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Marathon Pacer Team 2015

Daniel MacKinnon, Pickering

Daniel Mackinnon

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:05 Continuous

Daniel raced his first ever marathon at Scotia 2004, and has paced Scotia every year since 2006 (#10 and counting). Daniel's PB stands at 2:41:59 (fall 2013), and at 50 years old he worries that time is running out on his dream result: he hopes to crack 2:40 this fall. Join Daniel on his last "long easy run" leading up to his PB attempt.

Peter von Euw, Oakville

Peter von Euw

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:15 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.

Troy Rowe, Markham

Troy Rowe

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:25 Continuous

Pacing his 3rd Waterfront Marathon! Troy has been pacing 5ks, 10ks, halfs & 30ks over the last few years. Likes to pace steady Ks and seeing fellow runners achieve their goals and cross the finish line in time! He enjoys both running and triathlon.

Chris Chivers, Milton

Chris Chivers

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:30 Continuous

Pacing his 4th Waterfront Marathon, is often referred to as a "Runaholic" by family and friends and simply loves running and all it has to offer. Ran six marathons in 2014 and fell just short of reaching his 40th marathon before his 40th birthday. However, is ready to take another "run" at it this year and if all goes as planned will do #40 at STWM (which is only fitting of course). A proud Running Room Clinic Instructor since 2011 who has instructed numerous clinics from 5k to the marathon.

Jason Ng, Markham

Jason Ng

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:35 Continuous

Pacing his first Waterfront Marathon, Jason has contributed to 10k, half and 30km pacing for the past 4 years, finishing within a minute of the goal time. He loves giving back to the running community and hearing about others who have improved their lives due to running. Jason has done 38 marathons including 4 times in Boston and is also a 7-time Ironman finisher.

Jon Belcher, Toronto

Jon Belcher

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:40 Continuous

The 2008 STWM was Jon's first marathon. Now a veteran of 25+ marathons, he is looking forward to pacing his first STWM marathon and helping others meet their running goals. He has paced two half marathons, a 30km and a marathon in 2015. Looking for a different challenge he completed his first ultramarathon in June. Every step above 42.2km was an experience. He is looking forward to running his first Boston Marathon in the spring and hopes to see many familiar faces along the way.

Zhao Yang, Toronto

Zhao Yang

Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:45 Continuous

Really excited to pace his 1st Waterfront Marathon! Yang paced many races in 2015: Chilly Half, Around the Bay 30K, Yonge Streek 10K, and Mississauga Marathon. He enjoyed every moment in each race but mostly enjoyed helping fellow runners reach their goals. Just finished the Welland Half Ironman Tri and soon does his first Ironman at Mont Tremblant in August. Also going to Chicago and Boston!

David Manuel, Grimsby

David Manuel

Marathon Pace Bunny for 4:00 Continuous

Pacing his 7th Scotiabank Marathon for his 60th marathon. 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

This will be his 10th Toronto Scotiabank Marathon (he is expecting cake, balloons and candles). He is pacing his 9th consecutive Scotiabank Marathon, hitting his target times by an average of 12 seconds either side! He is the organizer of pace bunnies for the Ottawa Race Weekend and Army Run — the best pacers in Canada east of Toronto. Mark ran 4 marathons when he was young and then stopped running for 20 years (a la Forrest Gump). He has lost count (maybe not good thing to do if he is pacing) but is nearing 40 marathons.

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.

Merija Smalstig, Santa Ana CA

Merija Smalstig

Marathon Pace Bunny for 4:25 Run/Walk

Meri is a certified RRCA run instructor, an experienced marathon runner, coach for Train 4 Autism and race pacer. Meri tries to mentor, encourage and empower people to see and feel the strength they didn't know they had. As the parent of a special needs child, Meri has chosen to take the strengths she has been given to inspire others to be the best they can be. Life requires strength inside and out. Over the last 6 years, Meri has participated in over 20 marathons and 70 half marathons (and is a 4-time Boston qualifier).

Lisa Purdy, Toronto

Lisa Purdy

Marathon Pace Bunny for 4:40 Run/Walk

STWM 2015 will be Lisa's 12th marathon and 4th pacing gig. "Pacing is the coolest job ever! I get just as much satisfaction in bringing my runners home in time as I do from setting a PB! Join me in getting to the finish in just under 4:40. We'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll groan, but we'll get to the finish."

Nedialko Krouchev, Montreal

Nedialko Krouchev

Marathon Pace Bunny for 4:55 Run/Walk

A full marathon runner since 1984. Likes to share his knowledge, his passion for the sport and his engineering meticulousness by being a pacer. Being a bunny means helping create positive energy, helping people reach their goals and enjoying the satisfaction of a job well done. These highly gratifying experiences were part of his pacing experience at the Ottawa Marathon in helping two first-timers to the finish line.


Half Marathon Pacer Team 2015

Jowenne Herrera, Toronto

Jowenne 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 7th STWM half marathon. He has paced numerous other races including two marathons. In total, has completed 17 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.

Wendy Chen, Toronto

Wendy Chen

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 1:50 Continuous

Fifth 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. Lives and runs in Toronto and enjoys running along High Park trails and Humber River trail the most. A member of Longboat Roadrunners and also one of the Running Rats.

Anna Chu, Toronto

Anna Chu

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 2:00 Run/Walk

Pacing her 8th Waterfront half-marathon. Loves the energetic atmosphere, conversations and memories that come with training for, racing and pacing marathons, half-marathons and any event with a cheering squad at the finish. Being able to eat for two afterwards is an added incentive. On the bucket list is to run on every continent. Travel tips welcome.

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. Ran off the course at mile 23 of the Disney Marathon to do the Star Wars 4D ride before finishing. Knows he's training well when he runs past the ice cream truck.

Ellen Campbell, Toronto

Ellen Campbell

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 2:15 Run/Walk

Looking forward to pacing her second Waterfront Half. Has run 4 marathons, dozens of half-marathons and paced multiple times at 5k, 10k, half-marathon and 30k distances. Runs regularly with the Hogtown Hash House Harriers and the Toronto Running Club. Likes to close her eyes (briefly) while in a big race and take in the sound of thousands of footsteps moving towards the finish line.

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.

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.

Paul Miller, Toronto

Paul Miller

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 2:45 Run/Walk

Paul ran his first marathon here at STWM in 2002 and has gone on to run 25 marathons in 12 of the 13 provinces and territories and 5 of the 7 continents. Half marathons are his favourite distance, having done of them including 11 as a pace bunny. Paul has never missed his goal time and usually finishes 30 seconds under the goal pace. Paul has taught the half marathon running clinic at the High Park Running Room for the last 9 years.

Shawna Rossi, Toronto

Shawna Rossi

Half Marathon Pace Bunny for 3:00 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.