Pacer Michael



Peoria, IL


Current P.R.


Where were you born?

Peoria, IL


Number of marathons





Favorite marathon

Boston (of course!)

Typical pace

3:30 or 3:40


Favorite running music

Jay-Z, Dave Mathews, Coldplay,


Commercial Tire Sales


Favorite running food

McSkillet Burrito

Any hobbies?

Playing sports with my kids


Who do you train with?

Illinois Valley Striders

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Into Thin Air


A quotation you like…

Hebrews 12:1 “Let us run with perserverance the race that is set before us”

Personal goals

Break 3 hrs





Why do you run?


It is a great stress reliever and a way to clear my mind after a tough day.


Describe your best marathon memory.


Rocket City 2008- seeing the clock at the finish, knowing that I had qualified for my first Boston Marathon


Why do you pace?


It is a great way to give back to the running community and a great way to experience new marathons.


Tell us your best pacing experience.


New York City 2009- Unbelievable crowds, a mass of humanity, and the runners who stuck with me to the end in Central Park- a great day!


Why should someone run in your pace group?


My pace group will never lack for conversation, because I usually will talk the entire race.  To me, the race goes by a lot faster when you can get a conversation going.


Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Hydrate, relax, and enjoy the ride!


Anything else you’d like to share?

Marathons are meant to be tough or else everyone would run them!



What philanthropic activities do you have?

St. Jude Childrens Hospital Telethon- 1st Saturday in August every year I run to help raise money for kids with cancer.


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