I’m very excited to announce that I will be the 2:30 pacer for the Bucks County Half Marathon in PA on April 12th.
I’ve been wanting to be a pacer for about a year now. To the point where I even thought about showing up at a local race with a homemade sign announcing that I was an unofficial pacer. I’ve really benefited from having pacers at races and I wanted to give back to the running community. On one of the running forums that I belong to, Beast Pacing posted that they were looking for pacers for several different marathons and half marathons around the country. I noticed that Bucks County isn’t too far from where I live and that a 2:30 group would be pace group that I could be fairly confident in leading as my first time. Check out my pacer profile here.
I’m nervous and excited about being a pace leader. I know that part of my job is not only to keep pace, but to encourage runners. I’m not the most chatty runner (i.e., not chatty at all, I run in silence), so I’m worried about coming up with things to say to entertain and distract runners. I know what I appreciate in a pacer – good even pacing, split updates, warnings about what’s about to come up in a course, and a few occasional encouragements. I’m already thinking about my pacing strategy and when to start letting runners go in front of me so that they get their PRs.
What do you appreciate in a pacer? Any tips or advice for a first time pacer? What kind of things do you want to hear from a pacer? Have you ever paced a group?