Pacer James

Where are you from?

Born in NYC, raised in NJ, living in Atlanta

Current P.R.


Typical pace

From sub-7:00 in a 10k to >10:00/mile in a trail ultra

Number of marathons



University professor and planetary scientist

Favorite marathon

Walt Disney World


Technology, audiobooks, cats, fantasy football, Pokemon Go

Favorite Running Food

PB&J, pasta

What are you reading now?

Running with the Buffaloes

Who do you train with?

Wife, friends, and numerous podcasters

Personal goals

Race in every state, qualify for Boston, run Western States 100; go to space



A quotation you like…

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney


Why do you run?


For the challenge, for the endorphins, for the structure it gives to my days, and because I lack the size and coordination for other sports!

Describe your best marathon memory.


Running all through the night with some incredibly strong and supportive friends to finish my first 100-mile race in just under 24 hours. Or in a marathon, running under the Saturn V at Rocket City in Huntsville, AL.

Why do you pace?


To pay it forward -- pacers carried me through my first races at distances from the marathon to 100 miles. Almost everyone who reaches the start line has all they need inside to finish strong, but sometimes you need someone experienced to lean on and remind you of this

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Pacing my wife to her first marathon finish in Disney World on my birthday

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I’ve finished every race I’ve ever started, so run with me and you will too! I’m a scientist who loves numbers so we will hit the paces. Also I am a good listener. Or if you don’t want to talk, then I can tell you all about what other planets are like.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Have fun! It likely won’t feel fun at some point, but that’s OK too. Don’t forget to eat and hydrate! We’re all in this together. The pain is temporary but your time will be on the internet forever!

Anything else you’d like to share?

If you lived on Saturn’s moon Titan, you wouldn’t need to run 26.2 miles; you could just strap wings to your arms and fly to the finish line!



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