Pacer Melissa

Where are you from?

Cleveland, TN

Current P.R.


Typical pace

7:40 - 8:00

Number of marathons

3 fulls 25+ half


I coordinate stateside and international building projects for Men and Women of Action. We are a non-profit working in construction and disaster relief.

Favorite marathon

Steamtown, PA: Where I finally went after a BQ!


Favorite Running Food

Bananas for training runs and Salted Watermelon Gu for racing.

What are you reading now?

Confessions (St. Augustine)

My Bible, which I only read for a minute or two each day but it always has something for me.


That’s about it - unless following my favorite female athletes on instagram counts as reading?

Who do you train with?

Most often, myself. As a mother of 3 I keep my running shoes in my van and my training schedule is highly adaptable. However, I also love training with our local Ocoee Track and Trail Running Club, or an early morning group self-titled the “Half-Warriors!”

Personal goals

Break 1:35 in the ½

A quotation you like…

“Find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible” Deepak Chopra

“Dream big but train where your feet are”

Why do you run?

Every run is a new opportunity. I run for fun and to better myself as an athlete, wife and mother!

Describe your best marathon memory.

My favorite marathon is from my first (and slowest), I crossed the line chasing the footsteps of my best friend who is my first ever running-buddy. I love when running is a team effort to reach individual goals!

Why do you pace?

Personally, I know what it feels like to give up. I also know what it feels like to push through and run brave. As a pacer I hope to give everyone around me the encouragement and consistency to run brave; it’s worth it!

Tell us your best pacing experience.

In my opinion the BEST pacing experiences are the ones where you get to witness fellow runners crushing their goals and feeling strong.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

Running in a pace group can be a lot of fun! The group environment can make for great encouragement and entertainment. If you have any hesitations about initial foot traffic or “settling in” to your pace; then a pace group can be especially helpful.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

Other than double knotting your shoe laces? Enjoy your day, you’ve worked hard for this!

Anything else you’d like to share?

What philanthropic activities do you have?

As much as I enjoy running for fun, nothing is as meaningful as running for a cause. During different points in my running I have run for and supported  Girls on the Run and Dream Big! - two non-profit organizations that advocate for a rising generation of young women to live healthy and effective lifestyles.


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