Pacer Mike R. 


St. Joseph, MN


Current P.R.

3:14 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon 2004 

Where were you born?

St. Cloud, MN 


Number of marathons



January 24th


Favorite marathon

St. George Marathon 

Typical pace






Computer programmer, Spanish teacher 


Favorite running food

pre-run: Oatmeal  post-run: peanuts and raisins 

Any hobbies?

Foreign languages; Spanish, French and Guarani 


Who do you train with?

usually by myself 




A quotation you likeā€¦

The marathon starts at mile 20! 

Personal goals

Retire and live in a foreign country 






Why do you run?

Because I still can!  If I'm running it means that everything is working: no injuries 


Describe your best marathon memory.

My first running of the Boston Marathon, coming down Boylston street to the finish with the crowd cheering.   


Why do you pace?

I enjoy having a mission; helping my group achieve their goal.  I also enjoy the rapport that develops between the runner in the pace group. 


Tell us your best pacing experience.

I felt like I was a player/coach for a winning team. 



Why should someone run in your pace group?

I've spent 25 years learning how to master the delicate balance between pushing and pacing myself.  As a pace group leader, the group can leave the pacing to me and as a team we'll push each other to achieve our goal. 


Any tips for runners about to join your group?

Pick a pace that will allow you to have a strong finish; It's more fun than hitting the wall!


Anything else you'd like to share?

Besides running, I do a lot of cross-training to prevent injuries. I commute to work on my bike, swim and do weights (core training). Being able to run injury free has definitely been worth the effort! (Knock on wood!!!)



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