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CIM Pace Team


CIM Pace Team

presented by Fleet Feet Sports Sacramento

Looking for a Boston Marathon qualifying time? Trying to achieve a PR (personal best)? The CIM Pace Team leaders can help you achieve your finish time goal!

Listed below are the most frequently asked questions about the CIM Pace Team. Also, you can click on the links below to visit each of the Pace Team Leaders’ bios. Feel free to contact your pace team leader. Their contact information is provided along with bios.

What is a pace team:
A pace team is a group of runners who wish to achieve a specific finish time goal. The CIM Pace Team finishing goal times are aligned with the Boston Marathon qualifying times.

What is a pace team leader:
A Pace Team Leader is an experienced distance runner whose primary objective is to evenly pace runners to their set time goal. They achieve this by setting an even pace (min/mile) from start to finish (with slight variations for terrain). Pace Team Leaders have the capability of finishing the race much faster than their time goal, enabling them to devote extra energy to consistent splits and encouragement. Most of our leaders have run CIM multiple times, and all are very familiar with the course and terrain.

Do I need to sign up for a pace team:
No. You can meet your pacer in advance at the expo, or just look for your pace team leader on race morning. Each pace team leader will be at the start waving a red sign with their finish time goal. Arrive early!

2015 CIM Pace Team

presented by Fleet Feet Sports Sacramento



Kota Reichert

Marathon Pace Group: 2:43
Number of marathons: 10
Number of CIMs: 2
Marathon PR: 2:26:51
An interesting fact about you:
I’m a Cancer-specialized physical therapist at Stanford Health Care.

Questions? Email me here.


Kevin Sawchuk

Marathon Pace Group: 3:00
Number of marathons: 23
Number of CIMs: 10
Marathon PR: 2:37
An interesting fact about you:
I completed my 100,000th mile of lifetime running this year.

Questions? Email me here.


Galen Farris

Marathon Pace Group: 3:05
Number of marathons: 10
Number of CIMs: 5
Marathon PR: 2:47:57
An interesting fact about you:
I’ve completed several dozen ultramarathons, including two sub-24 hour finishes at the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. I’m really looking forward to pacing at CIM!

Questions? Email me here.


Mohammad Saad

Marathon Pace Group: 3:05
Number of marathons: 15
Number of CIMs: 0
Marathon PR: 2:40:31
An interesting fact about you:
I like to think of myself as a marathon…..eater. Absolutely love to cook, bake, and most of all…..EAT. Thankfully, I love running just as much or else I’d be morbidly obese.

Questions? Email me here.


Jim Eagen

Marathon Pace Group: 3:10
Number of marathons: 30+
Number of CIMs: 2
Marathon PR: 2:56
An interesting fact about you:
I have been invited to run in the elite field of the NYC Empire State Building Run Up five times.

Questions? Email me here.


Barry Spital

Marathon Pace Group: 3:10
Number of marathons: 11
Number of CIMs: 0
Marathon PR: 2:56
An interesting fact about you:
I love pacing because I feel like I have accomplished my goals, love assisting others! My marathon PR is 2:56, half is 1:25, and 10k is 35:50. I have paced 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, and 3:25, plus halfs.

Questions? Email me here.


Peter Kelleher

Marathon Pace Group: 3:15
Number of marathons: 34
Number of CIMs: 14
Marathon PR: 2:59:02
An interesting fact about you:
My best marathon finishes – PR’s – have been in extreme weather – I enjoy running in it.

Questions? Email me here.


Tom Flahavan

Marathon Pace Group: 3:15
Number of marathons: 21
Number of CIMs: 17
Marathon PR: 2:56
An interesting fact about you:
In 1997 I ran my first marathon at CIM with a friend that volunteered his time to pace me. It is one of my favorite courses with 17 finishes.

Questions? Email me here.


Jon Olsen

Marathon Pace Group: 3:25
Number of marathons: 60+ marathons/ultra marathons
Number of CIMs: 2
Marathon PR: 2:27
An interesting fact about you:
2013 World 24 Hour Champion and Team USA Gold Medalist First American to break 12 hours for 100 miles 11:59:32(2013) CIM was my first marathon back in 2000:)

Questions? Email me here.


Charles Wickersham

Marathon Pace Group: 3:25
Number of marathons: 25+
Number of CIMs: 7
Marathon PR: 2:55:02
An interesting fact about you:
I’m a pharmacist and the pace team coordinator for the Modesto Marathon.

Questions? Email me here.


Clark Whitten

Marathon Pace Group: 3:30
Number of marathons: 9
Number of CIMs: 5
Marathon PR: 3:00:56
An interesting fact about you:
Marginal trail runner with two Western States finishes. Qualified for Boston in 2004 at CIM by running with the 3:20 pace group. Got 3:00:56 PR at CIM by running with 3 hour pace group.

Questions? Email me here.


Jennifer Pfeifer

Marathon Pace Group: 3:30
Number of marathons: 50+
Number of CIMs: 8-12 not sure
Marathon PR: 2:46
An interesting fact about you:
I have been a high school history teacher for nineteen years. I also have two children, seven sheep, two goats, four chickens, one dog and three cats…oh and a husband :-).

Questions? Email me here.


Jamie Frink

Marathon Pace Group: 3:35
Number of marathons: 5
Number of CIMs: 4
Marathon PR: 3:30
An interesting fact about you:
100 miles is my favorite distance to run and I have been fortunate enough to run some amazing trails with wonderful people. This is my second year as a pacer team leader.

Questions? Email me here.


Tim Twietmeyer

Marathon Pace Group: 3:35
Number of marathons: Lots
Number of CIMs: All of them
Marathon PR: 2:36
An interesting fact about you:
My personal best marathon time was run at CIM in 1989.

Questions? Email me here.


Julie Fingar

Marathon Pace Group: 3:40
Number of marathons: 50
Number of CIMs: 7
Marathon PR: 3:11
An interesting fact about you:
If I had not become an experienced ultra runner, I would have become a professional bowler.

Questions? Email me here.


Chris Perillo

Marathon Pace Group: 3:40
Number of marathons: 12
Number of CIMs: 5
Marathon PR: 3:17
An interesting fact about you:
I am a Physical Therapist/Asst RD of The Canyons Boston Marathon Finisher WSER100 Finisher +40 Ultra Finishes(50K,50M,100K,100M) I am looking forward to sharing some pavement with you as you PR or BQ!

Questions? Email me here.


Linh Nguyen

Marathon Pace Group: 3:45
Number of marathons: 32
Number of CIMs: 4
Marathon PR: 3:23
An interesting fact about you:
I always wanted to be a rockstar but I’m happy as a guitarist and vocalist in a Catholic church choir

Questions? Email me here.


Molly Knox

Marathon Pace Group: 3:45
Number of marathons: 10
Number of CIMs: 6
Marathon PR: 3:25
An interesting fact about you:
My favorite thing about running/pacing is the feeling of getting to the finish line. Whether I’m pacing others to achieve their goal or running my own race, it’s a feeling of pure success!

Questions? Email me here.


Rick Santos

Marathon Pace Group: 3:55
Number of marathons: 20
Number of CIMs: 10
Marathon PR: 3:18:06 Napa ’10
An interesting fact about you:
I enjoy a good cup of coffee after a long run!

Questions? Email me here.


Jamey Nye

Marathon Pace Group: 3:55
Number of marathons: 25
Number of CIMs: 10
Marathon PR: 2:56:52
An interesting fact about you:
I’ll pace even splits to conserve energy for the miles that count—the final 10K! I’ll carry extra gel packs in case you run out. 2015 CIM mantra: “An 8:55 mile is JUST AS FAR as a 6:00 mile!”

Questions? Email me here.


Grant Carboni

Marathon Pace Group: 4:00
Number of marathons: 40
Number of CIMs: 15
Marathon PR: 3:12
An interesting fact about you:
My wife Leslie and I enjoy volunteering for aid stations and pace teams. We are captains of the Green Gate aid station for WS100 and both have paced for CIM over the years.

Questions? Email me here.


Karyn Hoffman

Marathon Pace Group: 4:00
Number of marathons: 30+
Number of CIMs: 16
Marathon PR: 3:25 San Francisco
An interesting fact about you:
16 consecutive CIM’s-7x pacing. 10x IM finisher, 5x WS100 finisher. My fav Sunday of the year! Come to have fun, settle in and I’ll drive!

Questions? Email me here.


Jim Kepfer

Marathon Pace Group: 4:10
Number of marathons: 7
Number of CIMs: 5
Marathon PR: 3:29
An interesting fact about you:
I teach middle school band in Auburn, and I coach for the cross country team.

Questions? Email me here.


Lisa Kuligowski

Marathon Pace Group: 4:10
Number of marathons: 30+
Number of CIMs: 20
Marathon PR: 3:31
An interesting fact about you:
I grow tomatoes but I don’t eat them.

Questions? Email me here.


Katy Gifford

Marathon Pace Group: 4:25
Number of marathons: 15
Number of CIMs: 9
Marathon PR: 4:14:50
An interesting fact about you:
CIM was my first marathon; and this will be my tenth consecutive CIM!

Questions? Email me here.


Bill Carr

Marathon Pace Group: 4:25
Number of marathons: 10
Number of CIMs: 4
Marathon PR: 3:50
An interesting fact about you:
I have been known to eat cheeseburgers on training runs. This will be my 3rd time pacing this group but my favorite pacing experience was having my son pace me to my first 100 Mile finish.

Questions? Email me here.


Vickie Chu-Hermis

Marathon Pace Group: 4:40
Number of marathons: 45-50
Number of CIMs: 5
Marathon PR: 4:08
An interesting fact about you:
I am the Race Director for the Modesto Marathon. Please come see me at the Modesto Marathon booth at the expo so I can meet you before the race! 🙂

Questions? Email me here.


Satpal Dalal

Marathon Pace Group: 4:40
Number of marathons: 24
Number of CIMs: 4
Marathon PR: 3:52
An interesting fact about you:
Satpal started running long distances in 2008. Since then he has finished many long distance races including 24 marathons, four 50km, two 50 milers, four 100km, two 100 miles & one 125 miles.

Questions? Email me here.


Julie Shepard

Marathon Pace Group: 4:55
Number of marathons: 17
Number of CIMs: 1
Marathon PR: 4:08:41
An interesting fact about you:
One day decided to go for a jog and made a goal to run a 10k 8 weeks away. I ran the 10k and the same day registered for a half marathon, which was the following wknd. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Questions? Email me here.


Jen Francis

Marathon Pace Group: 4:55
Number of marathons: 16
Number of CIMs: 2
Marathon PR: 3:23
An interesting fact about you:
I started racing again in 2011, have done 15 Ragnars, and BQ’d off my first marathon in 2012. I ran my first 100 miler in May 2015 and won. I enjoy pacing and coaching almost as much as racing!

Questions? Email me here.


Melissa Johnson

Marathon Pace Group: 5:10
Number of marathons: 4
Number of CIMs: 3
Marathon PR: 3:58
An interesting fact about you:
I swallowed my own puke climbing Devil’s Thumb at WS100. I just took in a Gu, gagged and I KNEW I need the calories. Gotta do what it takes to get to the finish line…no matter what. Never quit!

Questions? Email me here.


Lori Van Dusen

Marathon Pace Group: 5:25
Number of marathons: 2
Number of CIMs: 2
Marathon PR: 4:30
An interesting fact about you:
I’ve been running long for 6 years. As a stay at home mom I definitely love my time on the trails and roads. Looking forward to sharing my experience to make CIM your best marathon yet!

Questions? Email me here.


Randy Van Dusen

Marathon Pace Group: 5:25
Number of marathons: 9
Number of CIMs: 9
Marathon PR: 3:44:58
An interesting fact about you:
I’ve completed 9 marathons and 20 ultras since 2004 and have been a police officer in Sacramento for 17 years. Lori and I look forward to making this a fun and successful CIM for you!

Questions? Email me here.


Lee McKinley

Marathon Pace Group: Pace Team Manager
Number of marathons: 30
Number of CIMs: 12
Marathon PR: 2:58
An interesting fact about you:
We own three Jack Russell Terriers that all behave badly. And seven chickens that the JRTs want to eat.

Questions? Email me here.