Pacer Jim

Where are you from?

Born in Sarnia, Raised in Brantford (Home of Wayne Gretzky, Lived in Iran and New Zealand as a kid but now live in Oakville just outside of Toronto

Current P.R.

2:56:19 (2016)

Typical pace

Personal Race Pace 6:45/mile range; Marathon pacing (8 minute pace give or take)

Number of marathons

6 (#7 and 8 coming up this year)


Business/Finance Consultant

Favorite marathon



Keeping active with my wife and kids, travelling

Favorite Running Food

Not sure – when I run I don’t really eat – just gels (But I do like a post long run smoothie.

What are you reading now?

What color is your Parachute

Who do you train with?

Sometimes with a group; sometimes with myself and sometimes with a couple of friends – it all depends on time constraints

Personal goals

To be an amazing husband and Dad – running is nice but it doesn’t define my time on Earth

Give back to others

Most of all to be Happy

A quotation you like…

To seek, to strive and not to yield – Alfred Lord Tennyson


Why do you run?


It helps me keep the balance I need in my mind and spirit and is one of the places I do my best thinking.

Describe your best marathon memory.


Running the last 4 km of my PR Marathon faster than the previous 38 km

Why do you pace?


Want to give back to others and also help them realize that running even paced is the best way to complete the Beast that is a Marathon

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Helping a friend break 1:30:00 for a half and helping someone else run a sub 3:10:00 maraton

Why should someone run in your pace group?


If they have put in the training and the weather is cooperative then our pace group will get to the finish line on time and with a smile and as a team!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


If it feels good at the beginning, the middle and close to the end then I have done my job helping you achieve the goal of running at the pace I am setting for the group

Anything else you’d like to share?

Running is about healthy consistency – If you look after yourself you can run for a long time into the future!


What philanthropic activities do you have?

Soccer coach, Raising money for Children’s Cancer



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