2015 Let's Move Half Marathon Pacing Team (April 25)

The Your Pace or Mine (YPOM) Running Club is honored to once again be the official pace team for the Let's Move 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.

--- COMMON PACER QUESTIONS ---

  

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. 

IS THERE A COST TO RUN WITH THE PACE TEAM? DO I NEED TO SIGN UP? No and no. 

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 several good looking individuals wandering near the starting area holding pacing signs. About 15 minutes before 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 position yourself accordingly.

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 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 two 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 and enjoy helping others to a successful race.

Tim Gregorio


 

1:40 Pace Team (7:38/mile)

Hi! I’m Eric and I have a running problem… My symptoms are: serious funk, constant sweating, always hungry, cravings for slightly diluted G2 or NUNN fizzy water and the hoard of running shoes. Ok, except for the cravings and shoe thing, the rest is not quite that bad.

I have been running for about 5 years now. I started out in 2010 and could barely do a 5k. By the end of that year I had run two half marathons and multiple 5k/10k’s. Since then I have run more than 5 strict marathons, multiple half marathons and 6 ultra-marathons.

 I like running trails and other ‘unimproved’ surfaces, but you can never beat a nice piece of asphalt for a PR! I hope that I can keep you engaged as we roll through the half marathon here at the Let’s Move Festival with the goal of 1:40. I promise that if I’m boring you I won’t feel offended if you sprint up to the next pacer, Tim. He is much more interesting than me ;) Hope to see you on those roads Saturday!

Eric Gramlich

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, 19 half marathons, and 6 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 led me to meet my fiancé, and so I want to help others reach their goals and give back to the running community.

This will be my second 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 1:40!

1:50 Pace Team  (8:23/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. 

Join me for the 19,800 steps it will take to make it from the start to the finish line.

Michael Stolnicki

Peggy McQueen

I started running about 7 years ago and quickly got hooked on racing! I enjoy the exhilaration of pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone.

I have completed dozens of half marathons and on the verge of my 5th full marathon (including 1 Boston so far).

I am new to pacing and am very excited for the opportunity to help others get to the finish line!

2:00 Pace Team (9:09/mile)

I started running steady in 2009. Since then, I decided to spend more time training for a specific goal or race, and have since completed a variety of 5K’s, 10K's, half and full marathons! It's not easy to find the time to get that running workout while juggling work and family, yet, many people pull this off every day.

Running has been a great way to keep me active and stress free. I have paced several 10K’s and half marathons in the last 3 years and I love the opportunity to help others accomplish their running goals. I look forward to being your pacer for the Let’s Move Half. Let’s have some fun too!!

Nora Bikos

Jen Bruns

I ran my first marathon on a dare and haven't quit since. I have run 17 marathons, as well as a bunch of half-marathons and trail races. I ran my first 50k last year.

In addition to running, I enjoy camping and canoeing. I am the mom of two kids--my 12 year old son ran cross county for the first time this past fall.

I look forward to pacing with Nora and helping runners hit 2:00!

2:10 Pace Team (9:55/mile)

If there is anything I like more than running and drinking beer (in opposite order) is actually running a race for others. Dear Fellow Runners, I am honored and excited to be your 2:10 pacer.

Running taught me a new way of life, made me a better person, has introduced me to some really awesome people and above all has given me privilege to be part of such an amazing community. Running is my meditation and yoga; it preserves my little bit remaining sanity, not that insanity is bad. Running takes me to the state of trance where I can cut myself 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 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. Either way we will have lot of fun on our journey of 13.1 miles in 2hr 10mins which will involve singing, dancing and of course running. See you at the start line and lets beat that PR.

Divesh Mittel

Julie Slade

Hello all you Let’s Move half marathoners! My running career began in 2012 when I took on my first half marathon. 

My love of food has motivated me to keep my running career going and I have enjoyed several half and full marathons since then.

Let’s Move will be my 5th time pacing. I’m looking forward to helping you achieve your 2:10 goal!

2:20 Pace Team (10:41/mile)

Hello group 2:20! I had so much fun pacing Let's Move last year that I had to come back for more. 

I am a half marathon veteran and I love pacing others. 

"Let's Move" together towards an awesome race!

Laura Gudme

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.

This will be my 3rd time pacing Let's Move, including last year, so I guarantee we will not get lost during the race!

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 Laura and me on April 25th!

2:30 Pace Team  (11:27/mile)

My name is Sue Siragusa and it is a pleasure to be one of your 2:30 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 51 marathons in 46 states. As a group leader for the Brooksie way and pacer for multiple races, I've gotten to share my love of running. 

Matt and I look forward to sharing 13.1 miles of smiles with you. See you at the Start Line.

Sue Siragusa

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 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 Let's Move half marathon I will have completed 13 marathons in my quest for 50 in 50 states, and 15 half marathons. This will also be my fourth 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 April 25th join me for a wild 13.1 mile journey with the 2:30 pace group.

2:45 Pace Team (12:35/mile)

Hello runners! I couldn't be more excited to be your "running clock." I can promise that if you stick with me you'll finish on time and with a smile on your face. You might even finish ahead of time if you hear any of my borderline funny jokes.

A little about me: I'm a 4th Grade teacher and resident of Rochester, MI. In the past, I have participated in running races, mud races, and bike races. I dig snowboarding/skiing, SUP, cycling, wakeboarding, and using oxford commas.

Let's Move and have some fun!

Jacob Piontkowski

Jim Liegghio

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’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).

 
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