2017 Fort4Fitness Pace Team Volunteers

The Fort Wayne Running Club is proud to announce the formation of Pace Groups for the 2017 Fort4Fitness Full and Half Marathon! We have requested and found several members of our club who are enthusiastic runners that want to help others reach their personal goals, while at the same time making your experience a truly memorable one!

REMEMBER: The Pace Groups are a FREE service to those who have registered for the Fort4Fitness Full or Half Marathon. You do not need to sign up for a pace group prior to the race; just look for the appropriate pace sign in the start corrals. They are part of the Full and Half Marathon distances only. You can meet some of the Pace Team Volunteers at the Fort4Fitness Fall Festival Expo on Friday, September 29th at Parkview Field!

4:00 Marathon Pace Team (9:09/mile)

Chip Vandell

Chip Vandell

Associate Professor of Mathematics at IPFW

What is your marathon PR?  3:25
How many marathons have you ran?  22
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:36
How many half-marathons have you ran?  12
Who do you enjoy training with?  That crazy Saturday morning running group
Why do you run?  To keep my old body in shape. To relax and have fun! If you can't have fun running a marathon, when can you have fun!
Why are you pacing?  Meeting new people and helping others achieve their goals. It's always easier and more fun to run in a group!
Favorite running experience?  Finishing the F4F 4-miler with my autistic daughter Robbie in 2013. Standing in the starting corral at Boston for the first time in 2010.
Why should someone pace with you?  I've been pacing for 4 years. I know this course pretty well. I'll try to make it fun. I can't think of anyone else I'd rather spend 4 hours with on a Saturday morning!
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mike brown

Materials Manager

What is your marathon PR?  3:21
How many marathons have you ran?  3
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:30
How many half-marathons have you ran?  11
Who do you enjoy training with?  My running group, my daughter
Why do you run?  To stay fit and have fun with freinds
Why are you pacing?  To help other runners achieve their goals
Favorite running experience?  Running the Hood to Coast
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Lucas Heckert

Graphic Designer

What is your marathon PR?  3:31
How many marathons have you ran?  4
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:37
How many half-marathons have you ran?  5
Who do you enjoy training with?  Work running group.
Why are you pacing?  To still enjoy the race while helping others accomplish their goals
Favorite running experience?  200 mile relay for Miami to he Florida Keys. Great runs, great experiences, great people.

4:40 Marathon Pace Team (10:40/mile)

Jeremiah Kill

Jeremiah Kill

Machinist

What is your marathon PR?  4:21
How many marathons have you ran?  3
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:54
How many half-marathons have you ran?  4
Who do you enjoy training with?  Track club members and new runners.
Why do you run?  Once I experienced my midlife crisis I decided to pick up running to stay in shape and socialize with others.
Why are you pacing?  I wanted to help others achieve their goals and have a good time in the process!
Favorite running experience?  Participating in the Indiana Run For The Fallen (a three day run) was an extremely rewarding experience. I was able to meet many people who have lost a loved one due to military service.
Why should someone pace with you?  I will pull u in on time plus we will have a good time doing it.
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Frank Murphy

Spatial Data Analyst

What is your marathon PR?  3:59:53
How many marathons have you ran?  20
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:47:22
How many half-marathons have you ran?  17
Who do you enjoy training with?  I like to mix it up. I run solo, with a friend and with a group as my schedule permits. I particularly enjoy running with new runners.
Why do you run?  I started running in 2013 as a contestant in Fort Wayne's Smallest Winner. It was through FWSW that I learned to eat right, exercise responsibly and practice accountability. At first, I hated running, but now I genuinely enjoy lacing up and taking off.
Why are you pacing?  Many people have invested in me, and without their help, I would still be on the couch. It's a very rewarding experience to help someone else in much the same way you've been helped.
Favorite running experience?  Completing my first 50k (31+ miles) in Hell, MI (2015). Inexplicably, I got stronger and faster throughout the race. I felt like such a beast crossing that finish line and I wore a dopey grin for a month afterwards.
Why should someone pace with you?  I'm a professional data analyst that loves numbers. Let me and my fellow pacer take care of the details while you focus on the run and we'll get you to finish line on time.

1:45 Half-Marathon Pace Team (8:00/mile)

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Tom Trent

Law

What is your marathon PR?  3:09:00
How many marathons have you ran?  5
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:29:00
How many half-marathons have you ran?  15
Who do you enjoy training with?  I enjoy training alone. Good opportunity to think and reflect.
Why do you run?  I run to stay fit. I also run to compete. I love the challenge of running.
Why are you pacing?  To volunteer and help others meet their goals.
Favorite running experience?  Qualifying for Boston Marathon in Detroit.
Why should someone pace with you?  I will encourage you every step of the way.
Bob Eherenman

Bob Eherenman

Attorney

What is your marathon PR?  3:09:09
How many marathons have you ran?  5
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:32:40
How many half-marathons have you ran?  15+
Who do you enjoy training with?  I used to train with my daughter, Emily, but my dog is my new running buddy.
Why do you run?  Because I love running
Why are you pacing?  There is nothing better than training and meeting a running goal.
Favorite running experience?  Qualifying for the Boston Marathon
Why should someone pace with you?  I'm a pretty funny guy. But looks aren't everything.

1:50 Half-Marathon Pace Team (8:23/mile)

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Bill Landgraf

Strategic Sourcing Manager at Summit Brands

What is your marathon PR?  3:20
How many marathons have you ran?  9
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:35
How many half-marathons have you ran?  18
Who do you enjoy training with?  I train with co-workers and friends I’ve met throughout my 12 years of running. The highlight of each week is our Saturday morning long runs and then a stop for coffee. Most of my weekday runs are early before work around 5:30am.
Why do you run?  The challenge of pushing myself to limits I didn’t know I had. It’s created in me a real humility and appreciation for my health and well-being.
Why are you pacing?  To give back to a running community that has giving me so much.
Favorite running experience?  Crossing the finishing line at the Toledo Glass City Marathon with a BQ time of 3:20 in April 2016. An overwhelming feeling of looking up at the clock and knowing I had achieved my goal and that all the training had paid off.
Why should someone pace with you?  The F4F half marathon, my hometown race, is something I am very proud to run every year. I’d love to share that feeling with as many as I can and help them in a little way to reach their goals.
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Andrew Saal

President of Pro Products

What is your marathon PR?  3:27
How many marathons have you ran?  7
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:29
How many half-marathons have you ran?  16
Who do you enjoy training with?  I enjoy running with anyone....friends, family, co-workers, random people you meet at races. Long runs are a must with a good running partner. Shorter solo runs are my release.
Why do you run?  First and foremost, I run to stay in shape. I also enjoy running for the social aspects and competition, however I think the most beneficial thing I get from running is stress management and tool to refocus.
Why are you pacing?  I've helped friends train and meet their running goals. I really enjoyed the experience. At this point in my running, I'm more into helping others than trying to best my PR's.
Favorite running experience?  That's tough. I have so many great memories. The big events all have their place, but I think my favorite runs were with friends dealing with whatever the day gave you....freezing cold, extremely hot, cool new routes that gave you a new experience around every turn.
Why should someone pace with you?  A stress free day of running. I'll be prepared and make sure that we have a great day. We will hit your goal. Sit back, relax and enjoy the run.

2:00 Half-Marathon Pace Team (9:09/mile)

Matthew Kaullen

Matthew Kaullen

Teacher

What is your marathon PR?  3:40
How many marathons have you ran?  2
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:45
How many half-marathons have you ran?  6
Who do you enjoy training with?  Friends
Why do you run?  Therapy, health, enjoy being out in nature.
Why are you pacing?  To challenge myself, to help others, and to give back to the sport in some way that I feel I can.
Favorite running experience?  Crossing every finish line without major injury is always a great experience! Meeting up with and cheering on friends through to the finish.
Why should someone pace with you?  I will do what I can to keep each of us motivated and moving through towards your goal time.
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Doug Morris

Medical Lab Scientist at Parkview

What is your marathon PR?  4:04:00
How many marathons have you ran?  1
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:49:00
How many half-marathons have you ran?  15
Who do you enjoy training with?  Mostly I run alone but sometimes with friends.
Why do you run?  I run to challenge myself and for health.
Why are you pacing?  I want to give back to the running community.
Favorite running experience?  Running and taking in all the scenery at Ouabache State Park.
Why should someone pace with you?  We will push through together when we want to quit, cross that line under 2 hours and hopefully also have a good time!

2:10 Half-Marathon Pace Team (9:55/mile)

Tom Felts

Tom Felts

Judge

What is your marathon PR?  3:32
How many marathons have you ran?  25
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:38
How many half-marathons have you ran?  31
Who do you enjoy training with?  My running group - we generally run weekdays at noon from the Central Branch YMCA
Why do you run?  I run to stay fit, relieve stress and enjoy the camaraderie with my buddies
Why are you pacing?  I've been a pace team leader twice previously and really enjoy helping runners achieve their goals
Favorite running experience?  Any of the five 200-mile overnight relays I've done - just a great time with friends
Why should someone pace with you?  I'll help provide enthusiasm, leadership and common sense tips on achieving the desired goal time
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Amy Montgomery

Mom

What is your marathon PR?  4:44
How many marathons have you ran?  1
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:58
How many half-marathons have you ran?  2
Who do you enjoy training with?  My dog Morgan =)
Why do you run?  Running makes me feel good!
Why are you pacing?  I've run with pace teams in the past, and it really helped me. I want to help others reach their goals!
Favorite running experience?  Crossing the finish line feeling good and thinking "I trained well for that!" It is awesome to see months of hard work pay off!
Why should someone pace with you?  I'll help you keep going and keep smiling!

2:20 Half-Marathon Pace Team (10:41/mile)

Richard Dickerman

Richard Dickerman

Computer Programmer / Manager

What is your marathon PR?  4:50
How many marathons have you ran?  3
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:59
How many half-marathons have you ran?  8
Who do you enjoy training with?  Usually myself but sometimes a few close running friends
Why do you run?  Challenge myself to grow and to be able to do things to benefit others
Why are you pacing?  I really enjoy using my running to help others and pacing is a great way to do it. Last year after pacing my first time it was just a great feeling being thanked and knowing that I made a difference in their lives.
Favorite running experience?  Running the Indiana Run For The Fallen. This is a tough 3 day relay run that we do to honor military fallen heroes from Indiana so that they will not be forgotten.
Why should someone pace with you?  My goal is to help you accomplish your goal pace by encouraging you and helping you enjoy the experience. We so often can do more than we think we can. I want to help take away many distractions from you to enable you to accomplish something you might not have thought possible.
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Todd Ernsberger

Insurance underwriting associate

What is your marathon PR?  4:54
How many marathons have you ran?  12, incuding 4 ultras
What is your half-marathon PR?  2:07
How many half-marathons have you ran?  30+
Who do you enjoy training with?  I like training with a group. I mentor at Fleet Feet Sports and also with with Mike Else's speework group.
Why do you run?  I haven't figured that one out yet. Mostly for the t-shirts and bling.
Why are you pacing?  Giving back to such a fun and friendly running community is something that I find very rewarding. Nothing makes me feel better than helping someone reach their goal, whether it's on the race course or in life.
Favorite running experience?  Meeting new people from all over the country. Some have started out as random strangers on the course and have ended up being good friends. Watching the sunrise over Ambassador Bridge heading into Canada during the Detroit Marathon. The Tunnel back is a different story.
Why should someone pace with you?  Because I need someone to pay for my beer afterwards. And we'll have a 13.1 mile party.

2:30 Half-Marathon Pace Team (11:27/mile)

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Mike Clendenen

Superintendent New Haven-Adams Twp. Parks & Recreation Dept.

What is your marathon PR?  4:18:30
How many marathons have you ran?  1
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:44:08
How many half-marathons have you ran?  19
Who do you enjoy training with?  Group runs help keep me motivated, I enjoy training with my Ignite Ultra teammates.
Why do you run?  I started running 13 years ago to help lower my cholesterol. It has helped both my physical and mental health.
Why are you pacing?  Over the years so many runners have helped me out, pacing is a great way to give back to the running community. Pacing has been very rewarding.
Favorite running experience?  Carrying the Bicentennial Torch. It was less than a mile but an experience I will never forget.
Why should someone pace with you?  This is my third time pacing, my partner and I will get you there on time. You have a goal to reach, let us take care of the logistics. Plus we are a fun group to run with!
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Craig Bobay

Allen Superior Court Judge

What is your marathon PR?  3:33
How many marathons have you ran?  8
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:38
How many half-marathons have you ran?  30+
Who do you enjoy training with?  Friends, neighbors, co-workers, relatives, acquaintances, new runners, experienced runners, ......
Why do you run?  To get outdoors, to maintain physical fitness, to maintain mental health and perspective, to see the city, to see the country side, to socialize, to sweat, to have fun, and many other reasons.
Why are you pacing?  To participate in the community and encourage other runners. I had a great time helping other runners get to the finish line as a Pace Team Leader for the many years that the FWRC has been pacing the Fort4Fitness.
Favorite running experience?  Several: qualifying for & running the Boston marathon; the HUFF; NYC marathon; the Tecumseh Trail marathon; trail running in the Smoky mountains, the Grand Canyon, and in the Sangre de Cristo mountains near Santa Fe New Mexico; and anytime running with my daughters.
Why should someone pace with you?  To make it to the finish of the Fort4Fitness in 2:30. I have been a Pace Team Leader for at least 5 years, trying to make it positive for all who run with us, AND we deliver on time.