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Pace Teams


Fleet Feet Sports Madison will be providing the Fleet Feet Pacing Team, sponsored by Brooks, for the 2016 Madison Mini-Marathon. Eight goal finish time groups will be offered with two pacers leading the group to finish at the target time.

All Mini-Marathon Participants will be able to meet the Pacers at the Mini-Marathon Expo on Friday, August 19th between 12 and 8pm. For planning purposes, those Mini-Marathon participants who wish to run with a pace group will be encouraged to register for that pace group at the Expo. The Pacers will have a dedicated booth at the expo and once signed up, participants will be provided with a pacing bib identifying them as part of that pace group.

The same pacers will also be the pace-group leaders for the Sunday long runs with the Fleet Feet Sports Mini-Marathon Training program between June and August. Participants must sign up for the training program in order to train with the pacers.

On race day the 8 pace groups will be clearly labeled in the starting corrals. Once participants find the appropriate corral they will queue up for the start. All Pacers will be in the appropriate corral by 6:45 am.

If you have any questions please contact Matt Anderson at Fleet Feet Sports

*In addition to the Flag Warning System and notification of change at all Mile Markers via air horns and colored flags, Pace Team Leaders will adjust their pace accordingly. In the event of a flag change, Pace Team Leaders will slow their speed and encourage runners around them to slow down and drink plenty of water. At this time, the race no longer has Pace Teams and Leaders will drop their signs and monitor pace for safety.*


2:40 (12:12 min/mile):

Linda Dunk

HometownBarrington, IL
Number of Half Marathons: 10
Typical Training Pace: 9:30 
Fun (non-running) Fact About MeI taught my son how to do a handstand
Pre-race Rituals: Eat oatmeal and half a banana, write a list of people to run for or think about (one person for each mile of the race)
Best Running Advice: Get rid of the negative talk.  Running a challenging race is deciding that you can do it and will do it.  
Running Goals or DreamsQualify for the Boston Marathon, run the Boston and Big Sur Marathon.
Why do you run? It makes me feel great and I make new friends.
Occupation: Teacher
HobbiesReading, hiking and writing letters
Any Other Related Information: My fastest marathon time was the second marathon I ran in 4 months.  That was 2007.  I haven't broken that time, but still I have hope.  Every marathon teaches me something about racing and training.  Despite some slow times, I've never regretted finishing a marathon.

2:30 (11:27 min/mile):

Wendy Benkert

HometownOregon, WI
Number of Half Marathons: 7
Typical Training Pace10:30 
Fun (non-running) Fact About MeI still make a wish on the first start I see at night.  WIsh I may, wish I might....
Pre-race Rituals: Cup 'o jo & some digestive friendly nutrition, slide into pre-selected race clothes, arrive at start 1.5 hours early, approximately 6.5 pre-race visits to the port-o-potty, slide into starting corral, wait for go time. 
Best Running AdviceInstead of counting down miles, count down water stations, pretend every spectator sign is personally made for YOU (because it really is), and when you start getting down? Look at the beauty around you.  You are lucky you get a shot at this, you know?!  So smile...cause it really is supposed to be fun!
Running Goals or Dreams: My goal is to just keep moving forward.  The number of friends in my running pack is more important to me then the number of minutes I shave off a mile..or a marathon. It's all about the journey.
Why do you run? I run because that's where I have found the very best friends.  I run to escape a decent amount of insanity in my life.  I run to keep my butt from aging me any further than necessary.  I run to prove myself, every single time, that I am strong.  So strong.
Occupation: Elementary school secretary
Hobbies: Ummm, well I guess there's this running thing...But I also quilt, read, bike (bicycle AND motorcycle), snow shoe, garden, travel, not cook, and basically find the fun in almost anything.
Any Other Related Information: Currently training for my 3rd marathon, in Detroit this October.  Because it crosses international borders, involves bridges & tunnels, hockey players (I am told hand out medals), and because I always, always say "I am in".

Chris Borchardt
Number of Half Marathons: 17
Typical Training Pace: 10:00
Fun (non-running) Fact about me: I enjoy talking and watching all sports except for hockey and golfing.
Pre Race Rituals: Don’t eat or drink something new on the night before the race.
Best Running Advice: Slow down when it is warm.
Running Goals or Dream: Try to qualify for Boston Marathon someday in my lifetime.
Why do you run? I enjoy seeing different things in the outdoors and try to stay healthy.
Occupation: Accountant
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, attending sporting events, watching sporting events on TV, and traveling.
Any Other Running Related information: I like my new Brooks Ghost 8 running shoes. They are the best shoes I have ever had.

2:20 (10:41 min/mile):

Madeline Fisher

Hometown: Portland, OR
Number of Half Marathons: 10 to 12
Typical Training Pace: 10:30 per mile
Fun (non-running) Fact About Me: I took jazz dance lessons in teh 8th grade from Matt Lattanzi, a dancer who met Olivia Newton John on teh set of Xanadu and became her first husband.
Pre-race Rituals: None, really, other than I always have one cups of coffee and a bowl of granola with milk for breakfast.  Or does imagining that I have to go to the bathroom when I really don't count?
Best Running Advice: Goals are good, but don't get too focused on goals or times in your running.  You will become a bit tiresome to others and you won't enjoy running as much, in my opinion.
Running Goals or Dreams: To run as long as I can.  I'm turning 50 at the end of July!
Why do you run? Mainly becasue I still can, but also to de-stress, hang out with friends and, to be able to eat ice-cream guilt-free.
Occupation: Writer/editor
Hobbies: Running ;-) Reading, Hiking.  Seeing music shows, especially outside in the summer.  Singing in my car.  Lounging around. Binge-watching old TB shows and seeing movies.
Any Other Related Information: Just happy to be doing a half marathon again after pulling a calf muscle in February and being unable to run for about 6 weeks.

Mike McGuire

Hometown: Madison
Number of Half Marathons: 15
Typical Training Pace: 9:00
Fun (non-running) Fact about me: I was Bucky Badger mascot
Pre Race Rituals: I have a dedicated pair of compression shorts that I've used for every goal race.
Best Running Advice: Its you against you, don't compare yourself to others.  
Running Goals or Dream: Run a marathon in Ireland 
Occupation: IT Manager
Hobbies: Hiking, boating, biking....anything outdoors!
Why do I run? I run for health, social comradery and philanthropy. 

2:10 (9:55 min/mile):

Megan Gibson

Megan Gibson
Hometown: Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin
Why do you run? I run because I enjoy it. When I run by myself for myself I use the time to clear my head and when I run with a group to chat with adults.
Personal Goals:  Keep running as long as I possibly can.
Occupation: Stay at Home Mom and Yoga Assistant.
Best Running Advice: Remember that you started running for a reason, but always keep it fun.

John Hahn

John Hahn
Hometown: Madison, WI
Why do you run? Its fun, stress relief and it's peaceful.
Pre-race Rituals:  Coffee, stretching and a gel.
Typical Training Pace: 9:10 - 8:55
Occupation: Budget and Policy Analyst
Best Running Advice: Listen to your body and run your race.

2:00 (9:10 min/mile):

Juan Vergara

Juan Vergara
Hometown: Madison, WI
Why do you run? It does a body good!
Pre-race Rituals: Bagel with PB&J 1 hour before the race.
Personal Goals: Run 2 races outside of Wisconsin per year.
Occupation: Manager
Best Running Advice: Rely on your training... You got this!

Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson
Hometown: Johnston City, IL
Why do you run? I like to eat and drink… I love community..   I prefer a runner’s high over prescription drugs…. It does a body good!
Pre-race Rituals: S.S.S........ after a good cup of coffee.
Personal Goals: Ironman
Occupation: Architect - small business owner
Best Running Advice: Don't avoid hills, they make you a better runner.

1:50 (8:24 min/mile):

Katie Mace

Hometown: Middleton, Wisconsin
Why do you run? Mostly for "me" time
Personal Goals: To get back to a sub 3:30 marathon
Occupation: I'm a stay at home mom of 3 and I work part time at Fleet Feet
Best Running Advice: Enjoy! Smile and have fun. Remember, you like this.
Aaron Hirzon
Hometown: Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Number of Half Marathons: 38
Typical Training Pace: 8:30 +/- 15 seconds
Fun non-running fact about me: I had my first kid born this year.
Why do you run? Mostly for "me" time
My pre-race rituals: Drink coffee, eat a light breakfast and get to the race early.
Why do I runThe camraderie developed with other runners.
Personal Goals: 50 marathons in 50 states.
Occupation: Senior Accounting Analyst at Kohler, Inc.
Best Running Advice: Be strong. Be relaxed. Be confident.
HobbiesTraveling, photography, eating out

1:40 (7:38 min/mile):

Jordan T. Truttschel

Hometown: Kiel, Wisconsin
Number of Half Marathons: Its a secret...
Typical Training Pace: 7:00
Fun non-running fact about meII was on the UW-Whitewater club fishing team and qualified for the FLW College National Championship.  We finished in 15th place.
Why do you run? To stay in shape, live a healthy lifestyle, and to stay partially sane
My pre-race ritualsHammer water and a granola bar, triplle knot my shoes and wear funky socks
Running Goals or Dream: I'd like to run a sub 17 minute 5K again...And I would like to pace someone to a PR in a half marathon (Don't let me down!!!)
Any other Running Relatd Information: I ran collegiately in track and cross country for UW-Whitewater.  I also ran at Kiel High School in both track and cross country all 4 years. 
Occupation: Financial Advisor
Best Running AdviceDon't Do Drugs.
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, grilling and bartending

Andrew Porn

Andrew Porn
Hometown: Madison, WI
Why do you run? I run for the health benefit and it relaxes me.
Personal Goals: Qualify for Kona one day
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Best Running Advice: Enjoy the moment, don't stress over little things and listen to your body

1:30 (6:52 min/mile):

Brian Fennel
Hometown: Madison, WI
Number of Half Marathons: 8
Typical Training Pace: 6:30-7:00
Fun (non-running) Fact about me: I love superhero movies!
Pre Race Rituals: Bagel with peanut butter
Best Running Advice: Everyone has running talent, it’s just up to the person if they really want to make time to harness it or not
Running Goals or Dream: Qualify for Olympic Marathon Trials- 2:18:00 marathon
Why do you run?  I like to test my limits and I’m quite competitive. I also like to run because it’s a great way to meet new people and stay in-touch with those I have met over the years.
Occupation: Teacher in Middleton and cross country and track coach at Middleton High School
Hobbies: Watching and playing other sports
Any Other Running Related information: Raced 3 marathons, Chicago (2x) and Boston.
Jason Penticoff
Hometown: Rockford, IL
Number of Half Marathons: I have run 26 Marathons, does that count as 52 halfs?
Typical Training Pace:  7-8 minute mile
Fun (non-running) Fact about me: I am a teacher, coach and father of two children. I am a REI nerd and like to do all activities outdoors.
Best Running Advice: Tempo runs and pace workouts. Learn to run the speed that you wish to race.  
Running Goals or Dream: I would love to run a 100 miler in the mountains some day.  But I would also like to run a trail 50 miler in under 7 hours and run a marathon or ultra in every continent. 
Why do you run? I run because it keeps the endorphins pumping, it allows me to think outside of myself and it helps me plan classroom lessons.
Occupation: Teacher
Hobbies:  Too many (rock climbing, paddling, backpacking (REI Nerd!!)