2012 Fort4Fitness Pace Team Volunteers The Fort Wayne Running Club is proud to announce the formation of Pace Groups for the 2012 Fort4Fitness 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! You can look for us on race day in the corresponding corrals for our target finish time or our pacer signs, which we will be carrying on race day. You can learn more about the pace groups and the members that comprise them by reading individual bios below. Stop by our FWTC booth at the health expo and learn more about our groups or meet some of the pacers, and we look forward to seeing you on race day! 1:45 Pace Group (8:00/mile) Jonathon Gottschalk Marathon PR: 3:35 Number of Marathons: 2 Half-Marathon PR: 1:26 Number of Half-Marathons: 5 Occupation: Software Engineer Who do you enjoy training with? Our local underground training group. Why do you run? A sense of accomplishment, relaxation and a healthy lifestyle. Why are you pacing? I want to help other local area runners reach their personal goals, much like others I run with have helped me reach mine. Favorite Running Experience: The series of signs I read during the Champaign Illinois Marathon, which included, but was not limited to: "Worst Parade Ever", "Chuck Norris can divide by Zero, but has never ran a Marathon", "Go Faster or Stop for a Beer" (yes they had beer), and my favorite "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger" immediately followed by another sign that read "Prepare to Die". Why should someone pace with you? I love talking and encouraging others before, during and after a race. Todd Findley Marathon PR: 3:29 Number of marathons: 14 Half marathon PR: 1:33 Number of half marathons: 10 Occupation: Stay-at-home Dad (Three boys ages 11, 10, 7) Who do you enjoy training with? My iPod. As a stay-at-home dad, I usually run after I drop the kids off at school while most people are at work. Why do you run? Initially to lose weight. Now, I am focused on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and setting a good example for my boys. Why are you pacing? To help others achieve their running goals. I am looking forward to seeing the members of our pace group cross home plate and the looks on their faces when they have achieved their goal! Favorite Running Experience: Helping a high school friend train and complete his first marathon last May at the Colfax Marathon in Denver. Not sure it gets much better running in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains. Why should someone pace with you? We are going to have a great time running a great event! I look forward to celebrating with you at the finish line. 2:00 Pace Group (9:09/mile) Erin Brady Marathon PR: 3:39 Number of Marathons: 10 Half-Marathon PR: 1:40 Number of Half-Marathons: 12 Occupation: English Teacher Who do you enjoy training with? I enjoy training with friends. Why do you run? I run to challenge myself, relieve stress, and enjoy the outdoors. Why are you pacing? I think running and meeting goals is a rewarding experience, and I would like to help others achieve their goals. Favorite Running Experience: I think the Huff last year with the knee deep water or running through the fire hoses in Chicago a few years ago are memorable because of the extremes. The bigger the challenge the more I savor the experience. Why should someone pace with you? Jim and I will keep even splits. We hope to make the features of the course enjoyable as we run through some great neighborhoods and parks. Jim Berry Marathon PR: 3:13 Number of Marathons: 13 Half-Marathon PR: 1:24 (I think) Number of Half-Marathons: Approx 6 Occupation: Financial Officer/CPA Who do you enjoy training with? Anyone who is easy to talk with while running. Why do you run? Previously for competition and now for fitness. Why are you pacing? I really enjoy helping others reach their goals. Favorite Running Experience: Seeing the clock from about 200 yards from the finish at the 2005 Columbus Marathon knowing that I was going to qualify for Boston---I thought I was going to skip all the way in from there! Why should someone pace with you? Erin and I will be very aware of our pace and keep things as steady as possible while making the run very inclusive for all those who want to join us. 2:10 Pace Group (9:55/mile) Gail Gerber Half Marathon PR: 1:45 Number of Half Marathons: Guesstimate = 30; (7 half marathons completed in states other than Indiana) Occupation: Coach, Fitness Trainer & Educator, Mother, Friend, Mentor and Girls On The Run Advocate (amongst other occupations) Who do you enjoy training with? Gadget Legged People including Joggers and TRRC Girls & Guys Why do you run? A Healthy Heart, Fun, To Compete; and For Exercise! Why are you pacing? To give back to our wonderful running community. Favorite Running Experience: While racing at one of our many cool local running events I heard an echo of my mantra "Go, Go, Gadget Legs" cheered back to me while crossing the finish line...this is when I realized that I am making a difference by staying healthy in both mind and body. Why should someone pace with you? For Success. Scott Eberle Marathon PR: 2:54 Number of Marathons: 10 Half-Marathon PR: 1:19 Number of Half-Marathons: 15 Occupation: Fed Ex Who do you enjoy training with? St. Vincent's middle school cross country team, who I help coach. Why do you run? Self challenges Why are you pacing? Sounds fun, and I like to help area local runners reach their potential. Favorite Running Experience: Running and setting PR at Boston. 2:30 Pace Group (11:27/mile) Mae Miller Marathon PR: 4:48 Number of Marathons: 3 (#4 in three weeks) Half-Marathon PR: 2:05 Number of Half-Marathons: 7 Occupation: Accountant Who do you enjoy training with? Wednesday night running group at the Three Rivers Running Company Why do you run? Stay in shape, keep my sanity, reduce stress, enjoy the outdoors, Why are you pacing? great way to meet people and encourage new runners especially if this is their first HM. good experience for future races Favorite Running Experience: My first marathon. Knowing that i accomplished something that i had never thought i could do. Seeing my BFF afterwards telling me that i am now part of the 1% group, Why should someone pace with you? so that i can finish at 2:30 and not try to pull a pr?(just joking) Craig Bobay Marathon PR: 3:35 Number of Marathons: 8 Half-Marathon PR: 1:38 Number of Half-Marathons: 30+ Occupation: Allen Circuit Court Magistrate 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. 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? Duh: To make it to the finish of the Fort4Fitness in 2:30.