ASICS Pace Team
The ASICS Pace Team is returning to the 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon
Festival Marathon with 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 4/17 to 4/18/14.
- 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 2013 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.
- Unfortunately, we will not have pace groups for the miniMarathon
- 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 Miranda (Baltimore, MD) - Completed 15 marathons with a PR of 2:44:54 set in 11/2010. He has paced the Baltimore Marathon for the last 3 years, and the Kentucky Derby Marathon in 2012. You can find him racing nearly any distance on the road from the 5K to the marathon and once in a while, on a bike.
- Jonathan Bolha (Youngstown Ohio) - Completed over 20 marathons along with over 5 ultras. His PR is 2:44 from Columbus in 2011. He enjoys landscaping for work and running high mileage in his free time. He is the Peace Race secretary and enjoys volunteering at races along with running them. He paced 5 marathons in 2012 as he likes helping others achieve their goals.
- Keith McBride (Ventura, CA) – Completed over 35 marathons and 6 Ironman’s and has been a pacer for over 15 marathons. Looking forward to pacing in beautiful Kentucky again. Works in the biomedical field as the Vice President of Global Marketing for Bioness Inc; Valencia , CA.
- Jaclyn Range (Baltimore, MD) – Though my first love is running, there’s no greater high than watching people defy their goals – something I get to do everyday working for Back on My Feet Baltimore, a nonprofit that uses running to build strength and confidence in the homeless and recovering populations. Former Division I College athlete & XC/Track & Field Coach. Has completed over ten marathons including Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco and Baltimore.
- Amy Voiland (Baltimore, MD) - Completed over a dozen marathons and paced multiple events last year.. She set a PR in the Baltimore marathon in 2012 and looks forward to helping others reach their personal best as a pacer. Works as a physical therapist at a hospital in Baltimore and loves biking and playing outside.
- Jaclyn Range (Baltimore, MD) - Though my first love is running, there’s no greater high than watching people defy their goals – something I get to do everyday working for Back on My Feet Baltimore, a nonprofit that uses running to build strength and confidence in the homeless and recovering populations. Former Division I College athlete & XC/Track & Field Coach. Has completed over ten marathons including Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco and Baltimore.
- Steve Lauria (Baltimore, MD) - Completed 24 road/trail marathons and ultras within the past 10 years. First paced at the Baltimore Marathon in 2010 and has since paced three other races. His pace has qualified him for the Boston Marathon multiple times. Looks forward to seeing other new runners achieve their goals.
- Jon Ober (Baltimore, MD) - Struggling with obesity his whole life, Jon made a goal for himself to finish a marathon. In turn, he lost over 100 pounds and completely turned his life around. Running saved his life and motivated his peers to live a healthier life as well. Now with 8 marathons under his belt and a PR of 3:22, he is more than excited to return to pace the Kentucky Derby Marathon for the second year and help people reach their goals.
- Josh Reiter (Baltimore, MD) - Completed 15 marathons. Known for his marathon rap video on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozGBQzQrys0. When not rapping about marathons, he enjoys being a member of the Baltimore Pacing Team at events in Louisville, Baltimore and Frederick, MD. Trivia Note: Was once beaten in a marathon by a fairy princess (but not by a lot.) President of ApplicationsOnline.com and adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.
- Emily Hansen (Charlotte, NC) - Emily has completed over 20 marathons since 2008, with a PR of 3:33. She coaches marathon training programs, middle school track and cross-country, and young runners through organizations like Girls on the Run and Let Me Run. When not running or coaching, she works as a researcher in the field of Organization Development and also part time at a local running store.
- Philip Rupp (Halethorpe, MD) - Completed 16 marathons and also an Ironman, 50k and JFK50 this past November. He is currently working on lowering his marathon time to under 3:05 to qualify for Boston. He is really excited for this race and is looking forward to helping people achieve their goals.
- Paul Marquis (Bristow, VA) – He has run more than 50 marathons, two 50-milers, an Ironman and numerous other races. 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 now works in the defense industry supporting Australia.
- U’tonna Sherrod (Severn, MD) – Former Division I Track & Field/XC athlete. She recently ran the 2012 Marine Corp Marathon in 3:31 and qualified for the Boston Marathon. In addition to running races of various lengths, she also competes in triathlons. She has paced numerous races throughout her running career and is looking forward to helping others achieve their running goals in the Kentucky Derby Marathon!
- Sara Damiano (Baltimore, MD) - Completed 8 marathons (PR: 3:36), including Kentucky Derby, Baltimore, Lehigh Valley, Richmond, and Sugarloaf. An experienced pacer, she looks forward to pacing the Kentucky Derby Marathon for a second consecutive year. A graduate student at Johns Hopkins University.
- Darlene Baltimore (Atlanta, GA) – A Lead Ambassador for Black Girls RUN! Atlanta and Grassroots Ambassador for Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. A member of the National Black Marathon Association, Half Fanatics, Marathon Maniacs, Atlanta Track Club, Road Runners Club of America and US Corporate Athletic Association representing the AT&T running team. Love to run and enjoy sharing my passion with others to help them get fit and live a healthier lifestyle.
- Joshua Greenberg (Baltimore, MD) – After taking a break from running, Josh began competing in short distances again in 2004. Completed his first marathon in 2009, he has run several marathons and ultras since. On the weekends, Josh can be found running with his local running group, the Baltimore Pacemakers.
- Margo Gregory (Atlanta, GA) - Completed 17 marathons with a recent PR at 3:52 and bound for the Boston Marathon. Has a desire to soon add ultra marathoner to my resume. Completed 2 Ironman 70.3 events for a different endurance experience. I’m an Implementation Consultant by day which supports my athletic life. Looking forward to a first run at the Kentucky Derby Marathon.
- Amy Meyer (St Robert, MO) – Completed 10 marathons and 2 ultra-marathons. Currently serving in the United States Army as a Drill Sergeant. She is also a Marathon Maniac, on a quest to run a marathon in each of the 50 states (so far has ran in seven out of 50 states). She loves to run but more importantly, loves to have fun while doing it and wants to help everyone achieve their running goals.
- Tonya Dunn (Faribault, MN) -This will be my 3rd year pacing KDM, what a treat! I have been a pacer since 2005, pacing around the country for fun and fulfillment. I have completed numerous marathons, a few ultras and one Ironman, training for Ironman Wisconsin in 2013. I can’t wait to see you on the course.
- Glenda Rodriguez (Odenton, MD) – Running for 10+ yrs, starting with half-marathons working her way up to ultra-marathons (marathon PR: 4:01). Member of the Howard County Striders since 2008 participating as both a coach and a board member. Paced 2010 Vermont City marathon (4:45), 2011 Baltimore Marathon (5:00), 2012 Kentucky Marathon (5:15). She had so much fun helping fellow runners reach their goals, I volunteered to do it again.
- Alan Tominack (Savage, MD) - Marathon Maniac #3490 and Life Member of the Howard County Striders. Completed marathons or ultra-marathons in twenty-five states, the District of Columbia, and the province of Ontario, Canada (Marathon PR is 4:08:44). He has learned that a good pace group can make any marathon, whether a first or a fiftieth, a great experience! Stick with our group, and you’ll get to where you’re going on time and with a big smile on your face.
- Dwight Mikulis (Ellicott City, MD) – A veteran Pacer. Completed 15 marathons and several ultras including JFK 50 Mile. Paced the 5:00 group in last year’s Kentucky Derby Marathon and came in within 1 second of goal. He is thrilled to be running again through Churchill Downs on the terrific ASICs Pace Team.
- Angelin Miller (Atlanta, GA) - She has completed over 24 races which include half marathons and marathons all over the country. During her runs you can catch her alter ego named “Nina”. It is in those moments BEAST MODE is in full effect! Currently, she is training a 12 week program for runners for the GA Publix Marathon. Running is her passion, it is a lifestyle she wishes to share its glorious moments with any runner. #RUNNERS UNITE!
- Judith Weber (Baltimore, MD) - An ultra runner and experienced pacer, completed 7 ultra runs and 6 marathons and many other distances throughout in 2012. Looking forward to pacing Kentucky again this year with the 5:15 hour group.
- Chris Harrell (Germantown, MD) - Completed 18 marathons with a PR of 4:26 at the Frederick Marathon in 2009. Ran as a pacer for the Baltimore Marathon in 2011 and really enjoy helping others reach their goal whether or not it’s their first marathon. We’ll have lots of fun as we take in the sights and the crowds. Profession: Site Assistance Visit Team Lead for NNSA at the Department of Energy.
- Rebecca Kay-Lewis (Minneapolis, MN) - Completed 15 marathons (PR 4:23), 2 ultra marathons, and paced various races for over 4 years. She is a mother of 3 little girls. Works as a middle school math teacher. Took up running when her father died unexpectedly ten years ago as part of the grieving process. Since her first marathon finish in 2002, running has become a part of what defines her as a person. Keep calm and run.
- George Elder (Hydes, MD) - Experienced pacer. Completed more than 20 marathons (or longer) including the Kentucky Derby Marathon, NYC, Marine Corps, Grandfather Mountain Marathon, and the JFK 50 miler. Works as an Investigator in the Baltimore County Department of Health.
- David Hopkins (Baltimore, MD) - Completed 54 marathons, 6 Ironmans, JFK 50 miler, and Chesapeake Bay Swim twice. Have been pacing for 6 years, and enjoy being a Spinning instructor in the off-times. Looking forward to having an excuse to act silly, will you please help me?
- Laura Beck (Westminster, MD) - Completed 30 marathons (give or take a few) and two Ironman triathlons along with many races of shorter distances. The more she races, the more she wants to help other runners reach their goal so pacing has become an important part of her race season. She promises to cover the miles together, at a consistent pace, and hopefully you will finish with a smile!
- Matt Wells (Washington, DC) - Completed 20 marathons with a PR of 3:49. I have also run a number of halfs, with a PR of 1:37. Recently, ran the Pittsburgh Marathon with team Livestrong in honor of my dad who is battling cancer. My time was 4:07. Pace two years at the Baltimore Marathon. Profession: Teacher