Pacer Jessi

Where are you from?

Middlesex, NJ

Current P.R.

3:11:26 - full

Typical pace

8:30 min/mile

Number of marathons



Higher Education (Undergraduate Admissions)

Favorite marathon



Running, traveling, hot yoga

Favorite Running Food

Pre-race bagels

What are you reading now?

When I am not reading college applications, I typically read one random fiction book a week

Who do you train with?

My running club (Raritan Valley Road Runners) or solo

Personal goals

To run a 100 miler in the future



A quotation you like…

“I can, I will” is the mantra I live by, and it was actually my first tattoo


Why do you run?


I started running in high school and continued competitively in college but put too much pressure on myself and ended up leaving the team. A year later, a friend convinced me to sign up for the Harrisburg marathon less than a month out, and my love for the marathon distance was born.

Describe your best marathon memory.


I introduced myself to another runner at mile 2 of the Philly Marathon and we stuck together for 20 miles! We both PR’d that day and are running NYC together this fall

Why do you pace?


Reaching personal goals is satisfying, but nothing beats seeing other runners achieve their goals or witnessing first-time marathoners cross the finish line

Tell us your best pacing experience.


I recently paced the Shamrock Marathon, and I had a group of 15-20 runners who stayed with me the entire time! One was even dressed like a leprechaun

Why should someone run in your pace group?


Usually marathons have post-race parties, but why not have a party during the race? When you join my pace group, brace yourself for 26.2 miles of FUN!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Relax and don’t take yourself too seriously 😊

Anything else you’d like to share?

I have worked at Starbucks for over 5 years and my favorite ice cream flavor is cookie dough


What philanthropic activities do you have?

When I’m not running races, you can find me volunteering at them! My favorite volunteer slot is race photographer



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