Austin Marathon Pacers

The Austin Marathon Pace Team  are a local team, familiar with the course, and will run the entire marathon distance at a steady/even pace. They will help you not only achieve your goals, but have FUN; whether the goal is a personal record, Boston Qualifier, or simply to cross the finish line. Our Pace Group Leaders are extremely experienced runners, chosen on their previous running and/or pacing performances and know what it takes to hold a steady pace and provide a great marathon experience for their “Pace-ees”.

The pacers will run the full marathon course. Half marathoners can line up with pacers and run the most of the half course as well.

If you have questions, or would like to inquire about being a pacer, email austinmarathonpacer@highfiveevents.com.

What’s It All About

Pace groups for the following times: 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:50, 3:55, 4:00, 4:05, 4:20, 4:35, 4:50. Pace group 3:00 will run on gun time, the rest will run based on chip time.

  • The Pace Group Leaders will be running “Even Splits”. This means that every mile will be run at approximately the same pace. Exceptions to this will be at the beginning of the race due to the bottleneck at the start, and on the miles that the course dictates. Think of them as a moving finish line with your goal time pinned to the back of their shirts.

Meet your 2023 Pace Team!

Meet Them Before

  • Read the Pacer bios below and follow them on social! You can always reach out with questions 🙂

Meet at The Expo

  • There will be a “Meet the Pacers” booth Friday and Saturday at the Expo. We will be giving some last-minute pointers and each pace group leader will be there for you to meet and ask questions. This is another great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.

How to Run with Pacers on Race Day

  • Look for them next to the “Pace Time” signs in the starting area holding up signs with the finishing times printed on them. They will be wearing Marathon Pacer singlets and bibs. Try to meet up with your pace group at least 15 minutes before the start of the race.
  • Five to ten minutes before the start, your pace group leader will give you their final instructions. This may include any adjustments being made to the pace due to course conditions.
  • Water station philosophy regarding whether the pace group will walk or run through it – is up to the pace leader. Each pace leader will let you know their strategy for getting back together after a water stop. Be sure to check with your group leader prior to the start if this is important to you.
  • We want you to run your own race. If you feel great on race day, and you want to go ahead and catch the next group, we’ll cheer you on. If it’s not your day, slow down and wait for the group behind you. And if you want to just fall in and match strides with your pace group leader, we’re sure to appreciate the company!

James Greenham

Irish masters athlete that settled in austin and has now over 25 marathons to his name. Experienced pacer, this will be his 6th time pacing the 3hr group in Austin. Marathon pr of 2:37. Easily for me this is my favorite race weekend of the year and the first marathon I put on the calendar.

Brian Fagan

  • Pace: 7:03 min/mile
    Finish Time: 3:05

Pacing with the 3:05 group this year, Brian has run the Austin Marathon 12 times. A past member of the US National Cycling Team, he raced bikes competitively in France and Belgium for 5 years before returning to Texas. He as run numerous trail races and ultramarathons and is currently training with his wife, Michaela, for the Boston marathon.

Michael Morris

This will be my first time pacing the Austin Marathon but I have run the marathon 3 times with my personal best being 2:34! I won the 2018 3m 1/2 marathon and placed 2nd in the 2020 Austin 1/2 Marathon running 1:07.34 and 1:08 respectively! I’m really excited to bring my experience and knowledge of the Austin Marathon course to help everyone get their goal times.

Aaron Valdez

2nd year pacing the 3:10 Group. I’m the Store Manager at Tri Supply(correction from last year’s bio, NOT a Triathlon Store) a High End Building Material Showroom. I run with the Surge Racing Team.

Jesus Olivares

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  • Pace: 7:26 min/mile
    Finish Time: 3:15

I was born in Mexico and raised in South Texas, then I came to Austin where I studied finance at The University of Texas. After graduation, I started a business that I actively manage. Starting a family, working long hours, and struggling with staying in shape, something called me to go for a run at Lady Bird Lake Trail. 11 years later, I run almost every day and at 37 I feel in better shape than in my teenage years. Running has become a passion and I am thankful for the friendships I’ve made, the health benefits it brings, and the discipline running forces on me. When I am not at the office or running, you can find me either hiking or biking with my wife and 3 kids on some Austin trail.

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 9 marathons including a 2:43 PR winning the BCS Marathon in 2022. Cameron is also a volunteer runner with the Back On My Feet program that combats homelessness through the power of running. This is his third year pacing Austin Marathon.

Adam Hammons

  • Pace: 7:49 min/mile
    Finish Time: 3:25

2023 will be Adam’s second time pacing the Austin Marathon, and after crossing the finish line in the 3:25 pace group it’ll give him a baker’s dozen career marathons under his belt. He’s a communications manager for public transportation at TxDOT and loves playing golf and exploring breweries.

Jim Moore

A veteran marathoner with over 25 marathons to his credit, Jim is pacing the 3:25 group this year, which will be his 5th Austin Marathon as a pacer. When he’s not running or acting as Vice President of Engineering, he enjoys wake surfing, reading, sitting on the beach, and playing with his kids. His favorite part of the Austin course is coming across the bridge on S. 1st Street and turning left onto Caesar Chavez, where the crowds are epic!

Ted Davison

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  • Pace: 8:01 min/mile
    Finish Time: 3:30

Ted Davison’s running career started many years ago in Zimbabwe as part of his triathlon training. When he went to college in England, Davison completed the London marathon, twice. He has now completed more than 20 marathons, an Ironman triathlon and over 20 ultra-distance races, including Western States 100, Leadville 100, Tahoe Rim Trail, The Bear, Bighorn, and the Tor Des Geants – 330K in Italian Alps. Since moving to Austin in 2001, Davison has run the Austin Marathon many times and this will be his fifth year being a pacer.

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. Now training with TrailRoots, Matt has finished a couple 100Ks, had his first marathon win at a Lake Georgetown trail race, and has two 2:59 marathons, most recently in Boston. Pacing Austin will be marathon number 41 and lets him give something back to this encouraging running community, and recover in time for the Spring trail season!

Mark Heerensperger

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  • Pace: 8:12 min/mile
    Finish Time: 3:35

Bringing in folks running 3:25 this year, Mark has run 18 marathons and will be pacing his 4th Austin Marathon in 2023. Working in finance as his means of employment, he suffers with the rest of us Longhorn fans during football season, and his favorite parts of the marathon are those middle miles through campus.

Marc Bergman

  • Pace: 8:12 min/mile
    Finish Time: 3:35

With 56+ marathons under his belt and 4 previous Austin Marathons as a pacer, you’ll be in good hands with Marc in the 3:35 group. By day a microprocessor design engineer, he enjoys hanging out with friends, puppy videos, and long walks on the beach in his socks.

Joe Terracina

Joe began running over 15 years ago when a friend dared me to run a half marathon. A year later he decided to run his first full marathon in Austin in 2009 and hasn’t stopped since. Joe has completed 50 marathons, including 11 Boston Marathons and 5 Austin Marathons. He loves pacing because it allows him to help other people achieve their goals.

Katie Graff

  • Pace: 8:23 min/mile
    Finish Time: 3:40

I have been running competitively for the last 23 years! I enjoy running various distances ranging from the marathon to 200-milers. Last year, I had a great time pacing the Austin Marathon and am really looking forward to doing it again! I love meeting and connecting with fellow runners and supporting them in any way I can!

Sydney Lambert

I am mostly a trail runner, but can’t stay away from helping pace the marathon. Seeing you all attempt big life goals is so inspiring and I look forward to running with you.

Larry Bright

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  • Pace: 8:35 min/mile
    Finish Time: 3:45

I have been running since middle school, ran my 1st marathon in 2006 and have now completed 40 marathons across 4 continents, 7 countries, and 14 trips to Boston. Running keeps me fit & relieves stress and keeps me connected to the community.

I’ve been coaching for Rogue running since 2011. My basic philosophy is: Health, Fitness, Speed. Run to keep your mind and body healthy, train to gain fitness, race for fun. Don’t sacrifice fitness for racing or health for fitness and just keep showing up!

Robyn Dodge

  • Pace: 8:46 min/mile
    Finish Time: 3:50

Robyn is currently the Austin Marathon Pace Team captain. She has 40 marathons under her belt, including finishing ten consecutive Boston Marathons and having paced the Austin Marathon 8 times previously. Dr Robyn is an archaeologist specializing in ancient Maya prehistory and also certified fitness instructor. If you see Robyn out on the course, thank her not just for pacing the 3:50 group, but for organizing all of the pace groups for 2023!

Michelle Ryan

Michelle has completed over 100 endurance events; including 7 Ironmans, 51 marathons and 52 ultra marathons. Some of her race highlights include the Ironman World Championships, UTMB, (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc) 4x 100 Milers and 6x Boston Marathons. Michelle has competed internationally in Australia, Hong Kong, France, Japan, Brazil and South Africa. One day she hopes to race in Antartica to complete all 7 continents. She is an 11x finisher of the Austin Marathon and really looks forward to pacing with her run partner Robyn for the 8th time in 2023.

Karim Elmrabet

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  • Pace: 8:58 min/mile
    Finish Time: 3:55

I started running in 2003 with the goal of a completing a single marathon. Soon after, I got hooked, as running helped me stay fit and alleviate work stress. I have been pacing the 3M half-marathons for many years and enjoy helping runners reach their goal. Furthermore, I look forward to doing the same in the Austin Marathon. I enjoy traveling to different locations to run marathons. I have completed 50+ marathons, including all the majors.

Mallory Brooks

Mallory is a returning pacer, who loves to see marathoners break that four hour mark! As the founder of Spectrum Trail Racing and Run Beyond, Mallory has helped grow the Austin trail running community. With a few “fastest known times” (Grand Canyon quad crossing, Wonderland Trail, and Yale 360) under her belt, she brings experience in the long distance mental game to the Austin marathon course. Mallory and her 4:00 pacing partner Panther will keep you motivated, steady, and encouraged to run a strong marathon!

Panther Carmical

A long-time veteran of the Austin running scene, Panther is a co-captain of the Austin Marathon pacing team. Before retiring from coaching, he coached adult runners and triathletes for 16 years, founded the Austin Duathletes, was a coach for USA cycling, Road Runners Club of America, and a personal trainer with East End Fitness, where he was also a co-owner. He has placed in the top 3 in many running races and duathlons over the years, but he is most proud of his athletes, who have competed and won national and international competitions.

Bonnie Pope

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  • Pace: 9:21 min/mile
    Finish Time: 4:05

Bonnie is a marathoner, mom, and nurse practitioner in Austin. 2023 will be her second year pacing the Austin Marathon. Bonnie enjoys running around Austin with the Gazelles and other Austin Marathon pacers. Her favorite hill on the marathon course is on Enfield!

Brooke Ziel

Brooke has paced the 4:05 Austin Marathon group 3 times previously, has run 30+ marathons, and loves to help others achieve their goals. She works in the airline industry and enjoys baking, traveling, hiking, and climbing.

Priscilla Norosky

  • Pace: 9:55 min/mile
    Finish Time: 4:20

Priscilla has run 12 marathons including multiple Boston Qualifiers and Austin Marathons. She paced the 2021 Austin Marathon with the highest precision and has paced countless half marathons around Central Texas. When she isn’t running, she is a construction project manager and mother of 2 young boys.

Laura Hitt

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  • Pace: 9:55 min/mile
    Finish Time: 4:20

Laura has been running long-distance races in Austin annually for more than 20 years, and although this will be her first time pacing this course, she has run a Boston Qualifier in the Austin Marathon, has paced 10 half marathons and raced 4 full marathons. When she isn’t running, she’s a mathematician-turned-fraud-program-manager and mother of two amazing tweens.

Mary Lenington

Mary is a 5 time Austin Marathon pacer, mom of two, and a career collegiate athletics-rowing coach. 

Lorena Devlyn

  • Pace: 10:29 min/mile
    Finish Time: 4:35

Lorena Devlyn, Closing quickly in on 100 marathons (currently at 99!), 2023 will be Lorena’s 8th time as an Austin Marathon pacer. A polyglot mother of three and a court interpreter by trade, she has a Texan heart and a Mexican soul. She will get you across the finish line with the 4:35 group.

Tzatzil LeMair

An advertising executive by day and a well-known local triathlon and running coach by other days, Tzatzil loves traveling and spending time with her husband and four sons. This year will be her 11th time as an Austin Marathon pacer, and she’s done over 25 marathons. She will keep you entertained as she takes you across the finish line in 4:50.