2019 Fort4Fitness Pace Team Volunteers

The Fort Wayne Running Club is proud to announce the formation of Pace Groups for the 2019 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 27th at Parkview Field!

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

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Suzi Swinehart

Behavior Consultant and Running Coach

What is your marathon PR?  3:14
How many marathons have you ran?  50 something
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:33
How many half-marathons have you ran?  20
Who do you enjoy training with?  My brother and many amazing running friends
Why do you run?  Running has been a part of my life since I was nine years old. I have always been a competitive athlete in many sports, but as I got older I fell more and more in love with running. It gives me confidence and discipline.
Why are you pacing?  I love to help others. Would love to see other runners reach their goals.
Favorite running experience?  Finishing the Badwater 135 mile across Death Valley.
Why should someone pace with you?  I can run a very consistent pace, I will get you to the finish in your goal time.
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Mark Beals

Engineer

What is your marathon PR?  3:19
How many marathons have you ran?  60+
Who do you enjoy training with?  Friends, old and new
Why do you run?  It started out as a way to manage my weight without dieting, many years ago. Now it's a way of life-- it's what I do.
Why are you pacing?  It's a way I can give back to my sport and spend some quality time with a group of like-minded people.
Favorite running experience?  Finishing with nothing left in the tank. There's great satisfaction in maximal effort.
Why should someone pace with you?  We'll help you relax and meet your goals. We may even have a good time doing it.

4:25 Marathon Pace Team (10:07/mile)

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Chip Vandell

Math Professor at Purdue Fort Wayne

What is your marathon PR?  3:25
How many marathons have you ran?  27
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:38
How many half-marathons have you ran?  15
Who do you enjoy training with?  Uncle Bill's Running Group
Why do you run?  The social aspect of long runs with friends, relaxing and de-stressing. I love running past people 40 years younger than me at the end of a triathlon.
Why are you pacing?  It gives me a reason to train harder for marathons. I really enjoy listening to other people's stories (and telling a few of my own). Motivating others and helping them meet their goals.
Favorite running experience?  Boston, the night leg of a Ragnar, running F4F with my kids.
Why should someone pace with you?  This will be the 10th Marathon I've paced. "If you can't have fun running a Marathon, when can you have fun?" It's much easier to run a marathon in a group, we'll keep each other motivated and amused. The hours will just fly by!
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Dominic Garrett

Firefighting

What is your half-marathon PR?  1:37
How many half-marathons have you ran?  1
Who do you enjoy training with?  Buddies, siblings
Why do you run?  De-stress, stay in shape, clear my head
Why are you pacing?  My uncle invited me and i enjoy a good challenge.
Favorite running experience?  Getting cought in T-storms, muddy back trails, and getting lost
Why should someone pace with you?  Im there for positive support and encouragement. It will be fun!

1:30 Half-Marathon Pace Team (6:52/mile)

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Dustin Moore

Accountant

What is your marathon PR?  3:06
How many marathons have you ran?  2
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:19:47
How many half-marathons have you ran?  10+
Who do you enjoy training with?  I enjoy training with anyone who has the same passion for running as I do. I train with people of all paces and ages. I mostly train with our great groups at Fleet Feet! I also enjoy training with my Evolve Performance Running athletes as well!
Why do you run?  I have been running since I was very young. 5th grade to be exact, and have not stopped since. I run for many reasons. One being that it is a great stress reliever, it helps me stay in shape, and most importantly it lets me eat whatever I want most of the time!
Why are you pacing?  This will be my first year pacing. I have been running competitively for a long time, middle school, high school, and college. I am ready to give back to the sport that has given me so much and taught me so much. I also want to help everyone achieve their goals as well!
Favorite running experience?  I have a couple, but my favorite experience has to be my very first marathon. It was the inaugural F4F Marathon back in 2016. I will always remember that experience. Every step of that day was special. I always tell people if you want to experience a different life, run a marathon. It's a feeling like no other.
Why should someone pace with you?  Even though this is my first time pacing at the F4F Half Marathon, I have paced quite a bit throughout my running career. I have helped pace other collegiate athletes, high school runners, and middle school runners. I am a very big advocate of running smartly, only because I have made so many mistakes while racing throughout my running career. I have learned over the years how to pace and how to run intelligently, as far as fueling and pacing goes.
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Jeff Zenger

Sales

What is your marathon PR?  2:43
How many marathons have you ran?  25+
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:15
How many half-marathons have you ran?  20+
Who do you enjoy training with?  My Wife!
Why do you run?  I am passionate about the mountains and use running as a way to stay fit and explore beautiful places
Why are you pacing?  To join the party!
Favorite running experience?  Too many to choose, the Leadville Trail 100 this year was an epic experience
Why should someone pace with you?  I'll run the pace like clockwork so you don't even have to wear a watch!

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

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Vincent Corona

Community Development Manager

What is your marathon PR?  Never raced a road marathon, but my 100 mile PR - 17.55
How many marathons have you ran?  2 (trail marathons)
What is your half-marathon PR?  1.20
How many half-marathons have you ran?  6
Who do you enjoy training with?  Runner and non-runner friends of all skill levels. I don't discriminate.
Why do you run?  To establish dominance, challenge myself, socialize, and maintain fitness.
Why are you pacing?  I want to help people reach their goal and have fun during the race.
Favorite running experience?  2nd overall in my first 100 mile race at the 2014 Indiana Trail 100.
Why should someone pace with you?  You don't want to miss out on the opportunity to race with Tom Gilbert and myself!  I'm carrying a mini Bluetooth speaker in my pack.  That's right, we're partying!  Expect a mix of the Rocky Soundtrack, classic rock and stadium rock.  I'll be going off Chip Time, calling out mile splits as we cross them and keeping our group aiming for the vectors at every possible turn.  I want to keep the group focused and entertained through the entire course, which I know pretty well.  My daily run usually consists of looping Foster Park from my house.  I've grown up and live in the neighborhood near Foster and am very excited to lead the group through my hood.
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Tom Gilbert

dentist

What is your marathon PR?  3:13
How many marathons have you ran?  30
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:30
How many half-marathons have you ran?  20
Who do you enjoy training with?  I usually run by myself through the week, but I do enjoy running with various running friends on the weekend.
Why do you run?  I feel like I have been blessed to enjoy running for many years. I do not take it for granted as I am over 50 now and it does get harder, but I train every day and keep it going.
Why are you pacing?  I have done this many times and really enjoy spreading the joy of running with other people. I hope I can help someone achieve a goal or at least just have a good, fun race day.
Favorite running experience?  Finishing the race and enjoying a beverage.
Why should someone pace with you?  Our pace team will have a great time and stay with a consistent pace to achieve goals.

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

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Steve Davis

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?  10
Who do you enjoy training with?  Summit Brands Guys Mike S. & Doug D.
Why do you run?  Stay fit, hang out with friends, laughing, and Starbucks hot chocolate!
Why are you pacing?  To encourage other runners and to have fun!
Favorite running experience?  My first marathon in honor of a former student with cancer!
Why should someone pace with you?  Ill help you meet your goal.
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William Landgraf

Purchasing Manager

What is your marathon PR?  3:20
How many marathons have you ran?  12
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:35
How many half-marathons have you ran?  35
Who do you enjoy training with?  Friends
Why do you run?  Stay fit, feel good, stay connected with friends
Why are you pacing?  I love giving back to the sport that has been so good to me.
Favorite running experience?  Boston 2017
Why should someone pace with you?  We not only have a great time out there, but we also stay on-time to ensure you have the best experience possible.

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

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Bill Oliver

Retired

What is your marathon PR?  3:09
How many marathons have you ran?  3
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:27
How many half-marathons have you ran?  17
Who do you enjoy training with?  Wednesday Run Group at 3Rivers Running
Why do you run?  Keeps me sane
Why are you pacing?  It's about time I repaid all the people who have paced me over the years
Favorite running experience?  Ragnar Great River 2012 - Fastest Sr. Master team ever to run a Ragnar race
Why should someone pace with you?  I get stronger as the race goes on and I can pull you through the hills
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Jon Konel

Medical Student

What is your marathon PR?  3:56
How many marathons have you ran?  1
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:32
How many half-marathons have you ran?  4
Who do you enjoy training with?  The RunDetroit Running Group and my med school friends
Why do you run?  Explore, destress, challenge myself
Why are you pacing?  Help others achieve their goals
Favorite running experience?  Crossing that finish line
Why should someone pace with you?  I will help you achieve your goal!

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

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Lucas Heckert

Graphic Designer

What is your marathon PR?  3:25
How many marathons have you ran?  7
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:37
How many half-marathons have you ran?  20
Who do you enjoy training with?  Saturday morning running group.
Favorite running experience?  Saturday morning run in 2 feet of snow.
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David Jones

Commercial driver

What is your marathon PR?  3:30:34
How many marathons have you ran?  2
What is your half-marathon PR?  1:34:27
How many half-marathons have you ran?  2
Who do you enjoy training with?  Thats a hard question for me you meet so many amazing people out pounding the pavement or trails.I had such a blast helping and being a mentor with F4F training group last year, I also enjoy running with Epic run club and Ignore ultra running group.
Why do you run?  Thats a heavy question. All the above :-) It is my Ying and yang in this crazy cool world called life. The challenge and Adventure of pushing yourself beyond what you ever thought possible
Why are you pacing?  I want to give back to a Community that has given so much to me, to help you reach your goals and beyond
Favorite running experience?  One might think breaking a 50mile PR on the hills of Kentucky in a storm but my absolute favorite moment was pacing someone at the F4F half last year and watching him smash his goal
Why should someone pace with you?  To quote Todd Findley 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. I couldnt say it any better. we will have an awesome time !

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

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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

What is your marathon PR?  4:54
How many marathons have you ran?  49, including 16 ultras
What is your half-marathon PR?  2:07
How many half-marathons have you ran?  I ran my 50th in August
Who do you enjoy training with?  I enjoy training with several local and out-of-town groups.
Why do you run?  Its a very social activity for me. The people Ive met and the friendships Ive developed through this sport have enriched my life very much.
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. There is nothing more inspiring than watching someone complete their first big race, be it a half, a marathon, or 100 miler.
Why should someone pace with you?  Mindy and I will get you to the finish on time and have a good time getting there. The journey is as important as the destination (I saw that on a t-shirt).

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

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Mae Miller

Staff Accountant

What is your marathon PR?  4:25
How many marathons have you ran?  11
What is your half-marathon PR?  2:01
How many half-marathons have you ran?  20+
Who do you enjoy training with?  My besties!
Why do you run?  I run to stay fit, make new friends, and to take my stress out on the pavement!
Why are you pacing?  I want to help out the first time half marathoner or someone who wants to reach a goal. I wish i knew what a pacer was when i did my first half marathon!
Favorite running experience?  Crossing the finish line at my first marathon (Chicago)
Why should someone pace with you?  I want people to have a fun and enjoy the race. Dont worry about time(cause we'll do the work for you) just enjoy the sights and sounds of the people and city of Fort Wayne....Come run and play with us!
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Mike Clendenen

Superintendent New Haven-Adams Twp Parks & Recreation

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?  22
Who do you enjoy training with?  Group runs help keep me motivated, I enjoy training with my Ignite Ultra teammates. I also enjoy solo runs on the trails at Chain O Lakes, great way to clear the mind in a beautiful setting.
Why do you run?  I started running 15 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. Finishing my first 50 mile ultra three years ago.
Why should someone pace with you?  This is my fifth 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!