Pacer James

Where are you from?

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Current P.R.

4 hours 35 Minutes

Typical pace

8:30-9 min pace

Number of marathons




Favorite marathon


Running, Coaching and Cooking

Favorite Running Food

Peanut Butter Pretzels

What are you reading now?

Who do you train with?


Personal goals

under 2 hour half marathon by March

A quotation you like…

Don’t stop when your tired, stop when you are done

Why do you run?

Friendships developed from running, mental health (free therapy) and setting an example

Describe your best marathon memory.

Publix Marathon 2 months after my first one in flat Jacksonville, running free with no other goal then to finish better than my first even with hills, (shaved off 35 minutes)

Why do you pace?

Helping others be successful, and experiencing the joy of someone accomplishing their goal they set

Tell us your best pacing experience.

Start of the race a new runner never had run anything over a half, nervous but excited about attempting the first marathon. Pre-Race start went over lessons learned the hard way running; the first lesson do not start out super fast, be consistent over time, hydrate each station, but above all else enjoy the journey. As we progressed through the run, checked in on the athlete, and reminded them that no matter what, today was going to be a personal record.. the furthest distance ever ran before. The smile on mile 18 when the person realized they had already set a record today and were going to set a few more by the end of the day.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

I am flexible to the point that I can be a coach and I can be motivational throughout the run. No matter what success that day is when YOU reach your goal.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

Best motivation is friends, everyone supports each other, find your pace and remember to relax just breath we will all be successful.

Anything else you’d like to share?

The most important conversations you’ll ever have are the ones you’ll have with yourself." Semper Fidelis

What philanthropic activities do you have?

Advisor to Engage Club, Bible Club, Debate Club, Soup Kitchen volunteer


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