I started casually running around 10 years ago with no other goal than staying fit. But as I approached 40, I wanted to really push myself to train for a marathon. The first step of that journey was running the Battle Creek Half Marathon in 2018. Since then, I’ve run it a second time and completed 3 marathons. I’m excited for the challenge of being a pacer this year, and I can’t wait for you to join us!
The Battle Creek Half Marathon is always a special race for me, because the inaugural run in 2016 was also my first half marathon. I've completed nine halves now in the past three years, and every one of them has been a great experience for one reason or another. I've gotten to run with some great pacers over the last three years in both full and half marathons, and I'll be there for this race to pay that forward and help others reach their goals and have fun!
After never being much of a runner, I first took up the sport when I ran my first 5K in early 2014. I always say that running really changed my life physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
Hey Racers! Can't wait to see you at the starting line at the Great Cereal City Half Marathon. I've been running for years and consistently running for the last 9 years with half and full marathon experience. Triathlon is my other love. I love the camaraderie of talking to runners to offer whatever distraction or focus ideas they need to meet their goals during the race. July will be here before you know it, happy training! I may have had to cheer from the sidelines last year, but I'm back at it and ready to ROCK this race with you. Lets bring in the 4th of July with celebrations for PR's, first time finishes, and just being out there!
Let's not talk about me, let's talk about you!
Do you like puns? Super!
Do you like cake? Awesome!
Do you want to go fast (1:50 half marathon goal time)? Sound slike this is the group to be in then! You can stop scrolling now.
On top of being your friend for 13.1 miles with no strings attached, I aim to supply you with great conversation, fantastic jokes, and a strong desire to crush your goals. Remember, this may be a race, but it is also a great photo op. I will be sure to point out every photographer on the course so you can get some great running photos as proof that you did it! (We can even fly like an airplane past the jets together.)
I'm really excited to be a 9:00 pacer for this year's Battle Creek Half Marathon. Whether your goal is to just enjoy the tour of Field of Flight and around the city, or if you're all about finishing in under two hours, I want to help you get there. I really got into running when my oldest son ran cross country in high school. I had done a few 5K's every year, but after volunteering with other team parents at the Grand Rapids Marathon for a few years, I had to finally run it. Since then, I haven't looked back. I enjoy road and trail events from 5K on up, but my favorite distances are the 25K and the half marathon. I organize the employee running teams at Aquinas College for a few races each year, and I'm a usual suspect to show up at events with Priority Health Champions, The Dirty Herd, November Project, and a few other groups in the Grand Rapids area. I'm also pacing the Riverbank Run if you get up to GR in May. I look forward to seeing you at the starting line for a great run, and a great fourth of July.
Hi there, 9:00 pace group. Most people would consider me a triathlete, but I can run without first swimming and biking. I started running as a way to lose weight and get healthier in 2009. I never dreamed that I would accomplish so much, having raced every thing from 5k to Ironman. The 2011 Grand Rapids Marathon was my first Marathon and I ran in their 9:00 minute pace group. I am really looking forward to pacing the Battle Creek Half Marathon this year.
Hi runners! I started running occasionally in 2015, but I developed a much deeper appreciation for running a year later. I moved to Battle Creek in 2016, and I have been truly impressed by the presence of various athletic groups in the community, like Cereal City Athletics and Kalamazoo Area Runners. With the support of these groups, I've done several running races and triathlons of various distances over the past few years. The Battle Creek Half Marathon is a fun one! My favorite part is running through the airport and seeing the hot air balloons. I look forward to running with you on July 4th!
When I was growing up, I kept my distance from anything athletic, but I began exercising in my 30s to lose weight. My son wanted to run a 5k, so we did it together. Then a friend challenged me to run a half marathon in 2013. I connected with the running community in Kalamazoo and have been training and racing consistently ever since for half marathons and one full marathon. I’ve also been a pace group leader for the Summer Safari training program and the Kalamazoo Area Runners Beyond training program. An encouraging pacer helped me reach my goal time for a half marathon. I hope to help you do the same.
Zachary started running while he was studying Spanish at Western Michigan University. He loves helping people exceed their goals. Zachary loves to cheer other runners on, as they put in the hard work which pays off. He is honored to be joining The Battle Creek Half Marathon Pacer Team for 2019. He is ecstatic to be part of an amazing experience.
Thanks for letting me be a pacer for the 2020 Battle Creek Half Marathon! Running has changed my life, and hopefully it will change yours. While I initially started running to lose weight and get healthy, it was the amazing running community that has kept me going over the years. Pacing is one of my favorite ways to give back. I'll be there to help you reach your goal. It will be exciting to hear your running story and I look forward to sharing encouragement with each other. See you in July!
I started running in December of 2014 and ran my first race in May 2015, the Borgess 10K. I have trained and ran 16 half marathons and one 25K since then. I really enjoy running weekly with my running buddies and helping new runners train for their first race.
I have also had the privilege to pace a few races, including the Battle Creek Half Marathon. I’m looking forward to seeing you there and helping you cross the finish line!
Hi, my name is Caroline Pendo, a mother, teacher and grower...I am excited to be a pacer for the BC Half 2020. I am new to running but passionate about the sport. I was born and raised in Kenya but did not take up running until I moved to the United States. I started running after watching the Detroit Free Press Marathon in 2017 and watching all those runners, I was inspired. I made a decision to run the following year's marathon. With zero experience, I registered for the Detroit Free Press Marathon. I knew I had to train but I did not start training until April 2018. In June 2018, a friend introduced me to Black Girls Run Detroit and shortly after, The StoneSteppers Running Club. It was the perfect motivation I needed. Since then, I haven't looked back.
This will be my second time pacing and I am honored to help other runners achieve their half marathon goals.
I began running later in life having caught the bug from a daughter and her husband. Since then I've continued to run and have been able to pace in various full and half marathon events, including the Battle Creek Half Marathon, as well as being a pace group leader for the Borgess Run Camp. I find much enjoyment in helping people reach their goals of finishing endurance events such as these, and look forward to helping YOU too!
I started running in 2008. I completed a few 5ks and 10ks then graduated to the half marathon. Since then I have completed numerous half and full marathons as well as ultra marathons. I have alos completed 4 50 mile runs and a 100 mile run. I enjoy the atmosphere and the people you meet along the way. The great thing about pacing is the ability to help other runners achieve their goal, especially if it is their first race.
Hello fellow runners! I am really looking forward to pacing again this year at the Battle Creek Half Marathon! I have been running steadily for the last 15 years or so and have paced many races in the past. I love both trail and road running, as well as mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking. I have run in nearly 150 events, ranging from fun runs on up to ultra marathons of 100 miles. I am a licensed psychologist and a true believer in the positive mental health benefits that come from running.
In terms of my personality and style as a pacer, I believe running can, and should be, a fun experience. I don’t take things too seriously and am pretty laid back. I really value the social aspects of being with fellow runners. I have learned a few things over the years and would like to share them with you! I have tried out most of the major training methods out there and try to keep up on the latest in gear, nutrition, and running research. As a pacer, I hope I can help you achieve your goal for the Battle Creek Half Marathon. Welcome, and let’s go run!
2015 was the year that I started running and the year that I decided that I was going to run a half marathon. Ask anyone who knows me well, I am not a crier. Crossing the finish line of my first half marathon brought me to tears! That race made me fall in love with long distance running and believe in myself! Since then I have ran several half marathons, 25K’s and even one marathon More important than the races that I have run are the friendships that I have gained by being a part of the running community in West Michigan. I am honored to be a pacer for the BC Half! It gives me the opportunity to give back to the running community that I love!
Hey there, running friends! I’m super excited for another year pacing the BC Half Marathon! I’ve been running since 2013 (when I completed my first 5k) – since then, I’ve fallen in love with all things running, biking and swimming. To date, I’ve completed three marathons (Kalamazoo, 2017; Chicago, 2017; Pittsburgh, 2020) and two half Ironman events (Steelhead, 2018; Traverse City, 2019). Later in July, I’ll be completing my third 70.3 down in Delaware, OH. I am an active member of the Kalamazoo Area Runners, both in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, and I also train with the Trikats triathlon group and Cereal City Athletics Adventure Club. I love our active community and I can’t wait to meet you all on July 4th!
I have been running for 4 years completing 16 full marathons and above. The half marathon is the perfect challenge. I love pacing and am in my second year of being a pacer. I am a mom of 2, graduated from Calvin College and MSU Law. I love coaching Girls on the Run and scouting with my kids. I am proud to pace the Cereal City Half. I can’t wait to meet the 11 minute run group. The party is in the back. Just keep running!!
The Battle Creek Half Marathon is the race that got my back into the sport of running after having my sons! July 4th 2020 will be my 5th time running this event and 9th half marathon. The supportive run community here in Battle Creek has made me fall in love with long distance running! This will be my first time pacing an event. I am very excited to share my hometown and favorite race with you!
I ran my first half marathon in 2013. I have run 30+ races since then that were half marathon length or longer. I’ve been the 12:00 pacer for the last 3 years with Erica Hicks and we’re excited to have Jessica joining our team this year. My biggest accomplishments are; completing a 151 day run streak, running the New York City Marathon, and completing Steelhead Half Ironman.
I am very excited about pacing the BC Half Marathon for the fourth year in a row. I always look forward to meeting new runners and helping them achieve their race goal.
First, here’s a little about me. My sweet 16th wedding anniversary is two days before this race. We have two beautiful children ages 14 and 11. My family is my biggest support system and I cherish them very much! My big sister Tanya is my #1 fan, she continues to show up at most of my races to cheer me on.
I am one of the Black Girls Run Detroit Ambassadors; a member of the Stone Steppers Run Club; and a member of She Run This Town (SRTT) in Battle Creek.
My running resume consists of six full marathons (two which are major marathons Chicago and New York), 18 half marathons, two Ragnar Relays and many 5/10k races. I am more than confident my pacer twin Christine and I will guide the runners in our designated group to the finish line!
I give thanks to the Lord for providing me with strength and endurance to continue running.
I am looking forward to helping the half marathoners in the 12:00 per mile group get finish.
If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together ~African Proverb
I started running 5 years ago. I started running mainly as a stress reliever but also to prevent ending up on My 600lb Life TV show. Through running I have met some of the most encouraging and wonderful friends.
I enjoy encouraging others in their running adventures as if it wasn't for others doing that for me, I wouldn't be where I am.
Let's have a great run.
I have been running most of my adult life. I mainly ran 5 and 10K's until 2011. For my 50th birthday I decided I would challenge myself and run my 1st half marathon. I fell in love with that distance and have run over 30 half marathons and 5 25K races since then. In 2016 I decided to give Triathlon a go in an attempt to change things up with my training. I have now completed multiple sprint and olympic distance triathlons as well as 2 half ironman events. This May I will be completing my first full marathon(yes, I have always said I would never do that!!!) and also will be doing a sprint, olympic and half Ironman distance triathlon this summer. I am hoping that the Pittsburgh marathon goes well May 3, because I signed up to run the Detroit International Marathon in October!!
Hi Runners! I’m Janie Thilges from West Bend Iowa-your 12:30min/mi interval pacer!! This is my first race as a pacer and I am excited to help you successfully cross the finish line. I’ve run 5k’s and 10k’s and September 2019 I took the leap to 13.1 and feel in love with this distance. I have completed 6 half marathons in the last year and officially joined the Half Fanatics! I look forward to BC as I have spent many 4th of July’s in Michigan and now getting to add to half marathon with you makes the day even more special!
Hi! I’m Amanda and I’m excited to be pacing my first half marathon with the 12:30 min/mile pace group. I started running, grudgingly, five years ago because my husband and I decided to do a warrior dash with my family. In the time since, I’ve completed many 5 and 10K races and five half marathons. I even got into triathlon, with the help of Cereal City Athletics, and finished my first half Ironman 70.3 last August with another one this August. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help and encourage the people to fulfill their goals and cross the finish line smiling!