ASICS Pace Team

The ASICS Pace Team is returning to the 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathonwith new energy and a group of runners who are experienced marathoners and pacers. Are you looking to complete your first marathon, trying to set a personal record, or qualify for Boston? We will help you achieve your goal and have fun doing it!

The ASICS Pace Team has seasoned pacers who believe in consistent pacing, are energetic and personable, and dedicated to making sure you have a great time on race day!

  • Participation is free to all participants who sign up at the expo booth on 4/13/15 to 4/24/15.
  • Complimentary Pace Bracelets will be available at the ASICS Pace Team booth. One bracelet per person. We will ask each pace participant to sign up for your pace group at the ASICS Pace Team booth.
  • The 2015 ASICS Pace Team has pace groups for the following marathon times: 3:10, 3:20, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:15, 5:30, and 5:45.
  • Check back for information on the miniMarathon Pacers.
  • The goal is that ASICS Pacers will be running “even splits,” which means that every mile will be run at approximately the same pace. Most of the pace groups will not be walking during the marathon. (Traditionally, the pace groups from 4:15 and slower will be walking during fluid stations and pace groups 5:00 to 5:45 may incorporate longer walk breaks during the marathon.)
  • To meet up with the ASICS Pace Team on marathon day, look for them at the start, holding up signs with the pace group finishing times printed on them, and wearing ASICS Pace Team singlets. Try to meet up with your group twenty minutes before the start.
  • Five or ten minutes before the start, your ASICS Pacer(s) will give their “start line instructions”. This will include any adjustments being made to the pace due to course conditions, as well as your ASICS Pacers’ method of meeting back up and keeping the group together at the fluid stations. This is another great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have!
  • Fluid station philosophy, regarding whether the ASICS Pacer will walk or run through it, is up to the Pacer(s). Each ASICS Pacer will let their team know their strategy for getting back together after a water stop. Traditionally, the pace groups from 4:15 and slower will be walking during fluid stations. Be sure to check with your ASICS Pacer at the expo booth or prior to the race if this is extremely important to you.
  • We want you to run your own race. If you feel great on race day, and you want to go ahead to catch the next group, we’ll cheer you on. If it’s just not your day, slow down and wait for the next pace group behind to catch you. And if you want to just fall in and match strides with your ASICS pacer, we sure will appreciate the company!  BEST OF LUCK and most importantly, ENJOY YOUR RACE!



*Dan LaPlante (Minnesota): Paced appoximately 30 half marathons and 20 marathons. All within 30 seconds of goal pace. Completed 65 marathons / Ultramarathons in running career.

Ben Drexler (Minnesota): Ben has been running marathons for 3 years with a PR of 2:58 at the Chicago Marathon in 2014. Ben has ran over 15 marathons. He is a pace leader for many of the Twin Cities half marathons and marathons. Ben will run even splits, but he picks up the pace on the downhills to balance going up.


*Keith McBride (California): Completed 16 paced marathons (>40 Total) and 7 Ironman’s. Looking forward to a Kentucky run with the best pace groups out there! Works in the medical device field and is the Executive Vice President of Product Development and Global Marketing for Bioness Inc., Valencia, California.

Jaclyn Range (Maryland): Jackie serves as Executive Director for Back on My Feet Baltimore, the local chapter of a national nonprofit that uses running to build strength and confidence within the homeless and recovering populations. Former D1 College athlete & XC/Track & Field Coach. Completed over 20 marathons.


*David Stevenson (Maryland): Have run 47 marathons including 4 Boston marathons, as well as several other races ranging from 5k to 50 miles. Marathon PR of 2:59:03. It’s great to be able do something I love and at the same time help others achieve their goals.

Andrew Thai (Kentucky): A lifetime Louisvillian, I started running in 2009 to lose weight and motivate my peers to live a healthier life. I have run 5 ultras and 9 marathons (including Kentucky Derby and Ironman Louisville) with a PR of 3:05. I enjoy helping others achieve their goals! 


*Jon Ober (Maryland): After discovering running, Jon lost over 100 pounds in less than a year while training for his first marathon. Although only running for a short time, he has completed 12 marathons and countless hours of training under his belt.This will be the 4th year Jon will be pacing.

Steve Lauria (Maryland): Steve has run thirty marathons and ultras throughout the U.S. within the past twelve years. He first paced at the Baltimore Marathon in 2010 and has since paced many other races including three Kentucky Derby Marathons. In 2013 his KDM pace group was within one second of the target.

John Sabatine (Arizona): John has completed 36 marathons in the last 6 years, including 11 as a pace leader. He is a member of the Marathon Maniacs and 50 sub 4 marathon club. His favorite quote comes from Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can do something, or think you you cannot do something, you are probably correct.”


*Amy Voiland (Maryland): Amy has been running with her dad since she was in the 4th grade and has run over 15 marathons and dabbled in triathlons for a few years. She has ben a pacer for the last few years and loves helping people reach their goals.

Don Sullivan (Minnesota): I have completed 45 marathons since my first once in 2008, pacing at many of those marathons. I have successfully paced pace groups from 3:00 to 3:40 and many half marathons usually at the 1:30 group.


*Joshua J. Reiter (Maryland): Joshua is a long time member of the Baltimore Pacers & enjoys helping others achieve their goals Best known for his YouTube Balt Marathon Rap Was once beaten in a race by a fairy princess. President of ApplicationsOnline & faculty member at Johns Hopkins

Seigo Masubuchi (Minnesota): I have been running marathon since 2001. I have done 49 marathons and more than 25 half marathons. Among them, I was a pacer either for races or personal friends at about 25 marathons and about 15 half marathons. My PR is at 2:58:21.


*Jaime Holmes (Maryland): Jaime is a lifelong runner who loves to see others achieve what they once thought impossible. She has completed 18 marathons since 2008 including Boston in three times. Jaime was born and raised in KY. and is a graduate of UK. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.

Philip Allen (Maryland): I have done more than a dozen marathons, two Ironmans, the JFK 50 and many other races. I love running and I love the vibe you get at races and the excitement at the start line. I got into pacing because I want to help people reach and surpass their goals.

Patrick Range (Maryland): As an old football player, I dreaded running anything longer than fifteen yards. I’ve traded in my spikes for more than a few pairs of running shoes. I am now proud to say I am a marathoner with a dozen in my back pocket. Here’s looking forward to a good cup of coffee at the end of 26.2. 


*Tonya Dunn (Minnesota): I am from The State of Hockey! I enjoy running as a stress-reliever and the social aspect of running. I have been a pacer since 2004. In my free time I enjoy gardening, reading, and playing with my awesome son, Emmett! If you choose to run with me the miles will fly by.

Paul Marquis (Virginia): He has run more than 45 marathons, two 50-milers, an Ironman, etc.. His PR is a 3:03, but he has found that he gets more enjoyment from helping others achieve their personal goals. A retired Naval Surface Warfare Officer, commanded an Aegis destroyer, and works now in the defense industry at the Washington Navy Yard.


*Joseph McGuinness (Arkansas): Loves running marathons and more importantly loves pacing marathons. I have ran all over the country and am really looking forward to the KDM with you all this year. Career: Physician Assistant 

Brian Wright (Missouri): Having run over 100 marathons, including one under 4 hours in every state, I still love the marathon experience. I find the must fulfilling races are when I get to pay it forward and help others, either through charity fundraising or through pacing others.


*Will Swingle (Minnesota): Has completed 13 marathons since taking up running in 2008. When he is not running he is teaching Kindergarten in MN. This is his second time pacing the Kentucky Derby Marathon and he looks forward to helping runners meet their goals and have a blast doing it!  

Ken Fattman (Missouri):   Ken started running for fitness and fun in college, completing his 1st marathon in 1980. He planned to run his 2nd in 1983 but med school took more time than he thought. 25 years later, he began making priorities instead of excuses and has now finished over 130 marathons, 20 as an official pacer.


*Laura Beck (Maryland): I love running and I am equally passionate about pacing. I have run more than 35 marathons, completed 4 Ironmans and have done a ton of other length races. I have been a pacer in more than 2 dozen races which are always my favorite runs of the year. The miles fly by when you run with us! 

Anne Lewis (Maryland): Completed 27 marathons. Has paced Kentucky Derby Marathon in 2011. Former TNT run coach. Enjoys running with people and encouraging them along the way! Took a break from running marathons for a few years but now happy to get back to marathoning and pacing!


*Dave Hopkins (Maryland): Completed 67 marathons, 9 Ironmans, JFK 50 miler, and Chesapeake Bay Swim twice. Has been pacing for 8 years, and is training for Ironman Copenhagen and Marathon du Mont Blanc. Most importantly, looking forward to pacing YOU, come join us and let’s have fun together!

Timothy Troxel (Indiana): Began running marathons in 2010 and now have more than 80 marathons completed. I enjoy helping people meet there running goals, if I can.


*Lydia Shell (Maryland): She is a RRCA Certified Distance Coach. In the last 5 years she has discovered her passion for distance running and wants to help others achieve their distance running goals. She has completed 14 marathons, 23 half marathons, 10 ten milers and many 5k’s and 10k’s along the way.

Gene Fritzel (Maryland): I am a retired Baltimore city child abuse detective, and am presently a Baltimore county deputy sheriff. I have completed over 200 marathons, and one in each state. I so enjoy pacing because of the people you meet and helping them reach their particular goal.