The 2020 SHE Power Indianapolis Half Marathon Pacer Team details to be announced.
The 2019 SHE Power Indianapolis Half Marathon Pacer Team:
Lauren Lai 1:55
Lauren ran her first half marathon in 2011 at the suggestion of a friend. It was painful. In 2014, she got back on the wagon and trained hard for her next half, taking 45 minutes off of her previous time. This time, the running bug stuck. Since then, she’s run 6 more half marathons, one full marathon, and one 50-mile ultra. She loves the Indy running community and is looking forward to running with some dedicated ladies at the SHE Power half to make sure they meet their goals!
Maria Schafer 1:55
Hi there! My name is Maria, and I’m one of your pacers! I started running cross country in late middle school, fell away during high school but came back to it during college and have stuck with it ever since! I’ve run several races, and my long term goal is to run a half and a full marathon in every state! Also on my bucket list is to complete a 100- mile ultramarathon! One of my guilty pleasures is having a very large, meaty, messy cheeseburger after each race. I enjoy any type of athletic activity and am always excited to try something new and meeting phenomenal people along the way. The thrill of a race and the adrenaline of the crowds always brings an extra jolt of excitement on race day!! I am so excited to meet all of you, and I’m very excited to be one of your 1:55 pacers!
Brittany Ignas 2:00
Brittany is a Midwest gal from Indianapolis, IN. She grew up dancing all through her youth and continued professionally for 5 years throughout college and in New York City. She attended Indiana University where she graduated with honors and was on the Dean’s List, receiving her B.S. in Kinesiology with concentrations in dance and fitness. While completing her undergraduate degree she received additional certifications with Stott Pilates and Yoga Alliance.
Her love for teaching group fitness classes began back in college when her mother was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. She turned to yoga and fitness as a form of stress release and began teaching classes at a recreational center.
Post graduation, Brittany moved to NYC to continue dancing but soon discovered she preferred her new passion for teaching fitness. She has taught all variations of fitness from yoga, barre, Pilates, cycling, dance, Bootcamp, strength training, personal training and more. Not only is she a yogi, but also an athlete having running half marathons and 2 full marathons. In 2017, she moved to Austin,TX to become the studio manager and an instructor at Dancers Shape. She recently relocated back to Indianapolis to be closer to family again, and continue her growth of business, teaching and being an athlete in her home state. She currently is the manager at the National Institute for Fitness and Sports in downtown Indianapolis, teaches a variety of group fitness classes, is the yoga trainer for the IUPUI athletes, teaches yoga at conferences, is planning on continuing her education on the nutrition side of health, and is excited for where this next path of her journey is going to take her. When Brittany is not teaching you can catch her exploring the outdoors, running, or leading yoga retreats in other countries. She is excited to bring her passion for helping others achieve goals out as a pacer.
Yanina Rowley 2:00
My name is Yanina Rowley from Ponce, Puerto Rico. I have been running since I was very young in my school cross country and track and field teams. I joined a running club in the county I lived in and started running 10K around the island on a weekly basis when I was around 14 years old. My love for distance grew each year and through my adult life I have maintained the love for running by being in multiple running groups and teams. I have lead several running groups and have been an active participant in my community through my running. I have been pacing for 3 years in the distance of 10 miles, 15K and half marathon. I have run races all over this country and abroad throughout the years and do not see that stopping. I currently am a Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Army with 14 years of service and I am happily married for 6 years with 4 children including a set of identical twins. I also have 2 dogs that I treat as children.
Mandi Fagan 2:10
As a 40-something year old mother of two highly energetic kids ages 5 & 7, you bet Mandi literally runs away from the house every week (thanks to her husband who takes over)! Mandi enjoys staying active while hiking and rock climbing with her family, in addition to running and competing in triathlons during the summer months.
After spending several years working in the financial services industry, she became a stay at home mom, primarily. In addition, Mandi has enjoyed being a part of the team at Endurance House over the last three years, a local triathlon shop in Zionsville, a couple days per week.
Her favorite events of the past include Ragnar Relays, 131 trail races and her first 70.3 last year. Nothing is impossible, as long as you have confidence in yourself, first, and a supportive partner and running friends.
Sara Fischbach 2:10
My name is Sara Fischbach and I’ve been running consistently since early 2014. I ran my 1st marathon in November 2014. I have ran a total of 8 marathons and 1 50k, as well as 20+ half marathons and counting. I started pacing races in 2017. I live in Ohio and I am a cat lover. I also enjoy shopping and writing in my spare time.
Devon Dean 2:20
I ran my first 5K at Fort Benjamin Harrison after becoming a member of the Naptown Roller Derby in 2013. My passion for running took a tragic turn when I lost my Dad to cancer while training for my first-ever half marathon in 2016. When I run, it’s for him. A marketing copywriter by day, I also am a student at Chris Howe Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Zionsville and co-host a weekly radio show on WITT/91.9 FM. I’m looking forward to motivating you towards your 2:30 goal as a She Power pacer in 2019!
Darcey Noirot 2:20
Hello! I am Darcey. I work full time, have a wonderful running husband, 2 daughters and 2 pups. I ran my first half marathon in 2010. This began when my mother-in-law called me Nov 2009 and said, I just signed you up for the Indy Mini, don’t waste my money! I knew I had to start training! I have since completed 29 half marathons, making the SHE half my 30th!
I have also completed one full marathon, along with many 5ks and 10ks. This is my 2nd time pacing, both times have been for the SHE power! I spent most of my running days chasing the elusive sub-2, and have just recently accomplished that!! I love running, working out and encouraging others to join me in this journey. I am excited to be returning to pace for this incredible race for a 2nd year in a row!!!
Danielle Shively 2:30
Hello, I’m Danielle- A wife and mother of two. My full time job is being a Domestic Engineer to keep my family happy. I was a high school athlete and past group fit instructor. I found my love of running in 2015 when I challenged myself to run my first half marathon. Since my start I have completed multiple half marathons, one full marathon, several 5k’s, and many other distances in between. You can find me always outdoors taking in what Mother Nature has to offer not only running, but also hiking, biking, kayaking and camping. Nothing brings me more joy than to help inspire others to do something they never felt was possible and seeing them achieve their accomplishments. I am looking forward to this new opportunity to be a pacer for the SHE POWER Half Marathon and hope to be able to help share in tears of joy with many who Believed She Could and She Did!
Tori Schuh 2:30
Tori and her husband Cam, together with their three boys (Wesley (14), Mason (11) & Hudson (2 1/2) reside in Fishers. She is active in her community and serves as the VP of Marketing for the Fishers Running Club. She calls running her “me time” and what started as a mile of “me time” has turned into one of her greatest passions. Tori loves seeing others achieve their goals and is a constant cheerleader of those around her. She has run two full marathons and too many half marathons to count. Tori is currently in training for the 2019 Dopey Challenge in Walt Disney World (A 5k, 10K, Half and Full on four consecutive days!). When she is not hitting the pavement or doing the mom thing, Tori enjoys working with children, spending time with family & friends, trying out new restaurants and searching for the perfect wine. She believes you rise by lifting others and strives to live that out each and every day.
Christina Grisby 2:40
Hello! I’m Christina! I live in Indianapolis with my husband who also runs as well and our favorite kid, Dexter the dachshund, and our only grand-kids….grand-fur kids, Alfie and Rockie. We are also empty-nesters as a result of 3 adult children. I started running in 2006 in an attempt to lose the “baby” weight from my then last born…..nine years prior.
I registered for my first race ever, the 2007 Indy Mini, to stay motivated. I have since ran more than 65 half marathons, 4 full marathons and too many different distance races from the 5k and up to count. I love being involved with the local running community and I hope to motivate others and to inspire other women as they do me. For that reason, I found the local women’s only running group here in Indy, Ladies Running Indy and I am also the Indianapolis chapter leader of Mom Runs This Town/She Runs This Town, both groups that welcome all women of all paces. I am excited to be pacing She Power’s 2:40 group and I hope to help you reach your race goals!
Kitti Drake 2:40
I ran my first half marathon in 1998, then life happened, and I didn’t run my 2nd half until 4 years later in 2002. After that I was hooked! I’ve run 32 halves, 2 full marathons, 1 Ragnar Relay and numerous 5K’s and 10k’s. I’ve also been a pace leader for a local spring half marathon training program for the last five years. For me running is a way to stay in shape and fight age. I loved running She Power last year because we got great tanks and medals and the course takes us right by my house, so it was fun seeing my husband and several of my neighbors out cheering us on. I am super excited to be pacing the 2:40 group again this year!
Rebecca Domeck 2:50
I’m Rebecca and I am excited to be one of your pacers this year. I ran some in my 20s, took my 30s off and picked up running again at age 40. I have boy girl twins who will be 11 in 2019, and I work full time. A few friends really encouraged me to start doing fun runs and I was really looking for ways to get in shape and lose weight and running has really helped me with these goals. In 2017, a co-worker and friend challenged me to run a half with her out of town. We had invested a lot of money to travel so that gave me the incentive I needed to ensure I was up to the challenge and train well. I didn’t really know what would happen after that, but it turned out I enjoy running and managed several halfs and a full marathon that year. I like challenging myself to do new things so I have started running more trails and participating in triathlons as well which is definitely taking me out of my comfort zone. Running with others always makes the run more enjoyable to me. SHE Power is a great race with lots of support and I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey!
Rickie Baullosa 2:50
My given name is Patricia (Baullosa), but my friends and family call me Rickie. I’m married to my soul mate, Abe who also helps to support my running addiction. ☺ I am a mother of a beautiful, spirited 16 year old daughter (Alexis), and a step-mom to 2 handsome, driven boys 20 (Alec) and 21 (Abraham). I’m also a full time corporate accountant for a local plastics manufacturer in Indianapolis. I started running in the fall of 2014 after my daughter joined the cross country team and wanted me to train with her. I had always wanted to try running and so my journey began. I ran solo for the first year and finally signed up for my first 5k with one of my sons the next year. I struggled through the 3 miles but kept on going with a lot of walk breaks but was able to finish. I found a local moms running chapter in Carmel to do a virtual 10k with. I enjoyed running with them but it was so far from home that I knew I wouldn’t be able to join them often because of the drive and my availability with working full time. I did some research on how to start my own group and the MRTT Brownsburg/Avon chapter was born. I met a few women at a Runner’s Forum group run one night and invited them to the FB group. We started running together one night a week. Word of mouth traveled and now there are over 200 women in the group. I’ve since had to give up being the chapter leader because my work travel schedule got a little hectic for a year, but I am so happy I was able to get the group off the ground. Through it I have made some awesome friends and continue to meet new people to run with. Running has changed my life in many ways, one of which it has shown me I’m both stronger physically and mentally that I had ever thought possible. That’s one of the reasons I love the She Power race so much because it’s centered on and around STRONG women. I’ve ran 12 half marathons, over 20 5ks and several 10ks in the past 3 years. I hope to be able to stay healthy and run into my 70s. I’m excited to be a pacer and look forward to helping others with their goal to finish the race!
Melissa Freeman 3:00
Hello! I’m Melissa and I am looking forward to pacing the SHE half! I finished my first half marathon about 2 years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve ran nine half marathons, numerous 10Ks and 5Ks, and I’ll be running my first full marathon this October in Chicago! In addition to pacing the SHE half, I’m also an ambassador for the Drumstick Dash, OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon, and a BibRave Pro.
MacKenzie Johnson 3:00
Hello, I’m Mackenzie- a dog mom, a teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities, and a law student. I’ve been participating in races since moving to the Indianapolis area four years ago, but have been running since high school. I’ve ran numerous 5ks, 10k, and half marathons. This past year I have PR’d in the 5k, 10k, and half marathon distances. I am so excited to be pacing the 3:00 group!