Pacer Gerald

Where are you from?

Saint Charles, IL


Current P.R.





Number of marathons


Typical pace

7:15-7:45 training


Favorite marathon



Educational Administrator


Favorite Running Food

Bananas and homemade trail mix


Cooking, spending time with extended family, traveling, camping and playing with my children,


Who do you train with?

Fox Valley Trail Runners and my good friend, Bob.

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

The Brothers Karamazov, Confessions of An Economic Hit Man


A quotation you like…

We are not champions because we win; we win because we are champions.

Personal goals

To finish a ½ Ironman in the summer of 2011 and complete a full Ironman before I turn 50.






Why do you run?


I run because it of the simplicity of it.  It is the one fitness activity I have maintained for the past 29 years, starting with my freshman year in high school and cross-country.


Describe your best marathon memory.


When I was attempting to qualify for Boston, my 8 year old daughter had written “Go Dad!!” upside down on my race bib, so I could read it as I was running.  I hit the wall at mile 19, but found my second wind around 23 by looking at that message and thinking about my children waiting for me at the finish line.  I qualified by 41 seconds.


Why do you pace?


I like the teamwork aspect of pacing.  There is a very reassuring sense that comes from the cadence and feeling of “we’re in this together”.


Tell us your best pacing experience.


Coming soon!


Why should someone run in your pace group?


I’ll help you remember why you are running the race and will stay calm and focused throughout all 26.2 miles.


Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Don’t do anything different on race day. Eat your usual breakfast. 


Anything else you’d like to share?


You are a champion for coming to the starting line.  Way to go!


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