2018 Fort4Fitness Pace Team Volunteers

The Fort Wayne Running Club is proud to announce the formation of Pace Groups for the 2018 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 28th at Parkview Field!

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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Matthew  Kaullen

Teacher

What is your marathon PR?  3:40
How many marathons have you ran?  4
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:40
How many half-marathons have you ran?  8
Who do you enjoy training with?  All of my running buddies and rain drops too!
Why do you run?  It’s a great stress relief for me. It has just been there from preteen years up to the current day. It’s awesome to get out and snag a few miles!
Why are you pacing?  Giving back to a sport I feel has a large number of benefits and to encourage others as I have been.
Favorite running experience?  Pacing last year for the half marathon with Doug! We had a blast and our group was phenomenal!
Why should someone pace with you?  Will do my best to keep everyone on track and moving at a steady split to finish on target or better!

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

2018 Mike Brown

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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Tom Gilbert

general dentist

What is your marathon PR?  3:13 Bayshore 2016
How many marathons have you ran?  26
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:30
How many half-marathons have you ran?  11
Who do you enjoy training with?  My sister and a few running friends
Why do you run?  I really love it, stress relief, setting a goal and following it, I like to have a training plan to keep me focused
Why are you pacing?  I have done it a few times in the past and really enjoyed helping others to reach their goal.
Favorite running experience?  I can't come up with one, I have so many, come run in my pace group and I will share many stories with you.
Why should someone pace with you?  I am experienced, a good solid runner, good conversationalist and we will have a great time.

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

2018 Steve Davis

Steve  Davis

Elementary Teacher

What is your marathon PR?  3:20
How many marathons have you ran?  3
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:32
How many half-marathons have you ran?  15
Who do you enjoy training with?  The Saturday morning guys!
Why do you run?  Stay fit, laugh with friends, and hot chocolate.
Why are you pacing?  To encourage others that they can accomplish this distance.
Favorite running experience?  See all the cheering people at the New York Marathon all along the race course.
Why should someone pace with you?  We will get to the finish on time.
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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.

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

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Eric Emley

IT Administrator

What is your half-marathon PR?  1:42:07
How many half-marathons have you ran?  8
Who do you enjoy training with?  Most of my training is done with my music. I do enjoy a run with my friends for some of the long ones.
Why do you run?  The main reason I run is self competition. The benefits of the health are a happy side effect.
Why are you pacing?  I was beginning my training with the goal of setting a PR, however the training didn't go as well as I would have liked and with a cold mixed in I decided I wouldn't try anymore to set a PR. I reached out to the F4F about pace setting.
Favorite running experience?  That last sprint to the finish line with the crowd cheering you on.
Why should someone pace with you?  I will get there at the time set and I will encourage those along the way.
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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?  3
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)

2018 Ray Gildner

Ray Gildner

Lecturer in Physics, PFW

What is your marathon PR?  3:52
How many marathons have you ran?  5
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:42
How many half-marathons have you ran?  11
Who do you enjoy training with?  I am normally a solo runner, but there are a couple groups that I meet with now and again.
Why do you run?  Running is my therapist, my friend, and my challenge.
Why are you pacing?  Other runners have given me more than I could repay in a dozen lifetimes. The first time I toed the starting line for a half marathon (the Fort4Fitness Half, in fact), I ran with a pace group. This is me, paying it forward.
Favorite running experience?  Running with the fireman in full fire fighting gear, at a marathon. Talk about inspiring!!
Why should someone pace with you?  Sometimes, you just need someone to remind you how great you are... and that's what we pacers do. 2:10 is an admirable goal, and I'd be honored to be by your side when you accomplish it.
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Todd Findley

Stay-at-home Dad

What is your marathon PR?  3:29
How many marathons have you ran?  25
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:33
How many half-marathons have you ran?  15
Who do you enjoy training with?  I do most of my training alone; however, I enjoy running with anyone who likes to talk. I love learning about other people. It makes the miles by faster.
Why do you run?  I started running ten years ago to lose weight and get in shape. Now, I run to help maintain a healthy lifestyle, set a good example for our three boys, and to be around like minded people.
Why are you pacing?  My faster days are behind me. Lately, I have enjoyed seeing others discover the benefits of running and helping them achieve their goals.
Favorite running experience?  In the past few years, I have helped several friends achieve their goals of completing a marathon. Seeing them complete their goals after months of hard work is my way of giving back to the sport that has given me so much.
Why should someone pace with you?  We are going to have a great time running a great event. The F4F is bigger and better every year and this year will be no exception. We will keep you on pace, encourage you when you need it, leave you alone when you need to focus, and celebrate with you at the finish.

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

Mindy Kinder

Mindy Kinder

Retired teacher/3RRC running company

What is your marathon PR?  4:00
How many marathons have you ran?  40
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:46
How many half-marathons have you ran?  90+
Who do you enjoy training with?  Everyone ! What a great way to meet people !
Why do you run?  To stay sane . I’m also a 2 Time breast cancer survivor. I run for those who no longer can .
Why are you pacing?  Because I love it !
Favorite running experience?  Boston, New York ... and any marathon with my sister .
Why should someone pace with you?  I’ll get you there - with a smile !
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Todd Ernsberger

Insurance underwriting associate

What is your marathon PR?  4:54
How many marathons have you ran?  25, incuding 9 ultras
What is your half-marathon PR?  2:07
How many half-marathons have you ran?  40+
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 14 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 fourth year 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!
Tom Felts

Tom Felts

Judge

What is your marathon PR?  3:32
How many marathons have you ran?  26
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:38
How many half-marathons have you ran?  31
Who do you enjoy training with?  Running group
Why do you run?  Stay fit, stress relief
Why are you pacing?  I enjoy helping others achieve their goals
Favorite running experience?  Boston Marathons
Why should someone pace with you?  I will get you in on time and hopefully make it an enjoyable experience