Pacer Tom at the Ann Arbor Marathon




  Pacer Tom  - Read about Tom's 400th Marathon


Maplegrove, MN


Current P.R.


Where were you born?

Saint Paul, MN


Number of marathons

Almost 300


Favorite marathon

 My next marathon

Typical pace

4:30 to 5:00 for the marathon


Favorite running music

 ZZ Top


Mental Health/Insurance


Favorite running food


Any hobbies?

 Reading, biking, attending sporting events


Who do you train with?

 Mainly myself but I occasionally run with others for fun

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Catcher In the Rye

Any mystery or suspense book



A quotation you like…

Today run like there is no tomorrow.

Personal goals

To continue to help first time marathoners. To continue my quest of running a marathon on every continent and to run at least 200 different marathons – I am currently at 82!






Why do you run?


Mainly just for the fun of it, but it doesn't help me stay healthy and sane.


Describe your best marathon memory.


 Helping all the first timers finish there first marathon, followed closely by helping someone quailify for Boston.



Why do you pace?


 To help first timers finish their first marathon and to potentially help someone qualify for Boston.



Tell us your best pacing experience.


Trying to help my buddy Andy qualify for Boston, I told him every good and bad joke I know to keep him forgetting how miserable he felt.  Did not work, but it cemented a life long friendship.  And he did make Boston the next try.


Why should someone run in your pace group?


 To make the marathon journey a more pleasant and comfortable experience, especially for a first time marathon.



Any tips for runners about to join your group?


 Just relax and have some fun because we will be together for four to five hours.



Anything else you’d like to share?

  I love to travel and see new places and doing marathons has helped me achieve this goal.



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