Pacer Lauren

Where are you from?

Fleetwood, NY

Current P.R.


Typical pace


Number of marathons



Casualty underwriter (insurance)

Favorite marathon



Running, photography

Favorite Running Food

French fries, waffles, cheesecake

What are you reading now?

Gone, Baby, Gone – Dennis Lehane

Runner’s World is also a staple of course!

Who do you train with?

Mostly alone; train 1x per week with my team, Van Cortlandt Track Club (Bronx, NY)

Personal goals

Break 3:20 for marathon, mentor others in running



A quotation you like…

“But I also realize that winning doesn't always mean getting first place; it means getting the best out of yourself. One of my greatest joys is inspiring other people to perform at their best.” Meb Keflezighi


Why do you run?


Because it makes me feel like a million dollars. I love setting goals and achieving them. Running makes me feel worthwhile. It has boosted my self-confidence. It’s also helped me excel in other areas of life, i.e career, family, friends.

Describe your best marathon memory.


USAF 2011. Todd Bello paced me in the 3:40 group.  My goal was to qualify for Boston (actual finish time was 3:40:57). Although I did not get into Boston 2012, I was proud to have still technically qualified, and I would not have been able to without Todd.

Why do you pace?


I do it to help others achieve their goal time.



Why should someone run in your pace group?


I will motivate and inspire others. I want to tell (beginner) runners things I wish people told me when I was a novice.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Just have fun!  Don’t surge ahead until mile 16.The second half of the race, while not necessarily easier, usually goes by faster than the first half. Don’t think about the miles ahead, think about right now.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Future goals: 1. Break masters national world record (55+) in any distance

2. Break world record for oldest female to complete the marathon


What philanthropic activities do you have?

Donations to local and national charities, volunteering at NY Cares events and at local races.


I’d also like to start pacing visually-impaired runners, with the Achilles Track Club


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