Pacer Dena 




Current P.R.


Where were you born?



Number of marathons



May 31


Favorite marathon

Boston because its “the Boston Marathon” and Cincinnati because I PR’d to get to Boston

Typical pace



Favorite running music

Anything with a good beat


Health and Life Benefits Specialist


Favorite running food

Anything but gels.

Any hobbies?

Instructing fitness classes at Oxford Athletic Club


Who do you train with?

My “other family”  A great group of runners from North Park.  I spend more time with them then my own family.  But, it is at 4:45 a.m. so no guilt there.

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Fav. Is 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People. Now reading Chi Running,


A quotation you like…

Two words……”I Can”  (more like a mantra)

Personal goals

To maintain a good balance with running, work and mother/wife dutiesJ






Why do you run?


Because I can…and I recognize that and appreciate it everyday.  I am very thankful that I have been blessed with good health.


Describe your best marathon memory.


The camaraderie  that comes along with running and training with friends is amazing.  My best memories is when two fellow runners gave up their race to run with me and ensure I would achieve my goal of qualifying for Boston.  They made a Dena “sandwich” and brought me home…PR yeah!


Why do you pace?


I have been a fitness instructor for 22 years.  I love to help people feel better about themselves.  I know how much fitness had done for me and I want to pass it on. 





Why should someone run in your pace group?


  I maintain many certifications in the fitness industry.  These certifications with hands on experience of leading many classes in 22 years has taught me to be a great motivator and leader.


Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Love to have you.  It going to be a great day!!


Anything else you’d like to share?

There will be good races and races that aren’t so good. We all have them.  Learn from the experience and keep coming back.


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