Pacer Alissa

Where are you from?

The Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

Current P.R.


Typical pace

8:45 minute miles

Number of marathons



Project Manager

Favorite marathon



I teach yoga, and I enjoy riding my bike, walking my dog, and cooking with my husband.

Favorite Running Food

Oatmeal (before and after running)

What are you reading now?

The Runner’s Brain

Who do you train with?

The Lehigh Valley Road Runners

Personal goals

To spend the rest of my life running.



A quotation you like…

You get what you work for, not what you wish for.


Why do you run?


It makes me feel strong—but mostly that it makes me feel truly alive. I also really enjoy early morning runs and all the beautiful sunrises.

Describe your best marathon memory.


Running step for step with my husband during his first marathon (Kiawah Island Marathon). It was just 2 days after he proposed to me, and the hottest marathon I had ever run, but it was incredible sharing that journey and crossing the finish line with him.

Why do you pace?


I enjoy helping others reach their goals—whether it’s a Personal Record or just crossing the finish line. It’s inspiring to me to meet them and to hear their stories of what get them to the starting line.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


My best pacing experience was during a particularly snowy half marathon in the month of April. No one expected the complete white-out conditions that we ran through, but I did my best to keep everyone focused on getting to the finish line and tried to keep it as fun as possible. Several of the runners thanked me afterward for helping them through it and said that they wouldn’t have made it without the motivation along the way.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I try to make the experience as fun as possible—I love to meet the runners in my groups, and I sometimes feel like a “cruise director” on our shared journey to the finish line. I’ve also received a lot of great advice from other runners along the way, so I always try to pay it forward.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Have fun, smile, and enjoy every step along the way.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Life is too short to be anything but happy!


What philanthropic activities do you have?


I have worked with Girls on the Run, and I lead a running group for my local running club. In addition to my regular yoga classes that I teach, I occasionally provide yoga classes for groups that normally aren’t exposed to yoga.


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