Pacer Geoff

Where are you from?

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Current P.R.


Typical pace


Number of marathons



Retired/Transitioning Military

Favorite marathon

Salt Lake City



Favorite Running Food


What are you reading now?

Blood of Tyrants, Logan Beirne

Who do you train with?

Mostly me (sanity time)

Personal goals

Secure next employment, complete PMP Cert



A quotation you like…

“What does not benefit the hive is no benefit to the bee.” – Marcus Aurelius


Why do you run?


Challenge myself, stay fit, absorb the solitude of solo training runs, and help others to improve.

Describe your best marathon memory.


Realizing at mile 16 I had caught the lead female, and then pushing her well below her 3:20 PR goal. We both PR’d that day!

Why do you pace?


I like talking with runners who are entering uncharted territory with new goals, sharing tips on everything … nutrition, training plans, shoes, life struggles and fitness challenges. Everyone has a story, and just being able to tell it to someone who’ll listen is liberating!

Tell us your best pacing experience.


The most recent event, 20th Air Force Marathon (half) … the one young man who stuck with me the entire distance truly put everything he had into the race. He hit his goal with a flood of emotion. That’s what the pacer role is all about in my view.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


Because I’m carrying the sign with a goal they haven’t yet achieved and I will get them to the finish with the utmost confidence.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Relax! Nothing drains physical energy and endurance more than unnecessary emotional turmoil. My jokes are horrible, so be prepared to share some of your own.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Due to 29 years in the military, I speak with a lot of acronyms and technical jargon. Please, don’t hesitate to ask for English translation.


What philanthropic activities do you have?

I’ve been active as a project sponsor and volunteer in a wide variety of organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Team Red White and Blue, AM 300, Wounded Warrior Project, to name just a few.



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