YOUR PACERS

The Texas Big Star Half Marathon & 5K believes the best half marathons have the best pacers. With that mindset, the Texas Big Star is paced by the Craig Ranch Run Club. We have pacers every 5 minutes from 1:35-3:00, plus a special group of pacers for those trying to break 2 hours! Our pacers come from all different backgrounds. To learn about your pacer, check out their bios below.

In addition, this year the Texas Big Star Half Marathon & 5K is rolling out BIGSTARSUB2. We know that breaking 2:00 hours is a big milestone for a lot of runners. With that in mind we have added pacers every 2.5 minutes from 1:50 to 2:10. These additional pacers will be there to help encourage you and ensure you stay on your pace to hit that BIGSTARSUB2!

Rick Johnson

Pacer Captain

Rick Johnson started the Craig Ranch Run Club and has organized the Texas Big Star Half Marathon pacers for the last 3 years. Rick has a passion to give back to the running community and encourage and help runners reach their goals. Texas Big Star is honored to work with Rick! Rick anticipates taking his running talents to Norway for a work assignment the next couple years but we hope he continues to join us in April each year!

Charlie Demaret

Captain/Floater: 1:35-1:57.5

Bio Coming Soon

Evan Parsons

Pacer: 1:35

1:20.36 at DRC half in 2010 is my personal bestMember of Craig Ranch Running Club and Team Cricket.Lettered in Track and Cross Country at Texas State University aka Southwest Texas State University.Goals for 2017/2018 -to be 100% healthy and to participate in every social run and race that I want to be a part of...

Rachel Warner

Pacer: 1:35

I have been running in the northern Dallas area for a few years now with a wonderful group of runners. During this time, I have attained goals of sub 3:00 marathons, sub 1:25 half marathons and good friends along the way. Pacing is a wonderful opportunity to help runners achieve their goals just as I had help achieving mine. This will be my second time pacing the Texas Big Star Half Marathon and am confident CRRC will provide top notch service. See you on the road!

Bob Smeby

Pacer: 1:40

I am 62 and have been running for about 25 years. Over the last four years I have been racing sprint and Olympic distance triathlons which has made me a stronger healthier runner. I have been training with my friends at the Craig Ranch RunnersClub since Rick Johnson organized it a few years ago. I also train for triathlons with North Texas Multisport.I have paced a couple of half marathons in the past and I have found them to very rewarding. I look forward to pacing in this local race and helping other athletes achieve their goal of 1:40.

Ray Liberatore

Pacer: 1:40

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.

Cara Johnson

Pacer: 1:45

Cara ran her firsthalf marathon in 2001 and hasn’t stopped running since. After many full marathons and countless half marathons, Cara began to dabble in triathlons and found her second passion! Cara has raced a few half ironman distances and had the opportunity to race with Team USA at the long distance world championships. She didn’t come in last place, so she considers herself a winner! Although Cara enjoys a triathlon here and there, running is her favorite sport. Running provides her the opportunity to think, relax, visit with her friends and become energized for the rest of the day. It truly is the best therapy! Cara is a wife, mom of two kids, Registered Dietitian and high science teacher.

Marcos Vargas

Pacer: 1:45

Bio Coming Soon.

Stefano Fiorini

Pacer: 1:50

Stefano is an avid runner that likes the outdoors. He has been running a few 50K trail Ultras, several marathons and countless half marathons. After joining Craig Ranch Running club he has discover the love for pacing as a way to give back to the running community. Stefano is married and has 2 daughters (11 and 12) one of which is also a dedicated runner and track athlete.

Tuan Nguyen

Pacer: 1:50

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 theirgoal.

Aiming Herrington

Pacer: 1:52.5

I am so excited to run the Big Star as a pacer for 1:52 group this year. My first Big Star race was 4/2017. When l was running Boston last year in 2018. My heart was in Big Star! Love you all!

Mohit Goyal

Pacer: 1:52.5

I've been running for nearly 2 years and absolutely love the joy that it brings me. Running has become an incredibly important part of my life. So much so that I've participated in 2 full marathon and 12 half-marathons in the past 2 years. I ran the Big Star Half Marathon in 2018 for the first time and am thrilled to be pacing it this year.

Janice Couch

Pacer: 1:55

I currently live in Allen and am super excited to be a part of a local race!My first half was North Trail 1/2 marathon in 2002. The speaker mentioned if you can run a half you can run a marathon and I became hooked.I am looking forward to pacing Big Star because it is a local race and I can’t wait to see everyone out there!My next running goal is to run the Missoula Marathon! I don’t normally listen to music while running in a group, but if I am running solo I love to listen to R&B.I run for Craig Ranch Running Club!

Sam Sells

Pacer: 1:55

Bio Coming Soon.

Mark Olateju

Pacer: 1:57.5

My name is Mark Olateju. I've been running about 15 years. During this time I've run about 610 races ranging from 5ks to a 50 miler. Road, trail and obstacle course races. I've been pacing almost a decade. I've paced nearly 2 dozen races.I've attained all my personal goals, so pacing is my way of giving back and helping other runners attain their goals. I love taking pre-race, race and post-race pictures.I've taken tens of thousands of them! To me running is like breathing.I just do itand enjoy it immensely!

Amy Pickle Ross

Pacer: 1:57.5

Bio Coming Soon.

Ed Steinkamp

Captain/Floater: 2:00-2:15

I got into running for health reasons. My weight, blood pressure and cholesterol were all going the wrong direction.I stepped into running as a chore, but found out that I really love it. Today, Whether itsa trail or road race, a 5k or 50k, a race or training run, it is all fun with friends. While pacing Iemphasize the relaxed fun, the beauty of the course, the spectacle of the race and the sense of accomplishment the runners will feel at the end. I want people to really enjoy the experience of running. Here is a picture of me chilling out with my 5:00 pace crew right before the start of the 2018 Dallas Marathon.

Daniel Flick

Pacer: 2:00

I recently achieved the Abbott World Marathon Majors having completed the top six (6) marathons in the world including Chicago, New York, Boston, London, Berlin and Tokyo. I ran my first marathon at 59 (New York) and completed the journey in 3 ½ years. I run for my parents, my children and my wife. I run to be a good role model to positively affect those around me.I have had many positive memories pacing people to finish their first race or achieve a PR. I expect Texas Big Starto be the same –pacing the 2:00 group which is always a milestone for many.

Ryan Miles

Pacer: 2:00

My name is Ryan Miles, and I will be 1 of the 2 pacers for the 2:00 group.I enjoy running as a hobby because of the camaraderie with other runners and it is a great way to stay physically fit. I am motivated by the great sense of accomplishment I receive from setting a goal and accomplishing it after working hard. I ran my firsthalf marathon in 2013, and I have ran 1 or 2 a year since then. My biggest goal in running was to complete the marathon, which I was able to accomplish in December 2018 at the Dallas Marathon!

Mark Trayer

Pacer: 2:02.5

A relative newbie to running, I managed to spend a good 40+ years not being involved till one day back in 2012 I discovered that my wife had signed me up for a 5k! Since then I’ve ran multiple half-marathons (in TX and outside), 3 Full Marathons ... with my 4th being the 2019 Cow Town Race, and one long distance relay (Texas Independence Relay -an absolute blast!).This will be my first time pacing and I’m looking forward to giving back to the community that has given me so much.

Nicolle Block

Pacer: 2:02.5

Nicolle Block is a Family Medicine doctor in McKinney.She started running at the age of 10 and has not stopped since except for occasional water breaks.She ran her first half marathon in 2014 after the birth of her daughter. She has run countless half marathons and completed her first marathon in New York last November. Nicolle loves helping people achieve their running and health goals.

Joe Perez

Pacer: 2:05

Hometown: El Paso, TXFavorite Marathon: Big Sur. The scenery is so beautiful. Never mind the fact that I was running barefoot the last mile but managed to put my shoes back on so I had a nice picture at the finish line.Why do I run: I enjoy racing and the challenge to get you prepared to race and achieve new goals.What do I enjoy about pacing: connecting with new runners and learning more about them. Their goals, their story.

Marl Maupin

Pacer: 2:05

Hi, my name is Marla and I am super excited to pace the 2:05 half marathon at one of my favorite races, Texas Big Star!! I have been running most of my “adult life”, completing 7 marathons and numerous half marathons. Although I love running a PR, it truly brings me joy watching a fellow runner set a personal best!! I look forward to meeting you on April 13, be prepared to have fun!

Pedro Garces

Pacer: 2:07.5

Hello my name is Pedro Garces. I started running about a year and half. I have race a few time races; some 5K, 10K, 15K and other distances.I joined Craig Ranch Running Group a little more than a year ago and during this time I have learn a lot about running from other fellow club runners.This is my first time pacing a race and I am really looking forward to share my running experience with other runners.

Tim Montano

Pacer: 2:07.5

I started running as a goal to finish a marathon by the time turned 50.What I found was I really enjoyed running. Running has been both rewarding and frustrating. Both emotions keep me setting new goals and moving forward. Pacing is the rewarding part. Helping people reach their goals is very humbling. Seeing the look in their eyes when they cross the finish line makes it all worth it.

Elisa Alvarado

Pacer: 2:10

Elisa is married to Rick, a lifelong runner and her #1 fan.She has consistently been running for about 7 years. She ran her first half marathon in 2015. She joined the CRRC family in 2016 and truly enjoys being part of this awesome running group.Elisa loves to run local races with her daughter and husband.She ran Texas Big Star in 2018 and loved the course. Her personal running goal is to run a minimum of 20 miles per week.The days that she is not out there running, she is cross training at the fitness studio.She loves to run early in the morning and her main motivation is to live a healthy life.

Sunny Singh

Pacer: 2:10

Bio coming soon.

John Lawson

Pacer: 2:12.5

While running for me began as a way to get healthy, it quickly transpired into a passion for not only the sport, but for the relationships made while doing so. Though running is a fun hobby, setting goals while doing so really helps a runner to push to their full potential. Being able to act as a pacer allows me to not only fulfill my passion, but to help others do so as well. Whether it be a steady goal or a new personal record someone is trying to meet, the most important part is that at theend, they feel proud and strong knowing they accomplished something they’ve likely worked so hard to achieve. Being able to be a part of that for someone, seeing the look on their face when they cross the finish line and know they’ve kept their pace, is atrue honor for me!

Ana Fernandez

Pacer: 2:12.5

Bio coming soon.

Marks Evans

Pacer: 2:15

Mark became an avid runner in 1977 when he was seduced by the July 4th Peachtree 10K in Atlanta, Georgia.Later that year he ran the White Rock Marathon, the first of several marathons he would run over the next 25 years, with a personal bestof 2:58:58 at White Rock in 1978.At age 30, Mark set a goal to run a marathon at age 70.Fast forward to 2016, a couple of health setbacks made that goal seem impossible.Spine surgery in 2003 for a nerve injury and surgery for cancer in 2013 led to awaist line that was incompatible with running.2016 was the year for a comeback at age 65.Mark signed up with the Real Appeal weight reduction program with a goal to lose 60 pounds over the next 52 weeks.At the beginning of the program he adopted themindset of a kid by purchasing a skateboard and a unicycle which he practiced riding daily.Over the next 12 months the weight steadily declined until one day he realized that he was lean enough to run again.A two-mile run around the neighborhood park rekindled the old running addiction.He joined the Craig Ranch Running Club and since 2017, he has run several marathons and half marathons, including two runs of the Big Star Half Marathon.An age-70 marathon in year 2020 remains a goal.Other interests include motorcycle camping, unicycle rides with the DFW Unicycle Club, and skateboarding with grandson.

Sarah Snyder

Pacer: 2:15

Last year was my first time running the Texas Big Star and it’s my PR race, too! I enjoyed the race and am super excited and honored to pace this year. I’ve been running since 2010 and love the encouragement and motivation running with others provides. I’m thrilled to help others with their running goals

LaVette Murphy

Captain/Floater: 2:20-2:40

LaVette's running journey began in the summer of 2014 after struggling thru a 5K a friend convinced her to run. She quickly found a local 5K training program and began running with others who shared her desire to grow as a runner. Running became a passion for LaVette after completing her first half marathon in January 2015. She looks forward to helping you reach your pace goal and have a blast at the 2019 Texas Big Star Half Marathon.

Jennifer Haigh

Pacer: 2:20

I started running off and on 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 20 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 9 marathons. I have several half marathon races and 2 marathons lined up for 2019!Pacing the half marathon is such a rewarding experience! I enjoy helping other runners achieve their goals and celebrating their running journey. I’m especially love running and pacing the Texas Big Star Half Marathon! I absolutely LOVE that the race is in Frisco and on many of the streets that I run every single week. Talk about a truehometown race for me that is so well organized and executed!I look forward to race day!

Kathy Williams

Pacer: 2:20

Bio coming soon.

Manzoor Mohideen

Pacer: 2:25

Manzoor completed his first half marathon in 2017 at the Southern California Half Marathon. As a pacer, Manzoor is excited to help other runners reach their goals at this year’s Texas Big Star Half Marathon. Manzoor’s running goal is to break 2 hours.

Melissa Gresham

Pacer: 2:25

Melissa started running at age 23 while in the military, forced running. She loved running so much she began doing long distance and completed her 1st Half Marathon at the age of 30, almost 10 years ago! Her goal is to run her 50th Half Marathon on her 40th birthday! Her long-term running goal (3-5 years) is to Boston Qualify.This will be Melissa's 3rd year running the Texas Big Star. She loves the course, the course support, the City of Frisco, and the swag!! Fun fact about Melissa: she is a big nerd and has a Ph.D. in Social and Behavioral Sciences 🙂 She was also a helicopter pilot in the Army and will highly motivate you to finish the race strong!

Angela Casavant

Pacer: 2:30

I am a Wife, Mother, 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!

Jenny Loveridge

Pacer: 2:30

I have paced a few races and love it! It's rewarding to be able to encourage others and help them to do their best. I enjoy being part of such a wonderful running community and I am excited to meet more runners and help them reach their goals!

Belinda Ponce

Pacer: 2:35

Belinda was raised in Fairview and currently residing in McKinney, Texas. She began fast walking and running 5 years ago with some friends from the gym. She began training in 2015, for her first half marathon, withLifetime. Belinda currently runs with, MRC, Cooper, & RunOn. Running has become her passion and keeps her busy most every day of the week.Belinda loves to pace and to inspire others to run.She enjoys encouraging others and reinforcing that they can ``ACHIEVE`` their goals. She has developed a lot of friends through running activities and is always looking for more. Belinda has completed several 5K, 10K, 15K,Half Marathons, 2 Marathon, 2 -50K, & 2 -50 mile races. Belinda looks forward to pacing the Texas Big Star Half Marathon in April 13, 201

Nichole O’Neal

Pacer: 2:35

My name is Nichole O’Neal and I am excited to be pacing the Texas Big Star Half Marathon. I have volunteered for Texas Big Star, but this will be my first timepacing. I started running two years ago, and never looked back! I have completed 7 half marathons; and completed my first marathon last year. I look forward to helping runners achieve their goals!

Jodi Graman

Pacer: 2:40

I used to only run 20 minutes on the treadmill until my parents (who started running marathons in their mid-50’s) told me get off the treadmill and enjoy this beautiful world.Thusbegan my running “habit” in 2014, with a then goal of doing a 5K a month which turned into my first half marathon and then my first marathon in 2014.Many marathons, half marathons and triathlons under my belt.

Cindy Blagburn

Pacer: 2:40

Cindy has been running for the past 5 years, and would mostly run 5Ks.The past couple of years, she has started running Spartan races and decided to increase her race lengths to condition for the Spartans.In the past couple of years she has run a few 10Ks and three half-marathons.This is the first half marathon that Cindy will be pacing, and she looks forward to helping others achieve their goal in finishing.

Jeanette Bell

Captain/Floater: 2:45-3:00

Bio coming soon.

Blanca Garcia

Pacer: 2:45

I’ve been running since I was a kid but would only run for 30 mins until about five and half years started running longer distances. One day I decided I wanted to do a half marathon and when I completed that I did it again and again which led me to run several marathons! I can truly say that I will be a runner for life since I love it too much!Thank you for the opportunity to pace with a great team that Rick Johnson leads at Craig’s RanchI’ve been running at Craig’s ranch for about 2 years now off and on due to the distance where I live and work

Sandra Trevino

Pacer: 2:45

I am a mother of 2 wonderful kids. My son Jacob is a college sophomore at Texas Tech and daughter Gabi is a high school junior at Prosper.I began running late in life, as a goal before turning 40 to do my first 5k. After a few races and 10k's I joined CRRC to improve and run a longer distance. I was super excited to join such a welcoming and friendly group. It has been lots of fun training there.I began training using Rick's Texas Big Star beginner plan in January 2018. Sticking to the plan helped me run my first half marathon -the TEXAS BIG STAR 2018!!! I absolutely loved the race experience and planned to do it again.

Bonita Rogers

Pacer: 2:50

I started running three years ago when a co-worker encouraged me to join her on a group run. Running has allowed me to meet new friends who share my passion in addition to being a great stress reliever.The Texas Big Star Half Marathon will always have a special place in my heart because last year’s race was my first packing assignment along with being one the best organized local races. I truly enjoyed having the opportunity to assist others reach their goal of completing a half marathon under 3 hours

Kylar Anderson

Pacer: 2:50

I started running in 2010, ran my first half marathon in2012, 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!

Rhena Carr

Pacer: 2:55

5 years ago, I starting racing in triathlons which has become my passion.I've completed three 70.3 Ironman races and one 140.6 Ironman race.I will be competing in my second 140.6 Ironman in April. I have recently expanded my racing into half marathons.I’ve ran two half marathons and I plan to race in a full marathon some time in 2019.

Tonja Demaret

Pacer: 2:55

I am 50 years old, not the best athlete but I do enjoy staying active and being with my friends.This year my husband talked me into running and next thing I knew I was training for a half marathon.I find running a healthy escape from the pressures of life I guess.Being with friends, staying healthy, and sharing have become a part of my life.I love spending time with others, pacing a group of people who are enjoying their moment, their achievement or their ``first`` half is just a pretty cool thing to be a part of. I am looking forward to being out there and participating in the The Big Star Half!

Lynda Tilley

Pacer: 3:00

I really enjoy pacing races and helping people attain their goals. Texas Big Star is a very special hometown race for me having lived in Frisco over 20 years. To be able to run this race with all the great runners in a community that has so much to offer in the way of sports is a true pleasure. The race is extremely well organized and the course is lots of fun with great community support

Natanja Hunter

Pacer: 3:00

My first half marathon was one year ago when I ran the Texas Big Star Half.I am excited to return this year as a pacer because it allows me to help others realize their goal of finishing a half marathon.I never in a millionyears thought I would be a runner, but here I am!My running goals are to enjoy running, not just endure it.Fun fact about myself: I frequently play the air drums while running.I can only imagine what that lookslike!My running music/playlist is all over the place.It includes find pop, rock, hip-hop and gospel (among other things).Thanks to the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen is now in the playlist as well!I run for me.Because I can!And I'm grateful for it.

Alana Finley

Sweeper

This is my third year pacing the Texas Big Star Half Marathon. I love the convenience of having a race close to home, and the after party is so much fun for runners and their families! I started running half marathons in 2011, and it's my favorite race distance. I've took some time off from running last year to have my first child. (Sadly, running didn't work for me during the second half of my pregnancy.) Now I'm really enjoying being more active again! I'm hoping we'll have great weather throughout the spring so that I can introduce my little one to the joys of running and racing once he's old enough to join me in a running stroller.

Inna

Sweeper

Bio coming soon.