Pacer Walter


Where are you from?

Chicago, IL

Current P.R.

3:00 marathon, 1:23 half

Typical pace

In training 7:30-9:30/mile

Number of marathons



Running Coach

Favorite marathon

Indianapolis Monumental

Favorite Running Food

Shot Bloks

What are you reading now?

PRE—The Story of America’s Greatest Running Legend by Tom Jordan

Who do you train with?

Chicago Endurance Sports

Personal goals

50 miler, sub 2:55 marathon



A quotation you like…

“Every day is a good day when you run.”


Why do you run?


I started running in 2006 to lose weight. I run now because it’s a major part of who I am.

Describe your best marathon memory.


While nearing the halfway point at the 2010 Boston Marathon, I hear the loud screams from the Wellesley College crowd. I kept wondering why the screaming seemed to keep getting louder (surely it couldn’t be for me), until I passed the duo of Rick and Dick Hoyt. I got teary-eyed for a moment, and then I looked down and saw that my pace had picked up by 10 seconds/mile—OOPS.

Why do you pace?


It’s one of the many terrific ways to give back to the running community.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


So far, my best pacing experiences have been with the training group I help pace and coach. Sometimes it’s about helping a newer runner achieve a distance PR, and in other occasions, it’s seeing a more experienced runner achieve a time goal or qualify for Boston that makes my day.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


If you’re looking to hit your time goal and have a great time along the way, then I’m your pacer!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Depending on the crowds, we might be a little slow in the first mile or two. But don’t fret; there will still be plenty of time to make up gradually any deficit. So relax, let me take care of the pacing, and enjoy.

What philanthropic activities do you have?


I like to volunteer at as many running-related events as my schedule will allow.


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