Meet the Pacers

Introducing the Fargo Mini Marathon Pacers of 2019!


Goal Time - 1:30

Nick's very first footrace was in 2005 at the Concordia Homecoming 5K. Since then he has run all of the typical race distances between one mile and marathon (some trail races too) with shoeboxes full of race bibs and finisher medals to prove it. While Nick doesn't have a favorite distance per se, he does like the challenge of the 10K – 10-mile distances. Most of all, he likes finishing any race where he gets to see his favorite support team, Katie (spouse) and Luca (son). In his first marathon, he was still new to the sport and didn’t know a single person in that race. He ran with a pace group that helped him feel connected with the other runners and less uncomfortable with all the unknowns and nervousness of the first ultra-distance race experience. As a pacer, he wants to help his fellow runners feel that sense of connection and empowerment as they challenge themselves toward their goal time.


Goal Time - 1:40

Steve Wagner has run 28 marathons, four ultramarathons and Rim to Rim to Rim at the Grand Canyon in April 2019. This fall, he is returning to the Chicago Marathon, where he ran a personal best of 3:15 last year. His favorite part of running is the community, positive energy at races and the daily pursuit of constant improvement. Steve's first 13.1-mile race was the 2007 Beardsley Half Marathon, and he's returned several times to the fall classic. One of his goals has been to serve as a pacer and help others attain their goals.


Goal Time - 1:50

Vicki lives Fargo with her husband and five kids. She started running to stay in shape for soccer and ran Grandma’s as her first marathon in 1997. She continued running because of how it challenges everyone on their own level but fell in love with the camaraderie developed within the running community. Since then she has run numerous events 5k through marathons and relay events. Her favorite training partner is her dog Sox who is eagerly up at 5 am every morning. Vicki enjoys encouraging others and helping them achieve their goals. Her marathon PR is 3:15 set in 2019 on the Fargo Marathon course. She has also run a 3:29 at the Beardsley Marathon and 3:31 at the Boston Marathon.


Goal Time - 2:00

10k and 10 mile, half marathon and full marathon - Lindsay has paced them all. While she loves the individual drive and dedication it takes for a person to train for a race, she enjoys the opportunity to pace and help runners achieve their goal on race day - ideally, with a smile on their face. She has run 11 marathons, including the Boston Marathon where she qualified with her personal best time of 3:30, and most recently, Grandma's Marathon, her first full marathon since welcoming her son last spring.


Goal Time - 2:10

JoEllen trains with the Fergus Falls Area Runners (FFAR), whom she considers her racing family. In addition to her passion for racing, she is also the mother to four young children under the age of 8 and a full-time Invasive Cardiologist at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls, MN.
JoEllen has run 18 marathons in the past 10 years including three Boston Marathons, two Chicago Marathons, and four Twin Cities Marathons. Her PR in the marathon distance is 3:36 which she achieved at Twin Cities 2016. She has also raced numerous half marathons, 10Ks, and 5ks over the past 10 years. Additionally, she has been competing in triathlons for the past five years including numerous Sprint and Olympic distances, three half Ironman distances, and two full distance Ironmans.


Goal Time - 2:20

Heather has run 30 half marathons, 30 marathons and 8 ultra-marathons. Her most memorable racing experience was completing the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World with her twin sister. Running has provided her the opportunity to travel and meet amazing people. She particularly enjoys distance running -- the perseverance it takes to stick to lengthy training plans and the sense of victory in crossing the finish line on race day. Heather likes to pace so she can help runners achieve their goals while having fun. Her running mantra came from a Nike ad, “It’s only crazy until you do it! Just do it!!”


Goal Time - 2:25

Lisa ran her first half marathon in 2007 just before her 40th birthday. She now has completed almost 40 half marathons and over 10 full marathons. Although the post-race celebrations are very fun, but she says the friends she has met through running and the memories made on her training runs or destination races are the reasons she keeps running.

Lisa plans to run at a steady pace and walk through the water stops. She looks forward to running with anyone who is needing some extra support or who can give a little support – which should cover just about every runner. Her motto is the more the merrier!


Goal Time - 2:45

Wendi is your 2:45 pacer! She has been running since 2010 and has completed 14 half marathons and 8 marathons. Currently she is training for the Blue Ox Marathon in Bemidji and is working on a plan to achieve her marathon PR at Grandma's the year she turns 50! She has been a pace group leader for several half marathons including Fargo, Wild Hog, GoFar Woman, the Fargo Mini, and the Get Lucky 21K. Even though lots of runners have already gone home by the time she crosses the finish line, she loves pacing because there is always at least one runner who says, ``I could not have done this without you!`` and that gives her great joy.