Pacer Yoko

Where are you from?

Hiroshima, Japan

Current P.R.

Marathon 3:17

Half-Marathon 1:32:59 

Typical pace

7:45 – 8:10 per mile

Number of marathons



Medical Coder

Favorite marathon

All marathons are my favorite! But Boston Marathon was very honored to be participated.



Running, Bicycle ride, Outdoor activities, Baking Wine tasting, Listening a Jazz music.

Favorite Running Food

Pre: Coffee, bagel with peanut butter and honey, banana


During: Clif shot “espresso”


Post: Anything goes with beer and ice cream for dessert!


What are you reading now?

I am not good reader and I haven't chance to make a time due to my daily schedule so I do listen the audio book, the bible and podcast every day.


Who do you train with?

I generally run a solo, but I also enjoy running with running friends.

Personal goals

I am trying to get the World Six Major Marathons and I have only London Marathon is left to go!

(Boston, NYC, Chicago, Tokyo, Berlin, London)




A quotation you like…

“Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible” by Mary McLeod Bethune

“Be thankful what you have, share and help other who they needs.”

“Life(Marathon) is a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get” by Forest Gump


Why do you run?


I like to challenge myself, determination, accomplishment when I crossed a finish-line and always look forward to running a race again.   I also enjoy feel a fresh air, I like to talk to God and pray.  I enjoy meet great peoples.


Describe your best marathon memory.


All Marathons have a great memories, I just love to feel energies, excitement and respect from all runners, volunteers, their communities and spectators.  I love running on a marathon!

Why do you pace?


I enjoy running, helping and encourage to other runners for any ages group.  I haven't had a chance to do a real marathon pacer, but I have had a group pacer practice run and also I enjoyed helping for Girls on the Run.  Look forward to running with great and motivated runners, I am very honor to be a pacer and make a great journey!  

Tell us your best pacing experience.


I have shared good tips such as “keep your energy”, “stay positive” “you got this!” to girls on the run team during a practice and a race day. They did wonderful and just love to watch their happy moments! 

Look forward to running with great runners and I would like to make an experiences future races!

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I will keep motivate, stay focus throughout a race without injury which means make sure that keep hydrate, keep your  energy especially in the beginning of miles. 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


“Save your energy!”  “Real marathon is from mile 20 to finish-line!” “last 10K should be faster than first 10K (negative splits)” “keep smile and stay positive”  “Hills are ALL my friends!”

Anything else you’d like to share?

This is my personal thing:  when I was training my very first marathon, at Grandma's marathon, my trainer told me that “No matter you feel tired, your legs got clumped and hurts during a race, BUT if you see the cameraman's, make sure you smile GOOD!  Show them your best shots!”  So when you see the cameraman’s', smile GOOD! 


What philanthropic activities do you have?

I am going to go mission trip to Haiti this coming February 2019! I am very excited and share a God's worlds with helping hands.  

I have been an involved with the Banquit where serving a meals to lower-income and homeless, the Human Society for dogs and cats and Habitat Humanity for help building a houses.  I enjoy helping the peoples and communities.


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