Pacer Rollie



Fargo, ND


Current P.R.

1:52 Half Marathon of the Chicago Half Ironman Triathlon

4:16 Bismarck Marathon

Where were you born?

Detroit Lakes, MN


Number of marathons





Favorite marathon

Madison Wisconsin Ironman Triathlon

Typical pace



Favorite running music

I don’t listen to music unless I’m on a treadmill. That’s when I pull out the R&B. Keith Sweat & Jodice.


PE/Health Teacher


Favorite running food

Pretzels, Olives, V-8 Juice the sodium!!!!!

Any hobbies?

Triathlon Training, Hockey, and Camping


Who do you train with?

Mostly by myself or other triathlon friends

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Iron Heart – true story by Brian Boyle


A quotation you like…

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. Lance Armstrong

Personal goals

Complete more Ironman Triathlons and

Dream of  Qualifying for the Kona Ironman Triathlon






Why do you run?


I love the feeling after I finish running. My lungs are wide open and I feel healthy. I also like the post run soreness. Ultimately it’s one part of triathlon races that I need to continue to improve on.   


Describe your best marathon memory.


It was during the 2009 Madison Wisconsin Ironman. At mile 20 I was in pain from my toes to my head. I told my wife I was in pain and she said “what did you expect?” I said “not this much pain” she said “you have 6 miles to go to finish the race in one more hour”. I told her “I walked all of mile 16 there’s no way I’ll finish in an hour”. I started jogging a 10 min pace, then a 9:30 pace, by mile 24 I knew I was close and I started running faster 8:30 pace, by the last half mile I was sprinting. I had enough gas in the tank to push through the pain and finished the last 6.2 miles under an hour.  


Why do you pace?


A friend asked me and I was immediately interested. As a teacher and coach, helping others is what I do for a living and pacing seems like a natural fit. I get tremendous enjoyment from motivating and pushing others to achieve their goals.


Tell us your best pacing experience.


This will be my first pacing experience.


Why should someone run in your pace group?


Because I am a football coach, strength and conditioning coach and a First Sergeant in the North Dakota Air National Guard, motivating others is what I do best.  I’ll motivate you during the tough times of the race.


Any tips for runners about to join your group?


You can do it!!!!! Try everything you plan to take (gels, drinks, food) or use (shirt, shorts, socks, shoes) before race day several times to make certain on race day it doesn’t distract you from you running your race.  


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