Pacer Pete at the 2016 Pocono Marathon

 Pacer Pete celebrates with his 4:00 Marathoners at the Wineglass Marathon.

 

   Pacer Pete

Hometown

Baltimore, MD

 

Current P.R.

3:24:15 Wineglass 2011

Where were you born?

Brooklyn, NY

 

Number of marathons

54

Birthday

June 14 – Flag Day

 

Favorite marathon

My next one!

Typical pace

4:15 – 4:30 and up to 5+

 

Favorite running music

No music for me – I’m old school. I play the songs in my head or sing ‘em out loud.

Occupation

Running Store Manager

 

Favorite running food

Powerbar Gel Blasts

Any hobbies?

Follow politics & wash dc govt. religiously. Golf & cooking. 

 

Who do you train with?

NCR Trail Snails. Don’t let the name fool ya – these maniacs run turned me on to ultra marathons.

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

The New York Times & The Washington Post. No books right now.

 

A quotation you like…

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

 Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Personal goals

Being a mid-back of the packer, qualify for Boston. Get my golf handicap down in the single digits.

 

 

 

 

 

Why do you run?

 

The social aspect, a great stress relief & I get to eat all the pizza I could ever want in addition to chocolate milk. Running makes me feel like a kid again.  

 

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Probably my first marathon, Baltimore. The entire day felt magical, nothing seemed to go wrong, the miles ran by so quickly and my mom & dad were there to celebrate.

 

Why do you pace?

 

I pace to give back to the running community, to help other runners achieve their goals and basically to have fun. 

 

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

Cleveland 2006. Horrible weather: rain, sleet, winds over 20mph. The group was down to one runner, Karol. She joined the group at m14, told me of her wishes to qualify for Boston but didn’t think it could happen because of the weather. I told her to run behind me when the wind picked up, draft, anything to steal time & conserve energy. We maintained pace and at M25 I told Karol to “go” she wanted no part of it and we crossed at 4:14:52 together holding hands. She made it to Boston!

 

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

We are a rolling party! Actually, you’ll spend less energy than if you were by yourself, the miles roll by, before you know it we’re at M25. No banking time either – even splits the entire way makes it easier.

 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Don’t go out too fast, try and stay with the group if you really want to run that particular time. Introduce yourself to at least two people in the group – make some new friends. 

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Meet me after the finish for a beer.

 
 

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