Pacer Stefan

Where are you from?

Rome, Georgia

Current P.R.

3:11:10 marathon

Typical pace

I might run a 3.5-hour marathon on the road and then take 6 hours on a tough trail marathon.

Number of marathons

18 marathons, 18 ultras


School Administrator (Assistant Head and I.T. Director, ask me what all that means while we’re running!)

Favorite marathon

So many! My first marathon was the first Georgia Marathon. I also love trail marathons, like Deadwood Mickelson or Grand Island.


Anything with my family, running, crossfit, traveling, reading, photography, cooking, too many (sleep is not on the list!)

Favorite Running Food

Salmon before and cheeseburgers after

What are you reading now?

The End of the World Running Club by Adrian Walker. It combines two of my favorite reading topics: running and dystopia! Favorite running books include Once a Runner, Born to Run, and Running Through the Wall.

Who do you train with?

My friends. I love having great friends who sign up for the same crazy races and then help each other through the training.

Personal goals

I just hit my goal to qualify for Boston and now I’m working to get into Western States



A quotation you like…

“It’s better to burn out, than to fade away” – Neil Young


Why do you run?


I run for health: physically, mentally, socially, and all the other -ally words

Describe your best marathon memory.


Again, so many! One of my favorite race memories was at a super tough trail run with friends. We got separated and recombined in all sorts of ways throughout the entire race but right before the finish, we all found each other one last time and crossed the finish line together.

Why do you pace?


To pace a time group is to share in the experience of new friends accomplishing goals. For every person who succeeds, it’s that many times more satisfying than doing it alone.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Running with my son for his first half marathon.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


Even though I’ll keep us on our time target, I’m pretty relaxed and easy-going. You can talk, question, listen, act crazy, hang back, harass, cry, or just ignore me, and I’ll be right there with you. It’s all good!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Run your race. The pace group is just another tool to use on your way to your finish. If you’re feeling great, leave us. If you’re feeling terrible, slow down. If we’re helping, hang with us. Any marathon finish feels great.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Big challenges come with big payoffs. If it scares you and excites you, you should probably do it (as long as it won’t kill you!).


What philanthropic activities do you have?

Most of that energy goes toward the independent boarding school where I work. I also like doing trail maintenance and volunteering at races.



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