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Pace Guide Leaders

There is a group for everyone at RunTheBoro!

From Walking to fast runners we have a group for you. We have awesome Pace Guide Leaders for the following groups:

7:30-7:45ish, 8:00-8:15ish, 8:30-8:45ish, 9:00-9:15ish, 9:30-9:45ish, 10:00-10:15ish, 10:30-10:45ish, 11:00-11:15ish, 11:30-11:45ish, 12:00-12:30ish, 13:00ish, Walking

Without the almost 50 Pace Guide Leaders who volunteer their time for two months, RunTheBoro could not happen. Take a second to check out these awesome volunteers!

Lisa Arthur
9:00-9:15 and 8:30-8:45 Pacer

My name is Lisa Arthur and I live in Greensboro. I started running in college to try and keep up with my brothers. My brothers and I would run races together as a way to stay connected even though we were living in different places. I started running with RunnerDude’s fitness about 2 years ago and I love running with the group. With Thad’s help, I’ve now completed 6 marathons. I have also done Run the Boro for the past 2 years and I love it because it connects so many runners. Run the Boro 2018 is going to be great!

Mark Wallace
8:30-8:45 Pacer

Hi! I'm Mark! I live in Reidsville. I started running 8 years ago. What I love most about RunTheBoro is exploring new routes, seeing the city from a different point of view and running with new people.

Courtney Isom
10:00-10:15 Pacer

Hi! I'm Courtney. I live in Whitsett, NC. I started running in 2016 with the Women’s Running School. I love meeting other runners and learning more about the city I grew up in during RunTheBoro. We have so much history in this city! Married 8 years and have 2 children. Love to travel, try new recipes, and craft. 

Martha Whitman
Walking Group Pacer

Hey, I’m Martha Whitman and I live east of Greensboro in Elon.

Around this time six years ago, at age 43, I decided to do something I’ve never done in my life – try running!!!  Needless to say it has been a journey of many ups and downs but it one I still enjoy.  I’ve met some incredible people, and have made some amazing friends along this journey and am proud to be a part of the RunnerDude family.  I think the biggest reason I enjoy the RunTheBoro series so much is the people!! All ages and all paces come together and go on a field trip!  It is fun exploring places I have driven by many times, but never took the time to really see and explore.  Our area is full of so many neat houses, parks, history and just simple beauty.  Come join us – you won’t regret it!!

Susan Carboneau
12:00-12:30 Pacer
Hi, Susan Carboneau here.  I have been running consistently about 5 years.  I live in Greensboro, near Military Park.  I have run a gamut of distances from 5K, 8k, 10k, 15k, 10-miler, half marathon and 1 FULL marathon.  I also ventured in to a sprint triathalon last summer.  Running, specifically my running buddies, is my lifeline.  I will run any pace above 10:50 comfortably and can be tricked in to many different distances.   
I love Run the 'Boro for the great groups it attracts.  Every Saturday is like an informal fun run!  Hailing from Michigan, I still always have a lot to learn about my adopted home of Greensboro.  We are always exploring and learning new stuff.  This old dog loves that!
Can't wait to see what 2018 brings for us!
Sandra Evans
13:00 Pacer

I currently reside in Kernersville but was born and raised in Greensboro.  After losing a lot of weight the year prior to, I started walking in May of 2016, then gradually running by June of 2016 to keep myself healthy.  Although was born in Greensboro and have spent most of my life here, I love RunTheBoro  because it continues to show me parts of the city that I've never ever seen before!  Also, attached is a better head shot of me.

Kristen Bowles
9:00-9:15 and 8:30-8:45 Pacer

 Hi, I'm Kristen! I started running in middle school, & still remember my very first 5k I did with my dad! I love Run the Boro because of the way in brings together our community as we learn & see different parts of our city. I’ve had the privilege to pace each year & have met several new running friends! 

Alison Ridings
12:00-12:30 Pacer

Hi!  I’m Alison.  I've lived in Greensboro, NC since 2012.  I started running in 2014 when I joined Fleet Feet Greensboro’s first ever No Boundaries class as a way to round out my fitness routine, but I kept running because of the great people I met along the way.  I love RunTheBoro because it fosters a tremendous sense of community, all the while showcasing our beautiful city.

Kara French
9:30-9:45 Pacer
Hi I'm Kara and I live in Greensboro.
I started running regularly in 2009 when some friends decided to run half marathons, and I figured if they could, so could I.  I ran through my pregnancy in 2013, and I have made dear friends that I wouldn't have if it weren't for running. 
What I love about Run the Boro: I am a Greensboro native, but I've learned so much and I've seen so many parts of the city that I didn't know existed.  It even played a role in our decision to move from Oak Ridge back into town; more time enjoying and less time driving! 
Stephanie Butzer
8:00-8:15 Pacer
Hi! I'm Stephanie. I live in High Point, NC. I started running as a freshman in high school in 2006 with 5Ks and track events like the 400m and mile. I grew into the distance events in college and am just cracking into the ultrarunning world now.
What I love most about RunTheBoto are the people! I love the feeling of running down a street with a group of people who aren't overly focused on pace or timing, but are just running and enjoying each other's company. Like a pack of wolves down Main Street. There's something magical about that.

FYI: Dancing mid-run is encouraged! So is group singing!  

Stan Park
8:00-8:15 and 8:30-8:45 Pacer

Hi, I'm Stan. I live in Greensboro. I started running in earnest about 11 years ago.

Runtheboro is just a great way to see various parts of our city, to get lost in the process and to do it all with others who enjoy starting their weekend off with a good dose of endorphins!

Pat Hester
8:00-8:15 and 8:30-8:45 Pacer

Hi, I'm Pat! I live in Greensboro. I started running back in the dark ages....1977 - to get in shape; hurt really bad at first then got hooked and never stopped (well, except with injuries! I love all the different RunTheBoro routes, seeing parts of town that I don't know, and running with different people than I normally run with. It's a happy crowd

Karen Carter
11:30-11:45 Pacer

Hi I'm Karen! I live in Browns Summit. I've been running off and on for many years, but I started running consistently five years ago.

What I love the most about Run The Boro is meeting all the wonderful runners, and I also enjoy seeing parts of Greensboro I have never previously seen before I started the Run the Boro series.

Running often makes me feel closer to my dad who passed away about five years ago.  Although he wasn’t a runner, he had been a Navy pilot and an avid golfer.  In his later years, he suffered from MS like symptoms which really affected his mobility.  He then contracted cancer, but he never complained of his pain and limited mobility.  He was always kind and thankful to his doctors and nurses.  When I run, I think of my dad.  If the distances or temperatures get tough, I think of how my dad persevered without complaint, and while I’m definitely not the fastest runner out there, I’m just thankful to have the ability to move!

Joy Savage
Walking Group Pacer

Hi I'm Joy. I am a native of Greensboro and started running in 2006. My first race was the Fun Fourth 10K in 2007 .  I have completed 15 Half Marathon’s and ONE Marathon , a bucket list accomplishment!    I had to hang up my running shoes and start walking after several knee injuries.  I had a full knee replacement in October 2016 which confirmed, running was not in my future.   I ride a bike in the spring and summer months, which is great cross-training for runners! 

I love the RunTheBoro runs, we see new places, learn new history about Greensboro (even as a native!) and spend Saturday mornings with great runners/walkers. I cherish the friendships I have made with my running peeps.       

 My mantra is “Believe in yourself and you can do it!”   

 See everyone in May, the walkers will bring up the rear!!  A mile is a mile, regardless how you cover it!          

Cindy Barbour
8:00-8:15 Pacer
Hi I’m Cindy. I currently live in Greensboro, NC. I have run so many different distances all my life and all over the United States. Since turning 45 I have raced every distance from the 100 meter dash to several 24 hour ultras. My loyalties lie in the mile, but I have managed to carve out a nice running life running all distances. I turned 50 a couple of years ago and I am now designing what I want to accomplish in my fifties. In my 40’s I competed in 7 ultra marathons. There is nothing like the thrill of willing the body to do what the mind commands. The running friends I have met and ran with are like one big family. I love pacing races because there is nothing more rewarding for me than to see my runners achieve their goals. Whether it is a PR (personal record) race, or trying to get back in running shape the runners are grateful for my bubbly personality and constant uplifting chatter. I try to impart my 40+ years of running knowledge (as well as my degree in Exercise Science and running coach certification) along the way and make my runners feel confident. RunTheBoro has fostered new and old relationships with other runners. I treasure all the people and all the conversations we have while running. Running connects us. Running connects our community and I am grateful to be able to help Thad.
Lori Stevenson
8:30-8:45 Pacer

Hi, I’m Lori.  I moved to Greensboro in 2007 and started running in 2012, when I completed my first half marathon training program with Runner Dude’s Fitness.

I look forward to participating as a pace leader again in 2018 as a way to help support the amazing Run the Boro program that Thad has built – a program that has, with overwhelming success, united runners and the Greensboro community.

Mike Wright
8:00-8:15, 8:30-8:45, and 9:00-9:15 Pacer

Hi, I'm Mike. I live in Greensboro NC.  I started running after having to stop playing baseball in college due to injury.  Ended up running the Tar Heel 10 miler as my first race in 2011 and just kept running(Forrest Gump voice).  RunTheBoro is awesome because you get to see all the neat areas within the city.  I especially enjoy pacing and sharing the historical DYKs from Thad and some of my own research to those on the run.  We have fun, even when we occasionally “detour” during the route.

Kenny Mann
8:30-8:45 Pacer

Hi, I’m Kenny! I live in Greensboro and I have been running since the end of 2016. It started out as something I forced myself to do, but now I absolutely love it! With Thad’s help I have completed two full marathons, and I’m already eyeing my third. I participated in RuntheBoro last year and it was my first time running with a group. Running with a group was such an awesome experience. I really enjoy spending time with other runners as well as seeing parts of Greensboro I haven’t seen before, even though I’ve lived here my whole life!  

Barb Puhala
12:00-12:30 Pacer

Hi! I'm Barb! I live in Greensboro.  I started running about 7 or so years ago when my younger child left for college.  I was a walker, but I always wanted to try running.  It took me two years to get the courage to join the Women's Running School, and I've enjoyed running ever since.  I love Run the Boro because there's a whole world out there I never knew about!

Michael Teal
7:30-7:45 Pacer

I'm I'm Michael. I live in Greensboro. Started running in 12/2016. What I love most about RunTheBoro is the camaraderie and the history

Melanie Wright
11:00-11:15 Pacer

Hi! I'm Melanie. I live in Greensboro, NC.  I started running in 2009.  My favorite part of Run the Boro is the combination of running and history.  I love learning new facts about our city and running through new areas of town. I’m excited to be a pace guide again this year.  I can’t wait to run with so many old friends and to meet new ones too. 


Christie Strupe
11:00-11:15 Pacer
Hi. I'm Christie. I started running when I was 14. This is my 35th year as a runner. I love Run the Boro because it exemplifies how strong this running community truly is. We all have one goal out there -to just run. I have made some valuable friendships at RuntheBoro and am grateful to Thad for this experience.
Heather Adams
10:30-10:45 and 11:00-11:15 Pacer
Hi! I'm Heather and live here in Greensboro (and spend a lot of my time at work in Rockingham County). I started running very slowly in high school, took some years off and got serious about running in 2012 when I ran my first half. I stumbled into a running group (the RUNegades) four years ago and haven't looked back! The runships I've formed are incredible and I love pounding the pavement around Greensboro with friends. I've lived in Greensboro over 20 years and I thought I knew the city well but RuntheBoro has helped me get to know Greensboro even better! I love seeing different parts of the city on foot.
Emily Rives
9:00-9:15 Pacer
Hi I'm Emly! I'm originally from Greensboro, and started running when my husband and I moved back to NC 3.5 years ago.  Joining the running community here helped me to move from not being able to run a mile, to running my first half marathon in November 2016!  I love Run The Boro because I have been able to see different parts of the city and learn about the unique history of the place where I grew up, all while making new "run-ships" with fellow runners!
Sandra Clark
9:00-9:15 Pacer

Hi! I'm Sandra! I live in Stokesdale. I started running in  In 2004. RunTheBoro has taught me more about the city, give me a great workout on Saturday morning and I've made great new (runner) friends.  Can’t be better than this! Thank you so much Thad to make this running event every year! I am proud and honored to be part of it.

Ben Johnson
9:30-9:45 Pacer

Greetings everyone!  I live in Stokesdale and started running in 2015 with Thad’s beginning runner group.  This will be my second year participating in RunTheBoro, but first as a pace guide leader.  The thing I love most about RunTheBoro is ability to see and learn about the city all while building relationships with fellow runners. 

Carolyn Painley
11:30-11:45 Pacer
Hi I'm Carolyn! I live in Greensboro and started running in 2009 to complete a 5k with a friend. Have now finished 9 half-marathons. My favorite was the Blue Ridge Half, an elevation change of 3,800 feet. I don't run for time, prefer to enjoy the experience! RuntheBoro provides a very fun experience, learning more about Greensboro history and meeting new running friends.     
Cathy Healy
9:00-9:15, 9:30-9:45, and 10-10:15 Pacer
My name is Catherine Healy I live in Kernersville NC and am originally from Greensboro NC. I started running in college when I had to take a beginner's running class because it was the only exercise class that was available and I was required to take 6 to graduate with my degree. I thought I would hate it and I remember it took me forever to finish that first 1.5 mile run they had the class do. Obviously I grew to love running and have been ever since. RunTheBoro is a great way to get to know Greensboro and all of the other great runners that call this beautiful city home. I find the overall energy of RunTheBoro a very supportive atmosphere and enjoy the variety of routes with information on the rich history of our city.
Lou Bray
11:30-11:45 Pacer
I’m Lou Bray and I started running about 9 years ago. I’m from Durham but moved to Greensboro a little over 4 years ago and thankfully found Runnerdude and RuntheBoro. I love discovering new places and facts about our city and all the fun people I get to meet while running. This is such a fun group and I super excited to see where will run this year.
Becca Wyrick
10:30-10:45 Pacer
Hi. I’m Becca and I live in Summerfield. I started running a little over 2 years ago. I started with a Couch to 5K training class. As soon as I completed that, I found RunnerDude’s Fitness and the RunTheBoro Group. I have been running with RunnerDude’s Fitness and Runegades ever since. Thad’s training has helped me complete 4 half marathons and I’m looking forward to training for a full this fall. I have done RunTheBoro for the last two years and loved it! It has been a great way to meet lots of new running friends. It’s great because there is a pace for everyone. I also love how much I have learned about Greensboro and found places and neighborhoods that I never knew existed. I can’t wait to be a Pace Leader and part of the 2018 RunTheBoro!
Dinesh Soundararajan
11:00-11:15 Pacer

Hi I'm Dinesh. I live in Kernersville, NC. I started running with the RunnerDude (Thad) as a beginning runner in January 2016. I went from couch to marathon in about 15 months. Running is more social for me than anything else. It’s the camaraderie with the fellow runners which  made RunTheBoro one of my favorite. Other than running, I enjoy cooking, working on cars, taking the dog for a walk with my wife and hiking in the mountains.


Melissa Jones
11:30-11:45 Pacer

Hi! I'm Melissa! I currently live in Greensboro, NC. I started running in 2013 as to become more active and healthy. I love RunTheBoro because it allows me to be a tourist in my own town and visit parts of the city that I never have been too. It also lets me see some of my favorite areas of town with a new set of eyes.


Amber Johnson
13:00 and Walking Group Pacer

Hi! My name is Amber Johnson. Wife and mother of two kids. I live in Stokesdale. I started my running journey the fall of 2017. Getting to know different areas of Greensboro and meeting new people is the best part of Runtheboro. 

Christy Marchel
12:00-12:30 Pacer

Hi! I'm Christy! I live out in Summerfield. I started running in 2006 as a way to lose weight and  found that I enjoy running half marathons. I just finished my 55th half. I enjoy Run the Boro because I have only lived in Greensboro for a few years and on the runs I meet new people and learn about the city. 

Michael Koballa
7:30-7:45 Pacer

Hi! I'm Michael. I live in  Greensboro. I started running my sophomore year of high school. Cross County & Track. What I love the most about RunTheBoro is checking out the local vibes.  Running is as much for the mind as it is the body. I only work when I race.

Donna Kirkman
12:00-12:30 Pacer

Hi! I'm Donna! I am 52 years old and I live in Jamestown. I started running in the fall of 2014. I started running late in life and I can’t imagine life without it. It is more than exercise it’s my sanity. RunTheBoro is the best! Not only do you get to discover new areas in Greensboro to run, you get to meet some of the nicest and most supportive people ever.

Amanda Coble
9:00-9:15 Pacer

Hi I'm Amanda! I live in Tucson, AZ, but I've lived many years in the Greensboro area.  I started running in 2011, completing my first half marathon that year and just kept going. RunTheBoro is great because it brings runners of all levels and from all groups together for a new and fun route.  Despite growing up in the area, I have learned a lot about the history of the city while logging miles on a Saturday morning.  I'm excited to be back home to be a pace leader and direct the Legs for Life 5k on June 2nd!  

Adrienne Jandler
13:00 Pacer
Hi! I’m Adrienne and I live in High Point. I started running about 3 years ago (in my mid-40’s) after first joining a walking group. I was always in band or the arts, never in sports, so this was way outside what I was used to. I was surprised to discover I loved it! I’ve since discovered RunnerDude’s training, the RUNegades program, and Run the Boro, which has been fantastic for me. I love the people and have gone from never even doing a 5K to having completed 3 half marathons. I especially look forward to Run the Boro because there are so many great people and I love exploring the city on foot with new friends!


Amanda Calvin
10:00-10:15 and 10:30-10:45 Pacer
Hi! I'm Amanda! I live in Greensboro. I started running in 2013 just for fun then I decided to train for my first 5K. RunTheBoro is truly a field trip for runners. You learn so much about the wonderful city we live in and about the History of our City. You also have an amazing time doing it. All levels are welcome so don’t let time or pace stop you. Just come out and enjoy our amazing running community! 
Kat Lamke
10:30-10:45 Pacer

Hi! I'm Kat. I live in Greensboro. I started with a Run/Walk program on my own 7 years ago and have now completed 5 half marathons and many 5k, 10k and 10 milers. When I attended my first 2016 RunTheBoro, I was nervous about group running as I had always been a solo runner. I wasn't sure I could keep up with the group. I chose the 11:30 - 11:45 ish pace group, which was a challenge for me to keep up with!  After my first run, I was hooked. With the encouragement of the pacers and fellow runners, I achieved several time and distance PTs over the rest of the series. 2017, I was a 10:30-10-45 ish pacer for the series. Social running has helped me build my endurance, increase my pace and given me a new supportive community. It's been great fun learning about Greensboro's history, seeing new neighborhoods and making new friends. I can't recommend RunTheBoro highly enough! #RunnerDudeRunnersRock 

Anna Spivey
8:00-8:15 Pacer

Hi! My name is Anna! I have been running on and off since about 2006, when my sister introduced me to the sport. My very first race was the Greensboro Gobbler. I really got into running though in 2014 when my oldest son was almost 2 and I decided that I wanted to be more active and feel better about myself. I have run countless 5k’s, 10k’s, lots of half marathons and 4 full marathons! This year I am running the Cleveland Marathon (May 20th) and the Chicago Marathon. Running has become a passion and therapy for me!
I participated in Run the Boro for the first time last year and immediately fell in love! My favorite part was running and not caring about pace, but rather meeting new people! I’ve made new running friends because of it. I’m really excited about being a pace guide leader this year!

Snoa Garrigan
13:00 Pacer

Hi I'm Snoa and I live in Greensboro! Contrary to popular belief and what my social media may portray, I actually enjoy running and I think Thad and Duncan (#drdoom) are pretty ok. I've been running off and on since high school but got consistent with running once I joined the RunnerDude's Fitness group RUNegades three years ago. I love how supportive the group is and I've made some very special runships! I love RunTheBoro because it allows us to see things we may not notice while driving through Greensboro and I like learning the history behind some of the neighborhoods, houses, and monuments in our beautiful town! My favorite part of RunTheBoro is the people you meet. It's nice to have groups that run the same pace as you because it makes the miles go by faster! You can find me on Instagram (@snoag) to follow my adventures in running and my life as a closet dance mom! 

Melani Pratt
10:30-10:45 Pacer

Hey; I'm Melani! Originally from Ohio, I moved to Greensboro nearly 13 years ago. I started running 5 years ago when I joined RunnerDude's Fitness Beginning Running Program and shortly after become a member of the Runegades. Since then I've completed a handful of half marathons, 6 marathons, and a 50k. Most importantly, running with RunnerDude's Fitness has taught me that it's far easier to step outside of your comfort zone and chase big goals when you surround yourself with people who inspire, motivate, and support you. While I love the adventure and shenanigans that come along with exploring our city on foot, the thing I love most about Run The Boro is the supportive environment Thad has created -- because the world could use a whole lot more more heck yeahs, high fives, and "weedoggies"!

Nichole Scuteri
9:30-9:45 and 10:00-10:15 Pacer

Hi, my name is Nichole Scuteri. I live in Oak Ridge with my husband, 6 year old daughter, and 9 year old yellow lab. I started running after my daughter was born as a way to workout with her. I worked my way up to a half marathon on my own. Then decided to join RunnerDude's Fitness to train for my second half. After completing that race I joined RUNegades and have not looked back. It has been 4 years, thousands of miles, lots of laughter, grand adventures, and life long friends.

I love RunTheBoro because I get to continually meet new friends and explore our beautiful city.


Letha Pickett
Walking Group Pacer

Hi! I'm Letha. Originally from a small town near Sumter, SC, but now I call High Point home. I am not a runner but have always been involved in some form of physical activity including walking and weight training. Looking forward to Run the Boro 2018!

Dana Sims
Walking Group Pacer

Hi my name is Dana! I live in Greensboro NC.  I started running/walking in 2013.  Last year was my first RunTheBoro experience.  I only got to attend one session and have been hooked.  It’s truly a wonderful way to see different parts of the city.

Mitzi McLaurin
Walking Group Pacer

Hi! I'm Mitzi! I started running about a year ago. I joined the RunnerDude's Beginning Running Group. My son Duncan was our coach. I enjoy getting outside and running for fitness. I'm an elementary school teacher, so running is a great stress reliever too. What I love about RunTheBoro, is its diversity and inclusiveness. There are walkers, new runners, seasoned runners, fast runners, slow runners, and runners in between. It truly is for everyone.

Simone Hawks-Hamilton
13:00 and Walking Group Pacer

Hi I’m Simone Hawks-Hamilton, I’m a Jersey girl who has lived in North Carolina for over 20 years. Running came into my life when I was 42 in the form of Black Girls Run. Running is my happy place, whether I am fast or slow. About 2 years ago my friend Amanda suggested we check out this Run the Boro thing and I’m so glad we did! Come out and learn about our amazing city and meet some awesome people.

Laura Michael
9:30-9:45 Pacer

Hi!  I’m Laura, and I live in Greensboro.  My running adventure began 12 years ago when my mom, who had recently signed up for her first half marathon, half jokingly asked me to train with her.  I had not willingly run a single step since my elementary school playground days, but thinking it sounded like a cool thing to add to and then check off my bucket list, I agreed without hesitation.  I discovered a love for the sport during those hours of training beside my mother.  It took a few years after moving to Greensboro in 2011 for me to discover RunnerDude’s Fitness, but many miles, races, and friendships later, I have never looked back.  Thad’s RunTheBoro series has been a great way to become more familiar with my city and meet other like-footed people.  Come join us this year!

Alejandra Marquez
13:00 Pacer

My name is Alejandra Marquez. I am from Venezuela and I have been living in NC for 8 years, my first 2 years was in Winston-Salem and 6 years in Greensboro. I started running with RunnerDude’s Fitness in January 2017 at one of my friends recommendation. I love to exercise, I always have been an active person. It is something I have to do to stay healthy. I have Type 1 Diabetes since I was 12 years old. I learned from the beginning if you balance the exercise, what you eat, and take your medicine (insulin) you can have a healthy life and you can do whatever you want.  In 2017, I challenged myself to do my first half marathon. I am not going to lie to you, I was afraid to do it and I sought for help. I met with Thad in January 2017, and started my journey as a runner. I have run four half marathons, made wonderful friends, and I did RunTheBoro last year. It was AWESOME. I have learned so much about my city Greensboro, I enjoyed each route and met great friends each Saturday. 

Elisa Thames
10:00-10:15 Pacer
Hi! My name is Elisa Thames and I live in Brown Summit. I’ve been running intermittently, fun, non-competitive since my High School/College Days. About 4-5 years ago I decided to run my 1st half marathon and have been running and training with the RunnerDude family since. As a solo runner for most of my life, the transition to group running has been a great way to meet new people and the RTB has created a beautiful avenue to explore the city with folks who share my the passion for running.