Pacer Jeff

Where are you from?

Saginaw, MI

Current P.R.


Typical pace

6:30 – 6:45

Number of marathons



Operational Buyer with Nexteer Automotive

Favorite marathon

Ottawa Marathon


Running and watching my son play hockey

Favorite Running Food

Bacon and onion pizza

What are you reading now?

Runners World

Who do you train with?

Myself and my treadmill

Personal goals

The best husband and father I can be.



A quotation you like…

Philippians 4:13 – I can do everything through CHRIST who strengthens me.


Why do you run?


It is my time to reflect on the day and the days to come.  It allows the stress of life to disappear for that one hour and forty minutes.  I enjoy putting my body through pure torture.

Describe your best marathon memory.


I won the Great Lakes Bay Marathon in 2013 with my mom, wife and son waiting and cheering for me at the finish line.  I poured all my training into that race and led from the start of the race. 

Why do you pace?


I want to give back to those that are trying to reach their own personal goals of running.  I have set many goals and want to share with others and help them achieve theirs.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


I was participating in the Cleveland Marathon and happened to have a young kid running his first half marathon running with me.  He said he would like to finish under 1:30.  So we ran together the first half and he finished 1:28 and I qualified for the Boston Marathon in my 2nd marathon and 2nd race ever.  I received a letter a month or so later, thanking me for the inspiration and helping him achieve his goal.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I want to provide motivation and positive feedback as we make the journey together.  I have been able to talk myself out of many potential “hit the wall” situations and hope to pass that along to the runners in my group.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Trust in your training as you know you have already done the work.  We will get to the finish line as a group and celebrate together.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Remember that even if you have trained well, we will still have to run the race.  Prepare yourself mentally as you have already prepared yourself physically for the challenge.


What philanthropic activities do you have?

I am a committee member with the Pulse 3 Foundation that organizes the Run for your Heart Races in Saginaw, MI. 



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