Pace Teams

Do you need some extra motivation and support to reach your goal at Rocket City Marathon? Are you trying to run a personal best time or qualify for the Boston Marathon? Run with a Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team during the race, where you will be guided by experienced marathoners who will help you reach your performance goals. The Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team Leaders are experienced runners who have run numerous marathons and have been assigned based on times that are slower than their personal best, giving them and you the best chance of realizing your goals.

Frequently Asked Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team Questions:

Why should I run with a Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team?
Running with a Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team is a fun way to run with a group and target a specific time goal. Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team Leaders are experienced marathoners who will encourage you throughout the race and help you achieve your performance goal.

What is the cost to join a Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team?
Running with a Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team is free and you do not have to register. Representatives from the Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team will be at the Rocket City Marathon Health and Fitness Expo near packet pick up to talk about pace strategy, how to locate your group at the start line and to answer general questions about the program. There is no cost to participate.

What are the finish times available for the Fleet Feet Sports Pace Teams?
We are planning to have the following pace groups (pending runner availability) 3:03, 3:08, 3:13, 3:23, 3:28, 3:33, 3:38, 3:43, 3:53, 3:58, 4:08, 4:23, 4:38, 4:53, 5:00, 5:08, 5:23, 6:00. This is different from previous years due to a change in Boston Qualifier requirements. For example, if your Boston Qualifying Group is 3:25, your time would need to be faster than 3:22:51 in order to eligible for acceptance. Note that there is a chance that some pace groups might not have a leader on race day given injuries or other unforeseen events. We will do everything to be sure that this does not happen but at times these events are beyond our control.

What Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team should I join?
You should choose a pace that reflects your training and ability level and allows you to run at a comfortable pace throughout the marathon. If you can’t decide between two paces (for example 3:43 and 3:53), it is recommended that you start with the slower pace as you can always pick it up later in the race.

What is the actual pace per mile for the different Fleet Feet Sports Pace Teams?

The chart below lists the current Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team times and corresponding per mile times (As of 11/13/2017):

Time (h:mm) Pace (min/mile) Anticipated Pacers
Name # Of Marathons Marathon PR
3:03 6:59 Andrew Hodges 5 2:38
3:21 7:40 Eric Patterson 10 2:59
Chris Ramsden 6 2:57
3:26 7:52 Liz Canty 3* 3:31
Nathan Pierce 7 3:01
3:33 8:08 Kevin Gerteisen 55 3:12
Joshua McClung 8 2:47
3:38 8:19 Alex Clark 22 3:06
Levi Smolin 2 3:13
3:43 8:31 Aleisha Chaffin 7 3:22
Robert Youngren 34 2:50
3:53 8:54 Jonathan Spry 20 3:00
Craig Smith 12 3:28
3:58 9:05 Christy Scott 20 3:40
Michelle Brock 16 3:34
Kathy Youngren 40 3:07
4:08 9:28 Katie Maehlmann 34 3:12
Rebecca Dotson 5 3:36
4:23 10:02 Alison Doyle 10 3:47
Rebecca Reynolds 6 3:58
4:38 10:37 Cary Long 5* 3:57
Benj Lance 30 3:32
4:53 11:11 Leslie Harwell 30 4:08
Bill Johnson 5 3:59
5:00 11:27 Diane Bolton 365 4:11
Megan Nobriga 10 3:57
5:08 11:45 Dee Reynolds 85 3:52
Amanda Staggs 67 4:33
5:23 12:20 Wendy Tyler 4* <5:00
Ann Mix 1* <5:00
Mica Aguilar 2 3:59
Lindsey Hardesty 6 4:07
6:00

Sweepers

13:44 James Falcon 6 3:27
Michelle Falcon

*Pacers who have competed in multiple ultramarathons (50K+)

What will the pace strategy be throughout the race?
Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team Leaders will run even splits throughout the entire race. Running even splits is the most efficient way to run a marathon as it prevents you from going too fast or too slow. If in the first few miles the pace is slow due to the crowds, Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team Leaders will not go more than 15 seconds per mile faster than the established pace until they gradually get back on pace.

How will I find my Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team on race morning?
Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team Leaders will line up on the left (or west) side of Monroe St. The Pace Team Leaders will be in place by 6:45 a.m. holding large signs marked with their corresponding pace and they will be wearing uniforms to help identify themselves. These will be a bright colored shirt with the time that they are pacing marked clearly on the upper back. During the race, Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team Leaders will carry the signs marked with the time they are pacing.

What if I have to go to the bathroom?
Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team Leaders will not plan any bathroom breaks during the race and will not wait for you. If you need to use the bathroom, it is suggested that you run ahead of the your team before breaking to use the bathroom, then jump back in with the team or catch up to them.

How does the Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team handle drinking at the Aid Stations?
Each Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team will take water and/or energy drink from every aid station to ensure that runners remain well hydrated throughout the race.

Do I have to stay with my Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team throughout the race?
No. Runners are welcome to use the Fleet Feet Sports Pace Teams for whichever portion of the race they think will help them most. You can run ahead or drop back at any time.

Do Fleet Feet Sports Pace Teams go by clock time or chip time?
Chip time. Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team Leaders will start their watches at the start line as they cross the chip timing mats.

How were the Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team Leaders selected?
Each pacer is selected based not only on their ability to cover the distance within a certain time, but they are also outgoing and dynamic people who are able to motivate runners. They are all experienced marathoners who have deep knowledge of endurance running and all have run a marathon within the previous year that is at least 20 minutes faster than the pace group they are leading.

Questions
For more information or questions about the Fleet Feet Sports Pace Team, e-mail rcmpacers2017@gmail.com