The 2013 Half Marathon Pace Times & Team Leaders Are:
Pacer info will be added regularly
I paced the 1:30 group last year to a 1:29:59 finish. I ran dead even splits from the start to finish and many of the members in my group last year pulled away from me at the 9 mile mark and were able to run in the high 1:28 to low 1:29 range. I look forward to running 6:52 pace for the entire race again this year.
I am also co-director of a running camp @ Monmouth University called The Shore Running Experience. The camp is designed to help runners to understand how to reach their full potential with proper training, nutrition, and mental preparation. I have thoroughly enjoyed my pacing experiences in the past and look forward to helping others again this year. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
I have completed 35 marathons over the last 17 years. 16 straight Boston Marathons with a 2:50:57 PR at Boston.
Hello runners! This will be my third consecutive year leading the 1:40 group. I am an experienced half marathoner and marathoner and I look forward to helping you meet your goal time. I will start out slightly slower than goal pace to prevent runners from going out too fast, then gradually pick up the pace, making up the warm-up time, gradually, in the middle miles. Overall, the pace will be fairly even splits. I will slow down at fluid stops, then get back on pace after we clear the fluid station. I look forward to meeting you in the start corral!Picture(s):
Hi, my name is Bob Sullivan. I’m 49 years old, married, and a father of three boys. As a former touring tennis professional and coach, fitness has always been a way of life for me. Around the age of 32, I woke up one morning and found myself about 40lbs over weight…UGH! Disgusted with how slow I felt, I began running. I became quickly hooked! As much as I love other sports, the tranquility I feel when running is unique. Over these past 16 years I’ve run 28 marathons, with my best times being under three hours on five occasions at Chicago, Philly, NYC, Wineglass, and Boston. Pacing has always been rewarding for me and I find it particularly easy. I’ve paced friends at many marathons over the years and I am currently the pacing coordinator of the New Jersey Marathon.
I am very excited about pacing the LB Half Marathon this year! I talk a lot when I run, so I hope I don’t bother you. Most of what I talk about has to do with staying focused, reminding you why you trained your butt off for this, and how we are going to meet our goal! The pacing strategy on this course will be to run fairly even splits given the nature of this course. I like to start out at about 10 seconds slow for the first two miles and then MP -1 second for the remaining miles. Works like a charm every time. Piece of cake!!
I hope to meet some of you at the expo on Friday and Saturday. I will arrive early before the start Sunday and will jog an easy 10 to 15 minutes if anyone wishes to join me. For anyone who is interested, I like to get up about 3 hours before the start of my races. I’ll eat a bowl of oatmeal, half a bagel with jelly, and drink a bottle of Gatorade. During races I usually take in a Gel every 35 minutes or so…I’ll have some extras for those who need them!
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me. I look forward to hearing from and meeting you this year. Let’s get it done!Picture(s):
I am a member of both New York Road Runners and North Jersey Masters. Although this will be my first time as a pacer for the New Jersey Half Marathon, I am an experienced half marathoner, having run this distance more than any other race. Running has provided me such joy and satisfaction over the years, so I am truly delighted to be pacing the 1:50 group.
My pacing strategy will be to start slightly below pace and then to gradually pick up steam until we are on target (8:23/mi). We will make up for the gradual start throughout the middle miles of the race.
It is important to stay hydrated, so as we approach fluid stations I will slow slightly and then pick up the pace afterwards. The overall goal is to keep the mile splits roughly consistent throughout the race. It is inborn in runners that we want to break through to the next level and it would be my honor if any of you would allow me to join you on this particular adventure. See you on race day!Picture(s):
Hello, my name is Matt Gerber, I am a 31 year old from Toms River, NJ. I have been running pretty seriously since 2010, and I really enjoy running local races. Over the last few years, I have run a lot of half marathons, and my personal best is 1:34:05. I ran my third marathon in Philadelphia in November 2012, and ran my personal best of 3:40:18. I was also the 2:00 pacer for this race last year, and we crossed the finish line in 1:59:05. This year I am planning to finish somewhere between 1:59:00 and 2:00;00, and run as many even splits as possible. I really like interacting with other runners, and exchanging ideas about training, so if you have any questions about your training process, feel free to send me an email at any time.
Outside of running, I am a family law attorney, and I play the piano in a local cover band. I also write a daily running blog, which is located at blogdogdotorg.wordpress.com. I look forward to hearing from my pace team, and see you in May!Picture(s):
I am a 45 year old father of two who is making my repeat appearance at the NJ Marathon, having had an absolute blast last spring. On this, my eleventh marathon and third time pacing, I am looking forward to helping runners enjoy this gorgeous course while achieving their time goals. Running is a privelege and I relish the opportunity to share it with other runners. Let's have fun!Picture(s):
Hi everyone! My name is Felicia Cirillo and I am a 29 year old runner residing in Arlington, VA with my husband Eric, my dog Jimmie, and my cat Carla. Aside from running and discovering the beautiful trails in local area, I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my family and friends, as well as cooking in the kitchen! The Long Branch Half Marathon was my first true "long run;" I ran the half in 2009 and have been absolutely addicted to marathons since! To date I have ran two half marathons and three full marathons. Most recently, I ran the Marine Corps Marathon in October of 2012 for a charity that helps Sub-Saharan orphans in Africa - it is a great organization called 2540. I am currently training for my first 50 mile ultra marathon that is taking place in June 2013. I strongly believe that successful running stems from self-confidence and positive thinking. I remember the excitement and nervousness I felt as I trained for the Long Branch Half and am looking forward to using the technique of even paced, positive running to help others achieve their goal time. Happy Training, and as always, Happy Running to all!Picture(s):
My name is Andy Beutel and I am 29 years old and live in West Orange. I have been a recreational runner for most my life but began long-distance running in 2010 when I ran the Long Branch Half Marathon. I have since run a few other half marathons and 10k’s as well as the New Jersey Marathon in 2011 (with a time of 4:04). Last year I paced the 2:20 half marathon group and finished at exactly 2:20:00. It was a great experience helping others reach their goal and I look forward to doing so again this year!Picture(s):
A former competitive figure skater, Jen has been running for two years and recently completed the Philadelphia marathon (2012) with a P.R. of 3:56. She has also run the Hartford marathon (2012) and holds a 1:49 half marathon PR. Jen is a member of the Dashing Whippets Running Team based in NYC. In her non-running life she works as a corporate litigator and her hobbies and interests include SoulCycle, Bikram yoga and hanging with her husband and dog, Harry.Picture(s):
I'm really excited about being a pace leader for the LB half again this year ! I got into running about 8 years ago and have been addicted ever since! Last year I started running with my 20lb Westie. We completed the NYC Triathlon's 5M Doggy Dash, as well as Rutgers Big Chill 5K. I have ran a total of 7 Marathon, 2 ultra marathons, 1 North Face Endurance Challenge and over 25 half marathons. I am looking forward to helping you meet your 2:30 finish time and running even splits throughout the race. When I am not running I enjoy keeping active by cycling, hiking and spending time with my family and my dog. Feel free to reach out with any questions! See you at the race!Picture(s):
Hi Everyone! My name is Mimi Wu and I will be one of the pacers for the 2:30 half-marathon group. I paced the 3:00 half-marathon group last year and loved it so much I just had to come back! I started running in late 2009 and have run two marathons (NYC 2011 and Marine Corps Marathon in DC/VA in 2012) and countless half-marathons. In my non-running life, I am a nutritionist for the NYC Department of Health, and love having a job that lets me laugh every day while empowering others to make healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and their families. Looking forward to keeping you all strong and steady all the way across the finish line!Picture(s):
I have been running for over 30 years...never really competatively. I was the 2:45 pacer for last years NJ Marathon and enjoyed it so much I volunteered again. In October of 2012 I completed my 32nd half marathon in 3 years. In July i ran the Napa to Sonoma half which is where this picture was taken. I have since then taken a little break but am officially back training for all the half marathons I have planned starting in Feb. 2013. Feel free to contact me for any advice or help with training. Maybe we can run together as well to motivate each other. See you in May!!!Picture(s):
My name is Nancy Caviness, RRCA-Certified Coach and Owner of Fat Cat Running LLC. I discovered my affinity for distance nearly 20 years and on that day began sharing my love of long distance running with friends never realizing how far it would take me. Solo and together, I’ve logged more miles than I care to count and just this past October completed my 13th marathon running in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Ridgewood, NJ, for the past 18 years I have been a resident/business owner/volunteer firefighter/race director in Duck, NC on the Outer Banks. I've been inspired by the wisdom of George Sheehan, guided by the philosophy of John Bingham, and encouraged by my friends -- the most important part of my running journey. Thrilled that the Long Branch Half will be my first time as a member of a pace team -- looking forward to sharing the experience with you!Picture(s):