Pacer John

Where are you from?

Mountain Top, PA

Current P.R.

3:19 37 marathon

1:34 half marathon

19:30 5K

Typical pace

8:30 min/mile

Number of marathons



Physician, medical oncologist

Favorite marathon



Cooking, cycling and strength training

Favorite Running Food

Sweet potatoes.  For half marathons and marathons, I go with Maurten gels

What are you reading now?

“Always Looking Up” by Michael J. Fox

Who do you train with?

Fleet Feet Running Club, HPRC, CBRC

Personal goals

Complete all six marathon majors (at 3 currently)



A quotation you like…


“Keep showing up” Des Linden

“Stay Hard!” David Goggins

Why do you run?


I run for physical and mental health.  I enjoy the camaraderie of the Pittsburgh running community.

Describe your best marathon memory.


I ran the last fraction of a mile of the Zion 55K and JC Stone 50K with my kids.  Three weeks after a disappointing Erie Marathon, I finished the Berlin Marathon seconds from a PR.

Why do you pace?


Interacting with the running community while not feeling like I have to go all out.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


I paced the EQT 10 miler in Pittsburgh and said hello to everyone I knew that I saw during the course.  One of the runners in my pace group said “you’re like a celebrity!!!”

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I’ve upped my recovery/injury prevention game and I can share my knowledge on these topics.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


See quotes above!

Also, go for a negative split

Anything else you’d like to share?

I have two teenagers and a dog.


What philanthropic activities do you have?

I’m a member of Circle of Hope at my work.  Also, I am a member of my work’s Go Green committee.  I am planning to help organize the 2nd Annual One Day to Remember’s Bo Run 5K which benefits patients with cancer who have young children.



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