Pacer Eliot

Where are you from?

Chicago, IL

Current P.R.


Typical pace

Sub 3:30 when going for a time

Number of marathons




Favorite marathon

So hard to say! Surf City? I generally like smaller races and don’t return to the same ones I’ve done.


Running? Lol. I also like cooking, especially things I grow

Favorite Running Food

Post race I love a good cheeseburger

What are you reading now?

A pacer bio form… ;)

Who do you train with?

Solo most of the time

Personal goals

Trying to get all my states under 3:30



A quotation you like…

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Or, to paraphrase Yogi
Berra, 90 percent of running is half mental.


Why do you run?


For physical and mental health, for energy, for a sense of freedom and well being and to justify consumption of tasty food and drink.

Describe your best marathon memory.


I was going to try to BQ at Richmond and hurt my knee 4 days before the race.  I wasn’t sure I could run at all and decided to walk/run and just try to finish. I couldn’t walk at my first planned point, so I kept running.  At some point, I started having fun.  A nearby runner noticed and said she wanted to run near me.  We started talking and she was trying to BQ, needing a 22 minute PR to hit her goal time.  I knew then it was my mission to pace her.  She started struggling around mile 19 and I pushed her to stay with me.  We got her a 24 minute PR and got her to her first Boston.  I had a super fun day as I ran and while it wasn’t my day to get back to Boston, I helped her get there.

Why do you pace?


See above. To return something to a community that has given me so much.  And it’s fun.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Individually, see above.  In a group context?  Pacing is challenging because you want to get everyone across that line with you, but they gradually start dropping back.  I got a couple to their times at Charleston last year and when they thank you afterwards (and you aren’t sure if they are coming up to you to smack you!), that makes the effort feel totally worthwhile.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I keep a very even pace and try to keep things light.  I try to help with the psychology of the race too.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Introduce yourselves to me and to your fellow runners.  The group dynamic can help carry everyone forward and make the miles pass more enjoyably and with less drain.

Anything else you’d like to share?



What philanthropic activities do you have?

I give to causes from charities for the homeless and hungry to education, disease research and the arts.  I’ve been on the board of or led arts and educational non-profit groups.



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