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Portland Marathon Pacers Still Needed

October 8, 2017… the date of the Portland Marathon… and it’s coming up quickly! There have been some changes with race organization and the course, but one thing that hasn’t changed is that TRL is still providing pace teams for the race. And we still need some folks to help keep the pace for runners to meet their target finish times.

There is still a need for pacers for 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:25, and 3:45 hour finish times. You can check out a pace calculator to see what that means you would need to be able to comfortably run for about 14 miles – that is approximately what the distance commitment would be, since we usually aim for groups of 2 pacers running half of the race (with a little overlap). So the 14 miles is targeted at making sure the first half and second half pace teams get a couple miles near the half way point to transition the pace group from one set of pacers to the other. The last thing anyone wants to do is have pacers with fresh legs jump in half way through the race and start off a little “hot”. The goal is to make sure the group following the pacers is running evenly through the entire race.

If you haven’t tried pacing before, but think it sounds interesting, there are plenty of experienced folks who can answer your questions. TRL’s Director of Pacing, Beth Carter, can answer specific questions you might have – you can post a response here, on the message board, or facebook. She or someone else can probably answer all of your questions and more.

I have been a pace group leader for at least a dozen years, and I will tell you that it is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a runner. How often do you get to go for a long run that is actually helping other people meet their goal of hitting a specific marathon finish time? Especially when a lot of the times we have pace group leaders for are Boston Marathon qualifying times? Don’t you want to help someone get their BQ?

If you think you might be interested enough to sign up, all you need to do is fill out this interest form and Beth will aim to get you placed at a time that fits your ability and interest.

Portland Marathon is coming soon, so the time to sign up for pacing is now!


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