The Showdown Half Marathon 2018 Pace Squad

We're happy to be offering pacers for a variety of finish times to either give you company on that first half marathon, help you accomplish your time goal, or maybe help some veteran runners set a new personal record! We offer more pacers than many races, with goals of finish times in 5 minutes intervals from 1:45 to 3:00, and a team at 3:30 also!

That means a team of 36 people all dedicated to getting you to the finish!


A Past Pace Squad for The Showdown

2018 Pace Squad Members

Our glorious squad is below. Then scroll down, or click on your goal finish time in the table, and read bios and see pictures about the individuals at your projected or goal finish time who you plan to hang out with for 13.1 miles!

Pace Squad Organizer: Andrew Rose

Pace Time Pacer Pacer
1:45 Chris Reeves Josh Wyatt
1:50 Kelly David Meredith Creecy
1:55 Nikki Summers Gina Peterson
2:00 Angela Andrews Aiming Herrington
2:05 Roberto Gonzalez Letty Uribe
2:10 Suki Kourounis Jennifer Scott
2:15 Jenny Little Telander Foster
2:20 Jesica King Brandi Barnhill
2:25 Jon Hartmann Abbie Cowan
2:30 James Theisen Teri Anderson
2:35 Ellis Emerson Andy Rose
2:40 Gigi Smith Shanna Fougerousse
2:45 Mariam Taila Laura Richardson
2:50 Kate Woodham Chauncey Eastes
2:55 Tom Johnson Chris Higman
3:00 Meghan O'Gorman Adelisa Grace Walker
3:30 Gordon McKenzie Drew Pelletier
Floating Pacers Brandon Vallair TBD

   

 

MEET THE PACERS

1:45 Pace Team

Chris Reeves

Chris is a firefighter/ paramedic for City of Ruston Fire Department in Ruston, La. He started running to get in shape for work and did his first half marathon on a weeks notice. Chris paced the 1:50:00 group with Kelly David at the Fairview half marathon. He completed Ironman Chattanooga 70.3 in May and is getting ready for Ironman Waco 70.3 in a few weeks. This will be Chris’s second race to pace and he is glad to be back again.

 

 

Josh Wyatt

Josh has enjoyed running since he found a passion for it while on his high school track team. As an Army Officer, he continued running through the 90s. He ran his first marathon in 2001 and now some 30 years & countless miles later, still enjoys pounding the pavement! He has completed 3 Full & Numerous Half-Marathons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:50 Pace Team

Kelly David

Kelly has been a long term runner, and is constantly training for a race whether it be an ultra, BQ marathon qualifier or a half marathon. This will be her 5th year running the Showdown Half Marathon and she would love to help motivate you to the finish of this scenic course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meredith Creecy

Meredith does not meet a stranger on the run. She started running outside in the Fall of 2016 when she decide to train for her 1st Marathon. Displeased with her performance, she ran 2 more marathons less than 2 months after her 1st, setting a PR of 20 minutes. Her competitive bug was born after running Cowtown in 2017. Meredith continued to run 5 Marathons, 12 Half Marathons, 1 15K, and competed in 3 Triathlon relays in the last year. Her team placed in 2/3 Triathlon relays. Meredith grew up watching her sister run in all the Majors. She never thought she could be a runner. She always watched from the sidelines until her Dr. suggested running after she struggled to lose the 85 lbs. she gained with her middle child. Craig Ranch Run Club Coach Rick Johnson kept insisting she try a group run. She’s been hooked after meeting some of the greatest friends from all walks of life. Meredith is honored to give back to other runners by pacing. Her favorite running memory to date is being part of the Texas Independent Relay in 2017. Meredith is also looking forward to running the New York City Marathon this upcoming Fall.

1:55 Pace Team

Nikki Summers

Nikki Summers is a high school special education teacher. She started running back in 2013 to become healthy and lose weight. Running has became a true passion for her. Running has not only helped her lose 35 pounds, but it taught her what true strength and perseverance is. She has a huge extended family now in running community as a whole, and is an active member of the Rockwall Running Club. Nikki’s moto is “anything is possible with hard work”, “never judge a run by the first mile”, and “seconds really do matter, make them count”! Nikki has ran 8 full marathons, with a PR of a 3:40:17, many half marathons, and other various race distances. Running is a lifestyle, it’s not just a sport. Running is her therapy.

 

 

 

 

Gina Peterson

Gina started running a year and a half ago after a lot of persuasion from a close friend and inspiration from her son and the I Run 4 community. She started out running her first 5k in September 2016 and quickly got hooked on the sport. After a few more 5k’s and a 10k she quickly set a new goal of running her first half marathon on January 1, 2017. Loving the feeling of accomplishment she has since completed a dozen more half marathons and more recently completed the BMW Dallas Marathon in December 2017 and the Phoenix Marathon in February 2018 where she got a Boston qualifying time for 2019! Gina loves setting new goals and making them a reality. She is currently training for the Marine Corps Marathon and is very excited to be a pacer and help fellow runners achieve their goal of crossing the finish line at 2:00.

 

2:00 Pace Team

Angela Andrews

Angela is an avid runner and pacer and loves helping others with their running goals. Her favorite distance is the marathon and she aspires to BQ in the near future. She is very active in the running community whether it be pacing a race or through her job working for a local sports chiropractor providing post race stretching at many races.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aiming Herrington

Aiming loves running and enjoys the outdoors, not much to say except running, running and running! Thank you for letting me pace you to your finish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:05 Pace Team

Roberto Gonzalez

From the age of 5 years old Roberto Gonzalez has been running after something. First, he was running after a soccer ball in the fiercely competitive world of select soccer from the age of 5 thru the age of 14. Then by the age of 15 years old, Robert was recruited by the elite Major League Soccer (MLS) in Mexico and Roberto was now running after his dream of becoming a professional soccer player. But, Roberts dream of of playing soccer at the professional level were cut short by a knee injury which knocked Roberto completely off his feet, and subsequently knocked him out of contention for a professional career as a major league soccer player; however, this set back did not stop Robert for long. As soon as he could (just like Forest Gump) Roberto laced up a pair of shoes and just started running, and running, and running,….and until this day he has never stopped running.. Today, Roberto runs over 50 miles per week, has run in numerous half-marathons, full marathons, and the next “something” that Roberto is running after is going to be quite “something” because Roberto is currently training to run in his first ultra marathon!

 

Letty Uribe

Letty is a mom of two girls and a former resident of McKinney. She currently resides in San Antonio, her hometown. She began running when she signed up for her first 10K in November 2012. In 2014 she joined her gym's run group, Life Time Run, and ran her first half marathon in October. Twenty + half marathons later (several as a pacer), 7 marathons (one as a pacer) and many 5Ks-15Ks, running is her happy place! Pacing has become one of her passions because she loves giving back to the running community by helping and encouraging runners to achieve their goal! She's looking forward to meeting you at The Showdown Half Marathon and getting you across that 2:05 finish line!

 

 

2:10 Pace Team

Suki Kouronis

Suki started running in 1970’s and has ran almost 100,000 miles so far. New York City marathon was her 1st marathon in 1986 and she has been unstoppable since then! She is an ultra runner and she has ran many marathons including Boston, Chicago, Marine Corp, Myrtle Beach, Duke City, Louisiana Marathon, Dallas WR marathon to name a few…and ultra marathons such as 50K, 50 mile, 100k to 100 mile & 24hr.National Championship races and 7 day International Ultra marathon, LOUTRAKI in Greece in 2006 and ran for 350 miles. She was a run group coach at Lifetime Fitness Plano in 2005-2008. Running and fitness is her passion for most of her adult life. She is a certified fitness Instructor at local gyms and loves helping others to stay healthy and fit for life. She is very excited to run with you at Fairview Half Marathon to help you achieve your goal!

 

 

 

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a runner who is formerly of Allen, and now resides in Colleyville. Jennifer began running 11 years ago and since then, has completed numerous 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons, as well as three full marathons and, most recently, the Cowtown Ultra Marathon. She enjoys spending time with other runners and is looking forward to helping you reach your goal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:15 Pace Team

Jenny Little

Jenny has been running since 2010. She just recently completed her first 50 mile ultramarathon, has completed multiple 50k’s, full marathons, half marathons, and has paced multiple half marathons. She is President of McKinney Running Club and loves giving back to her running community. She has an incredibly supportive husband (and he double’s as an amazing pit crew when necessary) and a chocolate lab who is also an avid runner.

 

 

 

 

Telander Foster

Telander is the mother of twins that are high school seniors. Her kids are her personal cheer squad and love to tell their friends that she is a runner. She started running with the couch to 5k app 5 years ago. She fell in love with running and has not stopped. Telander travels across the country running for fun with friends. Pacing brings her so much joy! Helping you to reach your goal while having a great time and memorable experience is her job! She looks forward to helping you reach your goal!!

 

 

 

 

2:20 Pace Team

Jesica King

Meet Jesica King! Jesica has run countless half marathons, 7 full marathons and 1 Ultra. Most often you will find her carrying the Unites States flag with the hopes of inspiring us to be better Americans.....whatever that means to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandi Barnhill

Brandi began running 5k's in 2010. Her first half marathon was in 2013. After numerous half marathons, she finally ran her first full marathon in 2016. One of her biggest joys is sharing the love of running with her husband, Brandon. Brandi belongs to a local running group and she is also the run coordinator of her group. She enjoys seeing the joy of people achieving their goals, whether distance or pace. Brandi finds pacing every bit as satisfying as running her own races.

 

 

 

2:25 Pace Team

Jon Hartmann

To Be Posted Soon.

 

 

Abbie Cowan

Abbie started running a couple of years ago as an easy way to keep fit with two young children and a busy job along with giving her the opportunity to meet new people after relocating to Texas from the UK. Running gave her all that and so much more. As well as making amazing friends through the local running community she has done things that she had never dreamed she would including several half marathons, overnight relay races and this last December her first (and she promises to her family her last!) marathon! She is so excited to pace the Paris Half Marathon to support and encourage others to achieve their goals just like she has been helped by the amazing local running community over the last couple of years!

 

2:30 Pace Team

James Theisen

Jim started running later in life when he decided he needed more cardio for all the racquetball he was playing. He took up running supplemented by weightlifting and road biking for overall cross training. He never returned to racquetball as he enjoyed the new cardio regimens.. Jim competes in 5 and 10Ks, and runs half marathons for PRs. He currently runs three to four social runs a week to stay on par and cherishes all the friendships made through running. Pacing helps Jim help others attain their goals whether they are a beginning runner or a runner looking to set a PR.

 

Teri Anderson

Teri started running 9 years ago trying to keep up with a running toddler and never stopped. She completed a 100k this year on her birthday. When people ask her why she runs, she say it's because I like to eat! Pacing is the best! It's so rewarding to help other people along their journeys to achieve their goal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:35 Pace Team

Ellis Emerson

Ellis started running after the birth of her daughter, initially to lose baby weight and then later to find new boundaries of strength. In the past 5 years she has completed over 50 marathons or longer and numerous half marathons. She enjoys meeting other runners and encouraging them to reach their own limits. Her personal philosophy is that our only limits are ourselves and while in treatment for melanoma (skin cancer) that philosophy saw her to a finish at the Badwater 135 in Death Valley this past summer.. She can be found singing or laughing her way through miles—sadly for you though, she can’t really sing, so that might be motivation to run faster. For her, running isn’t just about finish lines—but the people and journey along the way.

Andy Rose

Andy is an ultrarunner who runs both trails and roads. He started running in 2011 to raise money in memory of his nephew, Mavrick, for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and what started out as a goal to run one half marathon, has turned into an avid love of running. He loves pacing races and working aid stations as much as he does running them. His motto is simple "Relentless Forward Progress".

 

2:40 Pace Team

Gigi Smith

Gigi Smith has been running for over three years and has loved the journey that has taken her to complete 4 marathons, over 30 half marathons, and numerous 5 and 10K’s. She started her training with a Couch to 5K training regime but failed after numerous solo attempts . It wasn’t until she started running with others that she was able to finally finish that 5K finish line. That’s when she realized the value behind running with a group of friends with similar goals. Her philosophy on running is to get out there and have a great time while encouraging others to achieve their goals! She is looking forward to seeing you at the race!!!

 

 

 

Shanna Fougerousse

Shanna Fougerousse has been running for 8 years. She loves adventure and that’s how she began her journey of running. A friend talked her into signing up for a half marathon as her very first race! She realized that running is only partly a physical sport but even more it helps to train the mind to push through and take dominion over the body. The pain only lasts for a short time. Since then she has run several 5ks, 10ks and half-marathons. Last year she ran her first marathon — it was a bucket list item. This year she will complete her first (and probably last) ultra-marathon! Running is something that fuels me, it introduces me to who I want to be, it shows me that truly nothing is impossible when I put my mind to it!

 

2:45 Pace Team

Mariam Taila

Mariam began running 6 years ago when she moved from a rural setting to McKinney. As a single mom to 4 kids she needed an escape and since her horse was no longer available running became it. In 2014 she completed her first 5k with a friend and from there it all began. Running has become her passion and along the way she has made some wonderful friends who insist she sign up for all these races! And thanks to their persuasion she has completed 18 half marathons, 3 marathons and many 5ks and 10ks, and she won't have it any other way. She is active with the McKinney Running Club.

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Richardson

When Laura Richardson completed her first half marathon with Team in Training in 2014, she fell in love with the amazing support in the running community. She is looking forward to pacing the Showdown half so she can provide the same support and enthusiasm to others! She has completed several half marathons and hopes to achieve her goal this year of running a marathon on her birthday in November. Laura enjoys giving back to the community through running, continuing with her participation in Team in Training to raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research, as well as volunteering with Girls on the Run. She looks forward to helping you finish your first half marathon or achieve that PR, and can't wait to meet her 2:45 pace group!

 

2:50 Pace Team

Kate Woodham

Kate has been running since 2012. This mother of two has completed over a dozen half marathons, 4 full marathons, and a multitude of triathlons. Her biggest personal goal was completeing a full Ironman in November 2017. Kate enjoyed being a pacer for The Showdown so much she is ready to pace again!

 

 

 

 

 

Chauncey Eastes

Chauncey began running in 2009 after her best friend talked her into walking the L.A. Marathon. Though she was a certified personal trainer, Chauncey did not run or walk long distances. It was a miserable, humbling first race, but it made her determined to become a runner. Since then, she has grown to absolutely love running and completed races from 3k to 50 miles, including 12 marathons. Whether it's a friend or a client, pacing someone to achieve a PR or finish a race for the first time is one of her favorite things. Chauncey is super excited to run with you as you rock that 2:50 finish time!

 

 

 

2:55 Pace Team

Tom Johnson

Tom has been a runner for more than 45 years and appreciates that it's one of the great "lifetime" sports. Over the years Tom has competed in races from 5K to 50 miles and everything in between. He loves that sense of accomplishment one gets when setting goals and then working hard to achieve them. Further, Tom has a great passion for helping others experience that fantastic feeling of accomplishment as well. So, if you're looking to complete your first half marathon or striving to beat the three-hour mark, then join Tom and his longtime pacing partner Chris Higman, at the Showdown Half Marathon. They promise to include some laughs, good conversation, lots of encouragement and, who knows, maybe even a PR for you. Let's do this!

 

 

Chris Higman

Chris has found that pacing allows him to give back to the running community. He and his pace partner, Tom, look forward to meeting new friends, and see those who've run with them on past Active Joe races. He looks forward to seeing you at the Showdown Half.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:00 Pace Team

Meghan O'Gorman

Meghan began running in 2012 and completed her first Half at The Color Half in March of 2015. Since that time, she has ran numerous smaller distance races, 50+ half marathons, 7 fulls, and 1 ultra marathon. Our of all the distances, the half is her favorite distance. She has been active with the Irving Running Club since 2015, as well as a member of the Half Fanatics and Marathon Maniacs. Meghan is excited to share her love for running and motivate you for 13 miles to reach your goals!

 

 

 

 

Grace Walker

Grace started running 4 years ago because she is a foodie and running allows her to indulge in that passion. She started with a Couch to 5K program and started running 5Ks until she joined a local running club. During one of the Saturday long runs a runner said running a half marathon would be fun and she was already trained for it. She has since found a true passion for running and enjoys sharing that passion with others. You often will see Grace and her sisters at races running together. She has run 30+ half marathons and 2 full marathons. She loves the challenge of self-improvement and is always looking to get a little bit better. She enjoys pacing races and helping runners reach their goals.

 

3:30 Pace Team

Gordon McKenzie

Gordon started running in 2012 as training for the 2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon. Later that year he completed the Disneyland Half and Disney Wine & Dine Half and hasn’t slowed down since. He qualified and joined the Half Fanatics running club in 2015 after completing his first full marathon as part of the Disney World Dopey Challenge. Fairview will be his 34th half marathon on the way to completing 40 by years’ end. Gordon will also be attempting his qualification runs into Marathon Maniacs later this year by running the Chicago full, Route 66 full, and Rock n Roll San Antonio full before the 2018 Dopey Challenge. He may not be the fastest runner, but he gets there with a smile on his face and usually a kilt around his waist.

 

Drew Pelletier

This is Drew. And there are many Jeffs in the world, and many Toms as well. But this... is Drew. You maybe thinking, And...? But are you Drew? No you are not. Neither is Scott Baio Drew. Frank Gifford is not Drew. But this... is Drew. The Running bug hit in February 2011 when he did his first half marathon. Since then he has done over a hundred of them and several marathons , a ton of 5 and 10K's for the heck of it. The Active Joe, Rock and Roll and now Disney tend to be where most of his race money is spent, and for good reason. Drew belongs to the Rock and Roll Gypsies, NTX Runners, Black Sheep and Hogwarts Running Club. People seem to like running with him, he can't tell you why. Not the slightest clue. However if you want to find out, come see him at Showdown!

 

Floating Pacers

These are two strong runners who are comfortable running anything from a 1:45 to 3:00. They will fill in for any last-minute problems where a pacer can’t attend (sick, emergency, sick family, etc.). If all the pacers show, they’ll choose which pace team they want to run with to help out those participants!

Brandon Vallair

Brandon is a husband, father of 4 and owner of RunForSpeed.com and the EXCELR8 Running Club, one of the largest running clubs in the DFW area based out of Wylie. He literally paces for a living and has helped clients complete distances from 5Ks to Full Marathons including several of The Active Joe Events. As an avid runner, he's run events from 100 meters to 100 miles. Brandon enjoys giving back to the running community and he feels pacing is a great way to do that. He looks forward to getting you from the starting line to the end of The Showdown Half Marathon!

 

 

 

 

 

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