Pacer Val at Rockford '11




  Pacer Val 


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Current P.R.


Where were you born?

Spangler, Pennsylvania


Number of marathons





Favorite marathon

Pittsburgh 2009 – Ran with my 17 year old daughter

Typical pace

9 minute


Favorite running music

Eye of the Tiger


Systems Engineer


Favorite running food

Ginger Cookies

Any hobbies?

Skiing, Golf


Who do you train with?

Jeff Gleason, Tony Mauro, Stacy Kopchak

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

The Rhythm of Life – Mathew Kelly


A quotation you like…

“Pain is only temporary. Quitting is forever.”

Personal goals

To pace a marathon, Run a 100 mile ultra.






Why do you run?


It makes me feel FREE


Describe your best marathon memory.


My best marathon memory was finishing my first marathon in Cleveland Ohio and crossing the finish line with both my son and daughter. Incredible!


Why do you pace?


I pace because I love running and I love people.  I enjoy helping others and sharing my excitement and love for the sport.


Tell us your best pacing experience.


I am just beginning so there is no doubt in my mind there will be many great pacing experiences.


Why should someone run in your pace group?


I am a fun and passionate runner. I enjoy helping others and meeting new people. I love to laugh and truly enjoy having a good time. 


Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Never give up – just hang in there and keep on trucking. Before you know it you will cross the finish line.  “Pain is only temporary but Quitting is forever”. Drink, drink and drink some more – keeping hydrated is so important to have a successful run.


Anything else you’d like to share?

Looking forward to pacing you!



What philanthropic activities do you have?

I have support and participate in several Girls on the Run activities and events.  I find running to be such a powerful resource and outlet for young women in today’s world.




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