Pacer Al B.



St. Louis


Current P.R.


Where were you born?

Newark, NJ


Number of marathons

15, including 3 Ironman and 1 trail Ultra


January 3


Favorite marathon

50K Endurance Challenge in Wisconsin, which allowed me to run the trails I cross-country skied many years before.  Not to mention the Birkebeiner ski marathon in Wisconsin.

Typical pace



Favorite running music

That of the wildlife around me


Consulting Engineer


Favorite running food

Pizza/beer, that culinary marriage made in heaven

Any hobbies?

Swim, bike, run, adventure race and golf, the latter for when I need a break from training.


Who do you train with?

Mainly my triathlon buddies.  Member of Team 180 runners sponsored by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Younger Next Year, which my good friend Phil recommended.  Must read for 50-somethings.


A quotation you like…

Pain is temporary . . . Glory is forever.

Personal goals

Next would be a 50-mile trail run






Why do you run?


Trying to keep Father Time at bay, for fitness, for fun, and because the finest people are out there with me!


Describe your best marathon memory.


2008 Boston with training partner Annette.  We missed 2007 qualifying in St. Louis by a couple minutes, so later went to Indi, qualified with a minute to spare, ran Boston together and re-qualified with a minute to spare.  Talk about dialing it in!


Why do you pace?


This will be a first for me, so I’ll thank Pacer Rich in advance for that.  I coached over 500 sporting events for my kids over a span of 15 years, so I have always enjoyed helping others through the “thrill of victory and agony of defeat”!


Tell us your best pacing experience.




Why should someone run in your pace group?


I just celebrated 30th anniversary of my first marathon, so I’ve cataloged a long list of stories and tips on training, overcoming aches/pains, equipment and assorted useless trivia .  But I also love to hear the same from others.  Chatting makes the miles fly by.


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