Pacer Chris

Where are you from?

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Current P.R.


Typical pace

8:00 – 9:00

Number of marathons



National Program Director, Galloway Training

Favorite marathon

26.2 with Donna


Running, swimming, cycling, guitar

Favorite Running Food

Powerbar Energy Blasts

What are you reading now?

SPARK, by John J Ratey

Who do you train with?

Jacksonville Galloway

Personal goals

A sub-20 hour 100 miler



A quotation you like…

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

 - TS Eliot

Why do you run?


Running releases chemicals in our brain that help us think, relax, and understand the world. Also, I need to keep up with my kids.

Describe your best marathon memory.


Last year I ran the Athens Marathon in Greece with my father. At 70 years old, he was completing his first marathon. It was an amazing honor to run with my father, the greatest man I know, and finish on the course of the original marathon.

Why do you pace?


I love helping others achieve their running goals. I have benefitted from sticking with pacers to reach my own goals, including qualifying for Boston. Pacing is the least I can do to give back to the sport.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


In 2001 I paced the 4:00 group at the Marine Corps Marathon. This was just weeks after 9/11. All the excitement and chatter of the early miles faded to silence as we ran past the Pentagon. That day reminded us all how lucky we are to live in a free country. I was honored to be a part of the event that day as a pacer.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


Staying with a pace group takes away the stress of worrying when to take walk breaks (Galloway) and how to stay on pace. Stick with a pace group, and you can relax and enjoy the run. I have never failed to bring a group in on time.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Bring a joke and a good story so share. If you can’t carry on a conversation during a marathon, you’re going too fast. If you want to push hard, save it for the final miles.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Even if you have never tried Jeff Galloway’s run/walk/run method, it is safe to try on race day because it is a more conservative approach than running straight through. If you feel great at mile 20, pick up the pace and run on it. That’s way better than hitting the wall and being forced to walk the whole last couple of miles.

What philanthropic activities do you have?

I am on the board of 26.2 with Donna, the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer. I am also on the board of Marathon High, an organization that trains high school students to run their first half-marathon, increasing their self-esteem and physical fitness, two areas in which today’s students are too often deficient.


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