Pacer Merrideth

Where are you from?

Darien, Illinois

Current P.R.

3:42:25 (Full); 1:47:38 (Half)

Typical pace

Chatting with friends, 8:45-9:45 min/ mi and rockin’ it out solo, 8:00-8:30 min/mi

Number of marathons



Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Favorite marathon



Fencing, football and golf

Favorite Running Food

Who do you train with?

Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA)

Personal Goals

Inspire my daughter to run with me; be able to run a training plan and potentially BQ

A quotation you like…

Marathons are hard, but I can do hard things.” Martinus Evans

Why do you run?

I run because I can. Prior to being struck by a car while crossing the street in downtown Chicago, I didn't run unless something was chasing me! But, as part of my recovery I decided to run the Chicago Marathon at a friend's behest because I could run.

Describe your best marathon memory.

My family had never been in the crowd at one of my races until 2022. Running through Pilsen to see my Dad and Stepmom and give them a quick hug was one of the happiest marathon memories that I have.

Why do you pace?

I pace because the community and energy of running with someone gives others the extra support he/she/they might need at a time it wasn't know it was needed! I've found group runs are much easier than solo runs.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

I enjoy helping others reach his/her/their goals. I have been told I am one of the happiest runners you will meet, and I won't disagree!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

*THIS* is the celebration! The race is the culmination of everything you have done to get to this point–so don't forget to enjoy it! You have done the preparation. You've got this!

Anything else you’d like to share?

I'm a single mom, working full-time with a young child. My training isn't perfect, my nutrition isn't perfect, and I’m not perfect. But, don't underestimate the power of mental fortitude and a positive attitude.

Ability is what your capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” -


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