Pacer Tom


Allison Park, PA 


Current P.R.

3:29 at Kentucky Derby Marathon in 2008 

Where were you born?

Washington, PA 


Number of marathons

26 Marathons and  Ultras


October 20th


Favorite marathon


Typical pace

4:00ish marathon, 1:40 half marathon 



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Favorite running food

I'm not picky but there is nothing better than a PB & J during a trail Ultra  

Any hobbies?

Running and Biking


Who do you train with?

A great group of dedicated runners 

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett


A quotation you likeā€¦

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.  Ben Franklin 

Personal goals

Another marathon PR       






Why do you run?

I didn't get serious about running until I was 39 and looking for ways to improve my fitness before the dreaded four zero.  I am blessed to have met a great group of running friends that are a constant inspiration.     


Describe your best marathon memory.

Finishing my first marathon in Akron OH.  I'll never forget the feeling of hitting the wall and the miles that followed before crossing the finish line.  


Why do you pace?

I want to help others achieve their dream of finishing a marathon ....... and avoid the mistakes I made during my first marathon.


Tell us your best pacing experience.

Pittsburgh Marathon.  It was my first marathon pacing experience and I was nervous as heck about staying on pace.  I finished 7 seconds under my goal time and received some very nice emails from runners in my group.  I have no super human qualities but I try my best to make it a fun and successful experience for my pace group.     


Any tips for runners about to join your group.

Be sure to get at least two 20+ mile runs into your marathon training program.  Get plenty of sleep the week of and especially the night of the marathon.  Be sure to taper before the marathon - reduce you mileage but maintain a good intensity level so you don't get lazy.     


Anything else you'd like to share?

I like beer.   



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