Pacer Avi

Where are you from?

Chesapeake, VA

Current P.R.

3:59:58 full, 1:40:18 Half

Typical pace

8:00 – 9:00

Number of marathons

20 Full, 50+ Half


Project Manager for ADP

Favorite marathon



Is there anything else other than running? LOL

Favorite Running Food

During a run, Tailwind

After a run, Hamburger and fries!

What are you reading now?

Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald

Advanced Marathoning by Pete Pfitzinger

Who do you train with?

Every single running group in the Hampton Roads, VA area

Personal goals

BQ for Boston 2021



A quotation you like…

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." - Harvey Fienstein

Why do you run?


Running has transformed my life.  Physically, mentally, emotionally.  Until

Describe your best marathon memory.


Marine Corps Marathon 2015.  It was my first marathon. The prior year and a half I lost 100 lbs, and MCM was the pinnacle moment of my journey.  I will never forget pre-race activities, standing in the corral and watching V-22 Ospreys fly low over us, and the starting gun (a 155mm howitzer) and how loud it was.  I ran the race with my longtime running partner and

Why do you pace?


I love giving back to the running community by helping others reach their goals.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Shamrock Half Marathon 2016.  I was the 2:30 Half pacer, and I was able to lead a number of good friends to a PR!

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I will motivate (or distract you, lol) by telling you stories about my life. How I lost 100 lbs, how I got into running, telling you bad jokes and maybe singing “do you see what I see”.  I promise you will laugh. In the end, this will be a fun and memorable experience!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Break down the race into 13.1 or 26.2 goals and see every mile is a goal achieved!

Also pause at every water stop.  You need to hydrate!  Don’t worry we will stay on pace!

Anything else you’d like to share?

I am a Running Etc. (local running store) Ambassador.  I was also a featured pacer on a Runnerclick article on Pacers:

Follow me on IG: @akelley728

What philanthropic activities do you have?

I push for Team Hoyt and for Ainsley’s Angels


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