So You Want to be a Pacer?
The Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess Half Marathon are taking applications for pacers for the 2020 race, scheduled for May 3.
The ideal pacer is a cheerful, experienced runner who can run the designated distance and pace with relative ease, one who is encouraging and supportive of those who choose to run with him or her. Pacers run in pairs and “get on the same page” with their fellow pacers. And pacers work in concert with all pacers – meeting at the same time and place before the race and lining up at the same time – with the Pace Squad leader. Finally, excellent pacers know not only their own capabilities but also the course and the challenges on the course. Ideally, they’re also able to answer questions about the race in general, like where results can be found, availability of water stops, Gu and the like.
Pacers at the Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess Half Marathon receive free entry and a pacer singlet or shirt, along with a big thanks for helping create a great experience for runners.
Pacers at the Marathon are set every 15 minutes from 3:30 to 6:30. Pacers at the Half Marathon are set every 15 minutes from 1:30 to 3:15.
Here’s What You Do . . .
Fill in the attached form and send it to Pacer@BorgessRun.com. Expect an acknowledgment that the application has been received immediately. Expect an answer within 30 days: It will be a “yes” “no” or “hold”. If you are asked to be on “hold,” you do NOT have to maintain your commitment to the race. Just let race organizers know if you are willing to remain on hold in case they wish to contact you later to check on your availability. You may apply to be selected for one race or either race.
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