Are you interested in running a specific time or perhaps a personal best in
the half marathon? Plan ahead to have our pace team help you reach your goal. We
will have pacers for the following Half Marathon finish times:1:30; 1:35; 1:40;
1:45; 1:50; 1:55; 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15; 2:45; 3:00; and 3:15.
We wish you the best of luck in achieving your finish time goal!
Goal Finish Time
My name is Karen Thernka. I have the great
honor of being the 2:00 hour pacer for the Urban Cow
Half Marathon!! I am thrilled to have this
opportunity and to share my love of running with others.
Just a little fun & personal facts about me:
As a child, I would run around everywhere…inside,
outside, grocery stores, church, etc. Yep, in the
blood from early childhood. I always wanted to run
a marathon. I fulfilled this goal when I joined
Team in Training in 2001 and ran the California
International Marathon. When I crossed that
marathon line, I was addicted and couldn’t wait to
sign-up for the next adventure!
Since 2001, I have run 15 half marathons and 45
marathons (including 5 Boston Marathons).
Additionally, I have grown a love for trail running.
I have completed approximately 35 ultra-marathons on
trails (distance over 26.2 miles). I am
happy and crazy enough to say that 4 of those events
were 100 mile distances. I love Tahoe and have
completed the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 miler 3 times. I
hope to run it again!!
I feel I was “Born to Run” as I just had a love for it
since I can remember. My strength, motivation, and
inspiration comes from those who I run “in honor of” and
“memory of.” I have lost friends to cancer and I feel
their spirits with me when I am running events.
Additionally, I am the proud mom of a child with special
needs. My daughter, Olivia, almost did not survive her
1st year of life due to her disabilities.
However, Olivia is a very strong, feisty and courageous
little girl. She is 6 years old now. I remember her
courageous nature on all my running journeys.