Pacer Cynthia

Where are you from?

Pittsburgh, PA

Current P.R.


Typical pace

10-11:00 min/mile

Number of marathons



Pharmacist and Yoga Instructor

Favorite marathon

Chicago 2023


Running, Yoga, Gluten Free Baking, Drinking Matcha

Favorite Running Food

Potato Chips, Peanut butter

What are you reading now?

Several technical papers on Diabetes Education and Management

Who do you train with?

Usually myself or my husband

Personal goals

To run the Honolulu Marathon. Hilly and hot, but so beautiful.



A quotation you like…

Terrible things happen when you’re just bored enough. – Me

I am not fast. – Baymax (Big Hero 6)


Why do you run?


I run because I like the way I feel and, I like to see what my body can do.  I started running at 35 during my personal ‘Fitness Renaissance.’ Since then, I have lost over 120 lbs and have kept it off for 5 years.

Describe your best marathon memory.


The finish line of the Richmond Marathon 2019. My first marathon! I was so proud to have accomplished something that I had never thought possible just a few years prior.

Why do you pace?


I pace because I like the energy and camaraderie. I find it rewarding to see others achieve their goals and the joy that it brings!

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Pittsburgh Back Half Marathon 2023: Nice to run a new portion of the race, but also to give encouragement to the group of guys I had with me that joked and laughed the whole time!  The gold finisher metal at the end was pretty cool too.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I like to keep it light and fun.  We may be doing something hard, but a good attitude makes it a bit easier to get that PR!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Please let me know what your goal is so I can assist you in achieving it! I am there for you, so feel free to ask me anything and I will do my best to help.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Bring a compact bag (plastic grocery bag or otherwise) with you on race day for all the good snacks and drinks at the end of the race. I pack mine in my race belt. No one wants to juggle water, a banana, chips, and a bagel after running all those miles!


What philanthropic activities do you have?


I volunteer for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) events. I have been a Type 1 Diabetic for over 30 years. ‘Let’s turn Type One into Type NONE!’


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