Meet Your 2020 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon Pacer Team

3:00 Pace Group

Paul Terranova

Paul Terranova (and his wife Meredith, also a pacer) have been part of the Texas multisport community for over 18 years. Paul has served as a marathon pace group leader at the Austin and Houston Marathons since 2006, including pacing the women’s U.S. Olympic “A” and “B” marathon standard hopefuls prior to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials. Starting as a 2:41 PR marathoner and adventure racer, Paul then branched out into triathlon, with three trips to the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in 2005, 2009, and 2012 while eventually setting his sights on ultramarathons. It is here that he has seen much recent success: completing the first ever Grand Kona Slam (Grand Slam of Ultrarunning + Ironman Triathlon World Championship) in 2012; top-10 finishes at the 100-Mile Western States Endurance Run in 2013 & 2015; 2015 & 2016 USATF 100-Mile Trail National Champion; and 2015 & 2016 USATF Ultra Trail Masters Runner of the Year.

James Greenham

James Greenham was born in Ireland and started running at the age of 35, debuting with a 4:12 in his home marathon in Cork City. In the summer of 2014, James made the move stateside with work. He made Austin, Texas, his home, quickly finding the community of Rogue Running to improve and guide his progress. He’s now a veteran of 18 marathons thanks to some expert coaching and his Team Rogue Dawn Patrol teammates. His PR was recently lowered to a 2:37 at the California International Marathon last December. This upcoming 2020 Austin marathon will be James 6th consecutive Austin Marathon and it remains one of the racing highlights of the year.

3:05 Pace Group

Kenny Gildersleeve

A former high-school cross country runner, Kenny hung up his spikes in 2007, but recently started running competitively again. His most recent accomplishment was finishing the 2019 Chicago Marathon in a personal best 2:34:09. This will be Kenny’s second year pacing the Austin Marathon, and first year with the 3:05 group.

Travis Rimel

Travis Rimel has been running and competing in triathlon in the Austin area for over 15 years. He has run over a dozen marathons, including the Boston Marathon several times. He has also completed many full Ironman races, countless 70.3s, as well as, olympic and sprint distance triathlons. Unfortunately, Travis has narrowly missed Kona qualifying and is determined to get there one day. Travis loves Austin! He is passionate about the opportunity to help others hit their goals. Travis has been part of just about every group in Austin. The endurance community has given so much support to him over the years. Giving back to others is a privilege. Travis works at Under Armour. He designs software for their digital products; MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal and others. He spend most of his time developing their connected footwear experience. This is his second year pacing the Austin Marathon!

3:10 Pace Group

Justin Cameron

Justin was born and raised in the Austin area. He is relatively new to the city’s running community. Justin attended university in Dallas and picked up running after returning to Austin in his late 20’s. He initially began running to stay in shape, however in 2014 decided to test his fitness and signed up to run the 2014 Austin Marathon. Justin joined Team Rogue in 2018 with the intent to become both a faster runner and more involved in the Austin running scene. He has participated in numerous races not only in Texas but also around the US. In 2019 he was part of a six-person team that ran The Speed Project, a 344-mile race from the Santa Monica Pier to the heart of Las Vegas, as well as, the Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon. Additionally, Justin ran the 2019 Chicago Marathon where he secured a new PR of 2:40. Having ran the Austin Marathon 3 times, Justin is looking forward to pacing his hometown marathon for the first time!

Kyle Norman

Kyle is a life-long athlete who took up running 3 years ago at the age of 37. He started running as a way to stay fit. Kyle’s competitive spirit quickly took over and he has run 7 marathons with a current PR of 2:52. He enjoys running and racing on both roads and trails. Kyle currently trains with Team Rogue Dawn Patrol. In running, not only did Kyle find a way to stay fit, but he found a great community and has made many friendships along the way. Kyle is honored to be an Austin Marathon pacer and looks forward to helping others reach their goals in February. This is Kyle’s first year as a pacer.

3:15 Pace Group

Cameron Brown

Cameron Brown was always the kid that enjoyed running even more than other sports. He began running competitively in high school and college ultimately competing in the Division I NCAA Cross Country Championships for Tulane University. He began running with Team Rogue in 2015. He has completed 5 marathons including a 2:53 PR at the New York City Marathon. Cameron has also recently become a volunteer runner with the Back On My Feet program that combats homelessness through the power of running.  This is his first year pacing Austin Marathon.

Nora Colligan

Nora Colligan has been running competitively for over 23 years. This will be her fourth year as a marathon pace group leader for the Austin Marathon.  Starting as a cross country and track runner in high school and college, she quickly moved up to the marathon distance after graduating. Since then Nora has run 20 marathons, with a PR of 2:44 at the 2015 California International Marathon. That performance earned her an entry into the 2016 US Olympic Trials.   

3:20 Pace Group

Grant Bower

Grant has been running for nine years, and has completed 11 marathons. New to Austin in 2018, he has frequently raced cross country and road races, but began exploring the trail-racing scene recently. Grant’s current PRs include 16:08 (5k), 27:30 (8k), 1:17:52 (1/2 Marathon), and 2:47:45 (Marathon). While he may be satisfied with these results, Grant is the most proud of his 6:42 beer mile. When he is not running, Grant helps his patients achieve their rehabilitation goals as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. He looks forward to helping runners achieve their goals in February as well. This is Grant’s second year pacing the Austin Marathon

Mike McGinn

Mike McGinn returned to running later in life when a friend talked him into running Pikes Peak Ascent. That race got him hooked again. He really connected with the trails and discovered the pure joy of running again. After that first Ascent, he spent the next five years returning every August to Pikes Peak to run the Double, the Ascent, and Marathon.  The Double led him to The Rogue Trail Series and then to ultras. The last few years he’s tackled Bandera, Capt’n Karl’s 60K Series, Palo Duro 50M, and The North Face 50M to name a few.  In addition to the trails, he has taken his love of running to the roads, Big Cottonwood, BCS, and Boston marathons along with the Run for the Water 10 miler. He is truly looking forward to pacing the Austin Marathon again!

3:25 Pace Group

Nils Gunderson

Nils Gundersen is a proud member of Team Rogue Cedar Park coached by Jennifer Harney. After a career change in 2015, he vowed to adopt a healthy lifestyle, joined Rogue Running, and ran his first marathon in the fall of 2016. Since then, Nils has maintained a competitive race schedule and recently won the masters division at the 2018 BMW Dallas Marathon with a time of 2:49. Nils is very excited & honored to pace Austin for the second time along-side one of his running mentors, Patrick Hall.

Patrick Hall

Patrick Hall has been running in Austin since he arrived in 1996 with over 50,000 miles logged since. He has run 64 marathons as of November 2019, including 56 in the Great State of Texas and 23 Austin Marathons (16 times as a Pacer). Notable “other” events include Comrades in his former home of South Africa (the ‘big one” of road Ultras) and an incredible day in the Grand Canyon doing R2R2R. Our goal for those joining the group is to keep it loose, keep it fun, let the miles click by, and get you to the target right on time. Prepare for a great day. Oh, and remember those behind you. Be considerate: throw your cups and gel wrappers to the side.

3:30 Pace Group

Matt Fletcher

Matt Fletcher began running in 2011 to drop weight, but quickly the addiction took hold. Scenery and lack of cars are the greatest appeal to him when running trails, but Matt maintains a healthy appetite for Austin’s asphalt, including running a pair of Distance Challenges. Now training with TrailRoots, Matt has finished a 100K in Utah’s Wasatch, had his first marathon win at the Dare to Ascend Lake Georgetown trail race, and has two 2:59 marathons, most recently in Boston, his 31st marathon. Pacing Austin will be marathon number 34 and lets him give something back to this encouraging running community, and recover in time for the Spring trail season!

Ted Davison

Ted Davison’s running career started about 25 years ago in Zimbabwe as part of his triathlon training. When he went to college in England, Davison completed his first marathon. He has now completed more than 19 marathons, an Ironman triathlon and 15 ultra-distance races, including Western States, Leadville, Tahoe Rim Trail, and Bighorn. Since moving to Austin in 2001, Davison has run the Austin Marathon many times and has been a pacer for the last three years.

3:35 Pace Group

Katie Stewart

Katie ran competitively through high school and took a break from early mornings in college. Pizza, beer, and sleeping in on Saturdays sounded great! She then got back into running a few years after college by running some half marathons for fun with a group of girlfriends. She then bumped it up to the full marathon after a bit and first broke 4 hours at Big Sur in 2015. That’s when she decided to join a team and train to qualify for Boston. The next weekend Katie went to Rogue’s Fall Marathon Kickoff Party and found some people to put in the miles with. Since then, Katie has run 7 marathons, BQ’ing, and recently earning a shiny new sub-3-hour PR in Chicago – 2:58! This is her 2nd year pacing the Austin Marathon. She’s excited to keep you pumped up during the race and help you tick off 26 even splits in row!

Frank Livaudais

Frank Livaudais started running marathons in 2002 and since then has run over 200 marathons of marathon distance or longer. His personal best in the marathon is 2:54. He has run a marathon in all 50 states, 4 continents, and 7 countries. Frank has race directed 120 5K races as well as 8 marathons. He has qualified for the Boston marathon over 50 times and has finished it 16 times. Frank has run two marathons in a single weekend a dozen times. He once ran three marathons, in three days, in three different states. This will be his eighth time to pace the Austin Marathon.

3:40 Pace Group

Robert Nathan

Robert Nathan has been a part of the Austin Running Community since 2011 and claims to be the loudest and most energetic runner gracing Austin’s streets and trails most mornings before the sun comes up. Robert started running for fitness with no intention of ever running a marathon. After getting involved with Rogue Running for a training program he was hooked. He has run 17 marathons, including six Austin Marathons. His PR is 3:13 at the 2016 Chicago Marathon. This is Robert’s fourth year on the Austin Marathon Pace Team. He also promises to crack few jokes, shout, and high five everyone through our 26.2-mile journey!

Troy Bertram

Troy Bertram is an Executive at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and a former Army Paratrooper. He has been part of the Austin multisport community since 2011 and is a returning Austin Marathon Pacer. His marathon PR was set in Boston in 2014 (2:58:59) while he was unknowingly transitioning from triathlons, having earned his M-Dot at Ironman Texas, to the world of ultra-marathons. Since 2014 he has completed numerous local and national ultras including JFK 50 Miler, Miwok 100K, Can Lake 50, San Francisco North Face 50, and Bandera 100K.

3:45 Pace Group

Brent Stein

A former road cyclist and mountain biker, Brent Stein ran his first marathon at Austin in 2003.  It was special, not because of the time he finished in (4:00:32), but because of the experience that he gained by running his hometown race and finishing his first marathon. Brent has since gone on to complete 8 more marathons including 2 Boston marathons and a 2:59 PR. Brent has also taken up marathon coaching duties at Rogue Running for the last 6 years.  Along the way, he has helped many athletes achieve their goal including first time marathoners crossing the finish line (with a smile on their faces) and front of the pack runners qualifying for their first Boston. Two recent highlights of Brent’s running career include coaching & pacing two friends/athletes in the Houston and Grandma’s (Duluth, MN) marathons.  This is Brent’s third year on the pacing team and he is excited to help support many more athletes in their quest to achieve their running goals.

Jessica Head

Jessica Head has been running in the Austin community for the past 4 years. This is her second year pacing the Austin Marathon. She has completed 8 marathons with a current PR of 3:10. Jessica enjoys taking her running to the trails and has completed 6 trail ultramarathons ranging from the 50K to 50-mile distance. Jessica currently trains with Team Rogue Dawn Patrol downtown Austin. Running is a great opportunity for her to make new friends, stay in shape, and hopefully inspire her young daughter to chase her dreams.

3:50 Pace Group

Michelle Ryan

Long time Austinite Michelle Ryan has completed 86+ endurance events, including 7 Ironmans, 40+ marathons, and 39+ ultra marathons. Some of her race highlights include the Ironman World Championships, Half Ironman World Championships, 6x Boston Marathon finisher, Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa, Hong Kong 100, Ultra Trail Mt. Fuji in Japan, Ultra Trail Australia, and Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc in France. Michelle loves to travel and has competed in ultras on 6 continents. This year her goal is to complete 100 races of a marathon or longer by her 50th birthday in November. The Austin Marathon will be race number 89 for her! Michelle and her partner Robyn really look forward to pacing for their 5th year in 2020.

Robyn Dodge

Robyn Dodge ran her first marathon in 2011 (Austin Marathon). She has since run more than 30 marathons and many other races of all over the world! Some of her most notable running accomplishments include finishing several of the World Marathon Majors having been accepted as a time qualifier. She has finished the Boston Marathon seven consecutive times (2013-2019) and will run it again in April 2020. Robyn has won the “End of the World Marathon” in Placencia, Belize, every year that she participated (2012, 2014, & 2016). Her marathon personal best is currently 3:10. Robyn is also a certified fitness instructor. She works with division-one athletes at The University of Texas at Austin, which is also where she earned a Ph.D. in archaeology. This is Robyn’s fifth year pacing the Austin Marathon with her partner, Michelle. Robyn looks forward to helping runners achieve their goals in February.

3:55 Pace Group

Meredith Terranova

Meredith Terranova (and her husband Paul, also a pacer) have been part of the Texas multisport community for over 17 years. Her favorite word is “PINKYS”, has EXCEPTIONAL hearing especially when it comes to snoring, minor-phobia of both the dentist and the optometrist, and an affinity for energetic German Shorthaired Pointers. A reformed ultramarathoner with a sub-24 hour Western States 100-mile run under her belt, Meredith is a 2-time Ultraman Triathlon World Championship finisher, and a proud recipient of the “Wife of the Year Award” in 2017.

RuthAnn Lobos

RuthAnn Lobos has been an avid distance runner and triathlete in the Austin community for the last 14 years by way of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. By early morning, she frequently travels the trail around Lady Bird Lake with Gilberts Gazelles, a group that has coached her through 16 marathons, including the Boston Marathon twice, and numerous half marathons. By day, she is a veterinarian who is certified in canine rehabilitation and has a special interest and training in the nutrition that fuels our four-legged companions. By night, RuthAnn is a wife and mother to one future endurance athlete, two-year-old Alexander, two Labrador Retrievers, and a German Shorthaired Pointer. Intermingled amidst all that, she loves her LSU Tigers, bourbon, and dark chocolate. Paws up!! GEAUX TIGERS!!

4:00 Pace Group

Devon Kiernan

  • 2009 – 6 marathons in Costa Rica in 6 days
  • 2013 – UltraMan Canada
  • 2013 – 7 marathons in the Sahara in 7 days 
  • Ironman Texas, Austria, New Zealand, Louisville, Lake Placid, Arizona, St. George, a few others he can’t remember 
  • Marathons (50+) – Boston, Philly, San Fran, Steamtown, Austin, Houston, Dallas, BCS, Tel-Aviv, etc
  • Ultramarathons (40+) with 20 or so being 100 milers
  • This is Devon’s first year pacing the Austin Marathon!

Mallory Brooks

Mallory Brooks is an avid trail runner, head trail coach at Rogue Running, and founder/director of Spectrum Trail Racing and the Rogue Trail Series. Her accomplishments include getting on the podium at several ultra-marathons and setting the fastest known time for a female to run the Wonderland Trail, a 93-mile trail that circumnavigates Mount Rainier. While she much prefers to run over rocks and river streams, Mallory is thrilled to encourage these road marathoners to break the 4-hour mark. This will be her first year pacing the Austin Marathon.

4:05 Pace Group

Ali Sloan

Ali Sloan has been running her entire life but got into marathons and ultra distances in 2010. She has completed 15+ marathons and 15+ ultramarathons ranging in distance from 50K-100 miles. This will be her third opportunity to pace The Austin Marathon. Ali, her husband, two kids, and two dogs have lived in Austin since 2015. She is a co-leader of the Austin Mom’s Run this Town group and loves meeting new people on the road or trail. When she is not working or running she enjoys spending time with family and friends and exploring all the great places Austin has to offer

Brooke Ziel

Brooke Ziel is an Austin native who started running at 19 to check a marathon off her bucket list. She used a 6 month couch-to-marathon plan and finished in a little over 4 hours. Fifteen years, 12 marathons, two 50K races, and a PR BQ of 3:23:02 later, she is excited to pace the marathon that began her running journey. When she is not running on the road or the trail, Brooke likes to spend time traveling the world with her husband and two sons, baking, and rock climbing. She is looking forward to helping runners achieve their goals! This is Brooke’s second year pacing the Austin Marathon.

4:20 Pace Group

Cheryl Tulkoff

Cheryl Tulkoff has tackled everything from 5Ks to 100 milers along with relays, multi-day races, and Ironman Coeur d’Alene. Some of her favorites include the Boston Marathon, the Tahoe Triple (three marathons in 3 days), the Rocky Raccoon 100 and the Trans Pecos Ultra. In addition to running, she also loves to travel and has visited 46 US states and over 25 countries around the world. She combines these two passions in what she calls “running tourism” which lets her quickly get her bearings and see the sights in new places. This is Cheryl’s first year pacing the Austin Marathon.

Sara Ferniza

Sara Ferniza has run 51 marathons and a couple of trail races up to 50 miles. She is originally from Chicago, IL, and has been a pacer for the Chicago Marathon for 15 years. She had the honor to be a guide for a visually impaired runner for Team With A Vision, a Visually Impaired & Blind Association during the 2017 Boston Marathon. She continues to guide visually impaired runners in local races. Sara is excited to return to pace the 2020 Austin Marathon after a hiatus for a few years!

4:35 Pace Group

Carolina Estrada

Carolina Estrada is a running and triathlon coach at Tough Cookies. This will be her 7th year pacing the Austin Marathon. She has been running and competing in triathlons for over 15 years.

Tzatzil LeMair

Tzatzil LeMair ran her first marathon 21 years ago and hasn’t stopped since. She is the founder of Tough Cookie Fitness. Tzatzil has coached runners and triathletes for the past 15 years. She recently retired from coaching to return to her career in advertising and activism. She loves pacing runners at the Austin Marathon especially if they are out of town because it makes her feel like a tour guide.

4:50 Pace Group

Chris MacLeod

Chris MacLeod has been a runner since 2001. She has also been an athlete and coach for Rogue Running since 2010. For Chris, running is all about the connections made through long-run conversations and post-run tacos, with a little hard work and consistency thrown in! Amongst her running group, she’s known for her dead-on pacing and her love of a good spreadsheet. She has completed 13 marathons with a PR of 3:57. Chris lives in north Austin with her husband and his nemesis, a 13-year-old Jack Russel mix named Sadie. When she’s not running, she spends her days guiding operations for a local start-up.

Mary Lenington

Mary Lenington began marathon training in 2010 while in Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin. She has completed 9 marathons and several half marathons. For the past 18 years, she has been a collegiate Rowing Coach and has worked with student-athletes her entire career. When she is not on the water or running around the lake, she is chasing her 5-year-old daughter and 20-month-old daughter. Since college, Mary has always been inspired by the bonds formed one step at a time on the road or on the trail. This is Mary’s second year pacing the Austin Marathon.

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