Pacer Melissa

Where are you from?

Livonia, MI

Current P.R.

26.2M in 4:28:07

Typical pace

It depends on the distance, the terrain, and the conditions; but I typically train at 10:30s. per mile when running on clear pavement.

Number of marathons

13 (5 at 13.1M, 2 at 26.2M, 4 at 50K, 1 at 50M, and 1 at 100K)


Associate Business Systems Analyst

Favorite marathon

Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon


Running, hiking, traveling, camping, painting, and gardening

Favorite Running Food

Salted potatoes

What are you reading now?

UltraRunning Magazine

Who do you train with?

My husband and the WALTONs running group

Personal goals

I would love to pace my husband at the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run.



A quotation you like…

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   

But I have promises to keep,   

And miles to go before I sleep,   

And miles to go before I sleep.”

-          Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” 4th stanza

Why do you run?


I run for health, fitness and stress relief.

Describe your best marathon memory.


When I completed my first 50K at the 2013 Niagara Ultra in Ontario, Canada, I was flabbergasted and overjoyed when they announced that I placed 1st in my age group.

Why do you pace?


I love to encourage other runners on the course to keep moving and realize their dreams.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


At the 2014 Javelina Jundred in Fountain Hills, AZ, I paced my husband for the last 40 miles of his first 100 Mile Ultramarathon finish while wearing a jeanie costume.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


We will have a lot of fun on the course and you will achieve your race goals!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Trust your training and have fun on race day!

Anything else you’d like to share?

Hablo español si necesario. (I speak Spanish if necessary).


What philanthropic activities do you have?

I participate in Thrivent Builds Worldwide Corporate Trips to build homes for families in need with Habitat for Humanity.


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