Scott has completed three half marathons and is looking forward to pacing for the first time! “I’ve had many friends help pace me for hard workouts and I look forward to helping others achieve their goals. Run hard!”
A runner for 10 years, Andrew is a student athlete whose favorite distance is 1500m/Mile. “It’s a good combination of speed and endurance and is more suitable for my abilities,” said Andrew.
Brian has completed 12 half marathons and six marathons or ultramarathons, and this is his first time pacing for CCRR. He enjoys running 10K races because that’s his sweet spot — always reaching a good speed with that distance.
A runner for 40 years from Potterville, Michigan, this is Mike’s second year pacing for CCRR. He sees this as an opportunity to help others achieve a goal and their own personal greatness. As a cancer survivor, he rediscovered running and now knows what the human body is really capable of doing. He runs for life.
A runner for 12 years, this is Heather’s first year pacing the Capital City River Run. In her first ten years of running she focused on sprint races, specifically the 800. She’s excited to help other runners reach their goals, whether its to hit a specific time or simply complete the half marathon.
Mark has been running for 10 years and has completed more than 10 half marathons and eight marathons or ultramarathons. This is his second year pacing at the CCRR and he loves helping others reach their goals.
Frank has been running for thirteen years and in that time completed seven half marathons and 12 marathons — still reaching for that Boston Qualifier. For him, the best part of pacing is seeing someone achieve a goal they’ve been working towards. “In the past I’ve seen people who have been part of our pace group, and they have thanked me for helping them get to their goal time.”
Geoff is a Lansing resident who runs to stay fit, healthy, to inspire others and to challenge himself. He’s completed 19 full marathons, including four Boston Marathons and three Bayshore Marathons. He’s also been the team captain for three Ragnar Relays in three different states. He loves seeing anyone out running and achieving their goals.
Kevin started running a half mile at a time to lose weight. Running helped him cure sleep apnea, lead a healthier lifestyle and serve as a good example for his daughters. He’ll never forget serving as a pacer at the Capital City River Run last year, and can’t wait to do it again. Now, as a Williamston resident, Kevin has completed 11 half marathons and two full marathons.
Beth St. John—8:30 mm
Lansing resident Beth has been running for 20 years and has completed 13 marathons. Her favorite race was the New York City Marathon because it had the perfect mix of hills and flats, an awesome crowd and a great view of the city!
A runner for 20 years, Lansing resident Chris has completed 10 half marathons and five full marathons. This is his first time pacing for the CCRR and he loves the camaraderie of like-minded runners and meeting new people.
Her sixth year pacing the CCRR, Lainie is excited to run another half marathon. Although she began running for her health, she was happy to discover a hidden society of amazing, like-minded people. She loves showing her children that anything is possible — even running 13.1-26.2 miles at a time. She enjoys chasing those faster than her and loves training with those who just started. Her favorite motto: Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, but never, ever give up!”
Michelle has been a runner for six years and in that time has completed 35 half marathons and 10 marathons. The best thing to her about pacing is helping runners overcome the tough parts of a race and accomplish their goals! “At the end of the day, if I helped someone in any way, it makes it all worth it!”
Sarynna Lopez Meza—9:30 mm
“I’m a Mexican who loves running because I find it inspiring and humbling.” Sarynna started running longer distances in 2006, she’s completed two full marathon and 14 half marathons, as well as other road races. She also likes biking, completing triathlons and hopes to be able to do a half Iron Man one day.
Chris is a 47-year-old runner who lives in the rural countryside, between Williamston and Dansville, Michigan. He’s run over 15,000 miles since starting in 2004, running to celebrate life, to meditate, stay fit, see friends and to challenge himself. He serves as the captain of two trail running relay teams and loves helping others achieve their goals. Chris has accomplished three ultra-marathons, three half Ironman triathlons, nine full marathons, 13 half marathons and countless Olympic and Sprint triathlons, 10ks and 5ks.
A small business owner and resident of Williamston, Michigan, Lisa has paced the Capital City River Run every year since it began. You’ll know who she is crossing the finish line by the pirate costume she wears!
Dee has been running for 40 years and enjoys helping others and providing encouragement. She’s raced eight half marathons and one 25K. She’s paced the Capital City River Run five times and runs to achieve her goal, which is running for life.
A Grand Rapids resident, Matt has always enjoyed running, but really started going for the long distances six years ago. After years of racing on concrete, he fell in love with running on trails and enjoys running with new people.
Okemos resident Samantha has been running races for six years and has completed five marathons and two ultramarathons. Her tip for runners in her pace group is to keep her sign in sight! She’s looking forward to the laughs, hearing your stories, talking when it’s hard for you and cheering you across the finish line!
Corey has been an avid runner since 2007. His favorite distance is the 50K and he recently completed his 60th marathon. Any given Saturday he can be found leading the nine minute pace group with Team Playmakers Any Pace Any Distance group. When not running, he is a child and family psychologist.
Running is one of the best decisions Leigh has made for her quality of life. She runs for fitness, friendships, stress relief, accomplishments and adventures. This is her second time pacing CCRR so it’s in the “new adventure” category. Pacing is a way to give back while also having some fun.
Candace started running when she was 28 in a YMCA 5K with her mom. Since then she has completed 12 marathons, many half marathons and even more 5Ks, paced at all three distances, and put on her own 5K fundraiser — the Panther Spirit 5K in Dewitt.
This is her fourth year pacing the CCRR, which is where she learned to pacing. The joy of helping others reach their goals almost outweighs running my own races.
Susan has been running for seven years and completed 12 half marathons and four marathons. Her favorite race is any race where she can help someone finish!
Shannon from Dimondale loves running and accomplishing her goals. She’s completed 13 marathons or ultramarathons and so many half marathons she has lost count. She loves pacing, supporting, encouraging and witnessing so many inspiring people achieve their goals, have a good time and live a healthy life.
Aliya loves to run and wants to help others achieve their goal. Her philosophy? The party is in the back! Finishing the race is the most important goal. “Let’s keep the party going!”
Kim runs to stay young, healthy and energetic. A Haslett resident, she paces to help others have fun while motivating and encouraging them to reach their goals. She has completed seven marathons and 16 half marathons.
A runner for eight years, Amy has completed 11 marathons and 22 half marathons, and this will be her fourth time pacing the Fifth Third Capital City River Run. She loves encouraging and motivating runners when they need it the most, and having a sense of humor along the journey.
Michelle started running in 2010 because as a Spartan alum, she thought it would be cool to be able to walk on the turf of Spartan stadium, let along finish a 5K on the 50-yard line. “That’s it, I was done…or so I thought,” says Michelle. “Instead, I found a love for running and don’t want to stop.” One of her favorite things about pacing is the chance to help runners achieve their goal of completing the race—often their first longer distance.