Pacer Paul


Where are you from?

Hail from Pittsburgh, transplant to NYC

Current P.R.


Typical pace

7:30-8:30 min/mi

Number of marathons

20+ (inc ultras)



Favorite marathon

Each one (cliché but true)


Classical music/ singing

Favorite Running Food

Fresh Fruit, pizza, potato chips, beer

What are you reading now?

“Out of the Depths” by Rabbi Israel Meir Lau
“Churchill: A Life” by Martin Gilbert

Who do you train with?


Personal goals

Boston Qualify



A quotation you like…

Any quote from Churchill


Why do you run?


Easiest way to exercise, addictive, great community

Describe your best marathon memory.


Pacing an autistic runner in the Long Island marathon (2013). His coaches dropped out of the race early as they were not well and I had to run the rest of the race with him solo (with his brother on a bike for support). The runner had only run NYC and Boston previously, and had no experience running a race with sections of minimal to no crowd support. I had to be a cheerleader aside from pacing for the last 18 miles. It was exhausting and thrilling to help him reach the finish line.

Why do you pace?


I find it fulfilling to help others achieve their goals

Tell us your best pacing experience.


I recently paced an autistic runner in the Boston Marathon (2013). I was a last minute addition to his pacing team and it gave me the confidence to join and volunteer other pacing teams and assist runners with special needs.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I can get your going when you’re down. I chat endlessly without shutting up until your only option to get away from me is to run faster…

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Don’t be intimidated by race day setbacks. Embrace them as part of the challenge and experience. Bonking at mile 19 is a great excuse to steal a beer from a spectator

Anything else you’d like to share?

The first 13 miles are just a warm up. 20 miles is the halfway mark. The race is primarily in one’s head. Focus and you’ll achieve your goal


What philanthropic activities do you have?

Achilles International – running with disabled athletes, outreach organization for youth at risk



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