Pacer Jill

Where are you from?

Columbus, OH

Current P.R.

1:33 half, 3:30 full

Typical pace


Number of marathons

5 marathons, plus 3 Ironman races and 2 50K’s


Medical student

Favorite marathon



Triathlons, bird watching, scuba diving

Favorite Running Food

Peanut butter M&M’s or Subway cookies

What are you reading now?

One of many medical textbooks

Who do you train with?

Local Road Runners club and neighbors

Personal goals

- Leadville 100mi race, someday!

- Get my M.D., pursue a career in orthopaedic surgery



A quotation you like…

“Stay hungry, stay foolish” – Steve Jobs


Why do you run?


It’s my “me time.” My time to burn off the craziness from the day, and reflect. And sometimes, my social time too, if I’m running with good friends. Not to mention I’m terrible at other sports …

Describe your best marathon memory.


I qualified for Boston at the Cleveland Marathon in 2012. There were tears in my eyes for a second, but smile no one could wipe of my face for hours.

Why do you pace?


I’ve accomplished many of my endurance goals and love helping others achieve theirs! Getting other runners to the finish at their goal time adds special meaning to my race too.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


At the Columbus Marathon in 2012, I paced a close friend to finish her first marathon in 3:50. She trained really hard for it and battled many injuries during her training season, so it was so awesome to see her hard work pay off mile by mile. I was so proud of her!

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I’m both a “steady eddy” and a “chatty kathy!” I’m dependable to hit even splits, and even more dependable to keep the race entertaining if runners need a little distraction. I love new races and new faces, so I look forward to meeting some interesting people! (and let’s be serious, who has met a long-distance runner who wasn’t interesting?!)

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Be ready to have a positive marathon experience! In all of my running, my most steady, “relaxed,” enjoyable long distance races have also been my fastest.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Run for fun!

What philanthropic activities do you have?

I am a race director for a variety of local charity 5k’s and also a hospice volunteer. I take part in various medical mission trips annually and help out at local free health clinics.



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