Meet the BaltRunFest Pacers
Meet the Pacers of the
Baltimore Running Festival
The Baltimore Pacers are a wonderful group of diverse individuals who volunteer their time and commit to pacing six months in advance. Although pacing is a huge responsibility, the pacers truly enjoy giving back to the running community and take their mission of consistent pacing seriously. Many of our pacers have paced year after year. For over ten years, we have had one pacer, Tonya Dunn, return to pace Baltimore Marathon from Minnesota. Though the majority of our pacers are from Maryland, we have a good number of pacers who have learned about Baltimore Marathon pace groups and come from far various other states to pace Baltimore Marathon!
On race day when the pacers come to the start line with their pace group signs and their incredible energy, you will see experienced marathon pacers wearing their pacer shirt from 9 different states and ages from 20s to 60s. Overall, they have completed greater than 1000 marathons! Our pace groups are responsible for meeting a specific time goal in a consistent pace. When you come to the start and find your pace group, every pacer is an instant friend to the pace group participants and tries to give the participant an overview of the course along with a boost of self-confidence before the race start. During the 26.2 miles, a pacer sets a consistent pace by wearing a wristband with time splits, and a GPS and/or split watch. Along the way the pacer makes it seem easy by talking to every person in sight, telling jokes, getting the crowd to cheer for their pace group, and if you listen closely, some pace groups give their pace participants an historic tour of the city.