Pace Team

Want to reach your PR goals or qualify for another marathon? The DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon offers pace teams led by experienced runners for a variety of times.

Pace Team Times

Marathon Pace Times: 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:50, 3:55, 4:00, 4:10, 4:20, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00

Half Marathon Pace Times: 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:30


Get Involved

Participants can find more information at the NuGo Nutrition Pace Team booth at the GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 5 or Saturday, May 6, 2017.


Steelton Flynn


Steelton is a native Yinzer who loves being outside and active. He runs because it gives him a sense of liberation. This will be Steelton's 10th marathon! He is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure his group comes in on time and everyone has a great experience during their run. Steelton's key for the race is,"Running a smart race is very important for any race, especially the marathon. The latter part of the race will be uncomfortable, and that's okay! Pushing through the discomfort makes the finish all the more glorious!"




Brian Benestad

Brian is an attorney who enjoys golfing, skiing, and running with the Steel City Road Runners. An avid runner, he enjoys the friendship and camaraderie that comes with it. His personal goal is to run 25 consecutive Boston and Pittbsurgh Marathons, his two favorite marathons. Brian enjoys pacing and helping people achieve their goals by encouraging and motivating his pace team along the way.  




 Elijah Shekinah

Elijah is an engineer by trade, brewer by hobbie, and a runner at heart. Running is a big part of his life, as he uses it to improve his body, mind, and spirit. Elijah has a history of being a fantastic pacer and loves helping people achieve their goals. Elijah gurantees his group can rely on him to hit the goal time and stay on pace. His advice for his pace team, is "PATIENCE IS KEY!!!"





Tyler Miller

Tyler was born and raised in Pittsburgh. When he is not chasing personal goals, he loves to give back to the running community by pacing races and training runs. He finds that helping other reach their goals brings with it just as much, if not more joy than reaching his own. It is a great privilege for him to pace his hometown marathon.







David Wirth

David is a Pittsburgh native, and is a passionate runner. He says without running, there'd be no way he could stay sane. He has run over 30 marathons, and still holds his city of Pittsburgh as his favorite. David likes to makes the city's "hills come alive" with the "sounds of the city" as his running music of choice. David loves pacing because it's a way for him to give back to the sport and help others achieve their goals. Not only is David a great pacer, but he's also a great tour guide. So if you wanna have a great tour included with your run, David is your man!



 Aaron Horrell 

Aaron will be earning his Bachelors in Athletic Training this May. His goal is to help people reach their fitness goals. This explains why he's such a great pacer. He loves helping others reach their goals. To him, it is just as rewarding as reaching his own. Aaron loves everything about the sport of running, and runs because it gives him a great peace of mind.



Steve Spang

Steve is a teacher originally from Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. When not teaching, he enjoys staying active by running and exercising, playing music, and spending time with his family, friends, and fiance. He enjoys being able to help other runners accomplish their goals. Steve's advice for his pace team is, "The hard work (training) is done. Have faith in your training, set realistic goals on race day, and enjoy the marathon experience!"





Jay Layshock

Jay is from Canfield, Ohio and has run more than 20 marathons. His ultimate goal is to qualify for the Ironman World Championship. Jay loves to rock out while he runs with his dog. He loves the physical aspect of running, and it keeps him sane. Jay enjoys the social aspect of pacing, and loves working with a group toward a common goal.




Stacey Falk

Stacey is a teacher from Pittsburgh who enjoys running, hiking, biking, and traveling. She has many goals of her own, and likes pacing because it is about helping others complete their goals and working toward them as a group. Stacey has run the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon every year since its return in 2009.





Anna Smialek

Anna is from Pittsburgh. She loves runnning, hiking, and trying new resturants in the city. She is a member of Steel City Road Runners and has run 4 marathons. Anna finds running challenging, exciting, and rewarding. She doesn't just run for her health, she also runs to meet new, fun people. Anna's favorite Pittsburgh Marathon memory was in 2015 when she not only beat a personal record, but also qualified for the Boston Marathon.




Sean Brennan

Sean is a teacher with one hobby: running. If he's not at school or on a run you can probably find him watching reruns of Seinfeld or 30 Rock. Sean has a goal of running every marathon in every major city in North America. Sean has only been running since 2009, and he has already run 45 marathons. Sean loves teaching and running and uses his passions to be a great pacer. He sees it like he's being a chearleader to his group. As an experienced pacer his advice is, "Listen to your pace leader. Their experience will be very helpful. Staying on pace, keeping hydrated, fueling, etc. are the keys to reaching your goal time."






Mike Salamon

Mike lives in the City of Steel, and has run over 40 marathons to the sounds of screaming crowds and cow bells. Mike loves to compete and uses running as an outlet. He also loves the increasing social aspect of running. He fequently runs with his friends and members of SCRR. Mike loves the atmosphere of race day, and it shows as he holds up his pacer card with confidence and charisma.





Arjun Mishra

Arjun is an Immigration Attorney from Rochester, New York. He appreciates running in groups more than running by himself because he gets to partake in everyone within that group's joy at finishing a set goal. 






John Zamperini

John loves to travel, but he also loves to run and has run over 30 marathons. John runs because he can't imagine life without it. As a pacer he wants to help others achieve their running goals the same way he's been helped. John loves the comraderie and encouragement that comes with running with a group and is excited to share this experience with his pace team. His advice is, "A marathon takes a lot of work, but it also can be a lot of fun if you take the time to talk with other runners, and take in the sights and sounds of the course and the spectators."





Natalie Eaton

Natalie is a math teacher and cross-country coach from the Pittsburgh Area. She has run over 10 marathons and has run every event in the Pittsburgh marathon. She has a passion for distance running and helping others make running part of their lifestyle. When she isn’t running, teaching or coaching she spends her time watching her daughters and husband play soccer or run track. If you plan on running with her she says, “plan to have fun and let this yinzer take care of the details!”




Thomas Mangan

Thomas is a corporate trainer in Pittsburgh, and loves to jam out on a run to 80's music. He has run over 60 marathons, his favorite being the Silver Falls Trail Marathon. He is on his way to achieving his goal of running a marathon or half marathon in each of the 50 states. As a pacer, he wants those in his group to take in the excitement of the event, and let him worry about the time and pace of the run.





Marie Bartoletti

Marie Bartoletti is a PE Teacher from Bethel Park, PA. She has run over 300 marathons, and Pittsburgh is her number one favorite! Marie is a member of Steel City Road Runners, and runs for the love of the sport. She has a passion for pacing and loves helping people reach new goals. Marie's advice for anyone in her group, "Be prepared to have a good time! We will have fun on the run!"




Michael Kazar

Michael is from North Canton, Ohio. He is a grandfather and a reader. He runs to stay healthy and happy. He has run over 50 marathons and absolutely loves Pittsburgh's. He really enjoys pacing for the Pittsburgh Marathon because it allows him to help others reach their goals. His advice for race day, "Run an even pace, enjoy yourself!"





Marcela Todd

Marcela has run over 50 marathons. She is a Wellness Director and she rides horses and dances for fun. She runs because she loves the feeling and the community. She became a pacer because she enjoys helping people reach their goals and so those in her group can learn to love the sport just as much as she does. Marcela has some tips for those thinking of running in her group, "On Race day, be ready to have fun and enjoy each step of the way! Race day is the celebration day!! :) Wooo hooo!!! "









Sarah Lee-Faulkner

Sarah is from Allison Park, PA. She has run 40 marathons, and has a goal to run a marathon in every state. So far, her favorite marathon memory was finishing six marathons in six states within six days! Sarah runs because she enjoys seeing new places and trails as she runs. She became a pacer to share her love of running with others and encourage everyone in her group. Sarah won't just bring her group in on time, but she'll also give her group a great tour of the city.







Mike Romzy

Mike lives in Pittsburgh and enjoys running local races for the both the competition and collegiality that only running can bring.  Mike is a member of the Steel City Track Club, Washington County Road Runners, Steel City Road Runners and is also a USATF member. Mike’s volunteer work includes numerous expos for the Great Race, EQT 10 Miler, Pittsburgh Marathon and the Junior Great Race. Mike is also a member of the P3R games committee. Being a pacer is an incredible privilege that Mike is honored to have. His goal is to help everyone have a memorable experience whether you want to finish your first race or achieve a PR on race day. Mike will see you at the start and remember just by running the race you’ve already won!





Lesley Sherwood

Lesley is a Merchandise Planner from Pittsburgh, who enjoys cooking, traveling, and crossfit. She loves pacing because the feeling of helping an entire group have their best race is a better feeling than hitting a new personal PR! Her advice to everyone on her pace team, "Let me do the work and just enjoy everything about the experience."





Perry Erlichman

Perry is from Pittsburgh, he enjoys cross-training, and has a personal goal of running a sub 1:30 Half-Marathon. Perry enjoys the challenge that running adds to his life, and has become a pacer to give back to running community. As a pacer he hopes to help his group achieve their goals, but also wants them to have a great time while running.






Skylar Jones

As a naturally competitive person, Skylar loves challenging herself and setting new goals. As a pacer, she likes being able to help others achieve their goals as well stating, "Helping someone achieve their first full, or half is an awesome experience, you will forever be apart of that memory for them." She enjoys encouraging everyone she encounters on her run even those not on her pace team that may be struggling. 




Jennifer Cavanaugh

Jen is a working mom of three young boys, so running is her workout, social hour, hobby, and therapy. Four years ago she trained for a 5k and then was promptly talked into running a half marathon by her brother…and she hasn’t looked back. She has completed 5 full marathons and 7 half marathons. She enjoys running for the health and fitness, feeling of accomplishment, and being able to set a healthy example for her children. Since having a fantastic pacer help her reach a half marathon PR she has been looking forward to being a pacer and helping other runners reach their individual goals.






Kim Simon

Kim is from Seoul, Korea, and has run 80 marathons. She is a cancer survivor and loves to run. She is a member of the Steel City Road Runners. Kim has adopted a "Never give up on anything, miracles happen every day" attitude, and expects the best from her group. She paces because she loves pushing her group to reach their goals.





 Kara Kelly

Kara is a nurse practitioner originally from Cleavland, Ohio. Her hobbies include, surfing, trail running, and kayaking and hopes to become board certified in Integrative Medicine Advocate for Cystic Fibrosis. Kara brings a lot of racing and pace experience, this being her 51st marathon. Having coached for many years, she finds it rewarding seeing others reach their goals. "It is more rewarding see runners hit their goal time then completing a PR myself."



Shelly McGonigal

Shelly is nurse in the city of Pittsburgh who likes training with SCRR and reading. She loves running and encouraging others, so naturally she decided to become a pacer. If you are in Shelly's group, prepare to be pushed to reach your goals. Shelly's only tip for her group is, "Enjoy the Run!"






KP Kelly

From Ohio, KP is a very easygoing and carefree guy. KP is currently in day 55 of his attempt to run 100 marathons in 100 days! Having run over 200 marathons, KP enjoys helping others and making their race more enjoyable, and especially loves seeing people reach their goals. His only advice for his pace team, "Just join in beside me, don't worry about your GPS or Watch, just put one foot in front of the other and keep running. I'll get you there."




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