Half Marathon Pace Teams

2019 Half Marathon Pacers will be updated shortly before race weekend! 

Pace teams will be in place approximately 30 minutes before the start of the half marathon. The pace leader will have a pace sign with the finish goal time on it. Pick your time, find your leader and GO! Have fun!.

1:50 pacer

Hong Weng (South Lyon, Michigan)

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Hi, my name is Hong Weng. I live in South Lyon, MI. I was born and raised in Mainland China, but I have lived in MI 20+ years. I started running as a junior in high school. It was a great way to make new friends and improve my English. Since high school I have completed 40+ Marathons up to 100 km. I started doing triathlon four years ago, now I have completed three full Ironman and five half ironman distances.

Favorite place to run/train:

Kensington Metro Park and Island Lake. During winter time, I like to run the mountain biking trails and summer time, I swim in the lakes and bike on the road in Island Lake. Also I swim with Milford athletic club, compete in Master swimming.

Favorite running quote: If I keep eating, I better keep running. Run to eat and enjoy life!

2:00 pacer

Doug Millson (Clawson, Michigan)

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I'm excited to pace Martian for the 2nd year in a row! I was paced by Russ Jensen at Martian 2 years ago and he ended up becoming a mentor to me. Someday I hope I can pay that forward to someone else. I've done a good assortment of races and distances from 5K to 50 miles, mostly in Michigan. Always looking for the next adventure!

Favorite place to run:

Wetmore Landing on the north Marquette trails.

Favorite running mantra:

"Dig deep." (love that Brooks laces have that on them!)



2:10 pacer

Sara Bowman (Farmington, Michigan)

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I'm a busy working mom and for the past 10 years running has become my Happy Time. I've completed 17 Marathons, 2 Ultras and run 3-5 Half Marathons a year. This is my 3rd year pacing the 2:10 group in the Martian and I can't wait to help folks hit their goal. 

Favorite place to run:

Anywhere with HILLS! 

Favorite running mantra or motivational quote: 

The only run you'll regret is the run you didn't take. 




2:20 pacer

Laura Thompson (Michigan)

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It all began watching the movie The Bucket List in January 2008. For some reason I decided that running marathon had to be on my list even though I had never really been interested in running. I figured that starting with a half would be good so I ran the Pinckney Trail Half that year. My husband saw my efforts and decided to start training with me for the Detroit Marathon "until the miles get crazy" he said. Well, the miles did get crazy, and he never dropped out so in 2008 we ran our first marathon together. He was 51. Together we are proof that there are no excuses. Experience, age, ability, you can do this!

I have run a total of 6 marathons and many many halves and other events. I attribute my marathon PR to running with a pace team so pacing for this event for the 4th time allows me to pay it forward to other runners.

Favorite running mantra or motivational quote:

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.


2:30 pacer

Charles Estep (Chesterfield, Michigan)

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It’s so great to get the chance to help others reach their goals. I started running back in January 2016 with a great group of runners. They helped me get started on my path to greatness. When I started pacing it felt so rewarding to help others achieve theirs. I will motivate and cheer you on the whole way to the finish line. 

Favorite place to run:

Anywhere on or by the water.

Favorite running mantra or motivational quote:

Never give up on your dreams.