Pacer Mike

Where are you from?

Kalamazoo, MI

Current P.R.


Typical pace


Number of marathons




Favorite marathon

Grand Rapids, although my favorite race up to this point is the Mother’s Day 8k Classic in Sydney, Australia.


I enjoy traveling and learning about up-and-coming businesses.

Favorite Running Food

Shot Bloks

What are you reading now?

Bill Bowerman and the men of Oregon

Who do you train with?

Gazelle Sports in Kalamazoo, MI

Personal goals

I want to eventually run Boston.



A quotation you like…

As Dick Vitale from ESPN told me when I met him “If your healthy your rich. You’re not a millionaire, but a billionaire. The best thing you can have in life is your health. Take advantage of that.”


Why do you run?


I run to stay healthy and to have the opportunity to take advantage of being healthy. It really is an “opportunity” to be healthy … therefore I make the most it! Plus, I enjoy traveling and running races in so many different cities.

Describe your best marathon memory.


In fall of 2011 I ran 3 marathons in one week. I did Chicago, Indianapolis, and Grand Rapids. The feeling after finishing the third one in Grand Rapids was awesome!

Why do you pace?


I pace because it feels good to know that I can help so many other people accomplish their personal goals. Whether those goals are to finish the race, have fun, or set a personal record … it’s a lot of fun to know that I can help get you there!

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Over the past couple of summers I have paced runners for Gazelle Sports in Kalamazoo. Two summers ago we went on a trail run and it started thunder storming (lightening and all) … We were all covered in mud (head-to-toe), and soaked from the rain. Honestly, this was probably one of my favorite runs of all time because we didn’t care about how far we were going … we just went running on the trail seeing mother nature in full force! 

Why should someone run in your pace group?


Runners should join my pace group because I will make sure you are informed about the race, water stops, and everything else you need to know. I usually get to the start line early to help answer any questions you might have before the race as well. I’ll get you to the finish and we’ll have fun in the process!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Don’t look down on the bridge! Just kidding … but have fun.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Ask questions if you need to know something.


What philanthropic activities do you have?




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