Pacer John

Hometown

Parma, MI

 

Current P.R.

3:33:00 Akron 2009

Where were you born?

Jackson, MI

 

Number of marathons

19

Birthday

May 12

 

Favorite marathon

Each and every marathon is unique and exciting with many memories of places and faces

Typical pace

4:00 – 4:30

 

Favorite running music

Genesis, REO, Styx, Cinderella, Def Leppard, Bob Seger

Occupation

Plumber-Pipefitter

 

Favorite running food

Bananas, fig newtons, powerbars and yogurt

Any hobbies?

Besides running I like bicycling, hiking and being outdoors to take in all of the sights and sounds of nature.

 

Who do you train with?

I like to run with anyone on the same schedule, but that is difficult, so I usually train solo. Having friends to run with is what makes the marathons so special.

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Once a runner

 

A quotation you like…

“I can do all things through he who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13

Personal goals

To stay healthy and keep running and helping others achieve their running goals for many more years.

 

 

 

 

 

Why do you run?

 

I run to relieve the stress of everyday life and to feel good mentally and physically.

 

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

My best marathon memory is The Sunburst Marathon 2008 because it was the first marathon that I ran a steady pace and qualified for Boston.  It was also my first marathon with no pain afterwards.

 

Why do you pace?

 

I like pacing because it allows me to help others achieve their goals, make new friends, share running experiences and just have fun while running. Pacing also helps keep me in shape to race my goal marathons.

 

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

My best pacing experience was at the Snicker’s Marathon 2009 when I helped a couple of female runners qualify for Boston for their first time.

 

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

You should run in my pace group to have fun while achieving your goal while being encouraged by the group experience.  We will run at a steady pace on the flats and balance the hills so as to stay on pace.

 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

You should try to run relaxed, think positive and just enjoy the run.

Also communicate with me if you have and questions or concerns and I will do my best to help you.

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Marathon vacations are a great way to see the country and make many great new friends.

 
 

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