Pacer Rob

Where are you from?

Toledo, Ohio USA

Current P.R.


Typical pace

6:00 to 8:00

Number of marathons



VP for environmental services company

Favorite marathon



Rehabbing my old house, cooking fish and pasta, helping my kids with their stuff,

Favorite Running Food

Beet Smoothies

What are you reading now?

Trying to get through Leaves of Grass…

Who do you train with?

Downtown Runners of Detroit, Second Sole of Toledo

Personal goals

Finish my house, keep running into old age, keep improving in my running



A quotation you like…

"There’s no reason to be an asshole"


Why do you run?


Because it feels good that I can do it well.  Because it feels good to stop.  Because I feel strong and healthy.  Because I don’t know what else I would do.

Describe your best marathon memory.


The start of the NYC marathon in 2011. Stunningly make-your-cry beautiful.

Confirming that I broke 3 hours at Chicago, in the timing tent after the race. Went ballistic. J

The long walk back to the hotel after the Boston bombing in 2013.

Why do you pace?


To make the world a better place.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


I haven’t done that much pacing, but at the Churchill’s half marathon last year, 2 people in my 1:30 group had PRs and everyone finished on track.  I felt like I had been a part of a really great day.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


Because they want to know that their leader is going to hit the numbers.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Aim high.  Believe big things are possible. Don’t overdress. Wear shorts if it’s above 30 degrees.. J

Anything else you’d like to share?

Don’t eat gas station sushi.  Wear good socks.

What philanthropic activities do you have?

I’m president of my neighborhood association and I’ve been involved in local political issues.  I also volunteer at numerous road races.



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