Thanks to the generous support of Kalamazoo Area Runners and Special-Lite, the Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess Half Marathon field an excellent team of 26 pacers.  KAR not only contributes to the amenity, but also recruits and organizes the pacers, in cooperation with Gazelle Sports.

  • KAR member Bob Smola coordinates the effort and provides pace lineup volunteers from Decatur High School.
  • Pacers in the marathon go out at race-finish times from 3:15 to 5 hours, in 15 minute intervals.
  • Pacers in the half go out at race-finish times from 1:30 to 2:30.

Their performances over the past four years have been remarkably accurate, so runners trying to hit a goal time can look for them with special singlets and signs posting their target finish times.