Pacer Jim

Where are you from?

Panama City Beach, Florida

Current P.R.

3:09:26 (grandmaster)

2:38:08 (lifetime)

Typical pace

8:30 (3:43 marathon)

Number of marathons




Favorite marathon

Boston (4 times)


Running, of course, and an occasional triathlon

Favorite Running Food

Chocolate gels

What are you reading now?

Runners World magazine

Who do you train with?

Wife Karen (Coach)

Personal goals

As I near completion of my fourth decade of running, helping other runners achieve their personal goals



A quotation you like…

"Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're probably right." – Henry Ford


Why do you run?


Competitive outlet and friendship. I have always found that those in the running community are closer from a goals and values perspective to me personally than other groups with which I associate. We are all fitness oriented and take care of our bodies, but most like to have a good time and celebrate with a beer at the finish line.

Describe your best marathon memory.


Finishing the series of hills (Heartbreak) in my first Boston Marathon and asking a spectator “how much farther to the tough hills” (only to be told that I had just completed them). I had started very conservatively, because I had missed a bunch of training leading up to the race, and truly didn’t notice the hills. Lesson: you can’t bank time by starting our fast and holding on – all of my PRs above 10K were negative splits.

Why do you pace?


Having already achieved all of my personal goals, I am interested in seeing some new race courses and helping others achieve their personal goals.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Pacing the Biggest Loser Half Marathon in Panama City Beach, I caught a runner who had started with my group, but picked it up in the middle stages of the race. As she started to fade, we caught her with a half mile to go and she was able to re-group and run in with us to achieve her original goal.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


With nearly four decades of running behind me, I have likely experienced almost every condition, emotion or set-back imaginable, so can hopefully pass along that knowledge to encourage individuals to work through anything they may be experiencing along the route.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Although you are running in a group, I would encourage you to run your own race. Some runners draw energy from the group and like to stay right in the thick of things, and others feel pressure by running in a group (subconsciously benchmarking themselves against others) and like to lag a little behind and just keep tabs on the group until the final push. Run smart, but run your own race.

Anything else you’d like to share?



What philanthropic activities do you have?

Help organize an annual 10K race on Thanksgiving (that my wife directs) for the benefit of local charities in the Panama City Beach area, including a paralyzed local firefighter.



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