bg26.2 and Half Marathon & bg6000

Sat November 4 - Sun November 5, 2023 Bowling Green, KY 42101 US

Pacer Team

Cort Basham

3:30 Lead Pacer

Cort has completed 25 marathons and ultras including 12 sub-3:00 efforts. He started running in 2001 after post-college life made his life-long habit of one-to-two hours of full-court basketball per day pretty difficult! He picked up running and fell in love with it. He set his marathon PR in the 2017 Louisiana Marathon in 2:49.33. While running brings him a lot of joy, perhaps the most enjoyable part of running for Cort comes through sharing it with kids. He is the assistant cross country coach at Bowling Green High/Junior High and previously helped develop run clubs at various schools in the city.


Matt Idlet

3:30 Lead Pacer

Matt picked up running after his WKU baseball playing days were over in 1999. He has run 14 marathons, many shorter distance races and multiple ultra Marathons. Matt has run 9 Boston Marathon Qualifying times and his PR was 3:06 at the the 2015 Boston Marathon. This will be his 2nd time pacing the BG26.2!


Travis Martin

3:45 Lead Pacer

Travis began running in High School and ran his first marathon in 1992 in 3:08 (Rocket City Marathon).  Since then, he has participated in various distance races including, full and half marathons, 5 and 10k events, as well as numerous trail and road relays.   Travis participated in the 2022 Boston Marathon finishing under 3:08.  Travis paces other marathons and events and excited to participate as a pacer during this year’s BG 26.2.

Billy Byrne

4:00 Lead Pacer

After watching his little sister complete a marathon, Billy was hooked.  He signed up for the first marathon he could find, running the Indianapolis Marathon in (3:48:00) in 2012.  To date Billy has completed 12 marathons.  Marathons include:  Kentucky Derby four times, Indianapolis marathon once, Indianapolis Monumental Marathon five times, Chicago Marathon once, and Last chance BQ.2. His ultimate running goal was to qualify for Boston which he accomplished in 2019 at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon; running a 3:06:53 

Billy loves to inspire all runners to get out there and simply “embrace” everything about running.  In his own words, “Running is all about pushing our physical capabilities to the limits to run 26.2 miles consecutively however, I am a firm believer that we should have fun doing it!  A run is always more enjoyable when you have an entire pack of runners doing what they love.”

Billy is married to his beautiful wife Kathryn and they have four children.  You can often find him and his family hiking on trails or attending weekend long running events with their camper loaded down and their children ready to run a race with Daddy.  

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