Pacers

GAZELLE Pacers, sponsored by Gazelle Sports, will be available for the  Half Marathon to pace at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 and 12:00 minutes per mile. If you’d like to run the Half Marathon with a pacer, look for them on race day in the start area near the pace per minute signs, wearing brightly colored GAZELLE Pacer shirts. Start with your Official Pacer and keep them in sight to throughout the race to hit your desired finish time.

Introducing our 2018 Half Marathon Pacers 

7:00 Pacers

Chris Gregory
I love running for the fitness, friendships, social, race atmosphere, competition, challenge, excitement, travel & achievement. It’s simply fun to be at races, especially with my girlfriend, Michelle & hang out with like-minded people!

I love pacing to help other runners reach their racing goals! Whether it’s a BQ, debut longer distance or PR, I enjoy running those miles with them. It’s always rewarding to be a leader, mentor & give motivation to other runners on course, as their “laying it on the line” to get to the finish!

 

Scott VanLoo
I started running on a dreadmill in 2008 to help drop the weight. Then in 2009 my sister in law challenged me to a 5K. Well fast forward to today and I’ve successfully finished around 38 marathons and 30 ultra marathons.

​Since 2009 I’ve accomplished my PRs in several distances but found that as father time tacks on years some goals are beginning to be more of a challenge. What I have found to help achieve the levels of adventures and personal bests is to surround yourself with others that are targeting the same goal. There is a reason why in the ultra world that many use crew/pacers for those final stages of the race. Sure the pacer is there to help keep a possible finishing target in check but they’re also there to help motivate, possibly distract and more importantly re-enforce the passion that we all have…to finish proud, to finish strong, to finish what you have started out.

I’m truly excited to share that ‘toe the line’ opportunity with you the morning of June 23rd. If you are feeling like you’ve hit the wall during the race, just ask me about my Burning River 100 mile race last year or my first marathon in 2010 at Chicago and how running with a temperature is interesting. Hopefully these stories will help you push through that wall so you’ll have an absolutely amazing race. As my good friend Ralph always says, gotta run. vanloorunning.com

 

 

7:30 Pacers

John Pauley
I discovered my love of running back in 2012. I needed to get in shape and began training for 5Ks. Since then, I’ve run 7 marathons and just had my first Boston Marathon qualifying time. Looking forward to running this awesome course and helping pace other runners to their half marathon goal.

 

Shawn Dennany
I started running again in 2012 to match a dare from my Camp Director to run the River Bank Run 10K. From finishing my first event and watching the big race finish I was instantly hooked to see how far and fast I can take this. From then to now I’ve run 8 Marathons and a big handful of other races. While speed is a big part of running to me, it’s also not the biggest part. The running community that you can connect with makes training for any event worth the effort. Plus, the sense of accomplishment and good beer at the end of a run.

8:00 Pacers

Mark Magyar
I love running because it allows me to accomplish things everyday that I never thought I could do, and I am excited to add pacing to that list as a first timer who is eager to help other runners meet their race goals!

Courtney Phillips

So I’m kind of cool and I really like running!

I started running seriously in 2013 after I had my first child as a way to devote time to just me. My friend convinced me to sign up for a 10K that year and ever since then I’ve been donating my paychecks to race entry fees.

I’m really excited to pace the 8 minute mile group! Running is a huge passion of mine and there is nothing better than the running community! It consists of the most encouraging and supportive people you will ever meet. I’ve made so many amazing friendships because of running.  I can honestly say there is nothing more satisfying than crushing your goals surrounded by great company.

This year I met my goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon and it wouldn’t have happened without the support from some fellow runners. I am super excited to pay it forward and pace other runners to help achieve their goals.

8:30 Pacers

Scott Charles
Why do I love running and pacing? I love to inspire and help other that aren’t, “built to run”, achieve their goals and push themselves further than they ever thought possible.

 

Matt Lane
I have run 6 marathons and many halfs in the past 6 years. I even stepped all the way down to a few 5ks last year just to see what I could do. Recently, I ran the Phoenix marathon which was a blast. Running has been a passion for 20 years and I love to help people achieve their goals and pacing is a great way to do that. Seeing people finish their first half or get a PR is incredibly rewarding. I’ve been with my wife and several friends as they finished their first half or full. There’s nothing like race day!

 

Kristy Beckholt
COMING SOON! 

9:00 Pacers

Emma Johnston
I ran my first half marathon the summer after I graduated college, and I was so nervous that I didn’t eat the day before. Predictably that race went very badly, but here I am four years and many races later, beyond excited to be a pacer for the first time. I’ve always loved running with pace groups to keep me on track for my goals, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to do that for other runners.

 

Jack Mueller
After years of coaching and officiating on the soccer field, my wife challenged me to run the Seaway Run 5K with her. It would be my first…and I haven’t stopped running since. I came to running as a newbie and found a community of experienced runners and groups like Run Muskegon who were willing to help me learn the sport. Five years later my wife and I train a lot, run 20-25 races a year and compete in Triathlons.
I ran my first long distance race with the aid of pacers at the Grand Rapids Bridge Run. It was a high energy group whose focus was getting our small group of runners across the finish line. It made a big difference in my effort that day. Now with experience, I am anxious to assume that responsibility. Pacing the two hour group for the Seaway Run 1/2 marathon gives me the chance to participate in my hometown race and help fellow runners meet their race day goals.

Thanks again for the opportunity!

 

Ken DeBack
My first race was the first River Bank run in 1978. I have run a multitude of races since then. I volunteered at a race for the first time in 2002. This experience gave me a whole new perspective. I stated pacing in 2006 and have paced over twenty races. These include the marathon, the half marathon, and the Seaway Run Half Marathon.

9:00 Pacers

Emma Johnston
I ran my first half marathon the summer after I graduated college, and I was so nervous that I didn’t eat the day before. Predictably that race went very badly, but here I am four years and many races later, beyond excited to be a pacer for the first time. I’ve always loved running with pace groups to keep me on track for my goals, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to do that for other runners.

 

 

Jack Mueller
After years of coaching and officiating on the soccer field, my wife challenged me to run the Seaway Run 5K with her. It would be my first…and I haven’t stopped running since. I came to running as a newbie and found a community of experienced runners and groups like Run Muskegon who were willing to help me learn the sport. Five years later my wife and I train a lot, run 20-25 races a year and compete in Triathlons.
I ran my first long distance race with the aid of pacers at the Grand Rapids Bridge Run. It was a high energy group whose focus was getting our small group of runners across the finish line. It made a big difference in my effort that day. Now with experience, I am anxious to assume that responsibility. Pacing the two hour group for the Seaway Run 1/2 marathon gives me the chance to participate in my hometown race and help fellow runners meet their race day goals.

Thanks again for the opportunity!

 

Ken DeBack
My first race was the first River Bank run in 1978. I have run a multitude of races since then. I volunteered at a race for the first time in 2002. This experience gave me a whole new perspective. I stated pacing in 2006 and have paced over twenty races. These include the marathon, the half marathon, and the Seaway Run Half Marathon.

9:30 Pacers

Ryan Wasson
Hello everyone! My name is Ryan Wasson (aka Ryno)

I started running 4 years ago because of a bet with my sister. Who knew it would become a passion of mine. I love sharing my story and hearing other people’s while on runs. I can’t wait to be out there with you all on race day.

 

Alana Matyas-Brower
Hello everyone! I’m Alana I’m looking forward to being a part of the Seaway Run pacing team!

As a seasoned runner of over a decade,  a rewarding part of running nowadays is getting people into running and watching them fall in love with the sport. I love helping them along the way by being their mentor and the cheerleader that encourages them to set new goals.  The most exciting part of the journey is watching them cross the finish line, especially when I know it is the furthest distance they’ve ever run.   I love hearing every runner’s story and encouraging them along the way.  The half marathon is a challenging distance and I love helping runners along the way as their pacer, cheerleader, source of inspiration, comedic relief and general announcer (porta potty! water!).  I hope to see you all in June!


 

Michelle Snay
If I can help even one person in any way to reach their goal, whether it’s keeping a steady pace, incorporating humor, or sharing experiences, pace leading is the most rewarding way for me to give back to the community that has given so much to me! I’ve had the great pleasure and opportunity of pacing many races, and I can honestly say that the experiences of being a pacer are some of my favorite running memories, and looking forward to making more!

 

10:00 Pacers

Amanda Lacy
My name is Amanda Lacy and I have been a runner for 12 years. I have run 5K’s, 10K’s, half marathons, and marathons. Running has taken me on a journey I never expected and has become a big part of my life. I’m amazed at what my mind and body can do when I need to dig deep to finish a run or a race. I love the atmosphere at a race. Everyone has a personal goal, but is also cheering for the stranger next to them.

I have paced many half marathons in the last 4 years and each one has been a wonderful and inspiring experience. What I enjoy most about pacing is listening to the different running stories, both the struggles and accomplishments. I would be honored to pace your race and get those runners to the finish line!

Dave Oosterman
My first pacing opportunity came at the Seaway 1/2 Marathon in 2014. I loved it! Spending time on a beautiful course on a summer day, doing what I enjoy, and helping others to hit their goals was a riot. I’ve paced many races since then, at a lot of different places, but Seaway is one I love to do year after year. Although I’ve completed several marathons, numerous triathlons including Ironman Wisconsin in 2017, and countless other races, pacing, coaching, and leading exercise classes is where my passion lies. I’m excited to come back for the 2018 edition of the 13.1!

10:30 Pacers

Erinn Hadley
COMING SOON! 

Rich Cater
I started running for health reasons but found so many perks that came with it like new friends, goals set & crushed, better sleeping habits etc…This is my 1st time pacing a race and I’m sure I’m going to love it because I like working with people. See all you 10:30 runners at the starting line looking forward to meeting and running with you all.

 

Michelle Cox
COMING SOON!

11:00 Pacers

Christina Fong
COMING SOON!

Kelly Machiorlatti
Hi! I was never one of those intense athletes growing up. In fact you were more likely to find me with my nose buried in a book than breaking a sweat…But then I went on a slow, chick, fun-run and I was hooked. From there it was a marathon, then half-marathons, 5K’s, 10K’s, Sprint/Olympic/Half Iron Distance triathlons, and trail running. I love running not only because of the great people I’ve met but because it’s cheaper than therapy. Pacing is such an incredible experience because I get to help people achieve their goals!

12:00 Pacers

Carol Campbell
I love running and pacing because of the people I get to meet, the places I get to see and the strength and joy it fills me with!! I love this race because it showcases the diverse beauty Muskegon offers!

 

Amy Rempalski
I love running because it’s a great stress reliever and I enjoy my food and beer, not to mention the great friends I have made over the years! I started running in my 30’s after realizing I needed to start taking control of my health. No plans on stopping!

For me, pacing is a way I give back to the running community. I love helping others achieve their goals by giving encouragement and advice, or even a chuckle at my bad jokes and songs. The stories and jokes I get from my fellow runners has also made races fun and we work together as a team. I have paced 25 races so far and have plenty of experience and wisdom to share. Can’t wait to see you all at the start line!

 

Heather Durian
T
he synchronization and tempo of pacing is a wonderful and freeing feeling. There is pure joy in seeing others meet their personal goals. Being a co-pacer with Amy makes it hilariously fun.

 

Key Sponsors

Seaway Run & Expo  is a community event focused on fitness, supported by Mercy Health & other partners.