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Lizards are Pacing Machines!

TRL has provided the official pace groups for the Portland Marathon for over a decade, but the pacing opportunities have exploded in the past few years. I know I have always found pacing to be one of the most rewarding experiences runners can do as a volunteer – people appreciate you being out there, and you would have gone for a run anyway. It’s a win-win.

On May 18, 2014, fourteen Lizards will lead Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathoners through the race at 7 different goal times ranging from 1:30 to 3 hours. There are some veteran pacers on the list, so I have no doubt runners will be in great hands when the gun goes off this coming Sunday. Thank you to Dan, Aaron, Amy, Keith, Elle, Teal, Erik, Erica, Andy, Dave, Mike, Noel, Stacey and Randy for volunteering as pacers for that event.

If you are looking for an opportunity to try your own hand (better yet, feet) at pacing, there is a brand new option available on June 15 – the Vancouver USA Full and Half Marathons. That’s right, 2 races that need pacers. In total there are 9 pace groups for the full marathon that need 2 pacers per half (4 total people to pace each of the times ranging from 3:00 to 5:00 hours.

And there are 7 pace groups for the half marathon, ranging from 1:30 to 3:00 hours. We could use 2 pacers per group, but there are currently some groups with no one signed up.

So… if you are an experienced pacer, or are interested in trying it out, give it some thought. We could use your assistance. Here is a link to the TRL message board thread with all of the details. Check out the pacers still needed and either sign up there or email Tim at imarunr@comcast.net



  1. [...] up pace signs for runners to self-select the appropriate “corral” for their start. Red Lizard Running Club Pacers were also in the chute, and I grouped myself with the 2:15 finishers. It was a dream goal, [...]

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