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Meet TRL’s Pacing Director – Beth Carter

So, who remembers that Cake song “The Distance”?:

“[S]He’s going the distance, [s]he’s going for speed
She’s all alone, all alone in her time of need
Because [s]he’s racing and pacing and plotting the course”

Ok, so the songwriter probably didn’t have marathon pacing in mind, but I can’t help think that this is a relevant set of lyrics… Let me explain….

You know how you’re running long and hard in a marathon or a half and it feels like you’re all alone? Sometimes the best thing in the world is your running buddy to help you get out of your head. So imagine having a new running buddy to distract you for the whole event or event part of it. Better yet – what if you were that running buddy for someone else?

The benefits of pacing go far beyond a good run for both you and the people who seek your support. For the fastest runners there is a huge amount of pleasure in “wearing out” your pacer when one Red Lizard passes the torch to another Lizard around the half way point in the marathon. For those looking for counsel, companionship, and camaraderie pacers serve those roles too.

Ultimately as a pacer, you get to help someone go for distance; go for speed. You’re the one coaching and supporting as the runner is “fighting and biting and riding on their horse”. You’re the one who’s there at the end with the flashbulbs and flowers to help them appreciate and take pride in the accomplishment of their race.

For some of us, pacing is a mission more important than racing. It allows us to give back to the running community in a very interpersonal setting.

Are you interested in pacing? If so, you might know that the Vancouver Marathon will be this year’s first pacing event (June 19, 2016) and the Portland Marathon (October 9, 2016) will be the second official Red Lizards event. If you are interested in either event, have questions about pacing, or would like to discuss opportunities to pace, please give me a call, text, or email anytime.

Beth Carter


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