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CIM Pace Team


CIM Pace Team

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!

2014 CIM Pace Team

2:18 Men’s Olympic Trials Qualifying “B” Pace Group Leader

MIA_RunSlide300x300Name: TBA
Email: TBA
Number of Marathons: TBA
Number of CIMs: TBA
Number of years pacing CIM: TBA
Marathon PR: TBA
Interesting Fact: TBA


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2:43 Women’s Olympic Trials Qualifying “B” Pace Group Leader

MIA_RunSlide300x300Name: TBA
Email: TBA
Number of Marathons: TBA
Number of CIMs: TBA
Number of years pacing CIM: TBA
Marathon PR: TBA
Interesting Fact: TBA


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3:00 Pace Group Leader

Kevin_SawchukName: Kevin Sawchuk
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 22
Number of CIMs: 9
Number of years pacing CIM: 7
Marathon PR: 2:37
Interesting Fact: I’ve run 114 ultras including 10 Western States finishes. I’m head coach for the Mt. Diablo Heat, a youth running team in the Danville area. I don’t play a doctor on TV but I practice neurology.


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3:05 Pace Group Leader

Kurt_MellickName: Kurt Mellick
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 6
Number of CIMs: 3
Number of years pacing CIM: 0
Marathon PR: 2:47
Interesting Fact: I have lived and trained in the Sacramento Area since 1989, currently living in Elk Grove with my wife & 2 boys. I enjoy racing from 5K to Marathon & triathlons from Olympic to Ironman.


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3:10 Pace Group Leaders

Jared_GagnonName: Jared Gagnon
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 8
Number of CIMs: 5
Number of years pacing CIM: 1
Marathon PR: 2:57
Interesting Fact: I enjoy running just for the fun of running! I’ve run Western States 100 and Tahoe Rim Trail 100 but my favorite distance is the 50 miler.

MIA_RunSlide300x300Name: Tom Flahaven
Email:
Number of Marathons:
Number of CIMs:
Number of years pacing CIM:
Marathon PR:
Interesting Fact:


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3:15 Pace Group Leaders

Michael_CookName: Michael Cook
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 50
Number of CIMs: 12
Number of years pacing CIM: 10
Marathon PR: 2:56
Interesting Fact: I once rode my bicycle across the entire United States of America.

MIA_RunSlide300x300Name: Peter Kelleher
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 28
Number of CIMs: 12
Number of years pacing CIM: 7
Marathon PR: 3:01
Interesting Fact: I enjoy marathoning in extreme weather!


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3:25 Pace Group Leaders

Brian_KastenName: Brian Kasten
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 10
Number of CIMs: 2
Number of years pacing CIM: 0
Marathon PR: 3:00
Interesting Fact: My wife and I are on billboard advertisements for the Modesto Marathon.

Charles_WickershamName: Charles Wickersham
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 25
Number of CIMs: 6
Number of years pacing CIM: 2
Marathon PR: 2:58
Interesting Fact: Each year I run 5-10 ultramarathons. I am also the Modesto Marathon Pace Team Coordinator. I think rotating between ultras and road races is a great way to keep running interesting.


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3:30 Pace Group Leaders

Clark_WhittenName: Clark Whitten
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 12
Number of CIMs: 7
Number of years pacing CIM: 1
Marathon PR: 3:00
Interesting Fact: 2002 CIM 3:47 2004 CIM got BQ at 3:20 2005 CIM 3:15 2006 CIM 3:14 Ran States in 2007 25:46. Ran 3:08:12 at 2010 CIM and 3:00:54 at 2011 CIM. Plan to run 2015 Western States 100 Mile run.

Jim_WachterName: Jim Wachter
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 22
Number of CIMs: 4
Number of years pacing CIM: 0
Marathon PR: 2:59
Interesting Fact: I’m one of only thirty-five Americans who have completed all six World Major Marathons.


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3:35 Pace Group Leaders

Tim_TwietmeyerName: Tim Twietmeyer
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 75
Number of CIMs: 31
Number of years pacing CIM: 13
Marathon PR: 2:36
Interesting Fact: I’m 6’3″, so if it’s windy and rainy you can hide behind me. I am also on of the CIM “Streakers.”

Jamie_FrinkName: Jamie Frink
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 43
Number of CIMs:
Number of years pacing CIM: 3
Marathon PR: 3:31
Interesting Fact: Running is my passion! I love to share the joy that running gives me with others.


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3:40 Pace Group Leaders

Lee_McKinnleyName: Lee McKinley
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 30
Number of CIMs: 10
Number of years pacing CIM: 8
Marathon PR: 2:58
Interesting Fact: I’ve paced several different groups over the years for CIM, from 3:20 to 3:40. The objective is to run even splits from start to finish, with a finish time that gets everyone a Boston Qualifier!

Julie_FingarName: Julie Fingar
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 25
Number of CIMs: 8
Number of years pacing CIM: 4
Marathon PR: 3:11
Interesting Fact: I love to eat donut holes during a 100 mile race for energy!!!


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3:45 Pace Group Leader

Molly_KnoxName: Molly Knox
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 10
Number of CIMs: 3
Number of years pacing CIM: 1
Marathon PR: 3:25
Interesting Fact: In 1999 I ran my first Marathon. That same year, I went on a guided scuba dive in shark infested water in the Bahamas. I quickly decided I was better off running, and I never stopped.


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3:55 Pace Group Leader

Rick_SantosName: Rick Santos
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 18
Number of CIMs: 9
Number of years pacing CIM: 6
Marathon PR: 3:18
Interesting Fact: When I’m not spending time with my lovely family or running on trails, tracks or roads you can most likely find me at a softball field umpiring the ASA Junior Olympic program.
MIA_RunSlide300x300Name: Michell Hart
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 8
Number of CIMs: 5
Number of years pacing CIM: 1
Marathon PR: 3:35
Interesting Fact: I began racing about 10 years ago. With the exception of CIM, I have a firm “do not repeat” marathon rule. Cold pizza is my favorite pre-race fuel. Seeing my family is still emotional at every finish.


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4:00 Pace Group Leaders

Grant_CarboniName: Grant Carboni
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 50
Number of CIMs: 12
Number of years pacing CIM: 8
Marathon PR: 3:12
Interesting Fact: I coach Track & Field and Cross Country at McClatchy HS in Sacramento.

Karyn_HoffmanName: Karyn Hoffman
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 45
Number of CIMs: 15
Number of years pacing CIM: 6
Marathon PR: 3:25
Interesting Fact: Have run 15 straight CIM’s which is my longest racing streak.


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4:10 Pace Group Leaders

Lisa_KuligowskiName: Lisa Kuligowski
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 30
Number of CIMs: 18
Number of years pacing CIM: 12
Marathon PR: 3:31
Interesting Fact: I am a 51 yr old kid at heart so bring your corniest joke to share on Dec 7th. Being able to relax and enjoy the day is important to running CIM. We are going to have fun!

Jim_KepferName: Jim Kepfer
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 5
Number of CIMs: 4
Number of years pacing CIM: 2
Marathon PR: 3:29
Interesting Fact: I love music and teach band to middle school kids in Auburn.


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4:25 Pace Group Leaders

Katherin_GiffordName: Katherine Gillford
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 15
Number of CIMs: 8
Number of years pacing CIM: 4
Marathon PR: 4:04
Interesting Fact: I completed Western States Endurance Run as my first 100 this June!

Bill_CarrName: Bill Carr
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 5
Number of CIMs: 2
Number of years pacing CIM: 1
Marathon PR: 3:45
Interesting Fact: On training runs and during races I have been known to eat cheeseburgers.


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4:40 Pace Group Leaders

Mindy_CreedName: Mindy Creed
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 10
Number of CIMs: 1
Number of years pacing CIM: 1
Marathon PR: 3:42
Interesting Fact: I am a weight loss success story. Took up running as a way to burn calories and had no clue it would change my life. Outside of running I am a wife, a mommy of two and a NICU nurse.

Vickie_ChuName: Vickie Chu-Hermis
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 45
Number of CIMs: 5
Number of years pacing CIM: 5
Marathon PR: 4:08
Interesting Fact: I was a dolphin trainer (for the day) at Sea World.


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4:55 Pace Group Leader

Jen_FrancisName: Jen Francis
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 9
Number of CIMs: 1
Number of years pacing CIM: 1
Marathon PR: 3:23
Interesting Fact: I qualified for Boston off my first marathon (St George 2012) and ran Boston 2013-2014. I have run 12 Ragnars incl one as an ultra, and ran my first ultra (50 miler) 2 weeks after St. George.


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5:10 Pace Group Leaders

Jennifer_OConnorName: Jennifer O’Connor
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 80
Number of CIMs: 4
Number of years pacing CIM: 2
Marathon PR: 3:34
Interesting Fact: We will run a steady pace, start to finish. I won’t try to bank time at the start or rush to make up time at the end. I’m an experienced ultrarunner and can entertain you with lots of stories!

Chris_OConnorName: Chris O’Connor
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 25
Number of CIMs: 9
Number of years pacing CIM: 6
Marathon PR: 3:17
Interesting Fact: I run enough that I go through a lot of shoes and I rarely ever have a complete set of toenails.


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5:25 Pace Group Leaders

Lori_VanDusenName: Lori Van Dusen
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 1
Number of CIMs: 1
Number of years pacing CIM: 0
Marathon PR: 4:44
Interesting Fact: I’m a proud mother of a beautiful 9 year old daughter(and 2 German Shepherds). In my free time I love running with my girlfriends and enjoying our “coffee talks” after.

Randy_VandusenName: Randy Van Dusen
Email: Do you have questions about my pace group? Contact me!
Number of Marathons: 8
Number of CIMs: 8
Number of years pacing CIM: 0
Marathon PR: 3:44
Interesting Fact: I’m a police K9 handler and father to a beautiful 9 year old daughter.I have completed 8 marathons and 19 ultra marathons, including four 100 mile races. Let’s have a great CIM 2014!

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