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Marathon Pacer Team 2014

Julian Ho, Toronto

Julian Ho

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:05 Continuous

Julian is going for a personal best… as a pacer bunny that is! He is aiming to pace his 2nd Boston qualifying marathon this year after pacing a 3:05 at the Goodlife Marathon in May. He believes that it is more difficult to pace a race than it is to simply race the race. It requires consistency, intense focus, and a deep level of intuition. He is honoured to accept the role of BUNNY once again for Toronto, as he finds running for others more rewarding than running for himself. You may catch Julian on the Ultramarathon circuit or simply living life as a true Torontonian (www.julianho.ca)!

Peter von Euw, Oakville

Peter von Euw

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:10 Continuous

Pacing his 10th Waterfront Marathon! Virtually a professional pace bunny with many dozens of races done. Has been a big supporter of Team in Training, raising thousands of $ for them. Also enjoys Ironman, completing his 5th one at IM Canada in 2011. "Peter Rabbit" is known to consistently be within a minute of his pace time.

Jeff Conron, East York

Jeff Conron

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:15 Continuous

Two-time Boston finisher and three-time pace bunny. Veteran of 11 marathons. Loves pacing and racing equally. Won the "carrot" last year for finishing closest to his pace. Successfully mixed running with pleasure when he proposed to his girlfriend after completing the Goodlife Toronto marathon this year.

Daniel Mackinnon, Pickering

Daniel Mackinnon

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:25 Continuous

Daniel ran his first ever marathon at Scotia 2004. At 7k into that race, he found himself running beside an old man with long grey hair, and everyone seemed to know his name — Ed Whitlock. Ed was on his way to a world age record 2:54 and Daniel was going to learn a huge lesson about even pacing and going out too fast. This will be Daniel's 8th time pacing Scotia. He is training for a 2:45 marathon this fall.

Chris Chivers, Milton

Chris Chivers

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:30 Continuous

Pacing his 3rd Waterfront Marathon, Chris is often referred to as a "Runaholic" by family and friends, he simply loves running and all it offers. He is planning to run a total of nine marathons this year to achieve his goal of running 40 marathons by his 40th birthday and will look to raise funds in the process for the Hospital for Sick Children. STWM will be number 37 with the 40th being Grand Cayman in December. He is also a proud Running Room Clinic Instructor where he's instructed numerous clinics since 2011.

Anthony Parsons, Ottawa

Anthony Parsons

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:35 Continuous

Pacing his first Waterfront Marathon, he previously paced the Army Run and Ottawa Marathon. After 2 years of dialyses and a kidney transplant in 2011, Anthony took advantage of his second chance at life by training from scratch for triathlons in 2012 and finished his first half-Ironman then Ironman at Mont-Tremblant in 2013 (to name a few). "I'm thrilled to part of this amazing pacing team."

Alex McMillin, Mississauga

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Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:40 Continuous

Troy Rowe, Markham

Troy Rowe

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:45 Continuous

Pacing his 1st Waterfront Marathon! Troy paced his first 3:05 marathon in the spring of 2013 at the Goodlife Marathon and has been pacing 10ks, halfs & 30ks over the last few years. He really enjoys pacing steady K's and seeing fellow runners achieve their goals and cross the finish line in time! He has completed 10 marathons, including 3 trips to Boston, and finished his first Ironman at Mont Tremblant in 2012.

Bill Haust, Toronto

Bill Haust

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:55 Continuous

Pacing his third marathon, Bill is looking forward to donning the bunny ears to pace his first Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon. He has completed over 125 marathons, including 13 Boston Marathons. Bill has also used marathons to raise funds for charity, primarily Team in Training, for whom he was the first fund raising marathoner in Canada.

David Manuel, Grimsby

David Manuel

Marathon Pace Bunny for 4:00 Continuous

Pacing his 6th Scotiabank Marathon. Completed 58 marathons. Frequent Running Room instructor/speaker. Proud member of the Grimsby Lollygaggers (veteran runners committed to endlessly discussing their ailments).

Mark Wigmore, Ottawa

Mark Wigmore

Marathon Pace Bunny for 4:00 Run/Walk

Mark is pacing his 8th Toronto Scotiabank Marathon, missing his target times by an average of 10 seconds. He is the organizer of the Ottawa Race Weekend and Army Run pace bunnies—the best pacers in Canada east of Toronto. Mark ran 4 marathons and then stopped running for 20 years (ala Forrest Gump). Likely a good thing as he has now run 36 marathons so the number could have been crazy.

Colin Arnott, Whitby

Colin Arnott

Marathon Pace Bunny for 4:10 Continuous

His 1st marathon was the Toronto Wang marathon in 1987 and he's run well over 100 marathons since then, all over the world! His PB is 2:48 in Mohawk Hudson in 1989. He's graduated to ultra running and has run five 100-milers. Won the Ultra Slam award in 2012 by finishing 4 of the toughest Ultra races in one season. Has been a pace bunny more than 12 times in races all over Ontario.

Ian Bier, Guelph

Ian Bier

Marathon Pace Bunny for 4:10 Run/Walk

Pacing marathons is Ian's dream job and right up his alley as a high school teacher. He is a busy father of 5 whose running goal is not to run Boston, but to keep running marathons every year until his kids are old enough to join him. The 4:10 pace should allow him lots of time to show off pictures of his kids on the walk breaks.

Jeff Solomon, Kitchener

Jeff Solomon

Marathon Pace Bunny for 4:25 Run/Walk

Sylvie King, Ottawa

Sylvie King

Marathon Pace Bunny for 4:40 Run/Walk

Scotia Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be her 10th marathon, and 2nd time pacing at it. She has also completed a 50 km, 50-miler and 100-miler, and clearly LOVES running, loves sharing this passion with fellow athletes. She likes to hear about the journeys of other runners in her pace group as they run through Toronto.

Lisa Purdy, Toronto

Lisa Purdy

Marathon Pace Bunny for 4:55 Run/Walk

Guiding marathoners to a PB or first time finish is the best way I can think of to 'pay it forward'. SWTM will be my 10th marathon, and my third pacing assignment. Highlights of my running career are qualifying for, and running, Boston as well as New York and Chicago. I'm also a veteran coach of several Running Room clinics. I've participated in either the STWM full or half for the past 6 years.


Half Marathon Pacer Team 2014

Jowenne Herrera, Toronto

Jojo Herrera

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 1:30 Continuous

Pacing his 6th Scotia Half Marathon! A communications specialist, artist + designer, public servant, volunteer, traveller, swimmer, cyclist and of course a RUNNER. Loves to run to "zen-out". Favourite colour to race with: RED

Bao Lam, Kitchener

Bao Lam

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 1:40 Continuous

Pacing his 9th Waterfront Half Marathon! Enjoys helping people get to the finish line. Says, "Runners are different people. Runners are people with a common attitude. I have met many nice people at the Waterfront 1/2 marathon and really enjoy helping them get to the finish line. Good luck and good running.

Francis Ng, Toronto

Francis Ng

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 1:45 Continuous

Pacing his 6th STWM half marathon. He has paced numerous other races including two marathons. In total, has completed 15 marathons including Boston twice. A tech geek who occasionally wears two watches on training runs, he prides himself on metronomic pacing. Has a weakness for chocolate covered almonds.

Aaron Putman, Ajax

Aaron Putman

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 1:50 Continuous

He looks forward to pacing you at Waterfront!

Anna Chu, Toronto

Anna Chu

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 2:00 Run/Walk

Swims, or tries. Cycles, did so once while falling asleep. Runs, once for 3 hours alone on a treadmill. Doing 5th Waterfront Half-marathon as a Pacer. Works in health research and can calculate your running statistics while happily pacing.

Brett Kyle, Cambridge

Brett Kyle

2nd Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 2:00 Run/Walk

Veteran of 15 marathons including 3 Bostons and has participated in almost 100 races! Doing first triathlon this summer and ultimately a full Ironman is on the bucket list! Loves to pace and help others reach their running goals. Has done the "Warrior Dash" and will run first "Tough Mudder" this summer. Main reason for running is to eat!

Richard Pencer, Toronto

Richard Pencer

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 2:00 Continuous

A Scotiabank pacer since 2007. He learned the importance of pacing years ago when he got passed in his first 5k by an old fat guy. Now his goal is to be the old fat guy! Known for his fondness of knee high lime green compression socks. He walked off this year's Disney Marathon course to do the Star Wars 4D ride. He promises not to do that at SWTM.

Wendy Chen, Toronto

Wendy Chen

2nd Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 2:00 Continuous

Fourth year pacing. Finisher of four major world marathons though yet to collect the last two jackets from London and Tokyo. Travel has been the biggest motivation for running marathons. Living and running in Toronto and enjoying running along High Park trails and Humber River trail the most. A member of Longboat Roadrunners and also one of the Running Rats. Always inspired by those whom she's paced.

Ellen Campbell, Toronto

Ellen Campbell

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 2:15 Run/Walk

A first-time Waterfront pacer, Ellen has run 3 marathons, dozens of half-marathons and paced the 5k, 10k, half-marathon and 30k distances. Runs regularly with the Hogtown Hash House Harriers and the Toronto Running Club. Looking forward to seeing you on October 19th!

Roger Hospedales, Markham

Roger Hospedales

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 2:15 Run/Walk

Roger is a veteran pacer of over 20 races, a finisher of 21 Ironman races and over 280 triathlons and duathlons. This is Roger's seventh year as a Scotia Waterfront pacer, so when you see him out on the course, be assured that he is always on pace and enjoying every second of helping you reach your goals.

Binky Wu, Whitby

Binky Wu

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 2:15 Continuous

Started running in 2007 because she was getting sluggish and didn't want to pay for a fitness membership. Since then has completed many marathons, several 70.3 triathlons and an IronMan. Will finish the five marathon majors at year's end. Sometimes in shape, sometimes not but it's all about the journey, especially for a glitzy medal, and not paying gym fees.

Peter Gatto, Toronto

Peter Gatto

2nd Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 2:15 Continuous

Waterfront Pacer 7 times! Has done 5 marathons including NYC. Lost count of how many halves over the last 10 years. 13-year member of the Hogtown Hash House Harriers (A drinking club with a running problem). Ran the Sporting life 10k with his daughter and she kicked his butt.

Janet Ward, Barrie

Janet Ward

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 2:30 Run/Walk

Veteran of dozens of Scotiabank Half Marathons and 16 Full Marathons including Iceland. Taught 12 running clinics including Learn to Run, 10K and Full and Half Marathon. Does hill work every week — keeps her humble.

Sandra Chu, Toronto

Sandra Chu

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 2:30 Continuous

Looking forward to pacing her 7th Waterfront race. She enjoys this pace as she gets to help many runners complete their first half marathon. When she's not pacing or racing, she enjoys running with her 2 young boys and is looking forward to watching them run their first race.

Shawna Rossi, Toronto

Shawna Rossi

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 2:45 Run/Walk

Running Room Coach and 14-time half marathon Pace Bunny plus has done 7 fulls and over 40 half marathons. Runs for bling. Triathlete and Ironman 70.3 Muskoka finisher. Known as the Fashionista Tri girl. Easily transitions from 6 inch stilettos into running shoes.