The Frederick Half Marathon is pleased to announce that the Pace Groups are returning to pace on May 7th, 2017! With pacers who have lots of experience pacing Frederick Marathon in the past and the past four years of Frederick Half Marathon, you will be in good hands! By joining a pace group, you will help not only achieve your goals, but have FUN, whether the goal is a personal record or simply to cross the finish line! Our pacers are extremely experienced runners, chosen based upon their previous running and/or pacing performances and know what it takes to hold a steady pace and give you a great half marathon experience! The pacers are dynamic, personable, and dedicated to making sure you have a great time on the course!


Important Highlights about the Pace Groups:

  • Participation is free to all participants who sign up at the  booth during the Frederick Health & Fitness Expo at the fairgounds (Registration is not available at the off-site pick up locations). Registration includes completing a release of liability waiver and in return you will be given a pace band (while supplies last) to wear on your forearm which will alert you of your specific mile goals. THERE WILL BE NO HALF MARATHON DAY SIGN UP FOR PACE GROUPS.
  • We will have Pace Groups for the following half marathon times: 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:40.
  • The goal is that the Pacers will be running “even splits,” which means that every mile will be run at approximately the same pace. Exceptions to this will be in the beginning due to the bottleneck at the start. Most of the Pace Groups will not be walking during the half marathon. (Traditionally, the slower pace groups may be walking during fluid stations.)
  • To meet up with the Pace Groups on marathon day, look for them at the start, holding up large signs with the pace group finishing times printed on them, and wearing Pace Group shirts. Try to meet up with your group twenty minutes before the start (6:40 a.m.).
  • Five or ten minutes before the start, your Pacers will give their “final instructions”. This will include any adjustments being made to the pace due to course conditions, as well as your Pacers’ method of meeting back up and keeping the group together at the fluid stations. This is another great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have!
  • Fluid station philosophy, regarding whether the Pace Group will walk or run through it, is up to the Pacers. Each Pace Group will let their team know their strategy for getting back together after a water stop.
  • We want you to run your own race. If you feel great on race day, and you want to go ahead to catch the next team, we’ll cheer you on. If it’s just not your day, slow down and wait for the next Pace Group behind to catch you. And if you want to just fall in and match strides with your Pace Group Pacer, we sure will appreciate the company!
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to post them on our Facebook page. This will allow others to share the questions and answers. Or you may e-mail Anne Lewis, the Pace Group Organizer at [email protected].

Meet the 2017 Pacers

Half Pacers


*Tunde Morkinyo: I have run 18 marathons including: Boston twice, Marine Corps 5 times, Chicago, Philadelphia, and pacing the Baltimore Marathon. I have coached cross-country and track with the Howard County Junior Stride’rs and Franklin High School. I am currently member of the Howard County Strider’s racing team.

Matthew Shanks: Matthew has been swimming biking and running since 2004. He’s an engineer by day, and an elite triathlete by early morning, night, and weekend. You can look forward to very consistent pacing with Matthew.


*Marci Benda: Completed over 27 marathons, including Boston ( PR 3:11). She is a veteran pacer and enjoys helping those in the running community achieve their personal goals. A former NCAA swimmer, she works part time as a physical therapist and full time as a mom of two.

Betsy Schultz: Betsy stays active running marathons, half marathons, adventure races, triathlons, and bike touring around the US. Former college basketball player, now an elementary school teacher, who enjoys sharing the enjoyment of running and exercise by coaching elementary school boys and girls.


*Kara Carlin: Kara is the mother of 2, wife of her high school sweetheart, and a high school Athletic Director. Kara has run 20 marathons, including Boston 3x, and many half marathons. Her marathon PR is 3:29 and her half marathon PR is 1:36. She love to coach and to run, so being a pacer is the perfect fit!

Megan Theuerkorn: I am a Michigan native and MSU Alumni (Go Green!). I have a passion distance running and my pit bull Charlie! You can find me running the streets of Baltimore or jetting to a new state and doing the same thing! I love helping others achieve their race goals and look forward to running with you!n.


*Mike Marley: Mike grew up playing ice hockey and started running after college. He has competed in many running events from mile to marathon as well as triathlons and fun runs. He is looking forward to another great run in Frederick and helping runners achieve their goals.

Pamela Geernaert: Pamela lives in Frederick and is excited to take you on a guided tour of the city. She is consistent, motivating, chatty and enjoys helping you reach your goals.


*Faye Weaver: Member of Howard County Striders since 2009. She has coached and co-coordinated training programs from 5k to marathons. She is RRCA certified coach. She has completed many races from 5k to 50 milers. BQ x 3. Member of the Baltimore Pacers since 2013, bringing runners to the finish line ON TIME.

Josh Reiter: Known for his Baltimore Marathon rap, Joshua is a longtime member of the pacing team and enjoys helping others achieve goals. His other claim to fame–he was once beaten in a race by a fairy princess. President of ApplicationsOnline.Com and senior lecturer at JHU.


*Dwight Mikulis: Dwight is an experienced Pacer and he has paced the Frederick Half Marathon 5 times. He is pretty fly for an old guy. Loves the Steeples and historic sights of Frederick. You will have a great time and come in on time.

Paul Marquis: He has run more than 55 marathons, two 50-milers, an Ironman, etc.. His PR is a 3:03, but he has found that he gets more enjoyment from helping others achieve their personal goals. A retired Naval Surface Warfare Officer, commanded an Aegis destroyer, and works now in the defense industry


*Randy Hansen: Randy is an avid runner and triathlete having completed numerous marathons and triathlons including 2 ultra marathons, 2 full Ironman, and 1 half Ironman races. He has a lot of pacing experience and is looking forward to helping you reach your running goal!

Shannon Hansen: Shannon Hansen has completed more than 15 marathons, 2 ultra marathons, and a Half-Ironman, as well as, paced numerous races with the team. She is looking forward to using her experience and energy to not only help you reach the finish line, but reach it at your goal time!

Andrea Mathias: Andrea has been involved in endurance sports for 9 years. She has finished 3 Bay Swims, 6 Ironmans, 7 marathons, several metric marathons, half marathons and most recently a 50K. Andrea brings with her a positive attitude and the experience of knowing that the first step is always the hardest. Where the mind goes, the body follows ~ so let’s go!


*Dave Hopkins: Completed ~77 marathons, 14 Ironmans, and has been pacing for 10 years. Finished the 24 hour London to Paris Sportive last week, and training for the Chesapeake Bay Swim and SwimRunNC. Most importantly, looking forward to pacing YOU! Come join us, listen for the horn, and let’s have fun together!

Anna Elder: I’ve run 3 marathons and have loved them all! I especially love training on the NCR. When I’m not running, I study early American history at Johns Hopkins University. This month, I’m starting a job at the Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark analyst.

Chris Harrell: Completed 27 marathons and multiple half marathons. Achieved goal of becoming both a Marathon Maniac and a Half Fanatic. I enjoy helping others achieve their goal while making it fun. I guarantee anyone who runs with me will be thoroughly entertained and wonder where the time went.


*George Elder: Experienced pacer. Completed more than 25 marathons (or longer) including the Kentucky Derby Marathon, NYC, Marine Corps,Grandfather Mountain Marathon, and the JFK 50 miler. Works as an Investigator in the Baltimore County Department of Health.

Anne Lewis: Completed 30 marathons. Paced Frederick Half Marathon and Baltimore Marathon last year. Former TNT run coach. Enjoys running with people and encouraging them along the way!y!

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Italics indicates new pacer