Pacer Mark

Where are you from?

Rochester, New York

Current P.R.


Typical pace


Number of marathons

29; 1 x 50K and 1x 50 miler


High School Teacher

Favorite marathon

New York City


Travel, being outdoors, triathlons,

Favorite Running Food

Pre race – banana pancakes and peanut butter

During the race – hammer gel

Post race - Chocolate chip cookies and chocolate milk

What are you reading now?

Anatomy for Runners and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Personal Trainer manuals

Who do you train with?

Pacer Lindsey

Personal goals

Get as many people involved in running and exercise as possible 



A quotation you like…


“One day you won’t be able to do this. Today is not that day”

“it hurts more to quit”

Why do you run?


The feeling following a run is fantastic!  It’s a great stress relief and I can’t imagine being sedentary.  Bonus is I get to eat whatever I want

Describe your best marathon memory.


True running marathon memory - seeing the CITGO sign of my first Boston Marathon.

26.2 mile distance best memory - The Mountain Man Memorial March.  This is a 26.2 mile military style ruck march/run event with a 35lb rucksack in the hills of Tennessee that honors Soldiers killed serving their country.  I had the honor of marching for LT Ashley White-Stumpf and seeing her Mother and the other Gold Star family members at the finish line to welcome the participants in was priceless. It really put how lucky we are to be able to run and the thought of being frustrated about having a “bad” run in perspective.

Why do you pace?


I want to help people achieve their goals and love the challenge of holding a pace

Tell us your best pacing experience.


A few years ago I told a few friends that I would help train and pace them for a marathon.  This was a bucket list one time only deal for them.  As their unofficial pacer I helped them to a sub 4 hour race and they are all still running and have finished many more marathons.  I like to think I played a part in discovering their love of running. 

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I can remove the stress of thinking about your pace and will help you meet your goal! Running in a group is more motivational than tackling a marathon alone.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Trust your training and be proud of the fact you trained hard enough to be at the start line






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