Pacer Derick

Where are you from?

Lisle, IL

Current P.R.


Typical pace


Number of marathons



Software Engineer

Favorite marathon



Running, Golf, Video Games, watching the Blackhawks

Favorite Running Food

Chocolate milk and pancakes

What are you reading now?

I burned all my books after reading Fahrenheit 451.

Who do you train with?

Dick Pond Fast Track

Personal goals

Still trying to break 5:00 mile



A quotation you like…

There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people. –Bill Bowerman

You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming. –Frank Shorter

Why do you run?


Because all the hockey leagues around me play between 11pm and 1am on weekdays and I need my beauty sleep.

Describe your best marathon memory.


Milwaukee. My dad rode his bike along course stopping every couple of miles to cheer for me. Then when crossing the finish line I made the mistake of putting my hands on my knees and the volunteers hauled me off to the med tent.

Why do you pace?


It has always been a fun and rewarding experience. Whether as an official pacer or just for a friend, it is a great feeling to help someone achieve a PR.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon 2011. It was cold, windy and raining, but my fellow pacer and I had a lot of fun with our group. The last 2 miles were into the wind so we had everyone get single-file behind me to draft.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


It is always easier to run with a group than by yourself, especially if the group is tracking the pace for you. Also, I struggled with the marathon for a long time, so I have plenty of stories of the stupid things I have done (and continue to do)  to keep you entertained.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


You will always be better off starting conservatively in the marathon. There is no such thing as “banking time”.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I became a Marathon Maniac after a marathon I registered for was cancelled and rescheduled the weekend before my next one. A combination of stubbornness and stupidity led me to opt not to defer to the next year and run them both.





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