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!

Charlie Demaret

Captain/Floater: 1:35-1:57.5

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. Over the past couple of years I have had the privilege to pace and help others to achieve their goals.
Running for me is all about the journey and the friendships we make along the way. Looking forward to seeing everyone Run Big Star this year!!!

Scott Millwee

Pacer: 1:35

Bio coming soon

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.

Alex Barrientos

Pacer: 1:40

Bio coming soon!

Pavinder Ahlawat

Pacer: 1:45

Bio coming soon!

Marcos Vargas

Pacer: 1:45

Bio Coming Soon.

Scott Manis

Pacer: 1:50

I started running in 2005 to fulfill a “bucket list” item (ie. finish a marathon). Little did I know that I was in for a life transformation. After training for 1-year, I ran my first marathon in West Palm Beach, FL. I was so disappointed in my performance that I immediately signed up for another race and PR’ed by more than 50 minutes. At that point, I was hooked. Since then, I have completed over 35 marathons and countless half marathons, including the Boston Marathon 4 times and Ironman Cozumel. I have paced numerous full and half marathons and truly enjoy the experience. The most rewarding aspect is my running “community” and the opportunity to be a pacer.

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.

Amy Pickle Ross

Pacer: 1:52.5

Bio Coming Soon.

Danielle Walker

Pacer 1:52.5

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 athletic in High School, running both cross-country and track. I always loved the thrill of the race and running is a passion and a way to better understand 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. In 2016 I wanted to give back to the running community 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.

Mark Olateju

Pacer: 1:55

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!

Paul Barker

Pacer: 1:55

I started running in 2013. It’s been great getting to meet so many other runners. Looking forward to my first time pacing a race and being able to help others achieve their racing goals.

Aiming Herrington

Pacer: 1:57.5

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!

Meredith Cotton

Pacer: 1:57.5

Bio coming soon!

Ankush Bhatia

Captain/Floater: 2:00-2:15

Bio coming soon!

Mark Trayer

Pacer: 2:00

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.

Shawna Zaharko

Pacer: 2:00

Bio coming soon!

Marl Maupin

Pacer: 2:02.5

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!

Samantha Sells

Pacer: 2:02.5

Bio coming soon!

Daniel Flick

Pacer: 2:05

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.

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.

Ed Steinkamp

Pacer: 2:07.5

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.

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.

Mike Margolis

Pacer: 2:10

Mike is an avid runner logging between 30 minutes to over 2 hours each day, 6 days a week. He's been running with the Craig Ranch Running Club for many years and finds time to get outside regardless of time or weather: rain or snow, sun or storm. He enjoys pacing and has paced half marathons, fulls, and is scheduled to pace the Ultra 50K in the 2020 Cowtown in Ft. Worth this year. He is looking forward to supporting his fellow runners by pacing 2:10 group at the 2020 Big Star Half Marathon.

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.

Carolyn Kirk

Pacer: 2:15

Bio coming soon!

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!

Mohit Goyal

Pacer: 2:30

I've been running for nearly 3 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 13 half-marathons in the past 3 years. I ran the Big Star Half Marathon in 2018 for the first time and this will be my first time officially pacing it. Last year, we got rained on!

Jon Cotton

Pacer: 2:30

Bio coming soon!

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!

Angela Casavant

Pacer: 2:40

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!

Petriece Culberson

Pacer: 2:40

Running is medicine for the soul! I began pacing five years ago & never looked back. The running community is like no other. It’s not just a community, it’s a family. I love pacing as it gives me a hands on opportunity to guide runners to the finish line. There is no greater feeling than helping others reach their goals.

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!

Blanca Garcia

Pacer: 2:55

Hi my name is Blanca Garcia and I started running in 2014 to see if I could run a 5k, that year I trained and once the medal was put on my me I was hooked! I have ran 3 marathons, many half marathons and many of them I was able to PR because I followed pacers. I am so honored to be able to pace and help people complete their first half marathon or their first marathon. I absolutely love running and helping others meet their goals is the icing on the cake! I am a grandma, mother and wife and all of may family supports or contributes to my running lifestyle

Gigi Smith

Pacer: 2:55

Bio coming soon!

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.

Amara provencher deedon

Sweeper

Bobbi Grimes-Davis

Sweeper

My motto: “My race, my pace! I am only in competition with myself, so I always strive to be a better me than I was the day before.” I love to be of service to others, in all areas of life, and being a part of the running community helps me do that. I get the greatest pleasure from helping other reach their goals, and helping to celebrate the smaller goals on the way to the big achievement. My personal goals for 2020 are to run the year (2020+ miles) for the second year in a row, continue my intentional movement streak (2 years and counting!), and make new friends along the way!