Pacer Mike

Where are you from?

Born & raised in Aurora, IL

University of Illinois and Champaign-Urbana, IL for 17 years

Quad Cities, IA/IL for the last 7 years

Current P.R.

All-Time Full: 2:37:30 (Chicago, 1998)

Masters Full: 2:47:28 (Grand Rapids, 2010)


All-Time Half: 1:12:36 (Springfield, 2000)

Masters Half: 1:20:12 (Des Moines, 2013)

Typical pace

Easy runs @ 7:15-7:30/mile

Marathon pace @ 6:30/mile

Number of marathons



Area Manager at AT&T

Favorite marathon

Boston (will be there again in 2016)


Marathon training, hanging out with my family, rooting the Cubs on to a World Championship

Favorite Running Food

Turkey chili loaded with veggies

What are you reading now?

Newspapers…until they cease to exist

Who do you train with?

Cornbelt Running Club members, my wife Mary and daughters Rebecca and Elizabeth

Personal goals

I have run a sub-3:00 hour marathon in each of the last 4 decades. I am planning to make it 5 decades in 2020.



A quotation you like…

“The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare.”- Juma Ikangaa


Why do you run?


Aside from getting to eat most anything, running has a way of turning any day into a positive one.

Describe your best marathon memory.


Participating in the 100th Boston Marathon in 1996 was the highlight of my career. I was in some of the best shape of my life, but got injured in the weeks leading up to the race. I made it to the start line and my running buddy pulled me through to a sub-3:00.

Why do you pace?


The sport of running has given so much to me. Pacing is a small way to give back and help others achieve their goals.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


I have paced both the half and full at the Quad Cities Marathon several times. The QC Marathon is an awesome event and the pacers care so much about their runners. If you haven’t run it, check it out. I have also paced the Illinois Marathon twice and the Charlotte Marathon once.


Why should someone run in your pace group?


I completed Detroit in 2:46:05 in 2008 as a 42-year-old. I am very familiar with the course. And, we’ll have some fun along the way.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Relax. It’s just running. You do it almost every day. The race will take care of itself. Let it unfold and flow with it.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I am looking forward to meeting some new friends in Detroit and helping many folks achieve their goal times.


What philanthropic activities do you have?

My Mom suffers from Alzheimer’s, so I look for opportunities to use my running to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.



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