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!.
Tim Schmitt (Michigan)
Running story: I trained for and ran a marathon in 2007 because I was bored and had a lot of energy. Nine years, 25ish marathons and 15ish ultramarathons later, I'm still showing up to the start line. When I'm not running I sit at a desk and wish I was running.
Favorite race: Sehgahunda Marathon (Letchworth State Park, NY), PCT 50 (San Diego County, CA)
Favorite place to run: deserts
Favorite Music (band): Zac Brown Band, Gordon Lightfoot, The Beatles
Favorite Pre-Race Meal: Pizza
Fun Fact: I am a baseball history junkie.
Amy Skitzki (Livonia, Michigan)
I've been in the fitness industry as a group instructor and trainer since 1998 but running was never really on my radar until about 10 years ago. Even though I was in shape, my first 5K seemed like a VERY long distance to me at the time. Within a few years I was embracing the half marathon distance and while I have done a full marathon, the half remains to be my sweet spot. I love weight training, yoga and I also teach HIIT style classes and cycle. I do triathlons but running is by far my favorite of the three disciplines. It has become a passion for me and I'd love to share it by helping other runners achieve their race goals just as some pacers have done for me in the past. I promise to motivate the heck out of you and make this a really fun experience!! Come join me and let's smash this 1:45!
Hong Weng (South Lyon, Michigan)
Tips for runners: start slow, finished strong. Negative splits is awesome!
I have run 32 marathons or longer distance. I love running, swimming, biking not much yet . And I love to EAT…I’m small, but could eat a lot and nonstop. I impress & amaze family, friends and colleagues with my eating skill!
Favorite marathon: I love them all, but Comrade is my favorite- it’s not even a marathon. It’s twice the marathon distance, took place in Durban, South Africa.
I love to travel too, forgot to mention it earlier.
Favorite quote: Anything is possible, as long you put your mind to it. Laugh is the best medication!
Typical training pace: I run like a turtle, slow and steady; but I always finish. I do not do much tempo run nor speed workout, but I run for long time. I listen to my body if the body allows me to go for certain pace, then I go; if the heart rate is too high, I know I’ll not last long; I back off. Running should be fun.
Why do I run? Good questions??? I love to eat therefore; I have to keep running… Running releases stress and keeps me happy.
Casey Hogan (Macomb, Michigan)
I started running 4 years when I made the decision to quit my 3 packs of cigarettes habit. So far I have ran 10 full marathons 2 of them I was a pacer. I have ran countless number of half marathons mostly as a pacer for 1:50 or 2:00 hour groups. If you decide to join me on this adventure we will finish are adventure no faster than a 1:49:30. This is my second time pacing this race so you have nothing to worry about. So let's have some fun and share some stories.
Councilwoman Sara Bowman, Farmington, MI
The Martian Invasion of Races holds a special spot in my running heart as it was my first Half Marathon. That was in 2009. Since then I’ve gone on to run tons more Half Marathons and 14 full marathons. Presently I am training for my first 50K in Upstate New York.
Sharing my love of all things running makes me happy. I’ve had the privilege to train with friends and family members to complete every distance from a first 5K to a full Marathon. Sometimes it’s even the same person!
I keep motivational stickers on my office wall. My favorite is “The only run you'll regret is the one you didn’t take."
You’ve trained hard for this event and I’m excited to help you meet your goal time!
Laura Thompson, Brighton MI (that’s my "I’m sad I am at work and not running" face)
The girl who dropped out of the Novi HS Cross Country team because we had to run a mile, yep, one entire mile, is now addicted to distance running. In fact, you don’t really want to be around me if I don’t get my run in. I ran my first marathon because it was a quirky thing to put on my bucket list. 4, 5, and 6 because I just can’t stop running them. This year running takes on a new meaning as I cheer on my running partner who kicked cancer’s a—last year and is gearing up for the Detroit Marathon this fall.
Favorite pastimes: shopping to replace items our bad puppy chewed up. This can be a full time job.
Plans to awe you during the race: I usually reserve my awesome vocal abilities for those within distance of my shower, but I will sing anything to motivate you to the finish line (I specialize in 80’s rock)
Hello group 2:30! My name is Laura, and my running story begins in the fourth grade when I came in dead last, crying and limping, running the mile in gym class. I've made up with running since then, having completed 10 marathons and countless half marathons.
My favorite distance is 13.1, and as you can tell by my photo, I am no stranger to pacing. I can't wait to lead you towards a victory on race day!
(Mr no legs left) I will help you and motivate you the finish line. I started running in January 2016 due to a few health issues with my heart. I'm now with a great group of runners dedicated to helping other runners. If not for them, I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing now. It's going to be great running with all of you and meeting new people along the way. So have your shoes on and ready to be motivated along the journey.