Pacer Otto


Where are you from?

Originally from Hong Kong

Currently live in Wayne, NJ

And Work in New York City

Current P.R.

3:08:34 at the Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon 2016

Typical pace

7:00 min/mile

Number of marathons

I have completed over 100 marathons and ultra-marathons, including 20 100 mile ultra-marathons with the longest continuous run of 213 miles. I have also completed the Badwater 135 Mile Ultramarathon, which was known to be the world’s toughest foot race with a time of 34:45:33.


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Favorite marathon

Every marathon is my favorite marathon. Each one has a special story behind it, especially those I ran with my wife and my friends. If I have to pick only one, I would pick Marine Corps Marathon (Sorry, New York City Marathon, I still love you).


Running, and building LEGOs with my kids

Favorite Running Food

Marathon: Hammer Heed, Gel, and Endurolytes

Ultra-marathon: Potato Chips, Ice Cream, Pizza, Soda, Cookies, Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich, and the Hammer Nutrition listed above.

What are you reading now?

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Who do you train with?

My wife (Louisa), my friend (John K), and my running team (Dashing Whippets)

Personal goals

Continue to improve my marathon and ultra-marathon time, and encourage friends and family to have a healthy and active lifestyle through running.



A quotation you like…

A beautiful smile is the best painkiller to tear down those miles!


Why do you run?


It is the cheapest transportation that I can afford. It is also the best way to relief stress and to stay healthy. It also gives me quiet personal time (at least before my wife started running with meJ)

Describe your best marathon memory.


Paced my wife for her first marathon in Rochester, NY where we first met, and raised over $2,000 for the event sponsor, the Arthritis Foundation.

Why do you pace?


It is moving to hear stories behind each runner and help them to achieve their goal.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


At mile 22 when I was pacing my wife for her first marathon, she was literally angry for what I had put her through. She yelled, “Stay the f**k away from me!”.  The runners and the spectators around us were wondering what happened.  4 miles later, we held each other hand and crossed the finish line together. That’s one of the best memories we have ever had!

Why should someone run in your pace group?


Because my goal is not just to finish in a specific time, my goal is to also have FUN!  So, we will have a great time laughing together while we accomplish your goal. I will even sing everyone a song, but that usually didn’t work out very well in the past, everyone suddenly just ran away!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Sleeping is the easiest part of the training that is also the hardest thing to do! Please make sure you have enough sleep, I would hate to see anyone fall asleep when I’m pacing them. I will give everyone a quiz at the finish line to make sure you have stayed awake for the entire race!

Anything else you’d like to share?

The hardest part of a marathon is the training. If you can make it to the start on race day, then it means you did it already! The race itself is just a graduation party, I’m just there to celebrate with you and to make sure you don’t get drunk before you get your diploma! Let’s party!

What philanthropic activities do you have?

I am running 20in24 in Philadelphia and raising fund for Back on My Feet foundation.


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