Pacer George at Space Coast Marathon

 

 

 

  Pacer George

Where are you from?

Orlando, FL

 

Current P.R.

2:17:24 all time; Recent = 3:14:21

Birthday

08/16

 

Number of marathons

24

Typical pace

7:00/mile

 

Favorite marathon

Jacksonville Bank Marathon

Occupation

Consultant, Christian Missionary

 

Favorite Running Food

PowerBar and PowerGel

Hobbies

Running, Hiking, Bird Watching

 

Who do you train with?

Orlando Galloway Runners group

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Duel in the Sun; Now I’m reading “My Life is Not My Own,” by Bill Bright

 

A quotation you like…

“Never do anything that someone else can and will do, when there is so much of importance to be done which others cannot or will not do.” Dawson Trotman

Personal goals

Place in the top 3 in my age group at a Masters National Championship road race.

 

 

 

 

 

Why do you run?

 

I run for fun, for fitness, and for health. Running makes me feel good and gives me more energy throughout the day.

 

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Boston Marathon 1982 is my best marathon memory. I had run a stupid race in 1981, going with the lead pack through the first 10 miles, running my 10 mile PR, no less, then hitting the wall at 11 miles, and struggling to finish with my PR of 2:17:24. In 1982 I wasn’t in quite as good shape, but ran smarter, taking it easy the first half, on a very hot day, then picking up the pace and passing 100 or more runners before the finish. I remember sprinting near the finish and seeing 5 more people within 50 yards in front of me, who I know I could have passed if I’d had another ¼ mile of space. Still, I was pretty happy with 15th place overall, and a 2:17:55 time, still my 2nd best marathon time.

 

Why do you pace?

 

I pace to help other runners achieve their goals, and I like to offer encouragement and advice to runners during the race if they want it. I’ve benefitted from pacers in the past, so I want to give back to the sport part of what I’ve received from it.

 

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

Jacksonville Bank 2010, I paced the 3:30 marathon group. It was my first pacing experience, but it was a blast! I started about 10 seconds too fast the first mile, but then settled into 8:00 minute miles like clockwork. I carried on occasional conversations with a few of the runners. We had about 30 runners in my group, and it was fun to help so many of them through the race.

 

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I keep a steady pace, I’m friendly, and will encourage runners if they start to struggle. With over 40 years of running, I have a lot of experience on which to draw.

 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Make sure to lube up with Glide or Vaseline in all the important spots (underarms, crotch, between the toes), wear band-aids over your nipples, and use “Scape” sunscreen if you are fair skinned like me. Don’t overeat the night before the race. But DO HYDRATE well.

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Start taking gels or other nutrition by 6 miles and drink fluids even if the weather is cold. And just expect the last 6 miles to hurt; it’s rare when they don’t.

 

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

As a Christian missionary, my work is very involved in philanthropy. The people I consult with in Asian countries are continually doing philanthropic relief work after disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and cyclones. Typically, they bring in initial food relief to places untouched by the UN or RedCross efforts, and  then they rebuild homes, bring in pure water systems, or other practical aid to help bring positive change to a community. The films we have dubbed into over 1,100 languages are used to literally transform lives and communities. The story of the historical Jesus is the most life-changing message available to human beings. Even impoverished people and forgotten people groups gain hope from Jesus’ teachings and life example, as they watch the movies and experience the philanthropy programs run by these local organizations. These local organizations are the real life-change agents. My part is to help find the resources these organizations need in order for their projects to succeed, whether it be the resources of people, products, or funding for the programs. On a personal level, I like to donate to runners who are raising funds for a cause such as The American Cancer Society, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and to church-based causes, such as Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

 

 

 

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