Pacer Jean-Louis

Where are you from?

Originally from Paris, now a Floridian

Current P.R.


Typical pace

7.30-8:00 on my long runs

Number of marathons



Financial Advisor

Favorite marathon

Copenhagen, Denmark


Economic research, including university teaching

Favorite Running Food

I do not use any when I train, and use whatever gel is provided on race-day

What are you reading now?

A whole bunch of economic research on the Affordable Care Act, the hot debate of the decade…

Who do you train with?

I train with the IRun group of Miami, which has the Rocky Balboa feel.

Personal goals

Stay healthy until I  turn 100+…



A quotation you like…

Life is a lot more fun when you give a lot more than you take


Why do you run?


To stay healthy, clear my mind, and maintain the competitive spirit that I use every day in my life.

Describe your best marathon memory.


No best memory, I really give it all I can every time I race, and that is good enough even when the performance falls short.

Why do you pace?


I provide financial advice in my daily activities, I taught in various universities for a total of 10 years, and pacing is part of the same “coaching attitude”.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Pacing a 40-man combat unit in the mountain infantry, back in 1981. This was a 4-hour race in the mountains, carrying backpacks and military equipment with 3,000 feet of net elevation gain. We broke the record, based on the40-man average time.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I hit the target split time at each and every mile, provide guidance in the last few miles for the strong runners, and always stay with the slowest runner of the group that can finish within the target time.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Be sure to grab a cup of water at each and every mile, even if the weather is cold and you feel you do not need it yet. I will remind you to do it all the way to the finish line.


What philanthropic activities do you have?

I donate my time to the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), whose mission is to inspire young high-school student in low-income communities.



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