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Do You Have What it Takes to be a Precision Pacer?

We were just debating the other night whether 2011 is the 8th or 9th year TRL has provided pacers for the Portland Marathon. Regardless of what the answer is, the call is out for pacers – WE NEED YOU!

Marathon pacing is one of the best ways I know for a runner to give back to the running community. When was the last time you got to help a group of other racers meet their racing goal? There’s nothing quite like bringing a group of runners across the finish line at the time they were aiming to hit. For most runners at Portland, that goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Getting people to the finish line at the desired time is certainly not the easiest task in the world. Going out too fast might kill off half the group and keep them from meeting their goal. Too slow, and well… they won’t hit the qualifying time. The goal is to be precise.

Do you have what it takes to be a precision pacer? After 6 years of pacing, I can tell you that 1) pacing really is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have and that 2) a week or two of dedicated pacing practice the week before the race will have you dialed in on the pace you need. So if you are interested in helping runners meet their marathon goal, check out the pacing thread on the message board.


One Response to “Do You Have What it Takes to be a Precision Pacer?”

  1. So much info in so few words. Tooslty could learn a lot.

    Posted by Makaela | September 21, 2011, 11:03 pm

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