Pacer Vanessa

Where are you from?

New York City

Current P.R.

2:33 Half & 5:53 Full

Typical pace

11:45-12:30 min/mile

Number of marathons

2 in Person + 2 Virtual


Program Manager at Keurig

Favorite marathon

Marine Corp Marathon


Barre, Football, Music

Favorite Running Food

Skratch Gummies

What are you reading now?

Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor (I have a 9 month old baby)

Who do you train with?

Orlando Galloway

Personal goals

Continue to run as many miles as I can

A quotation you like…

A body in motion, stays in motion

Why do you run?

Growing up in New York City, I was always a huge fan of the NYC Marathon. I have fond memories going to 70th street and 1st avenue and cheering on the runners. As an adult, I would always say “ I only run if I’m being chased”. Many things changed for me in my late 20s,with my Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis, and I realized I needed to blow off some stress – seeing how much my then boyfriend (now husband <3) was running, and how many medals he would get- I figured why not. It started as having something to do with him, and it’s evolved into something I do for myself. 

Describe your best marathon memory.

Marine Corp 2019 – there was a torrential downpour, then it got so hot and sunny – you ran through it all, and it really forced me to remember the why behind why I was running.

Why do you pace?

I love helping others achieve their running goals. I have benefitted from sticking with pacers to reach my own goals, including qualifying for Boston. Pacing is the least I can do to give back to the sport.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

I joined a pacer during the Disney Marathon in 2019 – it was unbearably hot and sunny, we stuck with each other that day, and I realized pacing is just more than hitting a target, it’s helping people do what they thought might be impossible. To this day, I consider her one of my close friends & am fortunate enough to Sherpa for her as often as she will let me!

Why should someone run in your pace group?

If you want to be with a pacer who knows what it’s like to be getting started, or overcome something, then that is me! Bring the energy and happiness at all paces, hours, and miles!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

Stay hydrated, stay talking, and we will finish together!

Anything else you’d like to share?

I am an engineer by degree – and tend to project manage everything I can!

What philanthropic activities do you have?

I am on the board of The 1789 Fund. The 1789 Fund seeks to ensure that every woman can enjoy her right to maternal health and every child can grow up to achieve his or her full potential, regardless of their geographical location. Additionally I serve on the Energy Management & Controls Technology Advisory Council for Valencia College


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