10:00 Minute Pacer Leaders

Mel Blackmer

Running over the years has become a way of life for me. It helps me to be a better wife, mother and overall better person. It’s my “me” time and as a mother you rarely get those moments. I picked up running to get in shape and to set a positive example for my girls. I fell in love with the sense of accomplishment that came with pushing my body to do things that I once thought was impossible. It’s amazing what your body and mind can do!

That past five years I’ve been able to be a pacer for the Fifth Third River Bank Run 25K run and it’s such a privilege to be able to encourage fellow runners to cross the finish line!

Arya Jayatilaka

I have completed 10 marathons and about 70 HMs. For last 6 years, I have volunteered as a pacer for about 25 half marathons. I enjoy volunteering as a pacer it is a rewarding experience and another way to give back to the running community. I look forward to the opportunity to pacing River Bank Run 25K. Thank you.

Leslie Kelpsch

I've been running for as long as I can remember! I've had the opportunity to race and to pace, my favorite however, it to pace. I LOVE being able to help runners reach their goals. Whether this race is their 1st, 2nd, or 15th, the feeling is so indescribable. I look forward to being a part of this wondering team for 2019!


Ryan Wasson

I started running about 5 years ago on a bet/challenge with my sister, who knew it would turn into a passion/obsession of mine! I love pacing, hearing all the inspiring stories of fellow runners, and getting to watch people achieve there own goals and PR's while running with us. Last summer, I accomplished my longest distance ever, a 50 mile trail Ultra. This fall, I get to attempt the Barclay Fall Classic in Frozen Head state park, Tennessee! I can't wait to see you all on race day.