YOUR PACERS

3m half marathon pacer
3m half marathon start line with pace signs and half marathon pacers

The Twenty-Six Two pacers will help you achieve your 3M Half Marathon goals and act as a rolling finish line all the way to the real finish line! They’re here for you, whether your goal is a personal record or simply to cross the finish line. Our Pace Group Leaders are extremely experienced runners and selected based on their previous running and/or pacing performances. They know what it takes to hold a steady pace and provide a great race experience for their “Pace-ees.”

If you have questions, or would like to inquire about being a pacer, email 3mpacer@highfiveevents.com.

PACE TIMES
We will have pace groups for the following finishing times: 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20

MEET THE PACERS AT THE EXPO
There will be a “Meet the Pacers” area at the expo where you can meet the group and ask questions.

FINDING THE PACERS ON RACE DAY
To meet up with the pacers on race day, look for them next to the “Pace Time” signs in the starting area holding up signs with the finishing times printed on them. They will be wearing Pacer singlets and carrying the pace signs. Try to meet up with your pace group at least 15 minutes before the start of the race.

Five to 10 minutes before the start, your pace group leader will give you their final instructions. This may include any adjustments being made to the pace due to course conditions. This is another great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.

WATER STATION PHILOSOPHY
Water station philosophy, regarding whether the pace group will walk or run through it, is up to the pace leader. Each pace leader will let you know their strategy for getting back together after a water stop. Be sure to check with your group leader prior to the start if this is important to you.

WE WANT YOU TO RUN YOUR OWN RACE
If you feel great on race day and want to catch the next group, we’ll cheer you on. If it’s not your day, slow down and wait for the group behind you. And if you want to just fall in and match strides with your pace group leader, we’re sure to appreciate the company!

Meet Your 2023 Pacers

Ted Davison

  • Pace: 6:51 min/mile

Ted Davison’s running career started many years ago in Zimbabwe as part of his triathlon training. When he went to college in England, Davison completed the London marathon, twice. He has now completed more than 20 marathons, an Ironman triathlon and over 20 ultra-distance races, including Western States 100, Leadville 100, Tahoe Rim Trail, The Bear, Bighorn, and the Tor Des Geants – 330K in Italian Alps. Since moving to Austin in 2001, Davison has run the Austin Marathon and 3M ½ marathon many times and this will be his fifth year being a pacer.

Jason Lippman

  • Pace: 6:51 min/mile

Been running for over 25 years building from marathon distance to ultra running events. Have completed over 30 marathons and ten 100 mile ultra trail races. Over the past 10 years, have paced more races than raced.

Leland Mangrum

  • Pace: 7:14 min/mile

I have run 15+ Marathons and twice as many or more halfs and have given up on the counting.

My advice is to run for the wealth of health. As often as you can.

Matt Fletcher

Matt Fletcher began running in 2011 to drop weight, but quickly the addiction took hold. Scenery and lack of cars are the greatest appeal to him when running trails, but Matt maintains a healthy appetite for Austin’s asphalt. Now training with TrailRoots, Matt has finished a couple 100Ks, had his first marathon win at a Lake Georgetown trail race, and has two 2:59 marathons, most recently in Boston. Pacing 3M for the 4th time now lets him give something back to this encouraging running community, and enjoy this downhill racetrack!

Robyn Dodge

Robyn is a veteran pacer of the 3M Half Marathon. She has 40 marathons under her belt, including finishing ten consecutive Boston Marathons and having also paced the Austin Marathon for the past 8 years. Dr Robyn is an archaeologist specializing in ancient Maya prehistory and also certified fitness instructor. Robyn looks forward to pacing the 1:40 group and assisting runners to achieve their goals.

Joe Terracina

Joe ran his first 3M marathon 16 years ago. Since then, he has run over 50 marathons, including qualifying and running the the Boston marathon 11 times. He also ran a sub-3 hour marathon in 2014. He has been pacing the 3M Half for years, and loves helping other runners achieve their goals in this race.

Jose Reyes

  • Pace: 8:00 min/mile

Jose’s affair with long distance running started with the 2017 3M Half Marathon. After completion, he felt the need to try a full marathon which he did in Paris 2018. He joined Twenty-Six Two Marathon Club in the summer of 2018 and has completed three more marathons since then. Jose takes great pride and joy in pacing, especially the 3M half where he has paced for several years now.

Karim Elmrabet

  • Pace: 8:00 min/mile

I started running in 2003 with the goal of a completing a single marathon. Soon after, I got hooked, as running helped me stay fit and alleviate work stress. I have been pacing the 3M half-marathons for many years and enjoy helping runners reach their goal. Furthermore, I look forward to doing the same in the Austin Marathon. I enjoy traveling to different locations to run marathons. I have completed 50+ marathons, including all the majors.

Charles Werth

  • Pace: 8:23 min/mile

I am a local Austin runner who trains with TwentySixTwo. I’ve run one marathon a year for the past 15 years, plus a bunch of halves and shorter runs. This past year I ran Boston in April, and finished in around 3:21. I’ve paced 3M once before, and am looking forward to doing it again.

Kelvin Lam

  • Pace: 8:23 min/mile

I’ve been engaging with running for last 10 years. Love helping new runners achieve their goals through pacing

Laura Hitt

  • Pace: 8:46 min/mile

Laura has been running long-distance races in Austin annually for more than 20 years, having first run the 3M Half Marathon in 2003. Laura has paced 10 half marathons and raced 4 full marathons. When she isn’t running, she’s a mathematician-turned-fraud-program-manager and mother of two amazing tweens.

Kara Levy

Kara Levy has been a 3M pacer for several years, and has paced numerous other half-marathons. A multiple Boston Marathon finisher, Kara has run more than 20 marathons in a 11 states. Her half PR is 1:29, and her marathon PR is 3:20.

Paul Carmona

Paul has paced for 3M and other half marathons since 2006. He has run more than 75 marathons, including 12 Boston Marathon finishes.

Frank Hayes

“I was talked into running my first marathon in college before I knew that ‘marathon training’ was a thing. At the start of the race I was at the front of the pack running 6 min miles feeling great but by the end I could barely walk across the finish line. 26.2 Miles is for real.
I picked up running again as an adult after the birth of my daughter and quickly discovered, as many do, that running long distances in the Texas summer heat is difficult to do without support. I found a great group of friends to run and train with in the Twenty-Six Two Marathon Club and through the club I was afforded the opportunity to pace half marathons in and around Austin.
It is such a privilege for me and I find it so rewarding to pace a group of runners. Whether we are running sub-7 minute miles or 12 minute miles, racing a hilly course like Decker or a downhill course like 3M, helping a group of runners achieve their race goals is such a thrill for me.”

Eliot Franklin

  • Pace: 9:09 min/mile

I’ve been running half and full marathons since 2009. 3M is one of my favorite races. It has a great vibe and usually good weather. Looking forward to pacing and running with others whether it’s their first half marathon or their fiftieth.

Eva Oleksy

  • Pace: 9:32 min/mile

Eva has been running half marathons since 2012 and has paced the 3M half over 7 years! She has run a few a few marathons, but enjoys the reward of pacing halfs to help others reach personal goals. forShe plays competitive ultimate frisbee in her off time and enjoys being outside and running year round.

Son Ha

  • Pace: 9:54 min/mile

I live in Round Rock. I ran my first half-marathon in 2016. I joined Twenty-Six Two in 2019. I enjoy running outside with my dog.

Claire McGuinness

  • Pace: 9:54 min/mile

I started running half marathons in 2005 and since then I’ve run dozens of half marathons and a few full marathons. I have paced many half marathons & love sharing the joy of running with others.

Jessica Mangrum

Jessica has run the Austin marathon twice and has completed over 25 half marathons! She has completed the Austin Distance Challenge several times – both full and half track. Jessica likes to run Lady Bird Lake and around town with her rescue dog, Ginny.

Katie Carmona

Katie is a long-time 3M Half Marathon pacer who has completed 50+ half marathons and 25+ marathons, including Boston, New York, Chicago, London, and Berlin. Katie is looking forward to completing her Sixth Abbott Major in Tokoyo in 2023. Katie’s approach to pacing the 3M Half Marathon is to maintain an even pace per mile with adjustments as needed when climbing hills. It’s okay to slow down when running up hill because you can make it up with less effort running down the other side of the hill. Make sure to say hello and introduce yourself when you join Katie’s pace group!

Ted Kvapil

  • Pace: 10:40 min/mile

I began running about 13 years ago. I have run one full marathon and about 20 half marathons. 2023 will be my 11th 3M

Fran Rodda

  • Pace: 10:40 min/mile

Fran began running more than twenty years ago. In 2014, she decided to take her running to the next level and ran her first half marathon. A week later, she signed up with Twenty-Six Two running club to train for a full marathon. After completing her first marathon in 2015, Fran was hooked. She’s run six marathons and numerous half marathons.

Monica Helgesen

I love to run 3M! You can feel the austin spirit on the race. Easy & fun downhill course.

Rocio Villalobos

I started running about 7-8 years ago and I haven’t stopped running since. Having grown up in Austin, races like the 3M Half Marathon are some of my favorites to participate in. In the past couple of years, I have started running more trail and ultra races, but I always love getting to be a part of the 3M Half. I am one of the co-founders of Native Roots ATX, a running and wellness crew that centers Native and Indigenous people. Helping others get connected to the local running community is what it’s all about for me!

Shannon Arriaga

Hi all! My name is Shannon and I’ve been an avid runner for a bit over a decade and my knees feel GREAT! I’ve paced numerous half marathons and I’ve run 5 full marathons for recreation…yep…I’m THAT RUNNER. I’ll be pacing the 2:30 finishers with Juanita and we’ll be finishing at 2:29, BE READY!

Juanita Bowling

I am Juanita Bowling a mother to six beautiful boys!! I’ve always been athletic for many years. I have ran 12 full marathons and countless half marathons. If I had to throw a number out there on the half marathons I would say over 100. I’ve also participated in triathlons and in Ultramarathons. My desire and focus has always been on serving others and helping others achieve their goals. I then shifted my focus from running into bodybuilding and I participated in three competitions and finally won third place overall. As life throws obstacles and challenges I had to take a halt. I am ready to jump back into bodybuilding so I can be number one. I will continue running as it’s wonderful overall physically mentally emotionally and spiritually. I look forward to serving you and helping you achieve your goals. To the finish line that is. Happy trails!

Julie Gregory

  • Pace: 12:12 min/mile

Julie has been running in Austin since the early 2000s and has been part of the Twenty-six Two Marathon club since the inaugural first timer’s group in San Diego in 2005. Since that time she’s run lots of half marathons (3M is her favorite) and she’s run 5 marathons (the Austin marathon twice, the San Diego Rock n Roll marathon, Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, and the Dallas White Rock Marathon. You can find her running the streets and trails in Austin with her son who’s also a runner. She can’t wait to help you meet your finish time goal!

Cassandra Medrano

Cassandra Medrano is a lifetime Austinite and a joyful runner. Cassandra was the official pacer for the 2005, 2006, 2007 Austin Marathon and the official pacer for the 2005 Rock ‘N Roll San Diego. Cassandra dedicates each mile she runs to a child with special needs and someone who’s battling cancer. Cassandra recently was scheduled to pace the 3M Half Marathon in 2022, but COVID did not allow for groups to run together. Cassandra is looking forward to pacing the 3M Half Marathon in 2023 and welcomes fellow runners to join in the fun.

Christina Barry

  • Pace: 12:58 min/mile

I have been running long distances for about 12 years. A friend said, “Hey, want to run a half marathon?” That sounded like a good idea and I’ve been running ever since. I enjoy the challenge of training and sense of accomplishment that comes from completing a race. Running is life!

Alison Reis-Khanna

Alison Reis-Khanna has been a runner for 25 years! She has completed 8 marathons, 14 half-marathons and numerous local races. In addition to running, she enjoys pilates classes and being outside as much as possible. She is an education project manager with Resources for Learning. Alison resides with her husband, daughter and dog in Round Rock, TX. Her cooldown routine includes a bit of foam rolling and a big cup of coffee.

Ronda Smith

Ronda is from a family of runners and has been running 1/2 marathons since 2018. She has 3 children and an amazing husband who fully support her running!

Eleanor Freidrich

I am a science teacher, twin mom, and longhorn, and I love to run! I grew up in Houston, and didn’t start running until grad school, in 2004. I had some injuries and setbacks, but have always loved running! I love being outside, I love the peacefulness, and I usually have my dog with me (she is the best girl). I’m running this half with my college roommate, Ronda!