Pacer Dan

Where are you from?

Mechanicsburg, PA

Current P.R.


Typical pace

8:00 min / mile

Number of marathons



Systems Engineer

Favorite marathon

Lake Placid, NY


Aviation – Private Pilot / Building an airplane

Favorite Running Food

Peanut Butter / Banana’s

What are you reading now?

Run to Overcome – Meb Keflezighi

Who do you train with?

When outside – anyone running along the Susquehanna River.

When inside – anyone running on the YMCA track.

Personal goals

Run a sub 3 hour marathon

Finish building my Van’s RV-7A kit airplane

Fly my RV-7A to run a second circuit of the 50 states

A quotation you like…

Regina Brett – “When in doubt, take the next step”


Why do you run?


Running is my time to think, relax and enjoy nature while staying in shape.

Describe your best marathon memory.


In June, 2012 I ran the Lake Placid, NY marathon. I remember charging up the final hill that led to the outdoor Olympic speed skating oval in front of the high school. As I ran around the oval to the finish I saw my Dad sitting alone and above everyone else at the top of the concrete steps that led up another hill from the oval to the front door of the high school cheering me on to the finish. He passed away three months later and I will always remember the blessing of having him there with me at that particular finish line, and the blessing it was for me to be with him later at his finish line. I love you, Dad!

Why do you pace?


Now that I have finished running the 50 states, pacing is a great way for me to give back. So many other pacers helped me along my own journey, I am grateful to be able to now pass it forward.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


I have enjoyed every one of my pacing experiences but I think my favorite was Harrisburg, 2015. It was fun pacing at my home marathon on a new course with a wonderful group of runners on a gorgeous fall day.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I will do my very best to motivate and encourage each member of the group to successfully reach our goal. I enjoy meeting other runners, having fun, and listening to the group share experiences that help the miles float by.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Relax, smile and enjoy the whole experience – the other runners, the volunteers, the spectators, the course, the weather, everything! Trust in your training. I will worry about the clock, not going out too fast, running the tangents through the curves, not charging the uphill’s, letting gravity do the work for us on the downhill’s, and slowing through aid stations so everyone can hydrate so we can successfully reach our goal together!

Anything else you’d like to share?


Stay positive and have fun! Blink and it will be over.

What philanthropic activities do you have?

Pacing. I also hope to become a Wingman for Athletes Serving Athletes this year.


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