Half Marathon Pace Bears

Dave Walker … 2:00 After some triathlons and running in his early 20’s, Dave switched to cycling because of ongoing knee pain. In 2010 he read Chris McDougall’s “Born to Run” and tried running again with a different stride. He hasn’t looked back since. He’s completed more than 65 marathons and ultras, and is a pacer for the New York City Marathon, and the New York Road Runners half marathons. He runs with friends in New York known as the “Junk Yard Dogs” and with the POLSKA Running Team for NYRR races. His goal as a pacer is to help you achieve your time goal, and keep you entertained to make the time go by. He isn’t the fastest runner, but always has the best time

Richard Loud … 2:15 Hi, I’m Rich Loud.  I ran my first marathon in Burlington, VT in 2010 thinking it was going to be a “one and done.”  A month later I found myself searching for another… then another.  I’ve now completed over thirty one marathons and ultramarathons including the Boston to Big Sur Challenge and the Vermont 100. Helping others reach their racing goals is one of the most rewarding aspects of running and I’m excited to help you reach yours. When I’m not running, I’m an engineer specializing in industrial noise control.  Think about that for a minute.

Kristin Lundy 2:15 Pace

One of my favorite things about running is the people I meet and seeing their great accomplishments. I love hearing their stories as I run, and helping people to reach a goal. Whether it be a first 5k, half marathon, or 100 miler, each journey is special and everyone has a story. I love to travel to run, and hear about other’s travel adventures. 

My philosophy for pacing is to maintain a somewhat even pace, slowing slightly on the up-hills and through the water stops so people have a chance to grab a drink. I may remind people to fuel, answer questions and offer encouragement, but mostly I will be keeping an eye my watch and maintaining a steady pace so you it’s one less thing for you to think about.

Stephanie Ruzicka    2:30 Pace

Hi Everyone!   My name is Stephanie Ruzicka and I will be pacing the 2:30 half marathon.  I am very excited and honored to be pacing this race! There is nothing I love more than helping others accomplish a goal they have worked so hard for.  If you run with me you can be sure I will be putting my entire heart and soul into your run!   I am a seasoned runner who has paced both full and half marathons as well as run races ranging from 5Ks to 100 milers.  I run anywhere from 30 to 40 events per year.  I love to challenge myself to new events and push hard to do the best I can and you can expect me to do that for you as well while having fun!  If you have any questions you can contact me at sruzicka@optonline.net

Michelle Perlee 2:45 Pace

Michelle Perlee has been an athlete all of her life, but never seriously until about 2005 when her friend convinced her to run a marathon. Many marathons and half marathons later, Michelle is a member of the 50 State Marathon Club and her goal is to travel around and do a marathon in all 50 states.

Michelle helps coach one of the local middle school cross-country and track teams as well as an extreme winter running group through the same middle school. Michelle likes to pace to help others complete their goals, whether that is finishing their first marathon or achieving a PR. She enjoys meeting new runners and getting to know them through the pace groups and having fun while running a race.