2015 Dexter-Ann Arbor Half Marathon Pacing Team (May 31)

The Your Pace or Mine (YPOM) Running Club is honored to be the official pace team for this year's Dexter-Ann Arbor Half Marathon. If you are trying to hit a goal of between 1:35 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. We will also be at the Expo the day before the race if you want to talk to us ahead of time.



WHAT PACE TIMES WILL BE OFFERED? Pace Leaders will be leading these finish times:  1:35 (7:15/mile), 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 close to 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!

1:35 Pace Team (7:15/mile)

I moved out to Michigan for college and found many family and friends here including the Your Pace or Mine Running Club. 30 years later I still enjoy the beauty of Michigan with all its seasons.

This race is going to be a blast! If you're thinking about a PR or just a fun group to run with, you found the right place!

Jim Micklas

Shane Angove

I ran track & cross country in high school most seasons. Then I basically gave up running for mountain biking over the next 20 years except for a 2 mile run here and there.

I got back into running two winters ago and have run 10-15 half marathons, 3 fulls (the last one finally qualified me for Boston 2016), and a 50k mountain ultra. I am very consistent and have PR’ed every race I have been in since I started running again.

Looking forward to the hilly course and getting my crew to the end, on time, or a little ahead!?

1:40 Pace Team (7:38/mile)

I enjoy running outside year round, almost every day of the week, hot or cold, rain or snow. Running is an interesting sport that can be done alone, with your mate, a few friends, or thousands of strangers. I enjoy pacing because it’s a fine balance between racing and training.

In 2010, I started running to relieve stress and get outside. I finished that year with my first half marathon. Since then I've run dozens of half marathons, and 6 fulls - including the Boston Marathon last year.

Hope you don’t like a pancake course, the Dexter-Ann Arbor Half has a few hills to keep your mind and muscles interested during your 18,000 steps.

Michael Stolnicki

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

1:50 Pace Team  (8:23/mile)

Kara Coraci is an Oakland University Cross Country Alum! Although she has ran many marathons and half marathons, this is her first race pacing. 

When she is not running, you can find Kara taking local improv classes or hosting art shows. She is grateful for all of the constant support from her friends and family, especially her daughters, Jaclyn & Madelyn.

Kara Corachi

Mike Walker

I started running because I wanted to get into shape. I started in college with the help of my sister. Out of college I continued to level up in my running abilities (http://xkcd.com/189/, I'm a geek, I know) for a little while, getting really serious in 2006.

I ran my first race in 2009, with my sister (the first Annual Boston pre-Marathon 5K). Fell in love with racing after that. I have run several 5ks, 10ks, 1/2 marathons and 12 marathons to date. I ran D2A2 for the first time in 2010. The race was delayed due to a downed tree from a tornado. Good times.

2:00 Pace Team (9:09/mile)

I have been running since high school, but did not run my first half marathon until age 40! Since then, I have run many half marathons and have paced a few races. I qualified for the Boston marathon and will run it in 2016.

I look forward to pacing you for this fun race and finish right around 2 hours. I love Michigan races!

Meg Gleason

Jenkins Ebiware, Jr.

Hi! My name is Jenkins and I love bacon! That is all...


I've been a runner for about three years now. Got into the sport to impress a girl (imagine that!) After a very painful 10K I decided it was time to get in better shape, and as they say..the rest is history.

Two marathons and many half-marathons later, it's time for me to give back to the running community. So, I'll be running the 2:00 hour pace with my friend Meg (she's really fast) and we'll be here to support anyone who needs a fun & comfortable pace, or those who have a PR to achieve, or those who just want to have a conversation about the many different ways we can cook bacon!  :-)

2:10 Pace Team (9:55/mile)

I am honored and excited to be one of your 2:10 pacers. I think of myself as a recreational runner, but I take my running seriously. I am a mechanical engineer and I love running and weightlifting. Running taught me a way of life, made me a better person, introduced me to some awesome people and above all has given me the privilege to be part of such an amazing community.

I have run two full marathons and few half marathons. I ran the Dx-A2 in 2012 and loved the course. Ann Arbor is the most favorite town in world for me and I can’t wait to share 13.1 miles of journey along Huron River with all of you.

I am famous for running hungover (or drunk if 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. See you at the starting line.

Divesh Mittal

Jen Bruns

The first race I ever ran was a marathon and I haven't quit! I have run 17 marathons, one 50K and numerous other races of varying distances.

I love camping, canoeing, trail running and doing anything that involves being outside. 

 I love Ann Arbor, having spent 4 years there in college, and look forward to helping you get there from Dexter in 2 hours and 10 minutes. Should be a blast!

2:20 Pace Team (10:41/mile)

I had a dream, and thanks to my First Grade students, I ran my first marathon in 2006. I have been hooked on long distance since then. I love running with Team Kensington and World Vision. It’s an honor to run for great causes like child protection and clean water. By the way, my favorites have been New York, Seaside, Seattle and Beaver Island and Charlevoix. I think the Michigan races are always the best!

In 2014, I paced the Clarkston Back Roads Half Marathon along with the world famous Joe Terranova. He is the most awesome person I ever met and I tell everyone I meet about his greatness. Don’t tell anyone but I may get a tattoo of his face this year. He’s the best. Oh yeah, I’ll help you meet your race goal and stuff I guess. See you at the start line and please wear a skirt.

Coreen McCaul

Joe Terranova

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 9 marathons and over 30 Half Marathons, some serious, some for fun. I have paced 6 half marathons, including Brooksie Way, Let's Move. And most recently last year's Clarkston Back Roads with the phenomenal Coreen McCaul.

Coreen may be small (two of her makes one of me), but as you can see with those huge feet of hers she can really kick butt. And I have the bruise to prove it! (She doesn't like the short jokes.)

If you want to meet or break 2:20 and run with (unofficially) the greatest if not the most serious pace team out there, join Coreen and me on May 31st!

2:30 Pace Team  (11:27/mile)

Hello Group 2:45! My running biography starts in the 4th grade when I came in dead last running the mile for gym class. I’ve improved a bit since then, having run dozens of half marathons and seven full marathons.

I am one of those weird people who love running hills, and I’m no stranger to the ones that Ann Arbor has to offer. I’m confident that I’ll help lead you to a personal victory on May 31st.

When I’m not running, you can find me swimming, drinking Michigan craft beer, and making bow ties for my cat (though never all at the same time).

Laura Gudme

Jacob Piontkowski

Jacob Piontkowski is an elementary school teacher and resides in Rochester, MI. It doesn't matter what season it is, he enjoys all types of outdoor activities. That includes (but is not limited to) snowboarding, SUP, cycling, and running.

In the past Jacob has completed 5K's, 10K's, 1/2 marathons, mud races, and bike races. When asked about pacing he said, "I love pacing, like in races. Pacing back and forth in a room or down a hall reminds me of a scientist thinking of an equation or something like that."

2:45 Pace Team (12:35/mile)

I have a love/hate relationship with running. I hated running, then started to like it when I was training for my first marathon in 2012. After the marathon, I hated running. I love food and now all my friends are runners, so I have to run in order to hang out with them.

I enjoy pacing races because I like to talk a lot and most people won't listen to me. Pacing allows me to talk to my victims all 2 hours and 45 minutes. My jokes are really funny. Just ask me!

I like to wear sparkle skirts and costumes because running is a lot better when you look AWESOME! Please join me in looking awesome and hearing my jokes for 2 hours and 45 minutes of fun!

Amy Maust

Jim Liegghio

Hi Dexter-Ann Arbor Half Marathon Racers. My name is Jim Liegghio, I'm a Libra who likes long walks on the beach, and I really look forward to pulling you along to a 2:45 finish time in a race that I have always been itching to do. While I am not the fastest dude in the corral (I certainly don't blend in very well with the elites) I try to run very steady and consistently. Think of the tortoise and the hare…not that tortoises run much, or half marathons with a Garmin, but well…you get it.

As for other "stats", I've been running for about 20 years - the past 4-5 very consistently and more seriously. I enjoy all weather running, and all terrains, with moderate trails and country dirt roads being my #1 terrain of choice. My favorite race is the 10k, I live on the NE side of town and participate in a few local Rochester area running groups. DXA2 will be my 13th half marathon (my birthdate in October, and also my lucky number) so let's make it a great one!

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