal and enjoy the race.

1:50 Pace Team  (8:23/mile)

I got into running a little over three years ago after I realized that watching TV and eating isn't the best way to go through life. Since my first miserable half mile jaunt down the street I was no where close to being hooked on running.

Now three years, 5 marathons and close to a dozen halfs later I am very grateful that I got off the couch. This will be my third time pacing a 1:50 group this year and ran the Clarkston Back Roads last year and loved the course. I hear the course this year is even better!

Matt Shipes

Casey Hogan

I started running in 2012, just after I quit smoking, with a goal to run the Detroit 5K. After I finished that, I was talked into running a marathon. 

While training for the Flying Pig Marathon in early 2013, I was hit by a Dodge Ram. Doctors said I would never run again. But, within a month after the accident, I started back to training and fought to work my way back to running. Doctors didn't allow me to race for the rest of the year, but I slowly added on the miles. 

 In 2014, I came back better then ever running a PR (1:38) at the CF Rocks Half Marathon. I was finally able to run my first full, in Lansing, and finished under 4 hours. And now, with that same determination, I’m ready to pace you through the Clarkston Back Roads Half.

2:00 Pace Team (9:09/mile)

I started running with YPOM 4 years ago. Although I had always been an athlete, I had not run more than a couple of miles on the treadmill before meeting the group. Before long I was registered for my first half marathon and then, with the encouragement of others in the group, on to my first duathlon, then Sprint Tri, and the rest is history. 

This past September, I completed my first full Ironman. It was so much fun and inspiring that I'm already registered for my second Ironman next year. I owe a big thanks to everyone in YPOM for making running fun and to encouraging me to keep challenging myself! 

This will be my first time running this event. Trail running is one of my favorite events because of the diverse terrain that you encounter. It forces me to block everything else out and lose myself in the run. I hope that everyone in our pace group enjoys it as much as I will!!

Michelle Alamo

Ash Sivaram

I have been running for 2.5 years now. The Detroit International Half in 2012 was the first athletic event of any kind that I had ever participated in. After finishing, I decided that I would like to get faster and break 2 hrs the next year. 

I shaved my head and started acting Kenyan. It worked somewhat, and in 2013 I got to a 1:48 at the Brooksie Way. 

This is my first time pacing and I am excited to help you reach your 2 hr goal !!

2:10 Pace Team (9:55/mile)

I am excited to be one of your 2:10 pacers for this half marathon. I am a Mechanical Engineer by profession. Running and weightlifting is something which relaxes me and is my yoga/meditation. 

I have been running for a little over two years and one thing I have realized is having a goal is very important. Its difficult to move forward without a goal. That being said, not achieving a goal shouldn’t be a setback, but rather a platform to become better and stronger. 

 Half marathon is my favorite distance to run. This will be my fourth time pacing a half marathon. I love being able to motivate and help runners achieve their goals. We will try to run maybe slightly faster pace to accommodate certain elevation changes. I can assure you a sub 2:10 finish and a lot of fun during this journey. So lets run together and beat that 2:10 time goal.

Divesh Mittal

Matt Kiracofe

I have been running for a little over 3 years now. Running for me started out as method to get into shape, and now I look back in amazement with where a little hard work can get you. In that time I have gone through many running milestones from running my first mile, 5K, half marathon, and marathon within the first year. I guess what I am trying to say is that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

By the start of the Clarkston Back Roads half marathon I will have completed 11 marathons (3 in the last month and a half) in my quest for 50 in 50 states, and 14 half marathons. This will also be my third opportunity to pace a half marathon. Running has changed my life, and I love any opportunity that allows to me to give back to the running community. 

So come November 9th and join me for a wild 13.1 mile journey with the 2:10 pace group.

2:20 Pace Team (10:41/mile)

Hello Team 2:20! My name is Laura and if there’s anything I love more than running a half marathon, it’s running a hilly half marathon! 

I had the pleasure of running the inaugural Clarkston Back Roads Half last year, in addition to many more half and full marathons throughout the years. 

Outside of running, I’m a huge animal lover and also dabble in sprint distance triathlons.

Laura Gudme

Julie Slade

My running career began in 2012 when I took on my first half marathon. Since then, I have completed several halfs and a couple of full marathons.

I have paced the last two Brooksie Way races and look forward to taking on the trails of Clarkston. Laura and I look forward to helping you reach your pace goal!

2:30 Pace Team  (11:27/mile)

Joe and I are excited to be your pacers....so excited that we are wearing our favorite skirts! I am only 4'11 1/2"...really!

I ran my first marathon in 2005 with my daughter's 4th Grade teacher. I love running for great causes....like clean water! I love my Kensington and Team World Vision running families.

My favorite races are New York, Seaside, Seattle and Beaver Island! The Michigan races are always the best!

Looking forward to a great race on Sunday! Look for the skirts! My name is Coreen and I can't wait to meet you!!

Coreen McCaul

Joe Terranova

Hello runners, I am honored to be one of your 2:30 pacers. Since my first marathon in 2001 (which was almost a huge failure) I have steadily learned how to appreciate and enjoy the sport. I am also 4' 11 1/2" - unless you include the part of my body above my waist.

I have completed a total of 8 marathons and over 30 Half Marathons, some serious, some for fun. I have paced the last 3 Brooksie Way Half Marathons, the Let's Move Half, and several shorter races. I am excited to pace this challenging trail race. 

Hey, I obviously know what I’m doing, check out all my medals. You don’t think they just give those to anyone who completes the race, do you? Well, actually they do, but trust me anyway! 

 If you want to break 2:30 and have an enjoyable race then join Coreen and me on the 9th!

2:45 Pace Team (12:35/mile)

As one of YPOM’s pacers, I promise to keep you on target for a fine trail finish of 2:20. I will do this with the help of my trusty running bud, Sue. 

Interestingly, running this race in 2:45 will, by my calculations, get us across the finish line right about the time someone starts pouring the frothy ‘recovery’ beverages.

I’m no stranger to pacing half marathons, but I will spare you my resume. We will have plenty of time to discuss things like that, 2 hours and 45 minutes, to be exact. I run marathons for fun, ride bikes for transportation, climb rocks for kicks, swim to calm my nerves, and I eat a lot. No, really. A Lot. Like, more than a woman my size should. Or anyone, probably.

Roxanne Ropponen

Sue Siragusa

Hellllo Clarkston. My name is Sue Siragusa and it is a pleasure to be one of your 2:45 pacers! There is nothing I look forward to more than seeing you all cross the finish line (hopefully ahead of us).

A little about me. Running became a passion after my first 5K in 2006. Since then I have run many races of all distances. I am a member of the YPOM 50 state marathon club having run 47 marathons in 43 states. As a member of Team Refuel I spent a year representing Chocolate Milk and even landed a cool article in Blue Cross Magazine but running is my true love. 

As a group leader for the Brooksie way and pacer for multiple races, I've gotten to share that love. Roxanne and I look forward to sharing 13.1 miles of smiles with you. Look for me race morning, I'll be wearing a tiara because my daughter assured me that nothing bad happens to you when you're wearing a tiara! See you at the Start Line.

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