Pacer Joe

Where are you from?

Williamstown, NJ

Current P.R.

2:47:14 at 2019 Revel Mt Charleston

Typical pace

6:45

Number of marathons

82

Occupation

Software Engineer

Favorite marathon

Boston

Hobbies

Boating

Favorite Running Food

Cliff Gel

What are you reading now?

 

Who do you train with?

Mostly Myself

Personal goals

Finish all 6 World Majors (Just Tokyo ’22 left!), Finish a BQ in every state (8 states left!)

 

 

A quotation you like…

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift

-Steve Prefontaine

Why do you run?

 

Discovered I was good at it when I started in my mid-30’s.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Running the London Marathon in 2019, the charity I ran for gave me a shirt with my name on it to wear.  Must’ve heard my name at least 1000 times, “GO JOE!!”  Really pushed me to a 2:58, otherwise I’m sure I would’ve been over 3 hours.

Why do you pace?

 

There’s no better feeling in the world than running the last 0.2 miles with people you just ran 26 miles with, and they are realizing that they are about to set a huge BQ and punch their ticket to Boston!!

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

See above.  It doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, it is awesome!  Pacing Maine (3:15) and Philadelphia (3:10) Marathons come to mind.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I have the course thoroughly studied.  I know what every mile split should be to get us there on time.  I know every little hill, where the shade is, when the next aid station is.  I will motivate you to do your best!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Be prepared to run an even effort, not an even pace.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I currently have over 20 years in the US Military.

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

Charities I’ve ran marathons for and raised money: Ronald McDonald House (Chicago), Team Sense (London), Doctors Without Borders (Tokyo), and annually to the TACP Association (US Military) 24hr Run.

 

 

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