Pacer Ricky

Where are you from?

Grew up in Nitro, WV but currently in school at Marshall University in Huntington, WV

Current P.R.

Full - 2:57:01
Half - 1:21:59

Typical pace


Number of marathons

7 (in six states)


Student at Marshall University and Road Race Timer at TSRTiming

Favorite marathon

Boston Marathon


I ran cross country and wrestled in High School.
Currently, my hobbies consist of anything to do with running: race directing, timing, and training. I ran cross country and wrestled in High School.

Favorite Running Food

The day before the race I also load up on Pizza or Pasta. Then before the race I might have something small like a cliff bar. During the race, I only take in GU's and water/gatorade.

What are you reading now?


Who do you train with?

Variety of People. Huntington Road Runners Club, Tallman Track Club, etc.

Personal goals

Sub 2:55 marathon this year at the Cleveland Marathon in May.

To become a DPT.

To one day, put on my own Marathon.



A quotation you like…

"But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!" - Rocky Balboa

Why do you run?


I run for a few reasons.
1. I am made for the marathon. I was told this a few years ago by a friend and I didn't believe him...but after running them for the past few years, I do.
2. To stay in shape and have fun doing it.

3. To travel to different states.

4. The feeling I get when I finish a marathon. It cannot be explained unless you have been there.

5. To motivate others.

Describe your best marathon memory.


My best marathon memory has to be the 2012 Boston Marathon. Not because of the time I got, because actually it was my slowest time to date, but because I had accomplished my goal. A goal that I had worked to achieve for two years. I had my girlfriend and family there to support me and we kind of made it a mini family vacation. The whole town comes together as one and it is really amazing to see it throughout the whole weekend.

Why do you pace?


I wanted to start pacing because I am a strong runner. I did a pace group in Carmel, Indiana, in 2013 and had a blast talking to the runners around me and just running for fun. I believe I will be able to help others meet their time goals and also this will help me accomplish my goal of running a marathon in each US State.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


At Carmel, Indiana. I helped pace my friend to a BQ in his first ever marathon and it was awesome to watch him finish.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


To have fun and achieve their goal at the same time.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Do not pay attention to your Garmin. Look at the signs on the course and the clocks along the way to keep your pace.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Enjoy the marathon and don't worry about the time.


What philanthropic activities do you have?

I have put on 9 races in my community, raising a total of $18,000 for various organizations.
The Nick Caldwell Memorial 5K Run - $10,000 has been raised for a scholarship fund

The Race Into the New Year 5K Run - $2,000 has been raised for my running club
The Saint Albans Quarter Marathon - $2,000 has been raised for the Saint Albans High School CC Team
The Terence Nabors Memorial 5K Run - $4,000 has been raised for a scholarship fund

I organized a Candlelight Vigil and 2.62 Mile Group Run for my Running Club in Huntington, West Virginia, the day after the Bombings at the Boston Marathon.



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