Pacer Christen 


Pittsburgh, PA


Current P.R.


Where were you born?

Erie, PA


Number of marathons





Favorite marathon

New York City Marathon, where I qualified for Boston and PR’d on a crowded course.

Typical pace

10 – 11 minute miles


Favorite running music

Definitely The 80’s !!!




Favorite running food

Bananas and Bagels

Any hobbies?

Weight-training, learning new recipies,

Road biking


Who do you train with?

Running friends in Pittsburgh and Erie


A quotation you like…

“It is a small world and you must be nice to everyone you meet” - quote from a fellow friend/runner






Why do you run?

To stay fit and for the social aspect and it is also “my time” in the day, no interruptions.  I love to stargaze &/or watch the sunrise during my early morning runs.


Describe your best marathon memory.

PR’ing at the Wineglass marathon! The start line of the NYC marathon was also a thrill - hearing Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” blast through the loudspeakers as the marathon began gave me goosebumps


Why do you pace?

It gives me personal satisfaction to help others achieve their goals, and the opportunity to travel out of town and experience new venues


Tell us your best pacing experience.

Pittsburgh Marathon 2009, where I helped several people complete their first marathon AND came within 3 seconds of a perfect finish.


Why should someone run in your pace group?

We will have plenty of conversation which will make the miles pass more quickly.  I will lock in the pace early on and take that burden off of you, and get you to the finish line on time.  We work together - - there is strength in numbers!   


Any tips for runners about to join your group?

Don’t be shy, jump in and introduce yourself.


Anything else you'd like to share?

I am proud to be an inspiration to my daughters, both of whom became cross country junkies in 7th grade, and continued their running habits into high school and beyond. I signed up for my first marathon after being persuaded over lots of wine at a wedding at 40…remember, age is just a number! 


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