Unilab Active Health Introduces Pacers in RU1: Tips for Pacers and Runners

It was great to see “Pacers” finally introduced at the recent Run United 1 where 5k, 10k and 21k runners were guided to finish in their particular projected times.

This “Pacer” activity in running is close to my heart as i was the one who introduced and directed the idea of having pacers during the first 4 iterations of the Quezon City International Marathon from 2009 to 2012.

Joining a pacers’ group will help runners not only achieve their goals, but have FUN, whether the goal is a personal record, or simply to cross the finish line! Pacers are extremely experienced runners, dynamic and personable, chosen based upon their previous running and/or pacing performances and know what it takes to hold a steady pace and give their runners a great running experience. They are dedicated to making sure you have a great time on the course!

Pacers during the 1st QCIM International Marathon

The job of my pacers then were direct and simple. I had “LEAD” Pacers situated at the front of the pack and the “SWEEPER” pacers at the rear. The Lead Pacers are in charge of setting the pace and the Sweeper Pacer are usually tailing the group to offer support and encouragement to any runner who may be dropping off the pace.

OBJECTIVES:

The objective of the Pacers is to be able to comfortably run the pace they have volunteered for and to be prepared to offer encouragement and motivate runners in their respective packs with the following in mind:

  • Pacer should be able to lead runners cross the finish line at the same finishing times, achieving their target time goals;
  • Lead the group. Pay attention to the overall group goal, not personal/individual goals;
  • Look out for the welfare of all;
  • Have FUN leading them across the finish line so they remember the race as one great experience.

Important points for the Pacers:

  • Pacing duty is a big responsibility. So pacers must be fit and strong to run and pace a group, should have ran the 42K and 21k many times before, and must have a wealth of running experience to lead and pace a group effectively. Running a marathon or half-marathon is hard enough as it is; to run it at a different pace is even harder. And the challenge of pacing is to maintain consistency.
  • A pacer is a leader, coach, cheerleader, psychiatrist, clown, one who wags his/her tongue non-stop, etc. A good sense of humor will greatly help.
  • Ideal set up: pacer and a back up pacer in the same group.
  • Pacers should maintain an “even split,” which means that every kilometer will be run at approximately the same pace. A pace guide shall be provided to all pacers, and even the runners. Pacers must maintain their designated pace.
  • Pacers should meet with their group before the actual race so that an assessment of the group’s individual and collective capabilities and personalities can be done as soon as possible. That way the race day strategy can be drawn up. Pacers are encouraged to communicate their strategy as soon as possible and as clearly as possible.
  • Hydration and water station strategy must also be drawn up. Walking breaks can be encouraged right after the water stops especially for the slower groups (2:30 and up for the half-marathoners). However the runners must be told that after a walking break, the pace will have to pick up a bit in order to compensate for the walk and so that the time goal can be met. Also pacers should communicate re-grouping instructions.
  • Pacers shall be equipped with clearly identifiable time markers in a flag or balloons.
  • Pacers shall take up corral starting positions arranged with the faster groups in front and the slower groups taking up the rear positions.
  • About ten minutes before the start of the race final instructions shall be issued. This will include any adjustments being made to the pace due to course conditions. This shall also include back up and contingency measures. This is another great opportunity for the pacers to encourage questions from the runners they shall be leading.
  • Try to spot as early as possible those who have a difficult time keeping pace. Encourage them to fall back to the next group if they can’t really keep pace, or walk. Do not risk the safety, health or condition of the runner.

Important Points for the Runner:

  • Meet up with the Pace Groups on race day, look for them at the start, holding up large signs with the pace group finishing times printed on them. Try to meet up with your group twenty minutes before the start.
  • Five or ten minutes before the start, your Pacers will give their “final instructions”. This will include any adjustments being made to the pace due to course conditions, as well as your Pacers’ method of meeting back up and keeping the group together at the fluid stations. This is another great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have!
  • Fluid station philosophy, regarding whether the Pace Group will walk or run through it, is up to the Pacer(s). Each Pace Group will let their team know their strategy for getting back together after a water stop. Traditionally, the pace groups from 4:00 and slower (42k distance) will be walking during fluid stations. Be sure to check with your Pacer while running or prior to the race if this is extremely important to you.
  • Pacers would want you to run your own race. If you feel great on race day, and you want to go ahead to catch the next team, they’ll cheer you on. If it’s just not your day, slow down and wait for the next Pace Group behind to catch you. And if you want to just fall in and match strides with your Pacer, they sure will appreciate the company!

Congrats and good luck to the Pacers of the forthcoming Run United 2 (who are mostly my friends) who will once again do the pacing chores of this June 7 event. Keep on motivating!

Unilab Active Health introduces “pacers” in Run United 1 to motivate runners to finish faster and stronger

(Press Release)

Maintaining an active lifestyle has always been the advocacy of Unilab Active Health. To elevate Run United’s training component, pacers were introduced in Run United 1 held on March 8 at the Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Unilab Active head Alex Panlilio says pacers provide in-race training to help runners reach their goal time known as “PR” or personal record. Pacers are seasoned runners who provide that extra push, especially when one’s energy dips. They are identified through their shirts, bibs and the colorful balloons they carry as markers.

One of the Run United 1 pacers is race organizer Jaymie Pizarro who finished 21K with a time of 2:11. She says pacers act as team leaders, and she had fun leading her pack.

“I’m used to focusing on my own time goals, but for Run United 1, I’ve paced runners and it was a fulfilling experience. It felt great reaching the finish line together, and it was heart-warming to know that they have reached their PRs.”

Pizarro gives several tips to runners who want to join a pacer:

• Train for pace. Make sure you’ve trained for your target pace and that you can sustain it. If unsure, sign up with a slower pace group and work your way up.
• Practice variety. Run a mix of interval and tempo runs to build your speed, and long runs to build endurance. Practice running at your goal pace without checking your performance in a watch or an app.
• Run with a group. It is easier to sustain the pace running with group; you can draw energy from each other.

5K pacer CJ Lampad of Runadoboking blog has some tips, too:

• Just join. Some runners are too shy. They secretly follow pacers—which is just okay. Always remember that you can stray from the group if you find the pace too fast, or go ahead if you can run faster.
• Expect a steady pace. There won’t be bursts of fast or slow runs; the target is to maintain a pace of say, seven minutes per kilometer, and finish on time.
• Talk to your pacer for guidance.
Coach Mherlz Lumagbas, Run United 21K first-place winner in the women’s division, has these final reminders: “Start slowly and gradually. Focus on training, not mileage, to avoid injuries. Make time for training and take a supplement such as Unilab Active Health Gel during the race for a boost of energy. Join pacers in races, but train regularly.”

Another pacer was Run United organizer coach Rio de la Cruz who paced 5k runners at 25-30 minutes. For 10K, pacers were triathletes: Peter Gonzalez for 50 minutes, Ed Inocentes for 55 minutes, coach Raul Cuevas and Gino Abano for 60 minutes, Odj Reyes and Joseph de Lara for 65 minutes, Vincent Co Say and Ting Joson for 70 minutes.

Marathon finishers paced for 21K. These are TV host Kim Atienza and FrontRunner magazine editor in chief Jonel Mendoza who paced runners for a 1:55 time. Pinoy Fitness website founder Jeff Lo paced for a 2:37 target, while triathletes Vince Corpus and Bobby Go paced runners to finish at 2:27.

Pacers For 21K QCIM3 Still Needed

The publicity and support group of the SMDC-Quezon City International Marathon3 (QCIM) are looking for additional volunteers to pace runners for the 21k distance this coming December 4, 2011. Only 21k pacers are needed as the 42k pacer slots have all been filled up.

The pacers will lead pace groups for the following finish times of 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45 and 3:00 hours. Each time slot will have 2 or more pacers allocated. The “LEAD” pacer/s at the front of the pack and the “SWEEPER” pacer/s at the rear. The Lead Pacers will be setting the pace and the Sweeper Pacer will be on hand to offer support and encouragement to any runner who may be dropping off the pace.

The objective here is to be able to comfortably run the pace you have volunteered for and to be prepared to offer encouragement and motivate runners in your pack. Pacers shall be equipped with clearly identifiable time markers in a flag or baloon.

In exchange, all pacers will be entitled to the following:

1. A complimentary race packet will all race freebies included (T-shirt, race bib, timing chip, loot bags, etc.)

2. Pacers eligible for the Raffle draws (condo unit and other valuable prizes)

3. Special mention of his/her running club

4. Names of pacers and their time goal groups will be posted at the QCIM website

5. Acknowledge them before the race starts

All interested parties may contact me by e-mail and submit their credentials (no. of marathons, half-marathons ran, best times, etc.) at: runnerjazz@yahoo.com

Here is the full mechanics:

THE 3rd SMDC- QUEZON CITY INTERNATIONAL MARATHON

Mechanics and information for pacers:

Objectives:

· Lead runners across the finish line, at the same time achieving their target time goals;

· Lead the group. Pay attention to the overall group goal, not personal/individual goals;

· Look out for the welfare of all;

· Have FUN leading them across the finish line so they remember the QCIM as one great experience.

Important points for the Pacers:

  • Pacing duty is a big responsibility. So pacers must be fit and strong to run and pace a group, should have ran the 42K and 21k many times before, and must have a wealth of running experience to lead and pace a group effectively. Running a marathon or half-marathon is hard enough as it is; to run it at a different pace is even harder. And the challenge of pacing is to maintain consistency.
  • A pacer is a leader, coach, cheerleader, psychiatrist, etc. A good sense of humor will greatly help.
  • Ideal set up: pacer and a back up pacer in the same group.

Each time slot should have at least two (2) pacers allocated. The “Lead” pacer/s at the front of the pack and the “Sweeper” pacer/s at the rear. The Lead Pacer will be setting the pace and the Sweeper Pacer will be on hand to offer encouragement to any runners who may be dropping off the pace.

  • Participation in a pace group is free to all participants who will run the full 42 and 21k distance. .
    • The Pace Groups are: 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45 and 3:00 .
  • Pacers should maintain an “even split,” which means that every kilometer will be run at approximately the same pace. A pace guide shall be provided to all pacers, and even the runners. Pacers must maintain their designated pace.
  • Pacers should meet with their group before the actual race so that an assessment of the group’s individual and collective capabilities and personalities can be done as soon as possible. That way the race day strategy can be drawn up. Pacers are encouraged to communicate their strategy as soon as possible and as clearly as possible.
  • Hydration and water station strategy must also be drawn up. Walking breaks can be encouraged right after the water stops especially for the slower groups (2:30 and up). However the runners must be told that after a walking break, the pace will have to pick up a bit in order to compensate for the walk and so that the time goal can be met. Also pacers should communicate regrouping instructions.
  • The names of the pacers and their time goal groups shall be posted in the QCIM website after confirmation with the pacers.
  • Other/additional/final instructions shall be issued before the race start.
  • Pacers shall be equipped with clearly identifiable time markers in a flag or balloons.
  • Pacers shall take up corral starting positions arranged with the faster groups in front in front with the slower groups taking up the rear positions.
  • About ten minutes before the start of the race final instructions shall be issued. This will include any adjustments being made to the pace due to course conditions. This shall also include back up and contingency measures. This is another great opportunity for the pacers to encourage questions from the runners they shall be leading.
  • Try to spot as early as possible those who have a difficult time keeping pace. Encourage them to fall back to the next group if they can’t really keep pace, or walk. Please do not risk the safety, health, or condition of the runner.

Meet Your Pacers for the QCIM2

They’re a mix of seasoned runners, elites, emerging fast runners, many ultra-runners to Galloway specialists, meet these promising batch of pacers who have commited themselves to achieve your target time for this year’s 2nd Quezon City International Marathon.

Handy flags will be used in this year's QCIM

They’ll be holding color-coded flags and guide you up to the finish whether your running a 4-hour or a 6-hour marathon.

42k PACERS:

4:00:00   Alipio Narciso / Jeff Abenina / Wilnar Iglesia/

4:15:00   Eric Socrates / Michelle Estuar F

4:30:00    Lester Chuayap / John Jeffrey Avellanosa / Russel Pata

4:45:00    Siosan Baysa F / Chinky Tan F

5:00:00    Albert Henson / Francisco Lapira/ Prince Baltazar/ Carly Dizon/ Chris Ng/

5:15:00    Jade Lee F / Ronnie Gabriana/ Mar Marilag/Derek “Gab” Gabriel

5:30:00    Nickko Nolasco / George Dolores/

*Carina Manansala/ *Doc Topher Montaos  *(Galloway Method)

6:00:00    Dwane David / Robert Rosario/ JJ Layug/ Allen Gasper

21K PACERS:

2:00:00    Jixee Lagunda/Brando Losaria/Nick Geaga

2:15:00    Tin Ferrera/Ricky Gundran/

2:30:00    Running Diva/Roelle Punsalan/Raymund Canta

2:45:00    Neil Barrios/Marvin Opulencia

3:00:00    Erick Alabastro/RJ Bumanglad

Last year's Kenyans

There’ll be pacers for both the 42k and the 21k categories only. Each pacer will be holding a short 2 feet handled flag which is color-coded and the finish times indicated on each banner which corresponds to their target times. Each time slot will have 2 or more pacers allocated, the “LEAD” pacer/s at the front of the pack and the “SWEEPER” pacer/s at the rear. The Lead Pacers will be setting the pace and the Sweeper Pacer will be on hand to offer support and encouragement to any runner who may be dropping off the pace.

The small flags were opted for this year instead of baloons which they did at QCIM1 as it is more handy, it’s unobtrusive and in order not to impede them in their pacing efforts. The color-coding for each pace times will be announced soon.

The 42k runners will be fired-off first so all those running the full marathon should be at the starting line before 4:30am to seek out their pace leaders. The 21k runners will be sent off 30 minutes later at 5:00am.

In a related development, the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA), together with the race course committee have officially measured all race course distances yesterday, November 16 and will be sending their official certification to the race organizers next week.

 

Hmm..i've seen you somewhere?

Good luck to all runners and hope you achieve your target goals!

21k Pacers for QCIM2 Still Open

The Organizing Committee of the 2nd Quezon City International Marathon is still looking for volunteers who can pace runners for the 21k category this coming December 05, 2010.

The pacers will lead pace groups for the following 21k times: 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, and 3:00 hour finish. Each time slot will have 2 or more pacers allocated, the “LEAD” pacer/s at the front of the pack and the “SWEEPER” pacer/s at the rear. The Lead Pacers will be setting the pace and the Sweeper Pacer will be on hand to offer support and encouragement to any runner who may be dropping off the pace.

The objective here is to be able to comfortably run the pace you have volunteered for and to be prepared to offer encouragement and motivate runners in your pack. Pacers shall be equipped with clearly identifiable time markers in a flag.

In exchange, all pacers will be entitled to the following:

1. A complimentary race packet will all race freebies included (singlet, racing chips, loot bags, etc.)

2. Complimentary pass to the QCIM Carbo Loading Party, enjoy free food and drinks and hob knob with co-runners, take pictures with well known personalities in sports and entertainment

3. Special mention of his/her running club

4. Names of pacers and their time goal groups will be posted at the QCIM website

5. Acknowledge them before the race starts

Pacers needed for these runners

Mechanics and information for pacers:

Objectives:

  • · Lead runners across the finish line, at the same time achieving their target time goals;
  • · Lead the group. Pay attention to the overall group goal, not personal/individual goals;
  • · Look out for the welfare of all;
  • · Have FUN leading them across the finish line so they remember the QCIM as one great experience.

Important points for the Pacers:

  • Pacing duty is a big responsibility. So pacers must be fit and strong to run and pace a group, should have ran the 21K many times before, and must have a wealth of running experience to lead and pace a group effectively. Running a 21k is hard enough as it is; to run it at a different pace is even harder. And the challenge of pacing is to maintain consistency.
  • A pacer is a leader, coach, cheerleader, psychiatrist, etc. A good sense of humor will greatly help.
  • Ideal set up: pacer and a back up pacer in the same group.
  • Participation in a pace group is free to all participants who will run the full 21k distance. .
  • The Pace Groups are: 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45 and 3:00.
  • Pacers should maintain an “even split,” which means that every kilometer will be run at approximately the same pace. A pace guide  should be announced by the pacers to all his/her runners beforehand. Pacers must maintain their designated pace.
  • Pacers should meet with their group during the carbo party/general assembly meeting so that an assessment of the group’s individual and collective capabilities and personalities can be done as soon as possible. That way the race day strategy can be drawn up. Pacers are encouraged to communicate their strategy as soon as possible and as clearly as possible.
  • Hydration and water station strategy must also be drawn up. Walking breaks can be encouraged right after the water stops especially for the slower groups (2:30 and up). However the runners must be told that after a walking break, the pace will have to pick up a bit in order to compensate for the walk and so that the time goal can be met. Also pacers should communicate regrouping instructions.

       The names of the pacers and their time goal groups shall be posted in the QCIM website after confirmation with the pacers.

  • Other/additional/final instructions shall be issued during the carbo loading party or general assembly of Pacers meeting.
  • Pacers shall be equipped with clearly identifiable time markers in a flag of varying colors.
  • Pacers shall take up corral starting positions arranged with the faster groups in front with the slower groups taking up the rear positions. Final instructions will be issued during the carbo loading party.
  • About ten minutes before the start of the race final instructions shall be issued. This will include any adjustments being made to the pace due to course conditions. This shall also include back up and contingency measures. This is another great opportunity for the pacers to encourage questions from the runners they shall be leading.
  • Try to spot as early as possible those who have a difficult time keeping pace. Encourage them to fall back to the next group if they can’t really keep pace, or walk. Please do not risk the safety, health, or condition of the runner.

Runners at last year's QCIM

All interested parties may contact QCIM2 Volunteer and Support Group at e-mail : runnerjazz@yahoo.com. You will need to indicate your last three (3) 21k races and each’s finishing times including full marathon (42K) finishes, if any. These races should have been done during the last 12 months. A comittee of three (3) veteran runners from Runnex will then decide the final list of 21k Pacers.

Note: Pacers of the 42k race have all been filled-up.

QCIM: Carbo Loading Party For 21k and 42k Runners

To all runners who have registered for the 21k and 42k runs of the QCIM, there will be a Carbo Loading Party this coming Friday, October 16, 2009 at FLAPJACKS Restaurant, located at the U.P. Ayala Techno Hub which is located at Commonwealth Ave. Coming from the Quezon Memorial Circle, the Techno Hub is past Philcoa and before reaching Iglesia Ni Kristo Church.

FLAPJACKS Restaurant (Photo from magnifique f)

FLAPJACKS Restaurant (Photo from magnifique f)

Also, all designated Pacers for the 21k and 42k runners will meet during the CLP and will be briefed on the mechanics of the run, the route and their respective roles as pacers. Distribution of their Pacer Singlets will be given.

The program will look something like this:

PROVISIONAL PROGRAM

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm     Start of Registration

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm     Press Conference

c/o Visions In Action

Pacers Meeting Mr. Dave de Leon

7:00 pm – 7:05 pm     Invocation

QC Government Chaplain

7:05 pm – 7:10 pm     National Anthem

7:10 pm – 7:15 pm     Welcome Remarks

Mr. Artemio Disini,

Chairperson, Runnex

7:15 pm – 7:20 pm     Introduction of Guests

Atty. Rudy Fernandez

President, RUNNEX

7:20 pm – 7:25 pm     Inspirational Message:

Honorable Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, Jr.

Mayor, Quezon City

7:25 pm – 7:30 pm     Meet the Sponsors

7:30 pm – 7:35 pm     Pacers and Kenyan Runners

7:35 pm – 7:50 pm     Final Route and Race Reminders

Coach Rio Dela Cruz

Race Director, QCIM

7:50 pm – 9:00 pm.    Film Clips/Entertainment/ Raffle/ Fellowship

Emcee: Mr. Ron delos Reyes

U. P. Ayala Techno Hub

U. P. Ayala Techno Hub

Candidates for the Mutya ng Quezon City and other celebrities of GMA 7 will grace the occasion.

The organizers will appreciate it very much for those coming to confirm their attendance by calling 742-0283 c/o Michelle or Tess or by text at 0917-6202441.

The QCIM Race Pacers

I got this updated Pacers List from Dave De Leon, who is the over-all coordinator of the Pacer Group for QCIM. As of yesterday, a total of 24 Pacers are slated to pace (either as lead or sweeper) the different time groups for the 21k and 42k distances.

Dave De Leon (r) with Bart Yasso, Runners World Magazine Chief Running Officer and inventor of the Yasso 800s at the SF International Marathon Exposition last July 2009

Dave De Leon (r) with Bart Yasso, Runners World Magazine Chief Running Officer and inventor of the Yasso 800s at the SF International Marathon Exposition last July 2009

The list is not final yet as participation, particularly from Team BaldRunner has yet to confirm. There are still 8 to 10 slots to be filled up and those who wish to join can e-mail me or Dave. Details on this link: https://jazzrunner.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/pacers-needed-for-qcim/

I’m going to bring the complimentary race packets for the Pacers this coming Sunday at the RotaRun Race and to those i have already advised, i’ll see you there after the run.

Cheers!

Pace Leader/Team Assignments
as of Sep 13, 2009
42K
Time Goal Pace(mins/km) Team Pace Leader Co-leader Other members
3:45 5.36 Runners Link Jun Corral still available
Fairview Running Club Rogie Ascano still available
3:50 5.48 Bald Runner Elite tba tba
4:00 5.71 Bald Runner Elite tba tba Joms Paras
4:15 6.07 BRHardcore Mari Javier Jerry Karundeng
4:30 6.43 BRHardcore Jonel Mendoza Lester Chuayap Michelle Estuar
4:45 6.79 Alaska Runner Raffy Castaneda Chub de Leon
5:00 7.14 still available still available still available
5:15 7.50 still available still available still available
5:30 7.86 BRHardcore Enrico Tocol Vincent Ocampo Jamir Samson
Takbo.ph Erick Alabastro still available Rusel Pata
5:45 8.21 Tri-Polar Team Bobby Go still available
6:00 8.57 Takbo.ph Dennis Ravanzo Mar Marilag Chris Ng
> 6 > 8:60 still available still available
21K
2:15 6.43
2:30 7.14 Takbo.ph Running Diva F. Gabriel Ebong Bautista
2:45 7.86 Takbo.ph Neil Barrios Carina Manansala

Pacers Needed For QCIM

The publicity and support group of the 1st Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM) are looking for additional volunteers to pace runners for the 42k marathon this coming October 18.

Pacer2

The pacers will lead pace groups for the following marathon time: 3:50, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 hour finish. Each time slot will have 2 or more pacers allocated. The “LEAD” pacer/s at the front of the pack and the “SWEEPER” pacer/s at the rear. The Lead Pacers will be setting the pace and the Sweeper Pacer will be on hand to offer support and encouragement to any runner who may be dropping off the pace.

The objective here is to be able to comfortably run the pace you have volunteered for and to be prepared to offer encouragement and motivate runners in your pack. Pacers shall be equipped with clearly identifiable time markers in a flag or baloon.

In exchange, all pacers will be entitled to the following:

1. A complimentary race packet will all race freebies included (singlet, racing  chips, loot bags, etc.)

2. Complimentary pass to the QCIM Carbo Loading Party, enjoy free food and drinks and hob knob with co-runners, take pictures with well known personalities in sports and entertainment

3. Special mention of his/her running club

4. Names of pacers and their time goal groups will be posted at the QCIM website

5. Acknowledge them before the race starts

Pacers

All interested parties may contact QCIM Volunteer and Support Head Mr. Dave De Leon through his e-mail at: davedeleon@gmail.com or my e-mail at: runnerjazz@yahoo.com

Here is the full mechanics:

THE 1ST QUEZON CITY INTERNATIONAL MARATHON

Mechanics and information for pacers:

Objectives:

· Lead runners across the finish line, at the same time achieving their target time goals;

· Lead the group. Pay attention to the overall group goal, not personal/individual goals;

· Look out for the welfare of all;

· Have FUN leading them across the finish line so they remember the QCIM as one great experience.

Important points for the Pacers:

  • Pacing duty is a big responsibility. So pacers must be fit and strong to run and pace a group, should have ran the 42K many times before, and must have a wealth of running experience to lead and pace a group effectively. Running a marathon is hard enough as it is; to run it at a different pace is even harder. And the challenge of pacing is to maintain consistency.
  • A pacer is a leader, coach, cheerleader, psychiatrist, etc. A good sense of humor will greatly help.
  • Ideal set up: pacer and a back up pacer in the same group.

Each time slot should have at least two (2) pacers allocated. The “Lead” pacer/s at the front of the pack and the “Sweeper” pacer/s at the rear. The Lead Pacer will be setting the pace and the Sweeper Pacer will be on hand to offer encouragement to any runners who may be dropping off the pace.

  • Participation in a pace group is free to all participants who will run the full 42k distance. .
    • The Pace Groups are: 3:50, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00.
    • No half marathon pace groups this inaugural year.
    • Pacers should maintain an “even split,” which means that every kilometer will be run at approximately the same pace. A pace guide shall be provided to all pacers, and even the runners. Pacers must maintain their designated pace.
    • Pacers should meet with their group during the carbo party so that an assessment of the group’s individual and collective capabilities and personalities can be done as soon as possible. That way the race day strategy can be drawn up. Pacers are encouraged to communicate their strategy as soon as possible and as clearly as possible.
    • Hydration and water station strategy must also be drawn up. Walking breaks can be encouraged right after the water stops especially for the slower groups (4:30 and up). However the runners must be told that after a walking break, the pace will have to pick up a bit in order to compensate for the walk and so that the time goal can be met. Also pacers should communicate regrouping instructions.
    • The names of the pacers and their time goal groups shall be posted in the QCIM website after confirmation with the pacers.
    • Other/additional/final instructions shall be issued during the carbo loading party.
    • Pacers shall be equipped with clearly identifiable time markers in a flag or balloons.
    • Pacers shall take up corral starting positions arranged with the faster groups in front in front with the slower groups taking up the rear positions. Final instructions will be issued during the carbo loading party.
    • About ten minutes before the start of the race final instructions shall be issued. This will include any adjustments being made to the pace due to course conditions. This shall also include back up and contingency measures. This is another great opportunity for the pacers to encourage questions from the runners they shall be leading.
    • Try to spot as early as possible those who have a difficult time keeping pace. Encourage them to fall back to the next group if they can’t really keep pace, or walk. Please do not risk the safety, health, or condition of the runner.