Pacer Jorge
 
Pacer Jorge leads the 4:10 group at the Albany Marathon

Where are you from?

Live in St. Louis, MO, from Newark, NJ.

Current P.R.

3:12:05

Typical pace

3:30-3:40

Number of marathons

45 (40 States) and counting

Occupation

Government Contracts Compliance - The Boeing Company

Favorite marathon

Boston 2014 and Chicago  (3-times)

Hobbies

Running, family-time, Yankees/Giants games, traveling and watching movies

Favorite Running Food

Spaghetti and meatballs before, bagel with some peanut butter on race day morning, oranges, Gu raspberry, Gatorade and bananas during, and pizza after!

What are you reading now?

Bart Yasso’s “My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon”

Who do you train with?

Solo; at times with friends and running clubs/groups such as the St. Louis Michelob Ultra Running Team, the Marathon Maniacs, the 50-States Marathon Club and other local running clubs)

Personal goals

Run a marathon in all 50-states and a 100 miler

 

 

A quotation you like…

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”  - Dean Karnazes

Why do you run?

 

Here’s a few:  1) In memory of my Mom who passed away way too early – and never saw me run.  2) Personal satisfaction in achieving goals.  3) Stress relief.   4) Love to eat!  5) Don’t enjoy cycling/spinning/swimming/weight-training, etc. 6) Stay healthy. 7) Enjoy visiting new places, while meeting different people.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Running the 2014 Boston Marathon.  The spectators and course volunteers brought their world-class A-game. I will be forever grateful that I had an opportunity to take part in such a great Boston-Strong event.

Why do you pace?

 

I enjoy helping others accomplish their goals.  Pacing also allows me to enjoy the crowds and the overall experience. 

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

Pacing my brother on his first marathon (2011).   I also enjoyed pacing the 4:20 group, finished at 4:19:58, particularly a member of my pace group that at mile 7 told me that she “would love to finish with you and set a PR but that would be impossible” …she ended up crossing the finish line in front of me…new PR!

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I enjoy providing my group the motivation and important distraction so that they will achieve their goals.  I love to have fun & provide encouragement along the course, while also providing advice that I've learned from past marathon experiences.  I promise I will do everything in my power to get you across that finish line!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Smile during the run and truly enjoy the experience.  On race morning, have the right attitude, don’t do anything you didn’t do during your training, trust in your training, relax, and have fun!

Anything else you’d like to share?

Be confident.  Stay focused.  Run smart. 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

When I race, I always make sure to thank the RD and all the volunteers.  I also like to give back to the running community by becoming a volunteer myself.  Volunteering at races is a great opportunity to learn more about our sport and meet new people.

 

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