The Minnesota Pacers Pace Team will be at our event on April 26th, 2014 to pace in our full and half marathons.
Here are some FAQ's on the pace team:
What is a pacer?
A pacer is simply the group leader who carries a sign and leads the group to the finish line in a specific time goal. The pacer will run even splits and cheer on the group along the way. Each pacer will strive to finish within one minute of their designated time goal.
What pace groups will be offered?
The MN Pacers Pace Team will be offering the following time goals in the full marathon:
Full Half Pace/mi.
All half marathon runners can run with one of these pace groups since both races will start together and complete the first lap together of the marathon. Thus, any half marathoner with a time goal listed above can plan on lining up at the start line with the full marathon pacers.
How do I sign up for a pace group?
Feel free to stop by the pacers booth during the expo to sign up - for free! The pacers will be handing out pace bands to all runners.
Where do I meet my pace group on race morning?
Beginning 30 minutes before the race, the Minnesota Pacers Pace Team will be lined up at the starting line according to pace. Feel free to join a pace group at the starting line and have a fun race with the group!
Do I have to stay with my pacer the entire race?
NO! Feel free to use the pacer as a guide to how your race is going. If at any time you feel the pace is too fast you can always slow down on your own. Also, if you feel strong towards the end of the race, feel free to pick up the pace and beat your goal. The pacers are there to help you beat your goal.
How will the pacers handle to aid stations?
Most of the pacers will simply slow down for the group to all get some fluids. The slower pace groups may walk thru the aid stations. The pacers will make all last minute instructions on their group at the starting line.
Who are the pacers?
The Minnesota Pacers Pace Team is comprised of locally talented runners who have been carefully chosen based on there recent succes in marathons. Let them guide you to the finish line on race morning.
What should I do after the race?
Celebrate! Please take the time to thank the race volunteers and let your pace leader know that you appreciate their hard efforts to make it a fun race. These pacers bring alot of energy and excitement to this race.
What if I have any further questions that are not answered here?