Pacer Tom

Hometown

Orofino, Idaho

 

Current P.R.

3:08 (Detroit, 2003)

Where were you born?

Olney, Illinois

 

Number of marathons

20+ Marathons, 40+ Ultramarathons, 1 Ironman

Birthday

February 20th

 

Favorite marathon

 Several "favorites."  I really enjoy running the trail races.

Typical pace

3:45 - 4:00

 

Favorite running music

 I don't listen to music when I run

Occupation

District Manager for General Motors

 

Favorite running food

Pretty much anything!  I like a bowl of oatmeal before a long run.

Any hobbies?

Running, studying theology, snorkeling, fishing with my kids, swimming, just started doing scuba and spearfishing

 

Who do you train with?

Saturday group runs with the local running club (Northwest Broward Road Runners), otherwise by myself

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

I usually have three or four in the works at any one time.  The big one right now is "Systematic Theology" by Wayne Grudem.

 

Personal goals

Be the best husband to my wife and the best father to my children.  Someday complete a seminary degree.  I also want to become a better scuba diver and freediver.  And I'd like to try skydiving.  And learn to speak Spanish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do you run?

Started running to lose weight.  Then I wanted to see how fast I could go.  Then I wanted to see how far I could go.  Now I do it for the adventure and general health benefits.


 

Describe your best marathon memory.

No one particular thing.  From my ultrarunning background, there is nothing like the indescribable feeling of crossing the finish line having just run 100 miles...


 

Why do you pace?

I enjoy helping other runners get the most from their marathon experience.


 

Tell us your best pacing experience.

Every marathon, there is somebody who sets a PR or qualifies for Boston or finishes their first marathon.  Sharing that with them is the best experience.


 

Why should someone run in your pace group?

Ha!  I tell really bad jokes... a lot of them!  And potentially bogus trivia!


 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

Don't take yourself too seriously.  Have fun.  Give thanks.


 


Anything else you'd like to share?


I was a Naval Officer, a highpower rifle champion, and I've caught alligators on a fishing line in my backyard.  I've scaled mountains and survived in the wilderness for weeks at a time.  I know how to bumper-skin a deer and have eaten bear.  I've driven race cars, traveled to many foreign lands, and I've seen awesome bands perform in concert.  But the most valuable thing in my whole life, the one thing I'd trade for nothing, is my relationship with the Lord!

 

 

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