Pacer Shirley 




Current P.R.


Where were you born?

Kansas City, MO


Number of marathons



Favorite marathon

New York

Typical pace



Favorite running music

Gangster Rap


Computer Consultant


Favorite running food

Vanilla GU

Any hobbies?

Reading, biking, swimming and running


Who do you train with?

Friends, both men and women, who mainly do triathlons

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

“Born to Run”


A quotation you like…

Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.” James Dean

Personal goals







Why do you run?


I love how it gets me away from everything; how I can experience all of the seasons and be with people just talking or not; it is definitely a stress reliever and has opened the door to many friendships


Describe your best marathon memory.


High-fiving kids on the streets of New York


Why do you pace?


I love cheering people on but also being part of the action instead of on the side lines


Tell us your best pacing experience.


Finishing the Madison Half-marathon wearing my pink tiara and cheering in my group


Why should someone run in your pace group?


I’m the best cheerleader there is.  I love to talk, have been running for years, know the course and a lot of people so I’ll get others to cheer you on too1


Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Stay relaxed and think of the day as just another experience you will be able to talk about for years to come.


Anything else you’d like to share?

I am no longer just a runner having run for 30+ years.  I started biking and swimming 4 years ago and LOVE the variety that triathlon training and competing provide.  I did my first and last Ironman in Madison in 2008 and placed 2nd in my age group.  It was such a fun day – coming across the finish line after 12 hours and 9 minutes and hearing them say “Shirley Crocker you are an IronMan was totally amazing!”


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