Pacer Jim L

Where are you from?

Grew up in Crested Butte, CO.

Currently live in Boulder, CO.


Current P.R.



June 4


Number of marathons


Typical pace

9:00-10:00 minute miles.  Give me a 10K or less and I can push it, but I like to enjoy the race, talk to people, and take in the scenery


Favorite marathon

Rim Rock Marathon


Leadership Consultant


Favorite Running Food

Gatorade – I only drink it on race day which makes that first sip at the first aid station pure heaven!


Skiing, playing golf, and flying airplanes


Who do you train with?

Mother Nature

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

I like reading aviation journals.  Does that make me a nerd?


A quotation you like…

If what you did yesterday still looks big to you today, then you must have done anything today.

Personal goals

I just want to enjoy the experience.  Someday I may actually try and “run” a marathon again and see if I can break 3:30, but if you haven’t noticed, 26.2 miles is a long way!






Why do you run?


Running eases my mind.  It gives me something to think about outside the normal day-to-day insanity that we live in.  Plus, it’s a great way to stay in shape and to get out and enjoy the outdoors.


Describe your best marathon memory.


My first marathon (Rim Rock) was my favorite by far.  2500 vertical feet and a raging blizzard on top.  Pre-race instructions included “They’re plowing on top.  If you catch a plow, please stay behind it so you don’t get run over!”


Why do you pace?


I’m never going to set any speed records and that’s okay with me.  I pace because I can sit back, enjoy the race, talk to people, share some stories, and make the experience fun for everyone.  I do believe that if you’re not having fun, it’s not worth doing.


Tell us your best pacing experience.


Even though I ended up injured, being back in Missoula (my college town) on a perfect day running with about 20 people (10ish first timers), telling stories and jokes, and playfully “arguing” over the pace was a great time.  Days like that make the whole pacing experience worthwhile.


Why should someone run in your pace group?


My pace groups are relaxed and easy.  If you want some coaching, I’m happy to help.  If you want to talk and chat, that’d be great.  If you want to throw on your iPod and just run, then I’ll see you in a couple hours.  Everyone runs a little differently, and I’m here to help in whatever way I can.


Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Take it easy the first mile… let it all go in the last mile!  Feel proud when you cross the finish line.


Anything else you’d like to share?

I get bored when I run races by myself… come join my pace group!



What philanthropic activities do you have?

I’ve done a little work with Pilots-N-Paws and hopefully in the near future, I can do some work with AngelFlight and GraceFlight.




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