Pacer Michele at the  Dexter Ann Arbor Half Marathon

Pacer Michele Ford

Where are you from?

Seoul, Korea

Current P.R.


Typical pace

9:20 (Depends upon the distance 8-9:20)

Number of marathons




Favorite marathon

I have two, Boston/Detroit


Running, sewing, jewelry making, reading

Favorite Running Food


What are you reading now?

Marathon Woman by Katherine Switzer

Who do you train with?

Local running groups- Brighton Area Road Striders (BARS), Howell  Underground Running Team (HURT) and with anyone who will run with me.

Personal goals

Run Boston in every decade,



A quotation you like…


"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."  Eleanor Roosevelt

Why do you run?


Three reasons: 1st- The drug of choice, natural endorphins and a healthier body, faster. 2nd-A spiritual peace of mind and body. Lastly companionship and friendship. Running for me is a lifestyle, going beyond being a sport. Running those last few miles in a marathon taps into my last reservoirs of strength and purpose. It's such a sense of accomplishment to go the 'edge of the precipice' and still live. I have met so many wonderful people who have chosen running as an outlet to share, support and create friendships that are strengthened on long runs.

Describe your best marathon memory.


Reaching my running goals is important to me. After my second marathon, I was determined to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I thought I knew how to train but there were a couple of mishaps and my next 2 marathons were unsuccessful. It was then that I thought of using a pacer. Brett, who paced and presently paces for Marathon Pacing. He helped me to accomplish my goal, crossing the Finish line with me. It was perfect timing, as my emotions were running high, my husband threw a Boston Qualifier shirt at me at the Finish Line! I ran my first Boston Marathon in 2011!

Why do you pace?


After having run 2 Boston Marathons and planning on running Boston 2014, I want to enhance the health of the community one person at a time, directly influencing others to attain their goals.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


The sport of running has highs and lows and the marathon epitomizes those aspects. I take my training seriously and can appreciate all the hard work and miles ticked off. I am a dedicated and committed runner. I want runners in my group to have the satisfaction and fulfillment of not only meeting but surpassing their goals, knowing that all the hard work was worth it. Lastly, I want the experience to be fun, energetic, and awe inspiring! Ask questions and come see for yourself.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Several tips: 1st and foremost, Did you put in the training? Then trust your training! Regardless of running with a pacer or solo, have a mantra. Lastly, I set three goals within a marathon. Make them manageable and realistic. You have to respect the distance. After that remember to smile for the camera.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Running is a paradox. It is both run as a solo event but also in a social setting. What makes running fun for me is listening and sharing running stories. Everyone has interesting stories and I am continually grateful to everyone who has shared a part of their lives with me.  I hope to be an inspiration to others by sharing my stories for we never know when someone's life needs an extra boost of energy, adrenaline, emotion or friendship.


What philanthropic activities do you have?

One of the greatest assets is my time. Unlike money, time is something i can never get back. I have donated my time to many events from Boy Scouts of America, organizing Korean Culture events, and being on the race committee for the Turkey Trot race on Thanksgiving Day.



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