The CIM Pace Team

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Looking for a Boston Marathon qualifying time? Trying to achieve a PR? Our CIM Pace Team leaders can help you achieve your finish time goal. Here is a list of the most common questions about our elite team of pacers:

Where do I meet my pace group on race day?
While CIM does not have corrals you will be seeded and staged based on your Boston qualifying time. For more information please click here for staging information.

What are the pace group goal times available at CIM?
CIM pace group times are aligned with the Boston Marathon Qualifying times.

Will CIM have any pace groups not associated with a Boston standard?
Yes, CIM will also have the following non-BQ pace groups: 2:45, 3:15, 3:45, 4:00, and 4:30.

What is a pace team leader?
A Pace Team Leader is an experienced distance runner whose objective is to evenly pace runners to their time goal. They achieve this by setting an even pace (min/mile) from start to finish (with slight variations for terrain). Our leaders have run CIM multiple times, and are very familiar with the course and terrain.

Do I need to sign up for a pace team?
No. Seed yourself by your expected finish time. You can meet your pacer in advance at the expo, or just look for your pace team leader on race morning. 20 minutes before CIM start each pace leader will be at the start waving a red sign with their finish time goal. Arrive early!

Need more information?
Contact Scott Vosburg, Pace Team Coordinator, at paceteam@runsra.org.

Adam Kimble

Number of marathons: 10
Number of CIMs: 1
Marathon PR: 2:46
An interesting fact about you:
I ran across the US in 60 days, self-supported across Great Britain in 31 days, and around the Tahoe Rim Trail in 45 hours and 36 minutes!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon CIM Pacer Kyle Petty Sacramento Running Association
Kyle Petty

Number of marathons: 13
Number of CIMs: 3
Marathon PR: 2:42
An interesting fact about you:
My daily running and training usually finishes by 6:10 AM.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon CIM Pacer Andrew Mannisto Sacramento Running Association
Calvin Do

Number of marathons: 24
Number of CIMs: 4
Marathon PR: 2:48
An interesting fact about you:
Avg 40mi/wk with an interval, tempo and 15+ mi long run each week.
Questions? Email me here.

Max Petazzoni

Number of marathons: 40
Number of CIMs: 3
Marathon PR: 2:51
An interesting fact about you:
I also love trail running and I run ultramarathons.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer David Pai Sacramento Running Association
Curt Casazza

Number of marathons: 25
Number of CIMs: 12
Marathon PR: 2:44
An interesting fact about you:
Paced people from Germany, Italy and Japan

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon CIM Pacer Lance Brady Sacramento Running Association
Don Wang

Number of marathons: 51
Number of CIMs: 4
Marathon PR: 2:58
Interesting Fact:
In high school I was a lazy sprinter, but my days of going sub-60 for 400m appear to be long over!

Questions? Email me here.

Conan Kelly

Number of marathons: 8
Number of CIMs: 2
Marathon PR: 2:54
An interesting fact about you:
I love getting up super early and running solo, in the dark, with no headlamp.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon CIM Pacer Lance Brady Sacramento Running Association
David Pai

Number of marathons: 20
Number of CIMs: 8
Marathon PR: 2:51
An interesting fact about you:
When I started running people would say “Hi” to me, but after my 5am Four Legged Running Partner started running with me, people now only say…”Hi Happy!!!”

Questions? Email me here.

William Sitch

Number of marathons: 35
Number of CIMs: 0
Marathon PR: 2:50
An interesting fact about you:
I love to help people achieve their goals.

Questions? Email me here.

Bin Lee

Number of marathons: 26
Number of CIMs: 5
Marathon PR: 2:59
An interesting fact about you:
Pacers helped me qualify for Boston for the 1st time; pacers also helped me to achieve sub-3 for the 1st time. Now, I want to help other runners as a pacer.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Colin Law Sacramento Running Association
Jeffrey Omega

Number of marathons: 29
Number of CIMs: 1
Marathon PR: 2:58
An interesting fact about you:
I started running after recovering from a complete Achilles tendon rupture in 2008.

Questions? Email me here.

Nicholas Banaszak

Number of marathons: 6
Number of CIMs: 6
Marathon PR: 3:20
An interesting fact about you:

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Julie Fingar Sacramento Running Association
Brian Miller

Number of marathons: 80
Number of CIMs: 4
Marathon PR: 2:49
An interesting fact about you:
3x Boston Marathon Finisher, 3x Western States 100 mile finisher, and 11 consecutive American River 50 mile finisher (including six top 10 finishes).

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Lee McKinley Sacramento Running Association
Simon Mutlu

Number of marathons: 70
Number of CIMs: 4
Marathon PR: 3:03
An interesting fact about you:
I live and run in the Bay Area and would be happy to train with anyone nearby who is shooting for a 3:30!

Questions? Email me here.

Michael Cook

Number of marathons: 55
Number of CIMs: 14
Marathon PR: 2:56
An interesting fact about you:
Hey, it’s not about me. It’s about you. My job is to take the thinking out of your race and get you to the finish line.

Questions? Email me here.

John Olsen

Number of marathons: 100
Number of CIMs: 6
Marathon PR: 2:27
An interesting fact about you:
I played football at the University of Texas El Paso before becoming an avid runner.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Tim Twietmeyer Sacramento Running Association
Tim Twietmeyer

Number of marathons: 80
Number of CIMs: All of them
Marathon PR: 2:36
An interesting fact about you:
I’m 6’3″, so if the weather is bad you can just draft off me until you leave me in the dust at mile 22.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Jamie Frink Sacramento Running Association
Amy Phillips

Number of marathons: 10
Number of CIMs: 5
Marathon PR: 3:15
An interesting fact about you:
I have a B.S. in Sports Nutrition so I am an advocate on a healthy diet and fueling during endurance events.
Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Molly Knox Sacramento Running Association
Emi Yasaka

Number of marathons: 24
Number of CIMs: 3
Marathon PR: 3:09
An interesting fact about you:
Grew up in 5 different countries and in 9 different cities.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Linh Nguyen Sacramento Running Association
Linh Nguyen

Number of marathons: 41
Number of CIMs: 8
Marathon PR: 3:23
An interesting fact about you:
Vietnamese born Aussie entrepreneur Americanized with family in the USA.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Rick Santos Sacramento Running Association
Whit Rambach

Number of marathons: 50
Number of CIMs: 3
Marathon PR: 2:58
An interesting fact about you:
Paced a big group to BQs and PRs last year. Let’s do it again!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Chris Perillo Sacramento Running Association
Julie Fingar

Number of marathons: 50
Number of CIMs: 8
Marathon PR: 3:10
An interesting fact about you:
If I didnt love running so much, I would be a professional bowler.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Karyn Hoffman Sacramento Running Association
Karyn Hoffman

Number of marathons: 60
Number of CIMs: 20
Marathon PR: 3:25
An interesting fact about you:
21st consecutive CIM. What else should I do on the 2nd Sunday after Thanksgiving?

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Betty Topping Sacramento Running Association
James Notaro

Number of marathons: 15
Number of CIMs: 5
Marathon PR: 2:50
An interesting fact about you:

Completed the TRT 100 miler this year in 28hrs 53mins

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Molly Knox Sacramento Running Association
Molly Knox

Number of marathons: 20
Number of CIMs: 10
Marathon PR: 3:25
An interesting fact about you:

I once went scuba diving with 100s of sharks!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Scott Vosburg Sacramento Running Association
Scott Vosburg
Pace Team Manager

Number of marathons: 12
Number of CIMs: 11
Marathon PR: 3:15
An interesting fact about you:
I am mostly a trail runner now and just recently finished my 4th Western States 100 Mile run. But I always look forward to the CIM each year, it’s a special event.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Beth Carter Sacramento Running Association
Beth Carter

Number of marathons: 30
Number of CIMs: 3
Marathon PR: 3:25
An interesting fact about you:
I’ve visited 6/7 continents.
Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Lisa Kuligowski Sacramento Running Association
Lisa Kuligowski

Number of marathons: 50+
Number of CIMs: 24
Marathon PR: 3:31
An interesting fact about you:
My favorite part of the day on CIM Sunday is the time just before the race starts.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Katy Gifford Sacramento Running Association
Katy Gifford

Number of marathons: 20
Number of CIMs: 13
Marathon PR: 4:04
An interesting fact about you:
CIM was my first marathon; this will be my 14th consecutive, 10th as Pace Group Leader! I now live in the Seattle area, where I am a member of the Seattle Running Club Brooks Team, focusing on trail ultras. I look forward to running with and supporting runners in our group; come join the fun!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Carolyn Perrotti Sacramento Running Association
Carolyn Perrotti

Number of marathons: 20
Number of CIMs: 2
Marathon PR: 3:40
An interesting fact about you:

During the TRT 100, at mile 90 and 8500 ft elevation, I hallucinated a field full of black kittens with white boots, sitting all proper facing my direction, and just blinking their eyes.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Julie Hughes Sacramento Running Association
Don Freeman

Number of marathons: 12
Number of CIMs: 5
Marathon PR: 3:40
An interesting fact about you:
I finished the Triple Crown of 200’s in 2018.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Julie Hughes Sacramento Running Association
Mary Beth Kierstead

Number of marathons: 75
Number of CIMs: 6
Marathon PR: 3:53
An interesting fact about you:
I ran my first marathon in 1997

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Melissa Johnson Sacramento Running Association
Jim Kepfer

Number of marathons: 11
Number of CIMs: 9
Marathon PR: 3:29
An interesting fact about you:
I lead our town’s community band called the Auburn Winds

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Melissa Johnson Sacramento Running Association
Jennifer Walker Hemmen

Number of marathons: 7
Number of CIMs: 3
Marathon PR: 3:26
An interesting fact about you:
I just completed my first adventure race – Ecochallenge Fiji, 650 kilometers – after which I don’t plan to stand up paddle board ever again! Can’t wait to meet all my runners at CIM and do this together!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Vickie Chu-Hermis Sacramento Running Association
Peter Chan

Number of marathons: 26
Number of CIMs: 4
Marathon PR: 3:49
An interesting fact about you:
Besides running marathons, I also run ultras like 100 milers and I completed Tahoe 200 in 2016

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Satpal Dalal Sacramento Running Association
Satpal Dalal

Number of marathons: 40
Number of CIMs: 8
Marathon PR: 4:00
An interesting fact about you:
In 2017, I was first ever runner to complete “NorCal 100Km Grand Slam”. I finished four 100Km races in four back to back weekends. Those four races were – QuickSilver 100k, The Canyon 100K, Miwok 100k and Ruth Anderson 100K.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Chris O'Conner Sacramento Running Association
Chris O’Connor

Number of marathons: 30
Number of CIMs: 11
Marathon PR: 3:17
An interesting fact about you:
If we’re chatting and my wife says something different, you should defer to whatever she said.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Jennifer O'Conner Sacramento Running Association
Jennifer O’Connor

Number of marathons: 26
Number of CIMs: 8
Marathon PR: 3:34
An interesting fact about you:
This will be the 10th time my husband and I have paced a marathon together (half of them CIMs).

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Randy Van Dusen Sacramento Running Association
Randy Van Dusen

Number of marathons: 20
Number of CIMs: 11
Marathon PR: 3:44
An interesting fact about you:
Rodney and I look forward to you joining our 5:20 party group! I have been running ultra marathons for several years now, including six 100 mile finishes and numerous 50 milers. Sometimes during a run you may see me carb loading with a nice cold beer! I love helping other runners experience the joy of finishing CIM whether it’s your 1st or 50th marathon. We will work together and have a great time getting to the finish!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Rodney Lake Sacramento Running Association
Rodney Lake

Number of marathons: 8
Number of CIMs: 3
Marathon PR: 3:45
An interesting fact about you:
Before I took up running in 2009 I had a pack (or 2) a day cigarette habit.

Questions? Email me here.