Pacer Tom

Where are you from?

Pittsburgh, PA

Current P.R.

4:23 full, 1:42 half

Typical pace

4:30 marathon pacer

Number of marathons

11 100 milers, 80+ marathons & ultras


Corporate Trainer, Retired U.S. Marine officer

Favorite marathon

Silver Falls trail marathon



Favorite Running Food

Nothing better than ramen and bacon at mile 78 of a 100 miler.

What are you reading now?

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas – Warren Berger

Who do you train with?

Steel City Road Runners and my dog Brandy.

Personal goals




A quotation you like…

“If you’re going to face a challenge, it has to be a real challenge.  You can’t accomplish anything without the possibility of failure.” – Lazarus Lake

“How you do anything is how you do everything.” – T. Harv Eker

Why do you run?


Because I like the person I am at the end of a run.

Describe your best marathon memory.


Taking a brief detour around mile 12 of the Disney World Marathon to ride the Expedition Everest rollercoaster.  Everyone riding was a marathon runner.  The excitement and enthusiasm were off the chart. 

Why do you pace?


To give back to the running community and to help runners achieve their goals.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Pacing 4:30 at the Pittsburgh Marathon and having a runner come up to me after the finish, hug me, thank me, and say “Because of you, I didn’t quit.”

Why should someone run in your pace group?


So you can take the pressure off yourself and enjoy your run.  I’ll take care of the pace and bring you in on time. 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Leave the stress and drama at home.  It will make for a much more memorable and enjoyable experience. 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Thank every volunteer you see.

What philanthropic activities do you have?

I work with a local not-for-profit for preservation of homes and historic buildings.



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