Serene captured 1st Place at the 2011 Flagstaff Marathon!

  Pacer Serene 

Where are you from?

Originally from Colorado, but currently live in Battle Creek MI


Current P.R.

3:09.08 Oct 2010


Number of marathons


Typical pace

8:30 to 8:45


Favorite marathon

Favorite marathon-they have all been memorable, but I really like the ones where my husband is on the course or at the finish line waiting for me.


Eligibility specialist with state of MI


Favorite Running Food

Carbs – bread, pancakes, macaroni and cheese from a box, and Applebee's chicken sandwich, onion rings, and beer battered pretzel sticks the night before a race.


Running, of course! And biking, hiking, kayaking, reading, puzzles, and crocheting.


Who do you train with?

Primarily my i-pod, and sometimes my husband (he rides his bike while I run).

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

I really don’t have a favorite book – there are too many good ones out there.


A quotation you like…

“Never give up”

Personal goals

Keep running for as long as I can






Why do you run?


I always feel as if I have accomplished something every day when I run. I feel more energized and alive after running, and it also allows me to “pig out” every now and then and not gain weight! I also do some of my best thinking and decision-making when I run.


Describe your best marathon memory.


My very first marathon – Honolulu, HI 2000. I was living there at the time and decided 4 weeks before the race to do it since I was there. I didn’t really train for it – my longest run before the marathon was 8 miles! This is not a smart thing to do, so don’t do it! I didn’t have a goal in mind for the race – I just wanted to finish. I was shocked when I crossed the line at 3:43.


Why do you pace?


Pacing enhances my overall marathon experience. I love cheering a group on towards their marathon goals by being enthusiastic, energetic, and somewhat goofy during the race. There is personal gratification in helping others through pacing that cannot be matched – not only do I get to do what I love while pacing, but I also get to encourage and motivate others. Pacing is a challenge – instead of running for my best time or a certain place, I am accountable for those who have joined my pace group. They are counting on me! 


Tell us your best pacing experience.


Fargo, ND - the runners in my pace group were spirited and seemed to enjoy my craziness. Some of them even volunteered to carry my pace sign, and I was able to get the crowds involved to cheer on my “awesome” group. And to top it off, all the other pacers were really fun to be with before, during, and after the marathon.


Why should someone run in your pace group?


I am high energy and enthusiastic. I will do what I can to keep your mind on your goals and having fun instead of any pain and doubts you may be experiencing during the race. Be prepared for silly cadences and cheers at every mile.


Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Make sure you hydrate really well several days before the race – and go to the bathroom A LOT before you arrive at the start line! I don’t plan to stop at any port-a-potties along the way!


Anything else you’d like to share?

Share your passion of running with others – spouse, friend, sibling, parent, child  – or join a running club. I have not joined a running club, but sharing my passion with my husband enhances my running experience and makes it more enjoyable – he is my #1 supporter and cheerleader. I am grateful to have him in my life.



What philanthropic activities do you have?

Adopt A Highway litter clean up.




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