Meet the Pacers

Full Marathon Pacers

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Stephen Wolff

My mother, Lynda, brought me into the fold of distance runners, and a friend, Dr. Funk, introduced me to marathoning. Among my favorite marathon memories are having energizing spectators cheer me from start to 2:50:34 finish in the New York City Marathon in 2017 (the year Shalane Flanagan won); and hearing the finish-line announcer boom, "On! the! money!!!" when I paced the 3-hour group in the 2018 Houston Marathon. I strive to emulate the speed and metronome-like consistency of my friends and illustrious runners ACE and Lady D. Some of the best advice I've received is to treat recovery (including taper) as deliberately as the rest of your training. I look forward to serving you as a pacer!

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Ponna Natraj

After trying several sports that started with Cyclocross racing, Road Biking, Running and all distance Triathlons, I finally chose running as the main sport. I surrounded myself with ‘everyday’ runners and began to enjoy running more than ever from December of 2016. The love still continues with never ending desire to get better every year. I am very fortunate and blessed to train with very talented and hardworking group of individuals who are part of 1996 Olympic Marathon Trials winner, Jenny Spangler’s Racing Team based out of Chicago. I ran a personal best of 2:51:34 at California International Marathon, December of 2018 and currently working to better it. I paced numerous half marathons in the Chicago area from 1:30-1:45 finish times including a world major marathon, Chicago Marathon in October of 2018 for 3:10 finish. I enjoy pacing the running races as I get a chance to meet runners who work hard towards their goals. I drive a lot of inspiration and joy in sharing the experience with fellow runners achieving their goals.

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Don Wang

In high school I was a lazy sprinter who considered anything over 400m as "marathon distance". I never considered running for fun until after hitting the quarter-century mark, in age, when I watched as my housemate trained for her third RNR (San Diego) and I decided that I didn't want to miss out! I tend to do things backward. For example, my first road race was a 15K, not a 5K (or 10K). I ran my first half marathon over four years after that first full. Whenever I pace, I prefer to take the first half slower than the second half, especially if the course has more elevation gain in the beginning -- like at M2B! I have paced here every year since 2015, and I'm looking forward to returning in 2019.

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David Pai

I ran my first Marathon in 2011 where I finished in 4:23.  I said I’d never run another marathon again.  Ha Ha!  M2B 2015 is when I qualified for Boston with a 3:09 and now Fast Forward to 2018 with a PR of 2:55 this March, I am looking forward to helping you reach your goal!  Let’s do this…Go M2B runners!

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3:25

Chris Hartley

Resides in Woodland Hills CA. Been running for 5 years. Recent races include LA Marathon, Ventura Marathon, OC Marathon, and M2B. I run and train with New Basin Blues Running Club in the San Fernando Valley. Super stoked to be pacing M2B!

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Levine Ching

Levine Ching, 26, living in Santa Monica, CA. Been running/training for marathons for last 2 years and ran cross country back in high school. Recent races LA Marathon and Ventura Marathon. I run and train with New Basin Blues in the San Fernando Valley. Have wanted to start pacing cause I enjoy helping others meet their running goals and seeing them enjoy the sport. Super excited to be able to do it with my training buddy Chris Hartley and all of you!

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3:30

Lino Torres

My name is Lino Torres, I am 48 years old. I have been a pace leader for group 2  for LARR for 9 years and I have completed 73 marathons and 100+ half marathons. I have been a pacer at Canyon City Azusa Marathon, Ventura marathon and REVEL CANYON CITY  MT Charleston.

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David Schwartz

Hi there! I’m looking forward to pacing you! What started as a way to lose weight in college has turned into the passion of a lifetime. Running is central to my life now. It caused me to move from my home in New Jersey to Los Angeles (for that perfect year round training weather), and now I’ve been running every day for the past 900 days! My training has focused on the marathon distance and beyond. I recently finished the Los Angeles Marathon in a time of 2:40:20, and the following week competed with my run club team in the Speed Project, a 340 mile relay race from Santa Monica to Las Vegas (go LA Rebels!). When I’m not running you can find me working at the running store Top To Top in Santa Monica, where I enjoy talking to people about the benefits of running and how to improve their experience in this awesome sport. This will be my pacing debut, but I am fully confident in my ability to hit the time and help you achieve your goal. Looking forward to running with you!

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Grant Barnett

Grant has been running since 2011 and ran his first full marathon in 2014 at Mountains 2 Beach. He has paced over 2 dozen races, including Mountains 2 Beach 2016 (3:58) and 2017 (3:37); his favorite pacing story is the time his GPS watch froze up at the start and he successfully paced a full marathon with nothing but a pace band and asking other runners' times at the mile markers. He now paces with 2 GPS watches! Grant would love to help you reach your goal, whether it's a BQ, PR, first marathon or anything else!

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Scott Kunz

Scott Kunz has been running marathons for almost 20 years.  He and his wife Rachele have run a combined total of over 200 marathons and ultras.  Scott is a 10 time finisher of the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run, and has run marathons in 22 states.  Forget the gadgets and gizmos, his secret to longevity is 15 minutes in an ice bath the day of and day after a long race.  An ideal weekend for Scott includes running a marathon in the morning, then spending time with his wife and two kids (with twins due in August), and chowing down on Fresh Mex!  Always anxious to pace a marathon, Scott looks forward to exchanging stories with you along the course!

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3:40

Anne-Marie Frisch

Growing up in Santa Monica, the only sport I competed in was rolling skating to the beach. I started running in my late 30’s when I was tempted with a free trip to Hawaii with a few girlfriends. The only catch was that I needed to run a marathon and raise money for a wonderful charity! A few years later, I got the running bug and joined the Santa Clarita Runners. Since then, I’ve run or paced over 60 half or full marathons, completed an ultra and an Ironman. I absolutely love running and talking which makes pacing so much for me. As a pacer, there is no better feeling than helping someone achieve their goals. I’m looking forward to telling some jokes & exchanging stores with you on the road! Besides running, I love to travel, eat and play awful golf

Kevin Fenenbock

I have enjoyed running since the age of 13, but was always intimidated by the marathon. In 2013, at the age of 44, I decided to it was finally time to overcome my fear. After finishing the LA Marathon, I was hooked, and decided to push myself to achieve a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon at M2B. Fast forward, I now have two Boston Marathons under my belt, and running New York this year. I am very excited to run M2B with you, and look forward to helping you achieve your goal!

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3:45

Hanoch Raviv

Paced M2B since its inception when it was still “Ojai 2 Ocean." Avid pacer that enjoys leading runners to the finish line.

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Oksana Obolkina

Everyone has their journey that brought them into running. Mine started as a way to stay fit and grew into a passion. It helped me meet great people, build stong friendships and visit beautiful places I didn’t know existed.
One of my favorite things to do is going for a run every time I visit a new city.

M2B is very special to my heart because a few years back I got my BQ here.

I am looking forward to help you cross the finish line in 3:45 and hear some great stories along the way.

3:55

Roni Konitz

I’ve been running since 2002. I ran so far (as of February 2018) 148 marathons, 128 halves, and 12 50Ks. My first marathon was San Francisco, and that’s the first marathon I paced in 2009. I set my personal record in California International Marathon (CIM) 2014: 3:25:20. I ran 5 of the 6 world marathon majors, missing only London Marathon. I paced so far 42 marathons and 17 halves. I ran Mountains to Beach 6 times in a row since 2012, last 5 times as a pacer (pace between 3:45 and 3:58). When I’m not running - I SCUBA dive and homebrew beer.

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Anthony Andrada

Really started running right before his son was born. “I had a vision that I would be ‘that Father’ that could not keep up with his youngest child and would deprive him of some important memories, like learning to ride a bike.” His son was born in 2011, 30 lbs. lighter and he hasn’t stopped running since. He has been pacing for over four years and has twice, paced the half marathon for Mountains 2 Beach (2015 & 2016). Anthony has also raced the full marathon course twice, as well (2017 & 2018). He has paced over 25 races. Anthony also is a Leader for the Students Run LA Program that prepares middle and high school students to complete the LA Marathon. The pace will be conservative through the first half of the race and will progressively increase in the second half to meet the pacing goal. He looks forward to assisting others achieving their running goals.

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Christopher Rosario

Chris has paced Mountains2Beach for 5 years and is a pacer for 9 years. A runner for over 15 years, Chris has ran anywhere between 5ks to 50ks. However, the marathon distance is perhaps his favorite distance. His favorite part about pacing is meeting the runners and helping them reach their goals. His pacing strategy is trying to keep a steady pace and adjusting the pace when going up hills. But most importantly to enjoy the run and have fun.

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Michelle Krok

Michelle has been running since the age of 12. Over 3 decades later, she continues to run. Originally starting as a sprinter, she found her niche. Her first ½ marathon was at the age of 24, and her first FULL at 40, but with countless smaller races and miles in between. Having just completed her 62nd marathon to date and about the same in half marathons, she enjoys running on varying terrains. As a mother and grandmother, Michelle is has faced many physical and spiritual challenges in life, the greatest of which was her diagnosis with Graves’ disease in 2001.  She attributes her spiritual victories to her Christian faith, and uses her running (and abilities) to encourage, inspire and show compassion to those that are facing equally emotional and spiritually challenging defeats in their own life.

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Yongbing Wan

I started running Marathon races from 2009, and have finished 35 marathon races since, including  4 Boston Marathon races. My best time was 3:28 at 2013 CIM. At last year's CIM, I got 3:31. I paced 2016 M2B with Linda Price, and we, together with all runners with us, had a lot of fun.

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Linda Price

Linda began running in fourth grade but did not realize her passion until high school Cross Country and Track. Her first half marathon was in 2004 and first marathon in 2006. She paced Surf City Half Marathon in 2010 and loved it. She has been an avid Mountains2Beach pacer since 2014. Linda has completed 18 full and multiple half marathons, numerous century rides, and three Half Ironman races. Being a pacer is about giving back to the running community and ensuring runners achieve their target goal time.

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4:25

Sean Enderton

Shaun enjoys traveling and running and has completed 12 marathons and 34 half marathons in 9 different states. He loves the social aspect of running and prefers to run without any technology. He’s been fast, slow and everywhere in between but knows that everything is relative and the achievement of personal aspirations is more valuable than any medal. He looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your running goals.

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Maricar Montano

My running journey started almost 5 years ago with the Couch Potato to 5k plan, not believing that I'd be able even run 3 mile.  Since then, I have completed about 10 half marathons (paced 5 of them) and ran 3 full marathons.  M2B is a meaningful race for me, as it was my first sub-4:00 last year.  As a math teacher, numbers are my thing, and pacing is just one fun math problem actively being solved.

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4:40

Tac Phung

Tac loves to be outdoors…running and hiking! He recently took up running a few years ago when a friend asked him to participate in a Turkey Trot 10K run. Ever since that race, Tac has participated in countless 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, marathons, and ultramarathons. He finds particular joy in trail running, but loves to be physically active in any way possible. Tac looks forward to leading the 4:40 pace group!

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4:55

Julie Lindgren

I was an athlete in High School competing in cross country and track. After High School I took a 20 year hiatus. In 2009 I decided to start running again and ran my first marathon in 2011. I have now ran a marathon in all 50 states. I have paced 12 marathons and love meeting runners and helping them meet their running goals. I look forward to leading the 4:55 pace group!

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Half Marathon Pacers

1:30

Kevin Kamai

After I retired from Boxing in 2013 I challenged my self to run a Marathon. Quickly after I realized I was competitive at it. I than joined a running team, and raced my way up in the running community, winning a few shorter distance races. I ran my best Marathon in 2:54 and some change at CIM2018. After that I transitioned to Ultramarathons where I now compete for top position.

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1:40

Chris Louie

I ran my first marathon in 2000. I am on my #journeyto100 and hope to reach it soon. Over the years, I have paced over 20 marathons (paces between 3:20 - 4:20) and half marathons (paces between 1:30 - 2:10) including the M2B half (2018 1:40) and M2B full (2015 3:45). I enjoy most sports both playing and watching but especially scuba diving, volleyball, cycling, tennis), volunteer work, travelling, languages and food.

This is your day so ask me any questions and let's achieve those goals and perhaps a few PR's.

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Andy Rodemich

I have been a runner my whole life but didn't really start becoming serious till my late 30s. Since then with the help of a coach and a great running group I was able to go from a 3:57 marathon down to a 2:53. I have found that I feel at peace when I run. Whether it be a short 6 mile jog up to a 50 mile ultra I still feel the same sense of serenity. My running has given me everything from breaking the tape in a marathon to being a trail guide with switchback running vacations and thousands of miles along the way.

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2:00

Joe Buccino

Hi I'm Joe Buccino. I've been running with the Inside Track Running Club for over 7 years, and have run the Mountains 2 Beach half marathons or marathon every year since it began as Ojai to Ocean. I'm a pacer for the M2B Half, it's my third year pacing this half marathon. I've also paced a number of half marathons and marathons around the country for a pacing company. Pacing is something I find rewarding as well as an opportunity to enjoy the sport of running with both new and seasoned runners.

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2:10

Gabe Wu

Gabe was a college sprinter turned triathlete turned distance runner. After being introduced to triathlons he slowly learned to enjoy 5ks and worked his way up to half ironman distance triathlons. He has been a pacer since 2011 up and down the coast of California. He thinks that helping other racers achieve their goals whether it is their first race or trying to PR is very rewarding and satisfying. Until then he would love to get his fast twitch muscles firing again training in sunny Santa Barbara. Gabe has been a pacer for the Mountains to Beach event since 2015 and excited to make this a fun event for all the racers this year by telling really cheesy jokes.

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Bear Caudillo

Bear is all about the PR. If PR means “Party Run”. Whether he is singing or dancing on the course, Bear loves to encourage others around him. Bear used to weigh over 300 pounds but through running, he was able to shed 100 pounds! He has been running now for 8 years and has done Marathons, Half marathons and OCRs. Bear’s motto is “Running is just dancing forward”. Put your dancing shoes on if you plan on running with Bear.

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2:30

Paul Newberry

I first started to run in 2005, because I wanted to compete in a triathlon. I joined the local Santa Clarita running group and over time started to get faster and developed the endurance to eventually complete a marathon. I have paced the 2:30 half marathon group at Santa Clarita for the last 5 years I run a steady pace, walk through the aid stations and plan to come in with gun time of 2:29. My half marathon PR is 1:59 at Santa Clarita My favorite endurance events, besides running half marathons are triathlons. I have completed 7 marathons , 15 Malibu triathlons , the Santa Barbara Long Course and a number of Olympic Distance triathlons. One of my favorite adventures was to cross the Grand Canyon from Rim to Rim in one day. I love running in the cool and mild California winters when I can get long training runs and love to take part in the California International Marathon and Los Angeles Marathon. I really enjoy meeting other runners and help the group that runs with me achieve their goals for the event.

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