2018 Fairview Half Marathon Pace Squad

We're happy to be offering pacers for a variety of finish times to either give you company on that first half marathon, help you accomplish your time goal, or maybe help some veteran runners set a new personal record! We have one of the biggest pacing offerings in a local half marathon, with 5 minutes intervals from 1:45 to 3:00 finish times and also a pace team for a 3:30 goal finish. 36 veteran runners are ready to help YOU!


Click on a goal finish time to skip down to that pace team's biographies and pictures. Thank you to Andy Rose, our Pace Squad Organizer! Questions about the pacers? Email pacesquad@theactivejoe.com.


Goal Finish Time Pacer Pacer
1:45 Josh Wyatt John Farris
1:50 Chris Reeves Kelly David
1:55 Emilio Basaldua Greg Dennison
2:00 Dawn Hosking Brent Heady
2:05 Valerie Fratiani Larisa Parsons
2:10 Jennifer Scott Marissa Sifuentes
2:15 Abi Ramirez Chrisi Crow
2:20 Brandi Barnhill Telander Foster
2:25 Suki Kourounis Jennifer Pultorak
2:30 Gina Peterson Ken Lettre
2:35 Abbie Cowan Jason Pack
2:40 Andy Rose Ellis Emerson
2:45 Martika Damico Belinda Ponce
2:50 Kate Woodham Gigi Smith
2:55 Chris Higman Tom Johnson
3:00 Erica Holly Meghan O'Gorman
3:30 Gordon McKenzie Drew Pelletier
Alternate Pacers Brandon Vallair Sarah Martin



Pacer Bios and Pictures

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1:45 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Josh Wyatt
Josh has enjoyed running since he found a passion for it in the late 80s while on his high school track team. As an Army Officer, he continued running through the 90s. He ran his first marathon in 2001 and now some 30 years & countless miles later, still enjoys pounding the pavement! He has completed 3 Full & Numerous Half-Marathons. He will do his absolute best to help you hold that 8 min/mile pace for 13.1!






John Farris
John started running 4 years ago. While his normal habitat is on the trails, this exotic creature occasionally finds himself bounding down roads. He runs races ranging from half marathons to ultra distances, and prefers traveling to far flung destinations for such races. When he isn’t running, John’s other extracurricular activities involve Skydiving and Rock Climbing. He enjoys pacing as much as he does drinking beer, which is to say a lot.





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1:50 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Chris Reeves
Chris is a firefighter/paramedic for the City of Ruston, La. Chris started running several years ago in order to get in shape for work. He started doing 5ks and has progressed to doing half marathons and triathlons. His first half marathon Piney Hills half marathon in Riston, La was done on a weeks notice and it rained the whole race. He completed the River Roux 70.3 in October of 2017 and will be participating in Ironman Chattanooga 70.3 in May. This is his first race to be a pacer in and he is really excited to be one.


Kelly David
I am a long time runner and love helping others work towards their goals – whether it is a distance goal or time goal! I enjoy anything from trail running to obstacle course races. My favorite distance is the half marathon – such an accomplishment while fun at the same time! I am looking forward to helping you reach your goals at the Fairview Half Marathon! Come join me and our awesome pace team and we can help you cross the finish line at this amazing race.




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1:55 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Emilio Basaldua
Emilio ran his first Half Marathon in November 2015 at the McKinney Mini and has ran 4 half and 4 full Marathons since then. With the help and support of running partners, Emilio has achieved PR’s of 1:34 HM and 3:33 Marathon thus far. In 2018, he ran both the Houston and Cowtown Marathons finishing with an average time of 3:34. Emilio is excited about the chance to help others achieve their running goals.





Greg Dennison
When Greg is not flying 200,000 miles a year for work or taking care of his five kids, he likes to run marathons. He has run 12 marathons and countless half marathons, and is a 5 time Boston Marathon qualifier. He has paced many races in the past, getting satisfaction from helping others achieve their goals as they push themselves to new limits. He is looking forward to doing the same for the 1:55 group this year!




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2:00 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Dawn Hosking
Dawn started running 8 years ago when her brother said he was coming to Dallas to run a half-marathon. Couple a phone calls later, she got a coach, ran the half-marathon, finished, and fell in love with running. Her brother did not make it to Dallas but since 2010 she has ran every distance from a 5k to 100 miler. She enjoys meeting new friends, helping others, achieving goals, and having fun.






Brent Heady
Brent started running 3 years ago. He’s run races from 5k to 100k, but thinks the half marathon distance is still the most fun - long enough to feel like you’ve earned a stack of pancakes, but short enough to still be fun. He enjoys participating in other people’s successes as much as earning his own, so pacing is a perfect fit!






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2:05 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Valarie Fratiani & Larisa Parsons
Valarie and Larisa are great friends who share a love for running and having fun! Larisa leads a local running group, providing the routes and workouts, while Valarie provides the fun and entertainment. While balancing life with 2 kids each, husbands, jobs, volunteering, etc., they always find time for running the streets of Allen with friends. (It’s great therapy!) Between the two they have completed 13 marathons and countless half marathons. They are excited to be back for the second year pacing the best local race as they love helping others achieve their running goals. The plan is to make sure their pace group has the most fun running 13.1 miles- EVER!


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2:10 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Jennifer Scott
Jennifer Scott is a runner who is formerly of Allen, and now resides in Colleyville. Jennifer began running 11 years ago and since then, has completed numerous 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons, as well as three full marathons and, most recently, the Cowtown Ultra Marathon. She enjoys spending time with other runners and is looking forward to helping you reach your 2:10 goal!






Marissa Sifuentes
Marissa started running in June 2014 when she joined her gym's run club and have since run various 5ks, 10ks, halfs and marathons. Running is her therapy and although it is an individual sport she have made many good friends that share the same passion she does. In her short time running she also had the opportunity and pleasure of pacing a few races and enjoys that as well as it is a great feeling helping others experience the joy of running. Marissa is very excited to pace Fairview half marathon this year and look forward to running with you!


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2:15 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Abi Ramirez
Abi is a mother of two wonderful and amazing children, Daniel and Sofia. She is a huge support to her kids athletics and activities, always telling them to NEVER GIVE UP and to achieve their goals. Her kids are the reason she wakes up every morning to RUN. Running brings Abi so much JOY. She loves the amazing friendships that it brings and she has been doing it for four years. Abi loves to help others in any way. She is excited to be part of the pace squad and looking forward to helping you reach your goal.




Christi Crow
Christi began running after the birth of her daughter in 2010 as a way to lose weight. Since then running has gone from running a mile to running a marathon! She has completed 6 full marathons and 17 half marathons. She is currently training for her 7th marathon! She loves the Active Joe races and loves to be a pacer! Watching and helping others reach their goals is one of the many reasons running is her passion!




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2:20 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Brandi Barnhill
Brandi began running 5k's in 2010. Her first half marathon was in 2013. After numerous half marathons, she finally ran her first full marathon in 2016. One of her biggest joys is sharing the love of running with her husband, Brandon. Brandi belongs to a local running group and she is also the run coordinator of her group. She enjoys seeing the joy of people achieving their goals, whether distance or pace. Brandi finds pacing every bit as satisfying as running her own races.






Telander Foster
Telander is the mother of twins that are high school seniors. Her kids are her personal cheer squad and love to tell their friends that she is a runner. She started running with the couch to 5k app 5 years ago. She fell in love with running and has not stopped. Telander travels across the country running for fun with friends. Pacing brings her so much joy! Helping you to reach your goal while having a great time and memorable experience is her job! She looks forward to helping you reach your goal!!





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2:25 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Suki Kourounis
Suki started running in 1970’s and has ran almost 100,000 miles so far. New York City marathon was her 1st marathon in 1986 and she has been unstoppable since then! She is an ultra runner and she has ran many marathons including Boston, Chicago, Marine Corp, Myrtle Beach, Duke City, Louisiana Marathon, Dallas WR marathon to name a few…and ultra marathons such as 50K, 50 mile, 100k to 100 mile & 24hr.National Championship races and 7 day International Ultra marathon, LOUTRAKI in Greece in 2006 and ran for 350 miles. She was a run group coach at Lifetime Fitness Plano in 2005-2008. Running and fitness is her passion for most of her adult life. She is a certified fitness Instructor at local gyms and loves helping others to stay healthy and fit for life. She is very excited to run with you at Fairview Half Marathon to help you achieve your goal!




Jennifer Pultorak
Jennifer began running after the birth of her twin boys 7 years ago. They were NICU preemies and she was determined to run her first half for them a year after they were born. They are and will always be her 'why'. So that year she ran, she conquered, and fell in love with running! She is ready to run 13.1 miles and have some fun! This is her 3rd to pace Fairview which she loves!






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2:30 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Gina Peterson
Gina started running a year and a half ago after a lot of persuasion from a close friend and inspiration from her son and the I Run 4 community. She started out running her first 5k in September 2016 and quickly got hooked on the sport. After a few more 5k’s and a 10k she quickly set a new goal of running her first half marathon on January 1, 2017. Loving the feeling of accomplishment she has since completed a half a dozen more half marathons and more recently completed her first Full at the BMW Dallas Marathon in December 2017. Gina loves setting new goals and making them a reality. She is currently training for the Phoenix marathon with a goal of trying to qualify for Boston. She is very excited to be a pacer and help fellow runners achieve their goal of crossing the finish line at 2:30.


Ken Lettre
Ken picked up running in 1998 after he realized he had to do something to lose weight. Since then he has run 21 full marathons and over 60 half marathons. Ken is an RRCA certified running coach and has been coaching for the past 10 years. Currently Ken coaches a “Galloway” run group in Houston. Ken believes in having FUN while running… and has been known to tell a story or 2 as well as sing during races. (Get your song requests ready!) The bottom-line: He enjoys sharing his love of running with all and has a simple motto… if he can do it, YOU CAN DO IT! Come join Ken for the 2:30 promise land!





2:35 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Abbie Cowan
Abbie started running a couple of years ago as an easy way to keep fit with two young children and a busy job along with giving her the opportunity to meet new people after relocating to Texas from the UK. Running gave her all that and so much more. As well as making amazing friends through the local running community she has done things that she had never dreamed she would including several half marathons, overnight relay races and this last December her first (and she promises to her family her last!) marathon! She is so excited to pace the Paris Half Marathon to support and encourage others to achieve their goals just like she has been helped by the amazing local running community over the last couple of years!



Jason Pack
Jason started running 7 years ago and began entering into various races. Starting with several 5k’s, then working up to half marathons and eventually a few full marathon races. Jason has participated in several Active Joe races and is looking forward being a part of the Fairview pacing team this year! He currently resides in Oklahoma and is the father of five wonderful kids (18, 16, 13, and twin 6-year-old girls). He is a business manager and enjoys working in commercial print and broadcast media on the side. Along with running, he enjoys strength training, traveling, staying active, and enjoying time with friends and loved ones.




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2:40 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Andy Rose
Andy is an ultrarunner who runs both trails and roads. He started running in 2011 to raise money in memory of his nephew, Mavrick, for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and what started out as a goal to run one half marathon, has turned into an avid love of running. He loves pacing races and working aid stations as much as he does running them. His motto is simple "Relentless Forward Progress".

Ellis Emerson
Ellis started running after the birth of her daughter, initially to lose baby weight and then later to find new boundaries of strength. In the past 5 years she has completed over 50 marathons or longer and numerous half marathons. She enjoys meeting other runners and encouraging them to reach their own limits. Her personal philosophy is that our only limits are ourselves and she is using that as she trains for Badwater 135 this summer. She can be found singing or laughing her way through miles—sadly for you though, she can’t really sing, so that might be motivation to run faster. For her, running isn’t just about finish lines—but the people and journey along the way.


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2:45 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Martika Damico
Martika currently lives in Plano with her two daughters Sophia and Giulia. Running is Martika’s zen and she loves to help others achieve their goals! In 2016 she ran her First Marathon and has since completed several 5ks,10ks,15ks,25ks and 2 50ks. Her next goal is to finish her First 50 miler. Martika is excited to pace you to your goal of 2:45 and having a blast doing so.






Belinda Ponce
Belinda was raised in Fairview and currently residing in McKinney, Texas. She began fast walking and running 4 years ago with some friends from the gym. She began training in 2015, for her first half marathon, with Lifetime. Belinda currently runs with, MRC, Cooper, Lifetime & RunOn. Running has become her passion and keeps her busy most every day of the week. Belinda loves to pace and to inspire others to run. She enjoys encouraging others and reinforcing that they can "ACHIEVE" their goals. She has developed a lot of friends through running activities and is always looking for more. Belinda has completed several 5K, 10K, 15K, Half Marathons, 1 Marathon & a 50K. Belinda looks forward to pacing the Fairview Half Marathon in April 14, 2018.


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2:50 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Kate Woodham
Kate has been running since 2012. This mother of two has completed over a dozen half marathons, 4 full marathons, and a multitude of triathlons. Her biggest personal goal was completeing a full Ironman in November 2017. Kate enjoyed being a pacer for The Showdown so much she is ready to pace again!







Gigi Smith
Gigi Smith has been running for over three years and has loved the journey that has taken her to complete 4 marathons, over 30 half marathons, and numerous 5 and 10K’s. She started her training with a Couch to 5K training regime but failed after numerous solo attempts . It wasn’t until she started running with others that she was able to finally finish that 5K finish line. That’s when she realized the value behind running with a group of friends with similar goals. Her philosophy on running is to get out there and have a great time while encouraging others to achieve their goals! She will be pacing the 2:50 group at the Fairview Half Marathon and is looking forward to seeing you at the race!!!


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2:55 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Chris Higman
Chris has found that pacing allows him to give back to the running community. He and his pace partner, Tom, look forward to meeting new friends, and see those who've run with them on past Active Joe races. He looks forward to seeing you at the Fairview Half.








Tom Johnson
Tom has been a runner for more than 45 years and appreciates that it's one of the great "lifetime" sports. Over the years Tom has competed in races from 5K to 50 miles and everything in between. He loves that sense of accomplishment one gets when setting goals and then working hard to achieve them. Further, Tom has a great passion for helping others experience that fantastic feeling of accomplishment as well. So, if you're looking to complete your first half marathon or striving to beat the three-hour mark, then join Tom and his longtime pacing partner Chris Higman, at the Fairview Half Marathon. They promise to include some laughs, good conversation, lots of encouragement and, who knows, maybe even a PR for you. Let's do this!


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3:00 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Erica Holly
Erica picked up running in 2012 with the goal to finish a 5k and never a half marathon. Many half marathons later she has found myself addicted to the distance. Throughout her running journey she became more active on social media and has met fabulous people who have inspired her to dream big and to just go for it. She wants to return the many favors given to her by helping others reach their target goal and to help them enjoy the beautiful course that the Fairview Half offers!







Meghan O'Gorman
Meghan began running in 2012 and after a couple knee injuries, she completed her first Half at The Color Half in March of 2015. Since that time, she has ran numerous smaller distance races, 43 half marathons, 5 fulls, and 1 ultra. Meghan is hoping to celebrate her 50th half in April. She has been active with the Irving Running Club since 2015, as well as a member of the Half Fanatics and Marathon Maniacs. Meghan is excited to share her love for running and motivate you for 13 miles to reach your goals!




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3:30 Goal Half Marathon Finish Time

Gordon McKenzie
Gordon started running in 2012 as training for the 2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon. Later that year he completed the Disneyland Half and Disney Wine & Dine Half and hasn’t slowed down since. He qualified and joined the Half Fanatics running club in 2015 after completing his first full marathon as part of the Disney World Dopey Challenge. Fairview will be his 45th half marathon. Gordon will also be attempting his qualification runs into Marathon Maniacs later this year by running the Chicago full, Route 66 full, and Rock n Roll San Antonio full before the 2018 Dopey Challenge. He may not be the fastest runner, but he gets there with a smile on his face and usually a kilt around his waist.


Drew Pelletier
This is Drew. And there are many Jeffs in the world, and many Toms as well. But this... is Drew. You maybe thinking, And...? But are you Drew? No you are not. Neither is Scott Baio Drew. Frank Gifford is not Drew. But this... is Drew. The Running bug hit in February 2011 when he did his first half marathon. Since then he has done over a hundred of them and several marathons , a ton of 5 and 10K's for the heck of it. The Active Joe, Rock and Roll and now Disney tend to be where most of his race money is spent, and for good reason. Drew belongs to the Rock and Roll Gypsies, NTX Runners, Black Sheep and Hogwarts Running Club. People seem to like running with him, he can't tell you why. Not the slightest clue. However if you want to find out, come see him at Fairview!


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Alternate Pacers

These are two strong runners who are comfortable running anything from a 1:50 to 3:00. They will fill in for any last-minute problems where a pacer can’t attend (sick, emergency, sick family, etc.). If all the pacers show, they’ll choose which pace team they want to run with to help out those participants!

Brandon Vallair
Brandon is a husband, father of 4 and owner of RunForSpeed.com and the EXCELR8 Running Club, one of the largest running clubs in the DFW area based out of Wylie. He literally paces for a living and has helped clients complete distances from 5Ks to Full Marathons including several of The Active Joe Events. As an avid runner, he's run events from 100 meters to 100 miles. Brandon enjoys giving back to the running community and he feels pacing is a great way to do that. He looks forward to getting you from the starting line to the end of The Fairview Half Marathon!




Sarah Martin
Sarah started running in 2013, and it has been a wonderful roller coaster ride since then. Since catching the running bug, she has run many half marathons and two marathons. Her goal is to eventually run a marathon in every state. She attributes a lot of her success to the running pacers she has had along the way, and she cannot wait to pay it forward and help other run a successful half marathon time. Whether it is your first half marathon or 100th, she cannot wait to see you out on the course and to celebrate at the end of a successful race!






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