Pacer Karen

Karen captured 2nd place when she raced at the Pocono Marathon!


Where are you from?

Liberty Twp, NJ

Current P.R.


1:20:38 (half marathon)

Typical pace

7:30/mile (training pace)

6:55/mile (marathon pace)

Number of marathons



Program Manager at IMS Health

Favorite marathon

Disney Marathon


Skiing, snowboarding, wine tasting

Favorite Running Food

Chocolate Gu

What are you reading now?

I'm typically reading a murder mystery

Who do you train with?

NJ Racing Project

Personal goals

Breaking 3:00 in the marathon!



A quotation you like…

"It's important to know that at the end of the day it's not the medals you remember. What you remember is the process -- what you learn about yourself by challenging yourself, the experiences you share with other people, the honesty the training demands -- those are things nobody can take away from you whether you finish twelfth or you're an Olympic Champion."
-Silken Laumann, Canadian Olympian


Why do you run?


I equally love the social aspect and the competitive aspect of running. My love of running has grown so much throughout the years. One of the main reasons I run is because of the relationships that form and grow from running with a group. I met my boyfriend and some of my best friends through running. I also landed my job through a running connection.  Also, nothing beats the feeling of crossing the finish line when you know that you’ve given it everything you have.   

Describe your best marathon memory.


One of my best marathon memories was at the Disney Marathon in 2005; this was my first marathon. I reluctantly signed up for the marathon because my Dad asked me if I wanted to run it with him, at the time, I never had a desire to run a marathon. By the time the marathon rolled around, I was apprehensive. My dad and I did all of our training and I was ready. Our goal was to run together and break 4 hours. My dad and I were at each other’s sides for every mile. I felt amazing and was so glad to share this moment with my father. I crossed the finish line 2 seconds ahead of him, because I couldn’t let him beat me! We finished in 3:48, 12 minutes faster than our goal.

Why do you pace?


I want to help other runners achieve their goals.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I focus on even effort throughout the entire race. Your body will naturally take the up hills slower and the down hills faster, it is important to keep a consistent effort through the ups and downs of a course. Also, I will entertain you with stories and provide motivation to help keep your mind off the pain in those later miles.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Relax, have fun and let me do the work.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Make sure to take a moment to take in everything around you. Look at the beauty of the course, remember the training it took to get you where you are and truly enjoy the experience for everything it is worth. Every race is unique and you need to preserve the experience.  



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