Pacer Mark B. 

Where are you from?

Whiting Indiana


Current P.R.


Typical pace



Number of marathons



Firefighter IFD


Favorite marathon

Tecumseh Trail Marathon




Favorite Running Food

Gummi Bears

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

To Kill a Mocking Bird, just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Who do you train with?

Alone or pushing my 2 and 4 year old boys in the stroller

Personal goals

2:45 Marathon and Kona


A quotation you like…

“If the going seems easy, check to see if you are going downhill.” (unknown author)



Why do you run?


To race, I love training for events and beating my previous time.


Describe your best marathon memory.


 Boston, from start to finish.


Why do you pace?


Pacing forces me to run easy and constant. It gives me a chance to chat with runners and allow them to focus on running not worrying if they are on the right pace.


Tell us your best pacing experience.


Encouraging another runner to believe that they can get through miles 18, 19, and 20. Then finish strong!!!


Why should someone run in your pace group?


Because I pace for you not me. We will run constant even splits with no quackery.


Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Start easy and maintain good form (easy gait and loose shoulders) hydrate early and often. Most importantly trust your training, you have put in all the work this is the reward.


Anything else you’d like to share?

When I started running in 2002 I was over 300 lbs. and couldn’t run a ½ mile. I started slow and steady and eventually I taught myself how to run efficiently and now I love it.



What philanthropic activities do you have?

Children’s Memorial Hospital’s Chicago marathon running team.




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