Pacer Darlene at Soldier Marathon
Pacer Darlene

Where are you from?

Middleburg, VA

Current P.R.


Typical pace


Number of marathons



Telecommunications/ Sr. Technical Project Manager

Favorite marathon

Marathon de Paris



Favorite Running Food


What are you reading now?

How To Train

Who do you train with?

Black Girls RUN!

Personal goals

Complete a 100km, 100 miler, BQ and run Boston, and a Olympic Tri



A quotation you like…


Never Give Up!

Why do you run?


I run for my health. I run because it’s my “me” time. I’m able to disassociate from everything that’s going on around me. I am able to meditate and communicate with God.

Describe your best marathon memory.


My best marathon experience was running in the Marathon de Paris. It was my first international race and I PR’d!!!

Why do you pace?


I pace to give back to the running community.  It’s not easy running a marathon; so being able to coach and lead others to the finish line is very rewarding. I love helping others achieve their goals and dreams.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


My best pacing experience was at 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. We had a lot of first-time marathoners running with our Pace Team. The energy level was high and the crowd support was strong!!! Several of the runners that I knew personally ran sub 5 hrs times.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


My friends call me Miles of Smiles because of my positive and upbeat attitude on the pavement. In addition, I trained many women to complete their first half and/or full marathon.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Start out slow and find your rhythm. Hydrate and fuel throughout the race even if you don’t feel/ think you need it.

Anything else you’d like to share?

While I’m not pounding the pavement or being an ambassador of all things running. I’m busy being a Mommy to my 4 year our daughter, Morgan.


What philanthropic activities do you have?

Ambassador of Black Girls Run! Atlanta, Grassroot Ambassador of Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah, Ragnar Ambassador, and former Ambassador for Zooma Women’s Race Series.



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