Pacer Mike


Where are you from?

Kalamazoo, MI

Current P.R.


Typical pace


Number of marathons




Favorite marathon



Going to the beach, bonfires, taking my dogs for walks, relaxing

Favorite Running Food

Sweet Potatoes

What are you reading now?

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Who do you train with?

Alone or with members of KAR

Personal goals

I would like to run a marathon under 3 hours in every state.



A quotation you like…

Success is taking advantage of your daily opportunities to the best of your ability under your given circumstances."

Why do you run?


I enjoy the competition and physical release.  I have been running since high school track and field in 2000 and continued on my college teams.  I have progressively increased my race distances since then.

Describe your best marathon memory.


The best memory of every marathon is crossing the finish line!

Why do you pace?


I enjoy meeting new people on the run and helping them to achieve their goals.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Pacing the Kalamazoo Marathon was great because I had lots of friends in the pace group, co-pacing, and scattered about the course.  We held a consistent pace and helped people break the 3 hour barrier.  I even got to run across the finish line with my girlfriend and new puppy!

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I always like to make it fun.  A marathon is too long not to have fun along the way.  I like to get to know the people in my group and try to get the crowd cheering for a little extra motivation as we pass.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


We will run about 30 seconds under the goal pace so that if anyone is struggling towards the end they will still achieve the goal.  There is too much uncertainty in the last 6 miles to expect everything to go well.


If the group is large be sure to spread out at aid stations so everyone can get the fuel they need.

Anything else you’d like to share?



What philanthropic activities do you have?

I volunteer at the SPCA – Southwest Michigan helping homeless dogs and cats find owners.


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