FULL MARATHON PACERS

3:30 – Mike Peragine

Where are you from?
Port Saint Lucie, FL

Current P.R.
Marathon – 02:57
100 Miler – 18:47

Number of marathons?
13 Marathons
5 100 Milers

Favorite marathon:
Boston Marathon

Personal goals:
Completing the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon

Why do you run?
It has helped me become the best version of myself possible.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
I know how hard it is to accomplish goals, I love the opportunity to help others achieve theirs.

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Hard work can still be fun, enjoy the moment you worked for.

Share one quotation that you like.
You haven’t tested your limits until you try something you can’t do.”

Hans de Groot  3:45

Where are you from?
Northern Virginia

Current P.R.
2:57:04

Number of marathons?
11

Favorite marathon:
Athens, Greece

Hobbies:
Running

Personal goals:
To still be running 40 years from now.

Why do you run?
Because it is hard, most people think it’s crazy, and no one can take away the achievement.

Describe your best running memory.
Running the Sarasota Half in March of 2014 was absolutely euphoric. The temperature was low 60s, light wind, clear early morning sky. My wife and were still in line at the Port-O-Potties when the race started. We weren’t going to start the race without peeing first so we waited until we were done. I started way in the back and spent the first mile or so racing by the pack on the outside of the lane. When we got to the start of the bridge at about mile 1.5 the crowd thinned out enough to fall into the lane of traffic designated as the course. For the next hour I steadily reeled in the runners in front of me. At mile 9 or 10 there was an aid station and a guy handing out gummy chews; I heard him say after I’d swooped in, “That guy didn’t even look like he needed it!” That drove me to run harder. Another mile or so later, I caught the 1:30 pace group.  I checked my time and the pacer said, “Don’t worry, we’ll see you again.” I smiled and kept driving hard. The course winds through a beautiful neighborhood with lots of very nice houses on quiet streets. The morning was stunning, beautiful clear blue sky, sun streaming down through the branches of live oak trees. It was serene and I was running the best race I’d ever run.  At around mile 11 the course turned back onto the main road doubled back on itself to the finish line.  The rest of the pack was coming in the opposite direction and they had 3 or 4 more miles to go.  My legs and lungs were in total synchronization and I just kept churning.  There was no longer anyone in front of me that I could see, so I just kept pushing that pace across the finish line.  I ended up finishing 10th overall and it was a PR at the time. I felt great! I couldn’t believe it! It was one of the few races where everything fell into place for me. I can still remember every turn through that neighborhood and how I felt that day- I relive that memory often.

Why do you pace?
Sometimes it’s easier to accomplish your goals if you see someone else doing it too.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
They should only run in my group if they want to finish in 3hrs 45 minutes. Everyone runs for their own reasons.  If their goal is to finish in 3hrs 45 minutes, I can help them get there.

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Don’t run for anyone except for yourself. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing or why they run. Run your own race. Set a goal for yourself and after you’ve achieved it, set a higher goal.

Share one quotation that you like.
Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself- expanding and learning as you go- you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip. – Dean Karnazes

Jessica Wilks  4:00

Where are you from?
Originally from Plymouth, Mass., but have been in S. Florida since I was 4

Current P.R.
3:26

Number of marathons:
8

Favorite marathon:
Boston, duh

Personal goals:
Become an American Ninja Warrior before having our 3rd child

Why do you run?
I love running.  Even bad runs are good runs.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
If your goal is a 4 hr marathon, this is your group; if your goal is a sub-4 hr marathon, this is your group until mile 25. Then run faster!

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Just keep running!

Share one quotation that you like.
If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.

Addie Green  4:15

Where are you from?
Colombian born but New York and Miami raised

Current P.R.
Marathon: 3:22:03
Half Marathon: 1:35:28
50k: 4:54:00
50 miler: 8:23:27
100 miler: 21:19:28

Number of marathons?
11 marathons
20 or so Half Marathons
5 ultras

Favorite marathon
The Boston Marathon

Personal goals:
Be Fearless!!!! 

Why do you run?
Running gives back exactly what you put in to it.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
If you should struggle, I promise I will get your through it.

“And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Just relax! I will do the worrying for you!

Share one quotation that you like.
“The body is given out on loan – don’t waste it and expect to use it tomorrow.” Shapiro

Kim Gates  4:30

Where are you from?
I’m originally from NJ but have lived in FL for over 15 years, so this is now “home.”

Current P.R.
Half marathon – 1:39:19
Marathon – 3:35:49
50k – 5:17:50
50M – 9:10
100k – 13:19:46

Number of marathons?
9 ultra marathons, 7 full marathons, and 4 half marathons

Favorite marathon
Southernmost Marathon in Key West; it was my first race & will always be special.

Personal goals:
I’d like to continue running, staying healthy, and enjoying races in new locations.

Why do you run?
It’s fun and is a great way to meet amazing, friendly, and happy people.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
To hear my memorable (and not in a good way) singing, to be cheered on, and to be motivated to keep going when every molecule in your body is saying to stop or slow down.

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Enjoy the race!  Look around at the scenery, talk (if you can) to your fellow runners, and feel free to tell me to stop singing!

Share one quotation that you like.
“Forget the glass slippers, this princess wears running shoes.”

Janet Napolitano  4:45

Where are you from?
Brooklyn, NY

Current P.R.
4:00:09

Number of marathons:
29

Favorite marathon:
New York

Personal goals:
Sub 4 hr marathon, re-qualify for Boston

Why do you run?
It clears my head. I feel much better after a run

Why should someone run in your pace group?
We are the most fun EVER

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Hydrate, be prepared to tell a joke, and don’t try any new foods the night before.

Share one quotation that you like.
If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.

Kashka Tarka 4:45

Where are you from?
Poland

Current P.R.
3:52

Number of marathons:
5 (two of them as part of Iron Man 140.6)

Favorite marathon:
Space Coast Marathon

Hobbies:
Swim, Bike, Run

Personal goals:
To qualify for Boston

Why do you run?
I enjoy the simplicity of it. Put your shoes on and run.

Describe your best running memory.
Approaching the finish line at just about any running race.

Why do you pace?
It’s a great feeling to be able to help others to achieve their goal.

Tell us about your best pacing experience.
I paced my best friend at the half marathon in Sarasota to help her break the 2 hour mark. To see the tears in her eyes as we crossed the finish line at about 2:59 and change – made it the best experience for both of us. I will always cherish that memory.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
It will be awesome. We will make sure we will make it fun and the time will go by fast. Of course, being part of Tutus, we welcome skirts and costumes and cute outfits.

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Make sure you keep up with your training. It is very important that you do your weekly runs and your long runs. No excuses. Coming prepared to the race is what makes it enjoyable.

Share one quotation that you like.
Log off. Shut down. Go run.

David Barnes  5:00

Where are you from?
Salinas, California

Current Marathon
P.R. 4:07.52

Number of marathons?
3 official marathons of 26.2 but over 40 marathon distance runs all the way up to 100 miles.

Favorite marathon?
Gasparilla 2010 (my first, PR, and their last)

Personal goals:
Have fun, eat tasty foods, and run in cool places.

Why do you run?
It’s fun and I love to eat.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
We will have fun!

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Listen to your body when you need to rest and try not to skip your long runs!

Share one quotation that you like.
“I only live once, and I want to see what it’s like to go to these dark places, where we’re not intended to be.” -Karl Hoagland @ultrarunningmag

James Snell  5:15

Where are you from?
Dallas, Texas

Current P.R.
4:08

Number of marathons? 
64 (should be 66 by March)

Favorite marathon
The Madison Marathon near Ennis, Montana

Personal goals:
Qualify for the 2019 Boston Marathon (age group change, time goes up to 3:55);
100 marathons by Summer 2020

Why do you run?
To feel what we are capable of.  To get away from the stresses of daily life.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
I will have a plan that will maximize chance of success.
I will be positive and tell good marathon stories!

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
5:15 is a 12:00 pace.  If you have not PR’ed below this pace, expect to be on average a minute slower on the back half than the front half.  Ideally, we average 11:30 on the first half to accommodate a 12:30 on the back and still make the goal.  Further, walking through the water stops is helpful, so run pace should be 11:15 from the start and retained as long as we can.  Train for a relaxed 11:15 pace; run sub-10:30s as much as possible – even if just short runs of 3-5 miles.

Share one quotation that you like.
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free

Heather Jordan  5:30

Where are you from?
Rochester Hills, MI

Current PR
4:04

Number of marathons
6 (2 were part of Ironman)

Favorite marathon
Celebration

Personal goals
Qualify for Boston, eventually…I have some work to do.

Why do you run?
For my sanity and the safety and the safety of those who have to deal with me.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
So I don’t have to run alone!

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Have fun and enjoy the experience.

Share one quotation that you like.
The voice inside your head that says you can’t do this is a liar.

John Thomas  6:00

Where are you from?
Clearwater, Florida

Current P.R.
I don’t have any P.R.s for marathons. My fastest 50k was 6:07.

Number of marathons?
I haven’t run any marathons but I have run two ultra-marathons.

Favorite marathon
My favorite ultra-marathon was Gate2Gate in Gainesville. I guess this will be my favorite marathon because it is my first!

Personal goals:
I am training to complete my first 50 mile race in April.

Why do you run?
I run because I enjoy both the physical challenge and the mental challenge.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
You should run in my group if they want to have a fun time running at a comfortable pace.

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Make sure to stay hydrated and be sure to take time to enjoy the race!

Share one quotation that you like.
“You must expect great things from yourself before you can do them.”

HALF MARATHON PACERS

Ashley Clifford  1:30

Where are you from?
I am from Orlando, Florida!

Current P.R.
My current PR in a marathon is sub 3 hours and in a 13.1 a 1:20.

Number of marathons?
I have done many marathons around 25 plus, mostly in the United States, but some out of the country.

Favorite marathon
My favorite marathon is Miami Marathon.

Personal goals:
I want to pace runners to achieve their goals and help them believe in themselves.

Why do you run?
I run because I am a natural at it and have fun doing it.  I like to test my limits and running makes me feel complete and alive.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
It is a fast time and a great way to break a 1:30 half marathon!

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
I think that the runners should have experience and not to go out too fast!  I encourage them to believe in themselves, stay loose, wear the right shoes, comfortable outfit, and run with me.

Share one quotation that you like.
Live in the moment and be in the present. Race your own race!

Alexander (Alex) Watson 1:45

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada.  I currently live in northern Michigan.

Current P.R.
My PR is a 3:11:51 Marathon, which I ran in Grand Rapids, Michigan in October, 2015.

Number of marathons?
I have run over 20 Marathons (including 5 Ultra-Marathons).  The longest Ultra I’ve run is a 100K.

Favorite marathon.
My favorite trail Marathon is the Grand Island Trail Marathon.  Grand Island is where I ran my first 1/2 Marathon and my first Marathon.  It is a beautiful course – very serene with vistas of Lake Superior.  My favorite road Marathon is Boston.  I’ve run it 3 times, am registered to run it again in 2017, and have qualified to run it in 2018.  Boston is a rush like no other.  That said, for reasons I have yet to figure out, I find it my most difficult road race.  My favorite race of all, though, was an Ultra:  the Monument Valley 50 Mile.  Never have I run in more striking surroundings.

Personal goals:
In running, it’s to continue to enjoy “the journey.”  That’s what running has been for me.  I began with a local 5 Mile race in 2010.  Since then, I’ve traveled to places I’d otherwise never have discovered, reached the highest emotional highs of my life, met some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, learned mental and physical toughness I’d never imagined, and amassed memories and accomplishments I’ll treasure forever.  In broader life, my goals are to find greater peace, and to leave my kids as well-prepared for life as I can.

Why do you run?
I’ve asked myself that question hundreds of times, often during races.  Running gives me an emotional lift, especially racing.  That lift lingers for days after a race, sometimes weeks.  Some of it never goes away.  Running also gives me something echoed by Matthew Inman (of “The Oatmeal” fame) in his funny graphic book called “The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances.”  He writes:  ‘I run because I seek that clarity.  I run very fast because I desperately want to stand very still.  I run to seek a void.’  Those words struck me like a thunderclap.  Running eases an active mind like mine – at least temporarily so.  That’s a great gift.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
I’ve never paced before.  But I’ve been paced.  Both times, pacers helped me reach new P.R.’s. They also helped me press through the tougher moments of those races, through conversation they sparked within the group.  I would like to give that same experience to others seeking to achieve their higher goals.

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Pick a pace that is a modest stretch, not a leap.  Faster race times are achieved race by race, not in a big leap.  Bring a happy disposition race day.  Running is about far more than just the numbers.  Sure, the numbers you achieve are your trophies.  But don’t settle for just numbers.  Collect great memories.  Have a blast.

Share one quotation that you like.
“Falling down is part of life.  Getting back up is living.” – Anonymous

Gene Zweben  2:00

Where are you from?
Originally, Ocean, NJ. Currently, Stuart, FL.

Current P.R.
Half Marathon PR 1:34:12
Marathon PR 3:51:00

Number of marathons?
5 Full
12 Half Marathons

Favorite marathon:
TC Marathon of course!

Hobbies:
Running, Triathlon, Boating, Scuba Diving

Personal goals:
To push myself to be my best and have fun while doing it.

Why do you run?
For my sanity.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
If you plan on running a two hour half, you will be running with me anyway.

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Body Glide is your friend. You will appreciate this in your post-race shower!

Share one quotation that you like.
It never gets easier. You just get stronger.

Keith Singleton  2:15

Where are you from?
Originally from Newark DE, currently residing in Gainesville, Fl

Current P.R.
1:56:44 half marathon, 5:14:09 full

Number of marathons?
2 full, 15 half

Favorite marathon:
Disney

Personal goals:
Under 1:45 half marathon

Why should someone run in your pace group?
I’ll keep you on track to finish at our goal pace and I’ll be there with an encouraging word when you need it

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Have fun, listen to your body, and keep running anyway

Share one quotation that you like.
Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going

Angela Singleton  2:30

Where are you from?
Gainesville, FL

Current P.R.
2:13 (half), 4:58 (full)

Number of marathons:
6

Favorite marathon:
Sarasota Music Half (half), Disney (full)

Hobbies:
Running, Tennis, Photography, Arts and Crafts, Music, Eating Healthy, Reversing Disease/Health Research

Personal goals:
Live life to the fullest with health and happiness

Why do you run?
Health, great company, and the joy of the race

Describe your best running memory.
Sprinting from photo stop to photo stop and riding roller coasters on the Disney Marathon.
Why do you pace?
To give back to others and encourage runners in meeting their goals.

Tell us about your best pacing experience.
The most memorable was pacing for the Shipyard Portland Half in Maine. It was a completely new location and experience. I met a lot of wonderful people whom I still keep up with on Facebook and have caught up with again at other races.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
If you like to be totally distracted with fun conversation and inspirational running stories with laughs all of the way, come join me. We’ll stop for aid stations, enjoy the cheer sections, tell jokes, etc. If you are new to running and have questions about nutrition, recovery, race strategy, or are curious about other races in Florida, I’ll happily answer all of them.

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Be ready to enjoy yourself and smile for photos.

Share one quotation that you like.
“A mother’s best survival kit includes a Bible, running shoes, and chocolate.” –Suzanne Farina

Michelle William 2:45

Where are you from?
I am originally from the Bronx, NY. I then lived in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and Port Saint Lucie is where I currently reside.

Current P.R.
2 hours and 11 minutes

Number of marathons?
2 marathons and several half marathons

Favorite marathon
Space Coast

Personal goals:
To keep myself healthy and fit by working out daily and living the 80/20 rule when it comes to eating healthy. To inspire others to live a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Why do you run?
I run to push and challenge my body. I also do it because it helps me clear my mind and destress. It is also a good time together with friends.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
I keep it fun, sing out loud, and leave no one behind!

Share one quotation that you like.
There are many so it is hard to choose one but this one is always great:

Challenge is inevitable. Defeat is Optional! Don’t. Give. Up.

Lauren Santiesban 3:00

Where are you from?
I’m from Union City, N.J. and currently living in Miami, FL.

Current P.R.
50 mile (2015 Croom Fools Trail) – 9:57:52

50k (2011 Croom Fools Trail) – 5:45:10

Marathon (2013 A1A Marathon Road) – 4:03:58

Half Marathon (2011 Miami Half Marathon Road) – 1:51:29

Number of marathons?
16

Favorite marathon
Ocala Marathon and NYC Marathon

Hobbies:
Running ultra-distances, trail running

Personal goals:
To run happy and healthy!

Why do you run?
Running in the outdoors and on trail brings me spiritual peace and joy.

Describe your best running memory.
Earning my 50 mile PR and finishing 3rd female at the Croom Fools Trail 50 miler in 2015.

Why do you pace?
I enjoy helping people achieve their goals and watching them succeed.

Tell us about your best pacing experience (if applicable).
I paced a friend in her last 20 miles of the 2014 Keys 50 mile. I felt blessed to have had the opportunity to assist her on her journey and be present when she PR’d the distance by over 2 hours.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
I am a very positive and encouraging person. I believe this comes through when I am running with others.

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Remember, this is what you have trained to do. Trust your training. Try not to allow the stress and pressure of achieving a time goal to dampen your experience. You have worked hard to get to the starting line. Enjoy it!

Share one quotation that you like.
“Look, I don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you’re not alive.” – Mel Brooks

Miguel Alonso Jr  3:00

Where are you from?
Miami, FL

Current P.R.
4:28

Number of marathons?
4

Favorite marathon
New York Marathon

Personal goals:
Lifelong Fitness

Why do you run?
For enjoyment and fitness.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
I will keep everyone motivated and excited to be part of the race, and more importantly, I will stay on pace and have everyone finish.

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Stay consistent and run within yourself so that you have enough in the tank to finish the race.

Share one quotation that you like.
“FAIL just means First Attempt In Learning”