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Trinity River Run

Half Marathon Pacers

Pacer Leader – Ray Liberatore

Ray ran cross country & track through high school and finished his first marathon during his sophomore year of college.  He moved to Texas in 2010 and joined the Frisco Running Club led by Hamlin Jones, who inspired him to seriously get back into running. Ray appreciates the gift of introducing family, friends and coworkers to the sport.

He serves on the non-profit board for the North Texas Trail Runners and enjoys challenging himself out on the trails.

Kevin Newton

Kevin ran competitive track through high school and competed in the 1999 USATF Junior National Track Meet in the 3000M Racewalk.

In his downtime, he works part time at Frisco Running Company for fun and reads up on training philosophies and injury prevention.

He has been a coach for the training program at Frisco Running Club for the past two years and is a voluntary leader at Craig Ranch Running Club.

His passion is sharing the knowledge he has gained over the years with others and inspiring them to reach their goals.

His current goals are:
Qualifying for Boston
Complete a 50+ mile race
Share the spirit of running!

Jeff Christian

I started running at age 44, I was 50 pounds overweight, out of shape, and never ran a race in my life. I joined a couch to 5k group and did my first 5K 3 months later on memorial day. I ran a 15K that July at Too Hot to Handle, and my first half that September at Plano Balloon Festival. I ran my first marathon that December, and a year and few months later I qualified for the Boston Marathon.

I ran my first Boston Marathon in 2016, and again in 2018. I have since ran multiple 5K’s half’s and everything in between, I also did a 50 mile ultra just to prove to myself I could do it. I love helping others obtain their goals. I really enjoy learning from other runners, and picking their brains for more information.

When people tell me they can’t do it, I always tell them I am the wrong guy to say that to. I went from 194 lbs, down to 148 in my mid to late 40’s, from never running a race, to qualifying for Boston in a matter of years. If I can do it, there is no reason anyone else can’t. You just have to wake up one day, and start the rest of your life. I read a great saying one time, “people have 2 lives, the second one starts the minute they wake up and discover they only have 1”.

James Allen

Running Mantra:

Relax, Dig Deep, Stay Focused, Run Strong and Enjoy the Journey!

I have come to really enjoy running over the years. It was tough at first, but it slowly became easier with training over time. Through running I have met numerous friends in the running community. In 2010, I started running with my wife to get back in shape. In 2013, I ran my first full marathon, The Cowtown Marathon. In 2018, I caught a unicorn and was able to run The Boston Marathon this year.

I started pacing with CRRC about 4 years ago and have loved every minute of it! CRRC is a great group of runners that really enjoy helping other runners achieve their race goals. We all are looking forward to pacing you to your next PR!

Bob Smeby

I am 63 and have been running for about 26 years. Over the last five years, I have been racing sprint and Olympic distance triathlons which have made me a stronger and healthier runner. I have been training with my friends at the Craig Ranch Runners Club since Rick Johnson organized it a few years ago. I also train for triathlons with the North Texas Multisport club.

I have paced a few half marathons in the past and I have found them to very rewarding. I paced this one last year with local athletes and athletes from the eastern and western US. It is truly a popular race known across the country. I look forward to pacing this premier Dallas race with James Allen and helping other athletes achieve their goal of 1:40.

I look forward to meeting all of you 1:40 racers!

Cara Johnson

Running Mantra:

Running is my daily therapy and, as a bonus, it allows me to eat desserts and drink wine

I ran my first half marathon in 2001 and I haven’t stopped running. After 10 full marathons and countless half marathons, I have began to dabble in triathlons and found my second passion! I raced a few half ironman distances and, last year, had the opportunity to race with Team USA at the long distance worlds championships. I didn’t come in last place, so in my books I’m a winner!

Charles Demaret

Charlie Demaret, Craig Ranch Running Club pacing 1:45, I have completed several IronMan distance races, along with many Half and full Marathons. I really enjoy the half marathon distance, for me this is the perfect distance race.

Running for me is all about the journey and the friendships we make along the way.

Danielle Fischer Walker

I am a runner at heart. I started running in 5th grade as a way to pass time at recess, which turned into a way to be a sporty athlete in High School by running both cross-country and track. I always loved the thrill of the race and learned that running was both a passion and a way to release tension when I was stressed, look for answers when I had trouble finding them and find myself.

After having kids I got more involved in running to show them the importance of lifelong fitness. In March of 2014 I ran my first half marathon and fell in love with the distance. It was a challenge and a thrill all at once. I have fun while I race, taking moving selfies to document my races and sometimes even posting to Facebook while racing. In 2016 I wanted to give back to the running community that has given a lot to me and started pacing half-marathons. I love helping people find a love for running and meet their own goals. Say Hi to me along the course, run with me or let’s try a moving selfie.

Aiming Herrington

I was born in 1961, grew up in China, came to USA in 1985. I did some running in college when I was in China around 1981, 10 k or 15k. I started running again at age 55 after my two daughters started working.

I met Rick Johnson and Bob Smeby at CRRC track in 2016 , they coached me. I also met James Allen, Ray Liberatore, Danielle Walker, Many Marks who encourage me to run. I ran New York in 2017 used my DRC half to qualify the race. Used my first marathon at Cowtown in 2017 to qualify Boston for 2018. Now I mostly run local races or pacing. I ran my first 10 K in 2016 at The Trinity River run, enjoyed. This is my 3rd year of pacing for Trinity River Run, can not wait to help and talk to many runners to achieve their goals, or just to say HI to all the runners and volunteers on the route will make me happy! Love to all!

Tuan Nguyen

I am a married, 57 year old running father of two who discovered his passion for running about seven years ago. I’ve raced distances from 5ks to 50ks. Running has allowed me to meet so many great friends.

One of my favorite things about running has been being able to give back to a sport that has given so much to me by pacing, and nothing is more rewarding then helping someone achieve their goal.

Meredith Cotton

Meredith does not meet a stranger on the run! She started running outside in the Fall of 2016
when she decide to train for her 1 st Marathon. Meredith has continued to race over 35 events,
from 15ks, Ultra Marathons, to Triathlon relays.

Meredith grew up watching her sister run in all the Majors. She never thought she could be a
runner. She always watched from the sidelines until her Dr. suggested running after she
struggled to lose the 85 lbs she has gained with her 2nd child. Craig Ranch Run Club Coach Rick
Johnson kept insisting she try a group run. She’s been hooked ever since and is honored to
pace 2-3 events a year with the Craig Ranch Pace Team. Her two favorite running memories to
date are running the New York Marathon in 2018 with her husband, Jon and racing the 1/2
Marathon portion of the 70.3 Triathlon relay in Whistler, Canada in 2019. However, she has a
special love and appreciation for the Trinity River Run as she has raced the Half Marathon the
past two years and loves the course and energy the event brings.

Amy Pickle Ross

I took a running class in college and, with the exception of a 5-6 year running hiatus to focus on having a family, I have been running ever since.  Running with various groups around town has allowed me to see other areas of the community and I am thankful for all the friendships I have made along the way.

I LOVE this race.  It is well-organized and the post-race festivities are a lot of fun!  I enjoy encouraging others to meet their goals and have enjoyed being a pacer for several DFW races over the years.

Mike Margolis

Mike took up running on and off since his high school days but got really serious about 12 years ago. He typically puts in at least 40 miles each week including a long run of a half marathon distance or greater every Sunday with his local running club. Mike has completed a handful of full marathons and one 50k (the 2019 Cowtown Ultrain Fort Worth). He enjoys pacing half marathons since it’s a good gateway for fellow runners to fall “in love” with longer mileage events.

Marcos Vargas

Sam Sells

Joe Perez

John Lawson

I started running for health reason and it worked so I haven’t stopped!  This will be my 3rd time pacing the Trinity River Run and I’m looking forward to helping you reach your 2:10 goal  Let’s do this and finish under the beautiful Dallas!

Ankush Bhatia

Ankush started running about 2 years ago after a 2 year hiatus, he started running again to achieve a better and healthy lifestyle. He very quickly got into running long distances with Half-Marathon being his favorite distance. Ankush has run several half marathons and paced several others. He really enjoys the pacing and looks at it as a way to give back to the community and get people to achieve there running goals and a healthy lifestyle. He looks forward to sharing his running story with others to motivate them take up running and join the running community.

Sunny Singh

Ana Fernandez

I’m a 43yr old mom. I have 2 daughters 24 yr old who also enjoys running and a 19 yr old soccer player. I started running 3 yrs ago and I enjoy it so much!  I’m surrounded by a great team and support from CRRC. I started pacing to help others reach new PR’s just like I was helped many times.

Carolyn Kirk

Hi! My name is Carolyn. I’m 53 years old & have 4 kids. My husband and I started running consistently a year & a half ago. We were looking for a hobby to enjoy together since we will soon be empty nesters. We found CRRC and have been running together ever since. We like the social aspect of the club while at the same time maintaining our health.

I paced my first race last year at the Trinity River Run and I have paced several races since then. My most memorable Half Marathon race was in Tiberias, Israel around the Sea of Galilee earlier this year.

Jennifer Haigh

I started running sporadically in my early 20’s, but did not get consistent until 20 years later in my early
40’s. I completed my first half marathon in October 2013 and have not slowed down! I have run over 25
half marathons-either as my own race or pacing. I decided to tackle the marathon distance in October
2015 and have run a total of 10 marathons – #10 being the 2019 Berlin Marathon!

Pacing the half marathon is such a rewarding experience! I enjoy helping other runners achieve their
goals and celebrating their running journey. I look forward to race day! I look forward to meeting you
and helping you achieve your race day goals.

Melody Ongayo

I started running in 2012 as a way to stay in shape. I ran my first half marathon in December 2012, and even though I barely knew what I was doing, I fell in love with the sport and I have been running ever since. Since then I have run multiple races, from half-marathons to ultras. A few health scares over the last few years have served to remind me just how blessed I am to be able to run.
Through running I have made lots of new friends and seen lots of new places. I have been running with Craig Ranch Runners for a couple of years now and have paced several races with them. I love seeing runners meet their goals and reach new PRs.

Jon Cotton

I started running in 2016 after signing up for an Ironman triathlon and reluctantly resigning to the fact
that I needed to train for the run portion of the race. I still never considered myself a runner until I
found myself looking for running routes in other cities I was traveling to for work. Since 2016 I’ve
completed 7 Ironman races, 7 marathons, 8 half Ironman races, numerous half marathons and a 100
mile trail run.

Our Craig Ranch Running Club has given me the support, encouragement and accountability of getting
my training runs in, provided me with the opportunity to encourage other runners to achieve their goals
through pacing local races and best of all, it’s where I met my wife.

Michael Hutchison

I run because it makes me happy and keeps me healthy. I started running in order to lose weight, then I discovered that it was something I loved to do. I am married with 3 children and we have developed into a running family. I have run many marathons and half marathons. I love pacing because it gives the race special meaning since it isn’t about me, but it is about helping others achieve their goals. I have made many friends in the running community by pacing and I love watching them cross the finish line with big grins.

My goal is to run the Leadville Heavy Half and eventually run the Leadville 100. I am also planning to run my first Ragnar this fall and my second Texas Independence Relay next year. Of course, I will pace as many races as I can.

Emily Robinson

Kristen Cash

Kristen enjoyed many sports growing up as well as running track and cross country.  She enjoys walking her two dogs, Gunner and Ava, most days of the week.  The Craig Ranch Running Club has helped motivate her while training for two recent trail half marathon races.  Although a few knee surgeries have slowed her down over the years, she enjoys staying active through running and finds it to be a great stress reliever.  She ran the Trinity River Run 10K a few years ago while getting back into running and is excited to help others achieve their goals in the half marathon this year.

Victor Salazar

Sandra Zuazua

Hi, my name is Sandra. I am a mother of two. My son Jacob is a college junior at Texas Tech and my daughter Gabi is a high school senior at Prosper High School.

I began running late in life with the goal of doing my first 5k before turning the age of 40. After a few races and 10k’s I decided to join Craig Ranch Running Club. My hopes were to improve my pace and to try and run longer distances.  I began training using Rick’s half marathon beginner plan in January of 2018. Sticking to the plan helped me run my first half marathon early part of last year!!! I absolutely loved the group and the race experience and planned to do it again and again and again – LOL!!
I am looking forward to the Trinity River Run!

Kylar Anderson

I started running in 2010, ran my first half marathon in 2012, have run several since and did most of
my training solo. After having my son in 2016, I needed some work/life/fitness balance and found
Craig Ranch Running Club in Feb 2017. I have really appreciated the friendship, motivation and
accountability of this group of runners! Friends to chat with make the miles seem shorter and easier.
Through this group, I was given the opportunity to start pacing and I love encouraging others to reach
their goals!

Angela Casavant

I am a Wife, Mother, Career Woman, Business Owner, and a RUNNER. Running has changed my life, and while I am no First Place runner, I have found the joy in MY journey. Faith, Family & Fitness is my why & chasing pavement is my high! Running has given me many things, but the greatest gift is the people it has brought into my life.

My 2019 goal is to run HAPPY! To take time to feel gratitude during each run or race, and to enjoy the FULL experience: the neighborhoods, the spectators, the friendships, the challenges, and the triumphs. And to always remember, FORWARD is a pace!

Bonita Rogers

Jeanette Caballero-Bell

Lynda Tilley

Lynda has been running for exercise most of her 50 years of adult life. It wasn’t until the past 7 years that running became one of her most favorite social activities. Participating with runners in many races with the half marathon being her favorite distance. She has run 58 half marathons in the past 6 years with her PR being 2:24

Her primary life goal for running is to be able to run for many years to come. With her lifelong goal being to be like Harriet Thompson as the oldest runner to run a half marathon at 94.

She really enjoys pacing races and helping people attain their specific goals. Everyone has their own special life running story and goal and it is a real pleasure to be able to share all the different life experiences every step of the 13.1 miles. Especially crossing the finish line with many special new and individual goal successes!!

Heather Hutchison

I’m Heather and have been running since 2015. I started running because a friend of mine was begging me to join him at a run club. I finally caved and was hooked. My husband and two of my kids started running as well. It was the perfect activity and being new to the area, it opened my social opportunities as well. I have made so many great friends through running.

I have run over 60 races and each one has a special memory in my mind. I truly love running longer distances and marathons are my perfect distance. Shortly after the start of Craig Ranch Run Club (I’m an original member) I was asked to pace a race. I wasn’t sure about it but wanted to help a friend out. It was such a fantastic feeling helping people reach goals and PRs and finishing their first races! I have paced many races and met so many fantastic runners through pacing.

Trinity River Run is one of my favorite races. The scenery through twilight and sunset is breathtaking and getting to run through parts of our city really lets you see things you might not when driving. The levee parts of the run are stunning and the after-party can be felt a few miles before the race is even over. Come have a blast with us!!

Natanja Hunter

I have been running for 3 years.  I tell anyone if I can do it, anyone can.  I don’t run for speed, I run for mental clarity and health.  I never thought that running was in my future, but here I am, loving every bit of it.  I hope to help others meet their goals as a pacer.

Come out, have fun and join us!

Monica Sanders

Blanca Garcia

Hi, my name is Blanca I began running in 2014 when both my boys went off to serve in the military as an alternative to relieve anxiety and found out that running gives me runners high that I don’t want to get off of! I have also made friends that speak my lingo and I finally feel like I fit in with a crowd lol!

Michelle Ranzer

Back in 2010 I stepped out of my comfort zone and signed up to train to run a local race. During the months of training I met some amazing friends. We signed up for our first half marathon in the Fall of 2011.  Fast forward to 2019 I have run 5k’s, 10k’s, 15k’s, over 35 Half Marathons and over 10 Marathons with 1 Ultra under my belt.

I cannot begin to tell you how much running has changed my life. I enjoy having so many running friends. I am looking forward to being part of the Trinity River Pace Team.

Kan Meng

Believe it or not, I still remember my very first marathon race – Dallas White Rock Marathon back in 2001, with a finish time of 5:13:xx.  I quit shortly after the race because I don’t think I can run any faster.  I came back and start running in 2011, on Sept 15th this year, I finished the Light at the End of Tunnel Marathon in 3:30:41. If I can run faster, everybody can do it.  Just need to believe in yourself… with the Kan (can) Do attitude.  I will be a floater at the Trinity River Run, I look forward to seeing everybody there.  Smile.

Raquel Jimenez

Glenn Robertson