Pacer Sean

Where are you from?

Parma, Ohio

Current P.R.

3:14:15 (First 5 digits of pi)

Typical pace


Number of marathons



American Government Teacher

Favorite marathon



Running, travel, politics

Favorite Running Food

Any comfort food!

What are you reading now?

The Letters of George Washington

Who do you train with?

My podcasts

Personal goals

50 States; Mexico City, London, Paris, Berlin



A quotation you like…

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” (Declaration of Independence, 7-4-1776)


Why do you run?


I began running in 2009 following the death of my father of a heart attack.  My doctor told me that if I did not start eating right and exercising, I could be in jeopardy like my dad.  In the short period between then and now, I have run 50 marathons and 2 ultra marathons.  I have also lost 40 pounds and have maintained my weight.

Describe your best marathon memory.


The memory that sticks out most is when I ran through the “Blue Mile” in the Marine Corps Marathon.  To see the faces of our heroes who died in our service brought me to tears.

Why do you pace?


I believe pacing allows me to translate what I love to do in the classroom to the running course.  It allows me to join my two loves.  I love seeing others achieve their potential and being a part of it is an honor!

Tell us your best pacing experience.


My best pacing experiences were pacing a 10 year old in his half-marathon debut and a 12 year old in her second marathon! I think these kids may grow up to be Olympians one day!

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I will be your coach and cheerleader throughout the race.  I have paced enough times to know the mistakes many runners make and when.  This allows me to anticipate things and provide helpful advice to help ensure your success!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Be sure to listen – you must stay hydrated and fueled throughout the race.  When the hormones kick in around mile 12 to 14, stay patient and on pace.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Be sure to enjoy the scenery every now and them.  It is too easy to get caught up in tunnel vision during a marathon.  There is a lot of beauty in every race – be sure to take it all in and remember it for a lifetime.  Also, keep a daily journal – include all of your running experiences, as well as other life experiences!


What philanthropic activities do you have?

I have started several non-profits, including a scholarship fund and the Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies in my hometown.  We give out thousands of dollars to local charities every year.  I am also a lector, server and volunteers at my parish church.  As President of Parma City Council, I often assist local organizations with their community volunteers activities.  Check me out on LinkedIn and Twitter.



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