Pacer Mark

Where are you from?

Rochester Hills, Michigan

Current P.R.

3:07:24 Bayshore 2015

Typical pace

6:05 intervals, 7:00 tempo, 9:00 easy runs

Number of marathons



Automotive Engineer, FCA

Favorite marathon

Boston & Bayshore (tie)


Reading, House Projects, Tennis, Biking

Favorite Running Food

Vanilla Bean Gu

What are you reading now?

American Prometheus (Biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Elon Musk Biography, The Wright Brothers, and How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big (Scott Adams)

Who do you train with?

ROYOL – neighborhood running group in Rochester Hills

Personal goals

3:05 marathon, ½ Ironman triathlon



A quotation you like…

 “A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner”.

Why do you run?


For fitness and stress, for comradery and fun. To push myself and achieve goals. And also to allow me to enjoy eating (including multiple bowls of cereal after a morning run)!

Describe your best marathon memory.


My fourth marathon, Indianapolis Monumental 2011, when I finally got it right.  The training and proper carb loading/fueling finally paid off, cruising past mile 20 and no “wall”.  It was a revelation, and fun!  And my first Boston in 2013 felt awesome.  The crowd support is phenomenal!

Why do you pace?


It’s my way of giving back to the running community.  Doing my little bit in support of all the volunteers who’ve made my race experiences possible.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


They’ve all been good.  The thank-you’s at the end, knowing you’ve actually helped others to achieve their goals, is what makes it worthwhile.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I do my best to achieve a consistent pace, to help keep you on track, and enable you to achieve your marathon success.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Make sure you’ve taken your training and the current weather conditions into account when finalizing your goal pace.  Carb load for several days before the race, plan your race day fueling strategy, and get hydrated!

Anything else you’d like to share?

I love to meet people who enjoy running.  I graduated from the University of Michigan, so I’m a big fan.


What philanthropic activities do you have?

I support the Hope Water Project and Charlotte’s Wings (a local charity that provides children’s books to hospitals). 



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