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:

What are the pace group goal times available at CIM?
Running your age group standard no longer guarantees an entry to the Boston Marathon. Boston hopefuls now must run ~ 3 minutes faster than their age group standard to be accepted. Therefore, each CIM pace group associated with a BQ will run 3 minutes faster than the standard qualifying time. For example, the 3:25 group becomes the 3:22 group, the 3:35 group becomes the 3:32 group, and so on. See below for a list of each pace group.

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, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, and 4:30. See links below for more information on each specific group.

How can I learn more about a specific pace group/leader?
Follow the link associated with the pace group times below to learn more about the pace team leaders. Here you will find pictures, bios, and contact information for your leader. Coming soon.

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. You can meet your pacer in advance at the expo, or just look for your pace team leader on race morning. Each pace team leader will be at the start waving a red sign with their finish time goal. Arrive early!

Need more information?
Contact Lee McKinley, Pace Team Director, at paceteam@runsra.org.

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Paul Terranova

Marathon Pace Group: 3:00
Number of marathons: 11
Number of CIMs: 6
Marathon PR: 2:41
An interesting fact about you:
I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got there as fast as I could!

Questions? Email me here.

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

Marathon Pace Group: 3:00
Number of marathons: 9
Number of CIMs: 1
Marathon PR: 2:42
An interesting fact about you:
Over 90% my training happens before 6:00 AM.

Questions? Email me here.

Zach Bitter

Marathon Pace Group: 3:02
Number of marathons: 6
Number of CIMs: 0
Marathon PR: 2:31
An interesting fact about you:
Completed 40 ultramarathons including; 100 mile American Record, 12 Hour World Record, 3x National Champion (50 mile 2x and 100k 1x), Team USA 100k World Championship Team (3x).

Questions? Email me here.

Kevin Yamamura

Marathon Pace Group: 3:07
Number of marathons: 5
Number of CIMs: 1
Marathon PR: 2:51
An interesting fact about you:
I have two energetic kids and help coach my son in soccer, baseball and running in Sacramento. I grew up along the CIM course in Fair Oaks. Day job: city editor of The Sacramento Bee.

Questions? Email me here.

Daniel DiMeo

Marathon Pace Group: 3:07
Number of marathons: 8
Number of CIMs: 4
Marathon PR: 2:39
An interesting fact about you:
I’m lactose intolerant but my favorite food is ice cream.

Questions? Email me here.

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

Marathon Pace Group: 3:12
Number of marathons: 30+
Number of CIMs: 2
Number of years pacing: 2
Marathon PR: 2:58
Interesting Fact:
I weigh a lot less now than when I ran track in high school … but my days of going sub-1:00 for 400m appear to be long over!

Questions? Email me here.

Yen-Bob Chen

Marathon Pace Group: 3:22
Number of marathons: 10
Number of CIMs: 1
Marathon PR: 2:59
An interesting fact about you:
Start running because waiting 65 year old dad running SF marathon. Enjoy Pacing and helping people achieved their goals. Pacing multiple marathon, half marathon as personal/official pacer in bay area

Questions? Email me here.

Bin Lee

Marathon Pace Group: 3:22
Number of marathons: 10
Number of CIMs: 2
Marathon PR: 2:59
An interesting fact about you:
I run marathon for a couple years. Pacers helped me qualify for Boston for the 1st time; Pacers also helped me to achieve sub-3 for 1st time. Now, I want to help other runners as a pacer.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer David Pai Sacramento Running Association
Curt Casazza

Marathon Pace Group: 3:27
Number of marathons: 22
Number of CIMs: 10
Number of years pacing: 1
Marathon PR: 2:44
An interesting fact about you:
I have two girls and a loving wife. Completed 15+ ultras

Questions? Email me here.

Jim Eagen

Marathon Pace Group: 3:27
Number of marathons: 40+
Number of years pacing: 10
Number of CIMs: 5
Marathon PR: 2:58
An interesting fact about you:
While mountaineering in Bolivia…

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Colin Law Sacramento Running Association
Colin Law

Marathon Pace Group: 3:30
Number of marathons: 7
Number of CIMs: 2
Number of years pacing: 1
Marathon PR: 3:02
An interesting fact about you:
I grew up in Calgary, Canada – and paced someone last year who ended up being from my hometown!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Chris Perillo Sacramento Running Association
Ty Nickel

Marathon Pace Group: 3:30
Number of marathons: 11
Number of CIMs: 6
Number of years pacing: 2
Marathon PR: 2:32
An interesting fact about you:
Former professional triathlete for 6 years.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Tim Twietmeyer Sacramento Running Association
Tim Twietmeyer

Marathon Pace Group: 3:32
Number of marathons: 78
Number of CIMs: All of them
Number of years pacing: 16
Marathon PR: 2:36
An interesting fact about you:
I’m 6’3″, so if the weather totally blows you can just draft off me until you leave me in the dust at mile 22.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Jen Pfeifer Sacramento Running Association
Jennifer Pfeifer

Marathon Pace Group: 3:32
Number of marathons: 30
Number of CIMs: 15
Number of years pacing: 7
Marathon PR: 2:46
An interesting fact about you:
CIM is one of my favorite marathons and I look forward to pacing or racing it every year. I’ve run my fastest marathon times at CIM including an Olympic Trials qualifier for 2008.

Questions? Email me here.

Tom Flahavan

Marathon Pace Group: 3:37
Number of marathons: 21
Number of CIMs: 18
Marathon PR: 2:56
An interesting fact about you:
In 1997 I ran my first marathon at CIM with a friend that volunteered his time to pace me. It is one of my favorite courses with 17 finishes.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Julie Fingar Sacramento Running Association
Julie Fingar

Marathon Pace Group: 3:37
Number of marathons: 30
Number of CIMs: 9
Number of years pacing: 8
Marathon PR: 3:11
An interesting fact about you:
If I had not become an experienced ultra runner, I would have become a professional bowler.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Linh Nguyen Sacramento Running Association
Linh Nguyen

Marathon Pace Group: 3:42
Number of marathons: 40
Number of CIMs: 7
Number of years pacing: 6
Marathon PR: 3:23
An interesting fact about you:
Vietnamese born Aussie entrepreneur Americanized with family in the USA.

Questions? Email me here.

Chris Perillo

Marathon Pace Group: 3:42
Number of marathons: 16
Number of CIMs: 6
Number of years pacing: 3
Marathon PR: 3:17
An interesting fact about you:

Physical Therapist & RD of Canyons 100K.
I have run over 45 Ultras including 100mi. I ran my 1st CIM in 94’ and qualified for my Boston on this course. Pacing is my passion! Let’s get you there!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Clark Whitten Sacramento Running Association
Clark Whitten

Marathon Pace Group: 3:52
Number of marathons: 10
Number of CIMs: 6
Marathon PR: 3:00
An interesting fact about you:
Marginal trail runner with two Western States finishes. Qualified for Boston in 2004 at CIM by running with the 3:20 pace group. Got 3:00:56 PR at CIM by running with 3 hour pace group.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Carolyn Perrotti Sacramento Running Association
Carolyn Perrotti

Marathon Pace Group: 3:52
Number of marathons: 6
Number of CIMs: 2
Number of year pacing: 2
Marathon PR: 3:40
An interesting fact about you:

My Jack Russell terrier loves to run marathons!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Karyn Hoffman Sacramento Running Association
Karyn Hoffman

Marathon Pace Group: 3:57
Number of marathons: 50
Number of CIMs: 19
Number of years pacing: 10
Marathon PR: 3:25
An interesting fact about you:
Age group winner Ironman Santa Cruz 70.3 and headed to 70.3 World Championship South Africa in Sept 2018!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Betty Topping Sacramento Running Association
Betty Topping

Marathon Pace Group: 3:57
Number of marathons: 31
Number of CIMs: 5
Number of years pacing: 4
Marathon PR: 3:23
An interesting fact about you:

As a certified running coach I truly enjoy helping others achieve their running goals. I am looking forward to pacing CIM and bringing you along for the journey! Let’s have some fun!!!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Molly Knox Sacramento Running Association
Molly Knox

Marathon Pace Group: 4:00
Number of marathons: 12
Number of CIMs: 8
Number of years pacing: 4
Marathon PR: 3:25
An interesting fact about you:

In my free time I enjoy cooking and hanging out with my husband and 2 teenagers. I love the ocean, especially anywhere tropical. I was lucky to get to run the HURT 100 mile race in Hawaii in 2016.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Scott Vosburg Sacramento Running Association
Scott Vosburg

Marathon Pace Group: 4:00
Number of marathons: 10
Number of CIMs: 8
Number of years pacing: 1
Marathon PR: 3:15
An interesting fact about you:
I qualified for Boston at the CIM and ran it in 2009. I’m mostly on the trails since then and have three Western States finishes. This year will also be my 10th CIM finish!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Lisa Kuligowski Sacramento Running Association
Lisa Kuligowski

Marathon Pace Group: 4:07
Number of marathons: 35
Number of CIMs: 22
Number of years pacing: 15
Marathon PR: 3:31
An interesting fact about you:
My R bicep is larger than my L, you want to know why? Fifteen years of carrying a CIM pace sign! Looking forward to another fun day in December!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Jim Kepfer Sacramento Running Association
Jim Kepfer

Marathon Pace Group: 4:07
Number of marathons: 9
Number of CIMs: 7
Number of years pacing: 6
Marathon PR: 3:29
An interesting fact about you:
I love exploring nature and have only needed to contact search and rescue one time!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Katy Gifford Sacramento Running Association
Katy Gifford

Marathon Pace Group: 4:22
Number of marathons: 16
Number of CIMs: 11
Marathon PR: 4:04
An interesting fact about you:
CIM was my first marathon; and this will be my tenth consecutive CIM!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Bill Carr Sacramento Running Association
Bill Carr

Marathon Pace Group: 4:22
Number of marathons: 11
Number of CIMs: 6
Number of years pacing: 4
Marathon PR: 3:45
An interesting fact about you:
I have been known to eat cheeseburgers on training runs. This will be my 3rd time pacing this group but my favorite pacing experience was having my son pace me to my first 100 Mile finish.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Jen Francis Sacramento Running Association
Jen Francis

Marathon Pace Group: 4:30
Number of marathons: 17
Number of CIMs: 3
Marathon PR: 3:23
An interesting fact about you:
I started racing again in 2011, have done 15 Ragnars, and BQ’d off my first marathon in 2012. I ran my first 100 miler in May 2015 and won. I enjoy pacing and coaching almost as much as racing!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Julie Hughes Sacramento Running Association
Julie Shepard

Marathon Pace Group: 4:30
Number of marathons:
Number of CIMs:
Number of years pacing:
Marathon PR:
An interesting fact about you:

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Melissa Johnson Sacramento Running Association
Melissa Johnson

Marathon Pace Group: 4:37
Number of marathons: 9
Number of CIMs: 4
Number of years pacing: 4
Marathon PR: 3:58
An interesting fact about you:
At this year’s WS 100 I ran into mile 17 with 6 min to spare. I had worked through a game changing tough section of trail & I continued on to pass over 150 runners leading to my WS PR. Never quit.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Beth Carter Sacramento Running Association
Beth Carter

Marathon Pace Group: 4:37

Number of marathons: 21

Number of CIMs: 5
Number of years pacing: 1

Marathon PR: 3:25

An interesting fact about you:
I have spent time on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica.

Questions? Email me here.

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

Marathon Pace Group: 4:52
Number of marathons: 50+
Number of CIMs: 7
Number of years pacing: 5
Marathon PR: 4:08
An interesting fact about you:
I’ll be doing my first international marathon next August on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Satpal Dalal Sacramento Running Association
Satpal Dalal

Marathon Pace Group: 4:52
Number of marathons: 32
Number of CIMs: 6
Number of years pacing: 5
Marathon PR: 3:52
An interesting fact about you:
Satpal Dalal is the first and only finisher of the inaugural NorCal 100K Slam, 2017 (More details here)

Questions? Email me here.

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

Marathon Pace Group: 5:07
Number of marathons: 25
Number of CIMs: 12
Number of years pacing: 10
Marathon PR: 3:17
An interesting fact about you:
My wife and I bicker about the best method to ensure we hit our splits. She uses a running watch, and I use a GPS. We will get you to the finish on time, but only because I’m right about the GPS.

Questions? Email me here.

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

Marathon Pace Group: 5:07
Number of marathons: 20
Number of CIMs: 6
Number of years pacing: 4
Marathon PR: 3:34
An interesting fact about you:
I smile all the time, even when I’m in agony. My grimace looks like a smile, apparently.

Questions? Email me here.

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

Marathon Pace Group: 5:22
Number of marathons: 30
Number of CIMs: 10
Number of years pacing: 3
Marathon PR: 3:44:58
An interesting fact about you:
Before marathons and ultras I always have a pre-race dinner of Steak Gorgonzola Alfredo and wash it down with an ice cold Peroni. Looking forward to having fun & reaching our goals at CIM!

Questions? Email me here.

California International Marathon Pacer Rodney Lake Sacramento Running Association
Rodney Lake

Marathon Pace Group: 5:22
Number of marathons: 4
Number of CIMs: 1
Number of years pacing: 9
Marathon PR: 3:45
An interesting fact about you:
I have completed 30+ ultras since I took up running in 2009. I am looking forward to being a part of your CIM journey!

Questions? Email me here.