Pacer Katie

Where are you from?

Lewisberry, PA (currently), Bethesda, MD (born)

Current P.R.

Half: 1:47:45 Full: 4:13:10

Typical pace


Number of marathons




Favorite marathon



Writing, teaching fitness classes including BollyX (Indian dance cardio class), podcasting

Favorite Running Food

Spaghetti and meatballs before, Tailwind during, brunch after

What are you reading now?

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Who do you train with?

Scott McGeary at Pivot Physical Therapy, Mechanicsburg

Personal goals

I would love to break 4 hours in the marathon and 1:45 in the half – but most of all stay healthy and keep running, no matter the pace.



A quotation you like…

Feeling stuck is no excuse for staying where you are – Jennifer Pharr Davis

Why do you run?


I run for so many reasons! The biggest:

-       For the people I meet and the way it bonds me to wherever I am

-       For the time alone – I often come up with answers to problems and my best ideas while running

-       Because I wasn’t an athletic kid - I never knew I could feel like an athlete until I had something to train for and a reason to treat myself like one

Describe your best marathon memory.


Every marathon has a moment and a feeling that’s special. But I ran my first one, the Harrisburg Marathon in 2016, with friends by my side. My three training partners ran the relay with me – I ran the first leg and then one by one they joined me for their legs. They made the time go by so fast, especially since I was getting over an Achilles issue and wasn’t even sure I could finish. We all crossed the finish together. After all the miles we had run together in training, it meant so much to have them there at my first finish line.

Why do you pace?


I just love cheering other runners on, and being an encouraging, motivating presence for someone who is working toward an ambitious goal or who might be struggling and need that little push. I’m really excited to get to be that for someone in a race.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Wineglass Marathon 2019 was my first time pacing a marathon and I was really nervous about keeping a steady pace for 5 straight hours (what if I had to pee? What if something started to hurt?). But when I settled into the pace with the group, I forgot all about feeling anxious. There was a first-time marathoner in the group, a grad student from Cornell, who had just had her 21st birthday and we all sang Happy Birthday to her at mile 21. She stayed with me the entire time and carried my sign at the end. It made me remember my first marathon, when Pacer Dave let me carry his sign over the line after he picked me up while I was struggling. I love the idea of paying that feeling forward to other runners.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I know how important it is, when you’re struggling or doubting yourself, to have someone near you who will push you but also understand where you are and how much you’re hurting. I want to help people make the most of their race experience and leave knowing they’ve given their best and done it with someone who cares.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


-       Nothing new on race day! And don’t forget to fuel!

-       Believe you can do it – if you’ve trained well, you can run well!

-       Enjoy the race! No matter what happens on that day, it’s going to be a great day to run.

Anything else you’d like to share?


What philanthropic activities do you have?




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