Pacer Roger

Hometown

Old Town, Maine

 

Current P.R.

2:59:04 at Boston 2011

Where were you born?

Bangor, Maine

 

Number of marathons

85 Marathons and 5 Ultra marathons 

Birthday

May 15th

 

Favorite marathon

New York City

Typical pace

3:10 to 3:45 

 

Favorite running music

Black Eyed Peas 

Occupation

General Electric Corporation (Steam Turbines) 

 

Favorite running food

Spaghetti  

Any hobbies?

Golf, Running, Softball and Soccer 

 

Who do you train with?

My Wife Regina

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Running Times and Runner's World 

 

A quotation you likeā€¦

Life Is Good!

Personal goals

Run many many marathons, along with Ironman Hawaii, Big Sur, Comrades, Badwater and the Appalachian Trail. 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do you run?

Fitness and Fun.


 

Describe your best marathon memory.

I come from a running family. My best memories from running marathons with family. I've run marathons with my wife, sister-in-law, 3 brothers, and my son. 


 

Why do you pace?

 I grew up in a large family with 9 siblings and competition was introduced at a very young age. I challenge myself to run every mile on goal pace. No banking time and no sprints at the end to hit the numbers. My goal is to run every marathon with a negative split of 1 second. First half right on and the 2nd half 1 second faster.   


 

Tell us your best pacing experience.

I drove 6 hours the morning of Hartford Marathon, paced 3:20 with an actual 3:19:59. Drove to Albany immediately after to 3:30 pace lead the Mohawk Hudson with an actual finish of 3:29:44.  This was my 3rd weekend in a row of marathon doubles.


 

Why should someone run in your pace group?

My number one goal is to help the group. Each mile I shout out the actual mile splits so that everyone is on the same page. Many people use GPS watches and I do as well for reference. As an experienced pacer I have found GPS watches have their issues. As an old school runner I will always give splits for each mile run and reference GPS calculated pace for a given mile.


 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

Run the tangents, run TALL and have fun.

 


Anything else you'd like to share?

 

l alternated running and biking 500 miles with my son Hogan over 10-day period in May. I averaged 35 miles of running and 15 miles of biking per day with the start of each day a full marathon. This was a fundraise event to help kids with disabilities attend summer camp. 

 

 

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