Pacer Sam

Where are you from?

Brighton, MI

Current P.R.

3:28 at St. Louis Go!

Typical pace

Marathon Race Pace 7:30-8:00, Half Marathon Race Pace 6:30-7:00

Number of marathons



Chiropractic Student, will be a Chiropractor December 2018

Favorite marathon



Running, Weightlifting, Reading, Writing

Favorite Running Food

Peanut M&M’s (night before a race)

What are you reading now?

I’m always reading a couple books at a time. Currently reading “A Mind of Your Own” by Dr. Kelly Brogan and starting Deena Kastor’s book “Let Your Mind Run”.

Who do you train with?

Mostly by myself. Best training partner is my mom, Krys and we train together as often as possible.

Personal goals

Sub 3:15 Marathon, Full Ironman Triathlon



A quotation you like…

I can. I will. I must.


Why do you run?


It’s the place I connect deepest with myself and those who I run with. It’s where I meditate and am able to forget everything else and just run.

Describe your best marathon memory.


My first marathon (Detroit 2010) as a freshman in college. I ran with my mom and got a BQ of 3:34. She’s my best friend and favorite running partner so having her there to pace me (along with the 3:35 pacer) made for a day I won’t ever forget.

Why do you pace?


I love the feeling of reaching a goal and hitting a PR. I’ve had so many great pacers facilitate my success, I am excited about paying it forward.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


I have never officially paced, however, I ran my second marathon with my friend Kaitie. It was Detroit 2012 and she was aiming to break 4 hours. We were on pace until we got out to Belle Isle, Kaitie was not thrilled at the desolation and yells at me “Ugh this is awful! When the heck do we get off this island?!” She may or may not have used some expletives as well. We finished strong and finished right at the 4:00 mark.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I always have a smile on my face and a positive attitude. I’ll be there to encourage and cheer them on the whole way.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Embrace the pace, success doesn’t always feel good.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I’m currently at Student at Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri. I will graduate as a Doctor of Chiropractic in December 2018 and look forward to starting practice and helping many crazy runners like myself stay healthy and able to do what they love.


What philanthropic activities do you have?

I spent my undergrad at the University of Michigan volunteering with Dance Marathon, and organization that helped raised money for kids with disabilities to be able to play sports and participate in other adaptive activities. I look forward to moving back to Michigan and getting back involved with Girls on the Run and Reaching Higher.



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