Pacer Dave

Where are you from?

Detroit, Michigan

Current P.R.

2:46 (Tuscon 2008)

Typical pace

Marathon: 6:30/mi; Ultras: 8-9 min/mi

Number of marathons

Over 100 (if you count ultras)



Favorite marathon

Disney, Boston, and NYC


Running and whatever my kids want to do at the moment

Favorite Running Food

Sushi (during ultras!)

What are you reading now?

Grant by Ron Chernow

Who do you train with?

PRS in Jax

Personal goals

Sub 2:37 in the marathon; sub-13 in the 100-miler



A quotation you like…

“Clear eyes, full hearts . . . can’t lose!” (From the TV show Friday Night Lights)


Why do you run?


I’ve been running 80+ miles a week since 2002. At this point, it is just part of who I am!

Describe your best marathon memory.


My first “sub-3,” at the Detroit International Marathon in 2005. I looked at my watch when I hit Mile 26, and it was 2:59 exactly. I said to myself, “this is going to hurt,” and proceeded to will my legs to run the 0.2 at a sub-5 pace. Finished with 4 seconds to spare J 

Why do you pace?


I absolutely love helping other runners reach their goals. I’m proud to say that in the 4 marathons I’ve paced, I have crossed the finish line either exactly at the target time, or 1 second fast J

Tell us your best pacing experience.


All of them.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


Free legal advice throughout the run. Trump and McConaughey impersonations. Bad dad jokes. The list goes on and on…

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Stay in the moment and don’t get too far down the course mentally. In a 100-mile race, if you are thinking at Mile 12 how you’re hurting right now, and you can’t possibly fathom 82 more miles, I suggest that is not a winning mindset. The only mile any of us has to run is the one we are in right now. Stay focused and present, and sooner or later, the current mile will be the last one!




What philanthropic activities do you have?

Over the years, I’ve raised thousands of dollars for various charities in the battle to fight cancer, including the Sylvester Center for Pediatric Cancer at the University of Miami, as well as the Donna Foundation up here in the Jax area.



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