2015 Clarkston Back Roads Half Marathon Pacing Team

The Your Pace or Mine (YPOM) Running Club is honored to once again be the official pace team for the 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. Or at least very close, we are human after all.

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 5 weeks before the race. After that turned out so badly I just had to do it again.

I finished 2 more halfs and the Crim that year and added a marathon to the list of goals for 2011. Since then I’ve run many half and full marathons so I can keep eating dessert. 

 I look forward to seeing you on race day and then eating some mac and cheese.

Tim Gregorio

Bruce Matthews

I love running and look forward to pacing those who want to run this half in 1:40 or better. Ran my first marathon at age 40 because I was bored and needed a challenge. Ran my second when I turned 50 because I run.

I continue to run because I like ice cream and beer. 

Tim and I will bring the pace, you bring the jokes, and enjoy this Half Marathon with us.

1:50 Pace Team  (8:23/mile)

Hi, my name is Christina and I am looking forward to pacing this race, with my husband as my pacing partner.

I started running in 2010 just for fun. My first race was the Crim in 2010. Since then I have become a more competitive runner. So far I have completed multiple half-marathons, 5- and 10-k races. I also ran my first full Marathon in 2011. Right know I am training for my second marathon which will be the Detroit Free Press Marathon.

Running is more than just a hobby for me, it is a passion and makes me who I am. I love to run with my husband, no matter if it is a race or just a training run. I am excited to meet you at the race, and to help you reach your goal of 1:50.

Christina and Jeff Wolgast

I started running back in 2009, because I wanted to run in my first Crim 10 mile race. Since then I have completed 4 full marathons, 21 half marathons, and 7 Crims, along with a host of other races of various distances. 

Running has been a big part of my life, and has helped me through some difficult times. It is a great stress reliever and a great way to stay in shape. Running has given me so much, and helped me to meet my wife (who is pacing the race with me), and so I want to help others reach their goals and give back to the running community.

This will be my fifth time pacing a race, and I am looking forward to many more. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the race, and helping you to achieve your goal of 1:50!

2:00 Pace Team (9:09/mile)

My name is Casey and I am very excited to be back again this year to pace this great race.

I started running a few years back. Back then i couldn't run more than a few feet. I have now done 4 marathons and countless half marathons, 10ks and 5ks.

I hope with my experience and my trusted Garmin my partner and I will help you hit your PR and we can all enjoy food and beer at the finish to celebrate.

Casey Hogan

John Cook

I've run races all the way from Napa Valley to Boston. From Niagara Falls to Miami. 

I enjoy helping others achieve their goals while learning to have fun doing it.

2:10 Pace Team (9:55/mile)

I am crazy for trail running. I spent much of this summer running trail races, from half-marathons to an ultra.

I look forward to pacing Clarkston with my buddy, Divesh. I have paced with him in the past and we are known to tell stories and bad jokes. You will be quite entertained as you aim for a 2:10 finish!

Jen Bruns

Divesh Mittal

If there is anything that I like more than running and drinking beer is actually pacing a race. This is my second consecutive year pacing Clarkston and overall 7th time pacing a half marathon.

Running has introduced me to some awesome people and has given me privilege to be part of such an amazing community. Running takes me to the state of trance where I can cut myself off from rest of the world. Do I sound like drug addict? You bet, I am addicted to those endorphins. 

I am famous for running hungover (or drunk if the night gets too long). So be ready for some stories about me running completely hungover. It will be interesting to see which version of me shows up for pacing, drunk or hungover or sober. My pacing duo Jen is an amazing runner and pacer. We will make sure that we will have lots of fun on our journey in 2 hours and 10 minutes through the back roads and woods which will involve singing, dancing and of course running. See you at the start line and lets beat that PR.

2:20 Pace Team (10:41/mile)

Hello runners, I am honored to be one of your 2:20 pacers. Since my disastrous first marathon in 2001 I have steadily learned how to appreciate and enjoy the sport. I have completed a total of 10 marathons, 1 Ultra, and over 35 Half Marathons, some serious, some for speed, some for fun.

I have paced 9 half marathons, in fact my identical twin Coreen and I paced last year's Clarkston Back Roads. So odds are we will not get you lost in the woods.  :)

Coreen and I make a fine team if I do say so myself. Well, somebody has to say it. If you want to finish in under 2:20 and run with (unofficially) the greatest if not the most serious pace team out there, join Coreen and me on November 8th. We'll get you to that finish line.

Joe Terranova

Coreen McCaul

My running BFF Joe and I are excited to be your pacers again this year! We had a blast on the hills last year, so we decided to get the band back together. We are convinced after Clarkston we should get matching tattoos.

In 2005, I ran my first marathon in Phoenix, AZ and now I am hooked. I love running for great causes like child protection and clean water. In just a few weeks, I will be running Chicago with Team World Vision. My favorite races are New York, Seaside, Seattle and Beaver Island. I think the Michigan races are always the best! 

Joe and I can't wait until race day so remember to look for us. We may sing a little on race day and can't wait to run with you.

2:30 Pace Team  (11:27/mile)

Hello 2:30 runners! Can you believe I’ve run the Clarkston Backroads Half Marathon every year?! Yes this is only the race’s third year, but still. Consider me a veteran. I just can’t say no to a race that offers beer and macaroni and cheese at the finish 

As of this race I’ll also be a veteran of nine full marathons, and way too many half marathons to count. I love pacing my fellow runners and hope you’ll join me and Matt on our 2:30 journey through the woods of Independence Oaks. To get me talking, just ask about my cat, or the 50-miler I impulsively registered for next year.

Laura Gudme

Matt Kiracofe

My name is Matt Kiracofe, and I will be pacing the 2 hours and 30 minute pace group. I have been running for a little over 4 years now. Running for me started out as method to get into shape, and now I look back in amazement at 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 17 marathons in my quest for 50 in 50 states, and 18 half marathons. This will also be my seventh 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 8th join us for a wild 13.1 mile journey with the 2:30 pace group.

2:45 Pace Team (12:35/mile)

Hey runners! I'm Kristin, one of your official 2:45 pacers. I am so excited to help motivate you to achieve your goal!

I started running in 2012 and have come a long ways since then. I signed up for my first half marathon in 2013, which was a disaster but I pushed myself and finished. Since then I have ran over twenty half-marathons, two full marathons and a 50k ultra.

I am a very bubbly person who loves to motivate others. I have a lot of crazy stories to keep you entertained while we get you to the finish line. Hope to see you on November 8th!!! You definitely can do this!!!!

Kristin Kalakay

Deb Silver

Hi there racers! I can't wait to pace you for the Clarkston Half Marathon. I have been running for almost 10 years in addition to participating in triathlons. I love the energy of racing but do it purely for fun and fitness. After years of running alone I realized the fun of running with others. I can't remember the last time I ran alone or without a stroller!

Last fall I paced a group for the Brooksie Way and loved every mile of it. Well how could I not when my run leader let me dress up as SpiderMan? The Clarkston course is a first for me so we will tackle the beauty of Clarkston trails together! 

 I am Mom to 4 kids so I will have plenty of funny stories to tell you. I promise I will motivate you and get you to that finish line.  I can also sing if you really want to beat your race goal time! Together with Kristin I will help you run to the mac and cheese in 2 hours 45 minutes. See you November 8th!

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