With the guidance of RRCA Running Coach and founder of ForWord Running, Linda Word, we provide ten Pace Team Leaders for our Half-Marathon through Lexington's Thoroughbred Farms; two each for our most popular Finish Times of 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30 and 2:45. Each will be at our Race Expo, Thursday and Friday, March 30th and 31st, to answer your questions and help you any way they can!
Our Legendary Pace Crew!
Kyle Brumbaugh (1:45)
Known as “Broomy” by fellow runners. Kyle has been running for over 25 years. He enjoys anything a good runner would enjoy, bourbon, beer, and pretty much any food you set in front of him. He finished 3rd place overall in the 2015 RuntheBluegrass Half last year and is coming back as a pacer in his 5th year running the event. He is quite proud of making it to this milestone in this fantastic events history and looks forward to capping that off with helping you reach your goals during the race. Kyle will be running in the Boston Marathon this year for his 4th time and his PR still remains the 2013 Boston Marathon where he ran 2:51:51.
Tim Tharpe (1:45)
Tim started running in 2008 with a goal to run the famous Black Cat Chase 5K in Frankfort, KY the following year. He worked until he got in 5K shape, met his goal by completing the Black Cat, and then continued to run 5K races for a few years until he developed a craving for something different. In 2013, on the advice and support of his coworkers, Tim entered the RunTheBluegrass Half Marathon. This would be the furthest he had ever run in his life, but it would mark a change in Tim’s running mentality from that point on. Tim completed the race in 1:38 and fell in love with the half marathon distance. Since that race, Tim has run 11 half marathons, setting a PR of 1:23 in the Derby Half Marathon in the spring of 2016. He also recently completed his first full marathon in the fall of 2016 earning a Boston Marathon qualifying time. Tim is a two-time pacer for RunTheBluegrass and has logged countless miles on the course. The most rewarding thing for Tim is having the opportunity to help others achieve the running goals that they think may be out of reach. Come run with Tim and set your next PR in one of the prettiest half marathons in the country!
Greg Lowe (2:00)
Greg started running in 2008 after realizing he was tired of being tired and that he was not the person he felt he was supposed to be. After joining an organized run in support of Boston in 2013, he got to experience running with others in a relaxed setting - and although he is a very competitive person, at least with himself, he also enjoys running with others and giving them support and encouragement. After losing over 95 pounds and completing several races of varying distances and terrain including 3 marathons and several half marathons, he is looking forward to continuing his enjoyment of sharing his excitement and enthusiasm for running and meeting new friends while helping others complete their goals.
Becca Atkins (2:00)
Following in the running footsteps of Becca will be an adventure you won’t soon forget. Fun, encouraging and steady in her pace, Becca will help you achieve your running goal while enjoying every step of the way. Her passion is running, but she also has a love of craft beer. Just as brewers take their time to create the perfect brew, Becca has crafted her love of running by logging countless miles through the beautiful state of Kentucky. An avid runner since high school, Becca recently completed her tenth half marathon and is a 4 time finisher of RTB, where she set a PR of 1:44:23 in 2015. Becca looks forward to celebrating your PR achievement in the 2017 Run the Bluegrass!
Tricia Brill (2:15)
Tricia has run over a dozen half marathons and is currently training for her third and fourth marathon. She ran the Chicago Marathon in October for the LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation and plans to continue fundraising for this organization. Her half marathon PR is 1:48 minutes.
Catherine, pictured here, is Tricia's inspiration for all things in life. Their love story starts at Stewart Home & School five years ago and continued as Catherine honored Tricia by being her flower girl in her wedding two years ago. Catherine brings joy to all those around her and Tricia is continually inspired by her continued and unconditional love for everyone.
Mark Heyerly (2:15)
A Hoosier native now living in Northeastern Kentucky, Mark coms from a running family: himself, his dad and son all ran high school Cross Country, his son also running XC & Track for a D2 college in Charlotte, North Carolina. But after high school, Mark didn't run at all - except for what he had to during a brief time in the Indiana police academy - until he was closing in on 40 and a bad diet and sedentary lifestyle starting catching up with him. Six years later and nearly 100 pounds lighter, Mark is once again in love with the sport, and loves helping runners reach their goals. In 2016, he raced a half marathon each month, achieving a 1:48:37 PR.
Betsy Grewe (2:30)
Betsy is a Michigan farm girl transplanted to Frankfort several years ago. Her love of horses and search for a career brought her south but it was a return to running that enriched the move in ways she hadn’t considered. Her co-workers convinced her to start running with them her first weekend in Kentucky. After not running since high school, five miles seemed endless! Now with three marathons, eleven half marathons and numerous other races in the books, Betsy is still running strong! While her least favorite part of running is, well, the running; the feeling of accomplishment after just one mile, the sights she sees on course, and all the wonderful runners she meets along the way makes every step worth it. When post race recovery dictates more rest and less running, Betsy can be found in the kitchen baking up high caloric desserts for her future carb loading needs, or searching out new adventures with her beagle, Matilda.
Amber Boyd (2:30)
Amber is excited to be back for her second year of pacing RunTheBluegrass. This was her first half-marathon ever in 2012 and 2017 marks her sixth year running this race. When she is not running, Amber enjoys summers on the river, spending time with her husband, spoiling their furbabies (3 cats, 2 dogs and a horse), watching UK basketball as well as crafting. Amber is also an equestrian who will spend as much time at the barn and attending horse shows as possible. Since 2011, running has become a big part of her life and has since earned multiple race “bling” from several half-marathons, four Bourbon Chases and is currently training for her fourth marathon to be completed in May. Amber wants to help you set a new PR or achieve a personal goal to get your RTB “bling” one hill at a time.
You can usually see Amber with her favorite running buddy, Daisy (her and Brad's Texas Heeler that made her half debut in 2015's RunTheBluegrass), at the barn riding her beloved horse, Fiddler and living life on Instagram!
Kristie Allen (2:45)
thinks of herself as an accidental runner. She began walking with some friends as a social activity and 203 days later, she ran her first half-marathon at RunTheBluegrass 2014. She quickly found out that running is about so much more than running! She loves to encourage others to run their own race and celebrate their personal victory. You're a winner at the starting line! Kristie has completed eight half-marathon races and ran her first full in May 2015. If you want to see her light up with excitement, ask her about running the 2015 Bourbon Chase! She proudly runs in memory of Meg Menzies, a story you can read about here.
Kelly McKenzie (2:45)
Kelly ran her first race in 2008, the Black Cat Chase 5K in Frankfort, not knowing if she could even finish that. But she fell in love and has been running ever since. She has now raced several half marathons plus one full marathon. She likes the enjoyment of crossing the line and seeing others who are doing the best to finish also. Kelly is a two-time RTB Pacer and is looking forward to helping you reach your goals on April 1 at RunTheBluegrass 2017!
Linda Word (Pace Crew Captain)
RRCA Running Coach and Founder of ForWord Running in Frankfort, KY
Linda Word has considered herself a runner since 2008 when she made an extreme lifestyle change and quit smoking. Some friends invited her to go on a 5 mile run with them a few months later and she “caught the running bug”. Since that fateful day, she has run over 20 half marathons, countless 5K’s, 10K’s and is training for her 5th full marathon.
Her business, ForWord Running, was started in 2015 when she decided to take her enjoyment of running and share it with others as a coach. This will be her 5th RunTheBluegrass and her second year as pace captain. She participates in many races every year but the beauty of the course, the attention to detail and the gorgous medals all make RTB her favorite event to run.
Come join Linda during a training run or on a course tour during the expo! She will give you all the in’s and out’s of the course and her pacers will help you get through it, maybe with a new PR!