Pacer Hans

Where are you from?

Northern Virginia

Current P.R.


Typical pace


Number of marathons



Coast Guard Aviator

Favorite marathon

Athens, Greece 2014


Besides running? Reading the news.

Favorite Running Food

Stinger Waffles

What are you reading now?

The News

Who do you train with?

No one, I run alone

Personal goals

To run 50 marathons before my 50th birthday; complete the Western States 100.



A quotation you like…

Screw it, let’s do it. ~Richard Branson


Why do you run?


To escape mortality. Mostly I run from myself, from my shortcomings and my natural laziness.

Describe your best marathon memory.


From mile 18 at the Athens Marathon in Athens, Greece, it’s all down hill. I had matched pace with this skinny Frenchman from mile 12 or so.  We got to talking as we started down that hill at mile 18, marveling at the history that we were running through, from Philipedes to modern day; we exchanged life stories, talked about running. We finished together in the Historical 1894 Olympic Stadium. It was unreal.

Why do you pace?


When I set my P.R., I ran with a pacer. I couldn’t have done it without those guys. I hope to provide the same for other runners.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


I paced Treasure Coast Marathon in 2016. As the miles ticked away the group got smaller and smaller until it was just me and this woman, who was running her first marathon. We talked about everything, full life story, and what to expect as the race progressed; she was a little nervous but overall optimistic.  She stuck with me until about mile 22 and then trailed behind.  I gave her a high 5 when she crossed the finish line and she thanked me for talking her through her first marathon. The first marathon stands out more than the others. It was fun to be a part of someone else’s first marathon!

Why should someone run in your pace group?


The runners who are running their umpteenth marathon should run with me for the conversation. The first timers should run with me for the motivation. I can help them achieve their goals. I won’t give up on them and I can give some advice. For the rest of the time we can have profound existential discussion on life, happiness, and what it takes to succeed.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Come with a good attitude and be prepared for some unpredictable South Texas weather!

Anything else you’d like to share?

My wife also runs; we’ve run dozens of races together, from half marathons, to full, to ultras. We live in different cities, but our whole lives have revolved around running races together and travel. We’ve run races together all over Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Greece, Turkey, France, and Italy. We’ve made friends all over the country and still run with friends we made on those trips.


What philanthropic activities do you have?

I don’t have any recent (the last 2 years) philanthropic activities. I’ve helped build houses with Habitat for Humanity, and I’ve mentored high schoolers through Communities in Schools. This is a conversation that my wife and I frequently have.



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