Pacer Mike G. 

Where are you from?

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Current P.R.



January 28


Number of marathons


Typical pace

8:00 Training / 7:00 Marathon


Favorite marathon

Boston Marathon




Favorite Running Food

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce


Running, Harley Davidson, Hunting, Fishing, Traveling


Who do you train with?

My dog Bailey and my Friends (Annie, Mike, Bret, Luai, Mike…)

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Born to Run

Duel in the Sun


A quotation you like…

“The marathon lifestyle promotes doing rather than watching…by adopting the marathon lifestyle you can confront your own lions, be your own hero, fight your own battles, challenge yourself.”

- Richard Benyo

Personal goals

Run a sub-3hr Marathon



“The willingness to succeed is nothing without the willingness to prepare.”



Why do you run?


Health, Stress Relief, and to be outside


Describe your best marathon memory.


Crossing the finish-line in Ashland, WI (2007 Whistle-stop Marathon) with my first BQ.  Knowing that my race day strategies of a consistant pace throughout triumphed.  That and the fear of missing by seconds, ha ha ha.  


Why do you pace?


To help others reach their goals, whether it’s just to finish, a certain time or a BQ.


Tell us your best pacing experience.


Started out just running the Fox Cities Marathon as a training run with a friend.  He wanted to get a BQ and was using the pace group.  He ended up falling off pace and I coached him back and eventually a BQ by less than a minute.  The satisfaction of seeing the joy and relief once he realized he could do it.  It was like I ran a BQ.  Exhilaration!


Why should someone run in your pace group?


I’m 3 for 3 when it comes to pacing for a BQ.  I’ve experienced the rabbit starts, the slow starts, and everything in-between.  I know that a consistent pace is the best way to get to the finish-line at your goal.


Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Notice the last few words of ‘Why should someone run in your pace group?’  The word “AT” your goal.  My pacing strategy is the same as my race strategy.  Start off at your race pace and hold.   Whether it’s shear determination or the fear of missing ones goal time by seconds, the best motivation comes from within.


Anything else you’d like to share?

Trust in your training!  The race itself is the proof of the trust you have in yourself and the countless training miles you’ve logged! Enjoy it! Cherish it! Eat it up! Then have a beer!


What philanthropic activities do you have?

Fund raising for the MACC Fund and RACC.  Volunteering in many running events and running clinics throughout the year.  Previously coaching youth hockey and track.



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