Pacer Charlene

Where are you from?

Born in Long Island NY, raised in Orlando

Current P.R.

3:31 full 1:38 half

Typical pace

8:20 marathon, 7:30 half, 6:35 5k

Number of marathons




Favorite marathon



Spending time with my horse, traveling and running

Favorite Running Food

Pasta and grilled Salmon

What are you reading now?

Knowing your Value by Mika Brzezinski

Who do you train with?

I race with Team Track Shack, do speed work with Track Shack five and dime and run with a group of awesome runners from Orlando Runners club, the Downtown Orlando Y group and the Winter Park group 6/7 days a week

Personal goals

Break a 20 minute 5K, run Boston a few more times, do marathons in Berlin, Madrid, and Seoul,  surround myself with caring friends and family who make me laugh, and to live a healthy a happy life



A quotation you like…

“You can accomplish ANYTHING you put your mind to”


Why do you run?


It is mentally and physically therapeutic. It helps me balance my life. I like the feeling of accomplishment after a good workout. Lastly, I love to watch the sunrise during a morning run with my friends.

Describe your best marathon memory.


The first marathon I qualified for I was paced the last part by a good friend and coach, and had my wife run me in with flowers. One of the happiest moments of my life.  

Why do you pace?


 I like to give back to others. There is nothing more rewarding than helping others achieve their goals

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Engaging in conversation and learning about someone’s life story helps the miles pass and brings you closer to another person in the world. The greatest benefit of pacing is receiving a sweaty hug at the finish when I've helped someone achieve their goal. That smile and hug provides the best pacing experience

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I am fun, and will make you smile at least once during your race, guaranteed. I am encouraging. I came a very long way in my running only because of my dedication and I like to share that experience with others to motivate them so they too, can achieve their goals. If you run with me I will motivate you

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Be prepared to have a good time. Relax, it’s just a race and remember running is fun. When you have pain (which we all have at some point during a marathon), I’ll get you through mentally

Anything else you’d like to share?

 Running is largely a mental sport. If you have trained, just show up to the start line and trust your body

What philanthropic activities do you have?

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Crohns and Colitis Foundation



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