2013 Pace Bear Team

January 21, 2013


The Pace Bears cordially invite you to meet your marathon goals with the help of their Adirondack backwoods experience. Whether you are aiming for a 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30 or 4:45 finish, these bears are fully carbo loaded and ready to help you. Stop by the Expo to sign up, or feel free to join your preferred Bear at the start or anytime during the marathon.

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Jeff Dengate (Jersey City, NJ) 3:30 Pace
Hi! While I live in New Jersey and work as the Shoes & Gear editor of Runner’s World, I do train on the Adirondack Marathon course often. My wife’s parents have a home at the one-mile mark, so it’s like a hometown race for me. This will be my sixth time running the Adirondack Marathon, with a best time of 3:03. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your race goal. Not running with me in the 3:30 group? Come say hi at a strategy session on Saturday at the marathon expo.

Scott Reiss (New Haven, VT) 3:30 Pace
Hi my name is Scott Reiss and I hail from New Haven, VT. My first ever road race was the Adirondack half marathon back in 2006 and I have to say that is when I fell in love with our sport and this event in particular. I have since come back to run the full here once and the half two more times. The natural beauty of this course, the organization of the event and the outpouring of support from the locals is what keeps me coming back for this race. My one time running the full here was my first serious attempt to qualify for Boston and while I missed qualifying by seconds I’ll always remember the stranger I met that morning that tried to help me reach that goal. I have now since qualified for Boston in 9 straight races and run it 3 times with a PR of 2:59 and most recently ran again this past April. It will be my great pleasure to pace the 3:30 group this year and help you reach that goal.

Joe Alfano (Holden, MA) 3:45 Pace
I’m Joe Alfano, and I love running marathons in New England. The Adirondack Marathon is a new favorite of mine; the course is especially beautiful. My pacing strategy is to run a steady 8:30 – 8:35 per mile, so we’ll finish comfortably within 3:45… My day job is teaching college math in Central Massachusetts — but don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz. I look forward to meeting you on race day!

Bill Hoffman (Albany, NY) 3:45 Pace
Bill Hoffman blogs as barefoot Bill for the Albany Times Union. Bill is a Born to Run (BTR) inspired runner. In 2010 after reading BTR, he picked up some Vibram Five Fingers and started to run. He has since run 5 marathons including qualifying for Boston and running the 2013 Boston Marathon. He will be pacing the 3:45 group and will be the pacer wearing huaraches.

Rowland Brucken (Northfield, VT) 3:45 Pace
I am a history professor at Norwich University, teaching courses on modern American history, U.S. foreign policy, and international human rights law. My wife Lisa is a wonderful and active supporter of my running addiction, and we have 3 daughters, ages 11, 10 and 4. I have been a coach for the Girls on the Run organization here in Northfield. The decision in 1990 to run my first marathon in Columbus occurred three months after having surgery to remove an aggressive cancerous tumor from my left quad. I’ve been blessed with having entered over 50 marathons, from a 7-person event in over 100-degree humid heat in Kentucky to enduring a driving rainstorm and near northeaster in Boston to passing out before finishing in Chicago. Seeking new challenges, I entered my first ultramarathon in 1998 and have run perhaps 20 in all in distances up to 100 miles. Last year, I ran the Vermont 100-miler for the fifth time. I’ve had much success in terms of winning and placing high in long-distance races, but that’s not as important to me as being grateful for having the good health needed to stand at the starting line.

Paul Sorace (Bayonne, NJ) 4:00 Pace
Hello Runners! I am very excited to be the 4:00 pacer for the marathon! I am an experienced pacer for both half marathons and full marathons. I have run the half marathon here a few years ago, so I am familiar with the second half of the course. My plan will be to run the first 5K slightly slower than goal pace (even the elites do this). I will very gradually pick up the pace afterwards, making up the warm up splits in the middle miles. However, my pace will overall be fairly even. We will slow up a bit on the hills and make up some of that time on the down hills. I will not stop at fluids stations but I will slow down slightly until we clear the station, then accelerate to get back on pace. Since this is a BQ (Boston Qualifying time) for women ages 50-54, I plan to finish a few seconds under 4:00. See you at the start!

Alex Braun (Brooklyn, NY) 4:00 Pace
Hi, My name is Alex Braun from Brooklyn, NY and I hope to help you reach your running goal as this year’s Adirondack Marathon. I took up running as a way to get into shape and can proudly say it has definitely paid off. I now want to pass that drive and excitement to all of you. I have loved every minute (well almost) of training for my marathons including Atlantic City, Philadelphia, and the Goofy Challenge at Walt Disney World to name a few. I have also done triathlons including a half ironman (currently training for a full one) and I am training for an ultramarathon. When I’m not doing all that, I’m a Biology professor in New York, so I can definitely name all the bones and muscles when they hurt. I know with the right training and hard work, you will exceed your expectations for this marathon and feel free to contact me to discuss any training questions/advice.

Tom Nuovo (Burlington, VT) 4:00 Pace
The first marathon I ran was the New York City Marathon in 1983. I went to New York City with my father and we handed in our applications that day at Central Park. I finished the New York City Marathon in 3:48:52 (gun time) with minimal training because I was young and foolish. I was so sore after that marathon I could not walk down stairs. I ran occasionally over the years, but never ran another race until the Vermont City Marathon in 2001. I was older, slower, but had found a new passion. I discovered running was a great way to see places, to experience the places where I traveled, and I enjoyed just being able to go out the door and run. I have now completed ten marathons. My best time was the Vermont City Marathon in 2007 with a time of 3:27:30. (Yes, you can get faster with more practice!) In 2011 I switched to running in the barefoot style. I have now completed three marathons in Fivefinger Shoes. I have also tried minimalist shoes, which I wear mostly in the cold weather. This will be my forth time pacing a 4 hour running group. I look forward to encouraging everyone to meet their personal goals.

Allison Lassoe (Sheffield, MA) 4:00 Pace
I have run more than 100 marathons to date and have more planned before September. In the past three years I have run at least a marathon a month, with the goal of trying to have fun first and when possible finish under 4 hours. I relied on pacers when I was starting out running marathons so I am really happy to now have the chance to pace others. My favorite part of a marathon now is the end last 6-10 miles when I can give encouragement to others. I am 49 years old and from Sheffield, MA. I am a proud member of the Marathon Maniacs and have enjoyed being part of a great running community. Running a marathon is a great achievement no matter your pace. I look forward to seeing everyone in September.

Doug Ferris (Willsboro, NY) 4:15 Pace
Doug Ferris is a native of nearby Willsboro, NY. The 54 year old is looking forward to sharing his eighth marathon (fourth time around for Schroon Lake) with fellow runners looking to meet or beat a 4:15 time. He is honored, humbled, and ecstatic about having the opportunity of sharing the Adirondack Marathon experience with first timers and PR seekers alike. Each mile is a gift. He’ll see you in September!

Bri Carlson (Storrs, CT) 4:15 Pace
I began running in high school, fell in love and never stopped. I am now 21 years old and this will be my fourth year of running marathons. I have eight marathons with many more planned. In 2011 I came in first in my age division in Hartford. I began running in high school, fell in love and never stopped. I am now 21 years old and I grew up in Connecticut. I just graduated from University of Connecticut with a degree in actuary Science. In my past marathons, the pace teams have been great support systems and helped me finish strong. Running together is the best to keep you going through the whole race and I’m proud to be a pacer in the Adirondack Marathon and to support other runners. Keep running and see you in September!!

Rick Morris (Salisbury, VT) 4:15 Pace
Also shown: Karen Morris, 5:00 Pacer!
Hi…I’m Rick Morris from Salisbury Vermont. A “few” years ago I decided to take on the challenge of completing my first marathon in Burlington Vermont, wanting to do just one in my lifetime and definitely before turning forty. I never realized that it would change my life for the better…forever. Now my wife and I are on a lifelong quest, traveling across the countryside completing at least one marathon in every state and continent. We still have a ways to go, but as they say…”the journey is half the fun”! Like life running a marathon has its ups and downs, but with running you get the chance to complete something great within a “short time” and the ability to share with others the excitement that goes with it. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the starting line.

Patricia Clark (Worcester, MA) 4:30 Pace
Patricia Clark has run over sixty marathons including eight full Boston’s. This year, she was at mile 25.8 of the 2013 Boston Marathon when the bombing occurred. She has a marathon PR of 3:40. She is a regular pace leader for the Hartford Marathon or half marathon, depending on her schedule, and has also paced the Manchester City Marathon. This is her second Adirondack Marathon. Last year she ran it as a training run in 4:11, placing first in the senior division. She is the mother of eight ‘kids,’ most of whom are fast runners. When asked, she will explain that she runs marathons to escape the laundry room at home!

Otto Lam (Wayne, NJ) 4:30 Pace
Hi, my name is Otto Lam. I’m from Wayne, NJ. I’m a web application developer for a media agency in New York City. I have completed 48 marathons and ultra-marathons. My recent marathon PR is 3:21:24, and I have completed six 100 mile ultra-marathons with a PR at 19:43:58. I have paced four marathons in 2012, and I will be pacing six more marathons this year. I enjoy pacing because I love meeting new runners while helping them to achieve their goal. My strategy is to start at an easy pace until the crowds started to thin out, then we will run at an even pace throughout the course. I will slow down at each water station so we can stay hydrated, but I will not walk or stop at any water stations. I will share tips and stories before and throughout the race to keep you going. My job is to help you achieve your goal, and your job is to simply enjoy the run with me! We will have an awesome time running the race together! Please feel free to email me to say hi or to ask me any questions. I look forward to meeting you at the race!

Steve Lester (Lake Placid, NY) 4:30 Pace
Steve Lester ran his first marathon in New York in 1991 as a member of the 26th Army Band while stationed on the opposite side of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge from the marathon start line. Since then he has completed 13 more marathons on a total of eight different courses including two in Germany (Frankfurt and Berlin), one in France (Medoc), and this year’s Boston. After 22 years as a guitarist in the Army bands he retired in 2007. He spent the previous year running at high altitude while deployed to Afghanistan, during which he spent the first six weeks on an earthquake relief mission in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, the epicenter of a deadly quake that killed more than 80,000 people. Little did he know that Osama Bin Laden was roughly 15 miles away in Abbottabad. He currently works as a music instructor at SUNY Jefferson in Watertown, N.Y., and owns The Music Box in Lake Placid, a small retail shop that offers instruments, accessories and private lessons.

Julia Khvasechko (New York City) 4:45 Pace
I am thrilled to be coming back to the Adirondack Mountains to pace this gorgeous marathon again. I am a 15 year brain cancer survivor and I know first-hand that every day I get to run is a gift. I relearned how to stand, walk and eventually run after my surgery and now I am blessed to help others cross their own finish lines, regardless of their circumstances. It is a really great high to see people fulfill their dreams. I like taking the stress off of them and reminding them to have fun and trust in their training. I am always honored to be there with them. Being an ultramarathoner, a massage therapist and yoga instructor, I am very passionate and knowledgeable about the body. If you have any nagging injuries or other questions feel free to pick my brain! I am also a vegetarian and a minimalist runner and am always happy to share my knowledge about these two topics as well to help the miles go faster. Don’t stress the small stuff; I will keep a consistent pace throughout the marathon. Just stick with me and don’t forget to have fun!

Karolina Fucikova (Mansfield, CT) 4:45 Pace
I have never been good at sports and am embarrassingly uncoordinated and clumsy, but I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors. I started running to get in better shape about eight years ago and in 2010 I moved from 5k’s to half marathons and marathons, and even triathlons. Since then I’ve completed 8 road marathons, one trail marathon, and numerous half marathons on both trail and road. My personal best is 3:23 for full and 1:37 for half. Recently, I helped a friend of mine achieve her goal time in her first full marathon (Vermont City Marathon in Burlington). I enjoyed the pacing experience so much I decided to volunteer as an official pacer – and I look forward to helping you get to the finish line at the Adirondack Marathon this September! Other than that, I have a PhD in Biology, an energetic Labrador retriever, and love dumpster diving, knitting, Xena the Warrior Princess, and kale.

Michal Seligson (Cary, North Carolina) 4:45 Pace
I have run 4 marathons, so I’m a rookie compared to the other pacers. Adirondack marathon was my 2nd marathon and I loved every moment. I spent summers as a child in Schroon Lake with my cousins, and it’s great running around the lake that always seemed so vast to me when I was young. I currently live in NC with my husband and son. I like running, cycling, eating and cooking.

Michelle Perlee (left; Bristol, VT) and Karen Morris (right; Salisbury, VT) 5:00 Pace
Hi we’re Michelle and Karen. We travel together having “fun” by running 26.2 miles throughout the year.
Last year we completed 6 marathons and the Disney’s Goofy Challenge (1/2 marathon on Saturday , full on Sunday) in January. This is a picture of us finishing the Vermont Mad Marathon in July 2012. Looking forward to helping you meet your goal in Schroon this fall and having a fun time crossing the finish line together

Elizabeth Pfluger (Poughkeepsie, NY) 5:00 Pace
Hi, My name is Elizabeth – I am from Poughkeepsie, NY – I am really looking forward to to being a Pace Bear for the Adirondack Marathon!! I am a Pediatric Occupational Therapist in Valhalla, NY. I have loved running for as long as I can remember and started running more competitively since 2008 – this will be my fourth Marathon. This experience is a great opportunity to support and motivate others in running towards their goal!!!

Debbie Tirrito (Vermont) 5:15 Pace
I am a native Vermonter and have worked for IBM in various capacities and as a registered nurse. I have two sons and eight grandchildren. I enjoy many sports and am a professional triathlete and TEAM USA member in the Duathlon. I have completed events that have taken me across the Rockies of America (Wild West Relay), the Alps of Europe (Gortex Transalpine Run), the rain forests and volcanic regions of Costa Rica and the deserts, canyons and mountains of South America. I have also participated in the 3,000 mile Race Across America bike ride. In the winter I enjoy snowshoeing and am a Tubbs Snowshoe sponsored athlete. I look forward to meeting each of you in September and helping you achieve your goal!

Diane Bolton (Nashville, TN) 5:15 Pace
Diane Jones Bolton is originally from upstate NY but now resides in Nashville, TN. She has completed over 210 marathons/ultras and achieved her quest of running a marathon in every state..twice! Last year Diane ran 71 marathons achieving the title Marathon Maniac of the Year being the 3rd woman in 2012 to run over 70 marathons in one year! Diane is a wellness coach at a YMCA in TN where she conditions runners to achieve their running goals. Please join me as we experience the joy of crossing that finish line at our goal time. Tips for my fellow runners joining my pace group: Hydrate and lets have fun! And SMILE bright as you reach the Finish Line! With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.

Jack Armitage (Latham, NY) 5:30 Run/Walk Pace
My name is Jack Armitage. I have completed 8 marathons. Last year, I broke 4 hours for the first time in my life. I use the Galloway run/walk method for marathons. I find it makes the daunting task of a marathon more manageable. I have lost 80 lbs and am a Weight Watchers Lifetime member for 2 years and have adopted a healthy lifestyle. I feel better than I have felt in many years. I love to challenge myself physically as it gives me goals to work towards. Last year, I did my half ironman triathlon on Labor Day weekend. If all goes well, I plan to have finished a triathlon the day before this race. I also love hiking in the Adirondacks. I believe that your marathon begins the day you sign up for it. The training is the hard part. The race itself is the last leg. One of the most amazing feelings that I have ever experienced is finishing a marathon. I hope to help others experience this. I was a pacer last year and enjoyed helping others reach their goals. The hills will be tough, it makes crossing the finish line that much sweeter. I am looking forward to the race and the experience.

Nicole Bruyere (Quebec) 5:30 Pace
I am excited to be pacing for the 2013 Adirondack Marathon! I run to have fun and to socialize, and I assure I will bring our 5:30 pace group to the finish line on time. In 1999 I began running marathons and have since “coached” four friends into running their first marathons. Now 42, I have completed 10 marathons in the United States, Canada, and France. I especially enjoy the camaraderie of running with a group, sharing stories, and offering encouragement along the way. I look forward to meeting my 5:30 pace group on race day!

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