The Race Director or production company has paid for this service for you. It is absolutely FREE to run with a pacer.
What is the pacer’s job?
The pacers are each assigned to a goal time or a minute per mile pace. They will be keeping that pace throughout the race.
How do I find my pacer?
The pacers will be lined up in goal time order in the corrals at least 15 minutes prior to the start. They will be carrying a sign with the goal time or minute/mile pace.
How do I identify the pacers?
For most races the pacers will be wearing a neon or safety yellow shirt.For the Hot Chocolate Series the pacers will be wearing orange shirts.
Where should I run near the pacer?
You can run beside or behind the pacer if you’d prefer – there are no hard and fast “rules”. Just remember to give the pacer some space to be able to move around. Be reminded that the pacers are just a moving target for you, try to keep them in sight.
What if I need to use the restroom?
The best strategy you can use is to move ahead of the pace group when you see a restroom ahead. Get your business done and take your time catching back up to your group. It may take you a mile or two to catch back up, but this will leave you with more energy than sprinting to the group.
What if I’m near the “back of the pack”?
For some races there will be pacer with a “SWEEPER” sign on the course. That pacer will start the race at the back of all of the runners/walkers and will keep to the pace for the course time limit.If your race does not have a course time limit the “SWEEPER” will stay with the last runner/walker.If your course has a time limit you fall behind the sweeper you may be picked up by a follow vehicle or asked to move to the sidewalk where the race can no longer guarantee course support – which is paramount for your safety. Aid stations, medical support, portable toilets and road closures may start to become unavailable to participants.