Pacer Randy

Where are you from?

Chicago, IL

Current P.R.

Marathon-3:14:27

Half Marathon- 1:27:38

Typical pace

7:30

Number of marathons

5

Occupation

Art Director

Favorite marathon

Chicago Marathon

Hobbies

Cycling, reading, playing guitar

Favorite Running Food

Vanilla flavored Clif Shot

What are you reading now?

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls - by David Sedaris

Who do you train with?

Chicago Endurance Sports

Personal goals

Sub 3:00:00 marathon, completing my first triathlon

Prior Pacing Commitments

Chi Town Half Marathon, Chicago Spring Half Marathon, Schaumburg Turkey Troy Half Marathon, Fox Valley Marathon, Fort 2 Base Nautical 10-Miler, Hemingway Running of the Bulls 8k

A quotation you like…

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible!” - Audrey Hepburn

 

 

 

Why do you run?

 

My father was the star of his track team in high school. My running is a continuation of his love for the sport and way to strengthen my connection to him.

 

 

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

While I was running the Chicago marathon, I began to fade around mile 21, after turning my knee earlier in the race. A small boy, about 6 years old, on the sidelines started wildly cheering for me as I struggled past and handed me a plastic bag filled with gummy bears. That show of support gave me the mental resolve I needed to bolster my efforts and finish strong with a new personal best.

 

 

Why do you pace?

 

There is no feeling more fulfilling than that of leading a group of runners to achieving their personal goals. I revel in the ability to offer my knowledge and dedication with those who share my love of the sport.

 

 

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

After successfully leading a group to a 3:40:00 finish in the Fox Valley Marathon, I reconnected with my parents who had come to cheer us on. While I was talking to my father about the highlights of the race, two of the women I had been leading through the race sought me out of the crowd and thanked me for helping them reach a Boston qualifying time.

 

 

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

My two goals in leading a pace group are to successfully bring my runners in on time and have a fun time while doing it. I bring a committed determination to keeping the group on pace, while building a strong camaraderie among the runners to make sure it’s an experience we won’t soon forget.

 

 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Trust in your training and trust in me as your pacer. If you believe that you can finish at your goal time, the race is already half won. I’ll help take care of the rest.

 

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

It is my goal to make each race as memorable as possible; whether it is through witty banter, impromptu singing, or dance, I’ll help keep your mind off the mileage.

 

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

I am a volunteer graphic designer for the Floating Doctors organization.

 

 

 

 

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