Do you need some extra motivation and support to reach your goal at Manitoba Marathon? Are you trying to run a personal best time or qualify for the Boston Marathon? Run with a Running Room Pace Team during the race, where you will be guided by experienced marathoners who will help you reach your performance goals. The Running Room Pace Team Leaders are experienced runners who have run numerous marathons and have been assigned based on times that are slower than their personal best, giving them and you the best chance of realizing your goals. The Manitoba Marathon will be offering pace bunnies in the Intrepid Dezine Half marathon and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Full marathon.
There is no cost to join and no registration is required. The bunnies are easily identified, as they are wearing brightly coloured uniforms and bunny ears with the race and time written on their ears. They also carry signs marked with their corresponding time and pace and will be at the start lines on Chancellor-Matheson 15 minutes prior to the start of the race.
The finish times available for the Running Room Pace Teams are as follows:
*Options to run/walk or run continuous will be offered.
Wave 1 – 1:30, 1:40, 1:50
Wave 2 – *2:00, *2:10,*2:15, *2:30 and to complete
Please note** If your Half bib number places you in a wave different to how you wish to pace, please feel free to self seed into your desired pacing wave.
Full marathon 3:05, 3:15, 3:25,3:30, 3:35,3:40,3:45, 3:55, *4:00, *4:15, *4:30,*4:45, *5:00
Pace Team Leaders will run even splits throughout the entire race. Running even splits is the most efficient way to run a marathon as it prevents you from going too fast or too slow. If in the first few miles the pace is slow due to the crowds, Pace Team Leaders will not go more than 15 seconds per mile faster than the established pace until they gradually get back on pace.
Pace Team Leaders will not plan any bathroom breaks during the race and will not wait for you. If you need to use the bathroom, it is suggested that you run ahead of the your team before breaking to use the bathroom, then jump back in with the team or catch up to them.
Each Pace Team will take water and/or energy drink from every aid station to ensure that runners remain well hydrated throughout the race.
Chip time – Running Room Pace Team Leaders will start their watches at the start line as they cross the chip timing mats.
Each pacer is selected based not only on their ability to cover the distance within a certain time, but they are also outgoing and dynamic people who are able to motivate runners. They are all experienced marathoners who have a deep knowledge of endurance running and all have run a marathon within the previous year that is at least 20 minutes faster than the pace group they are leading.
“The Running Room, is proud to be a sponsor of the Manitoba Marathon, prepared to go the distance to aid in the marathon’s support of the Manitoba Marathon Foundation. Join us to keep the momentum moving forward. The Running Room… with you from start to finish, as a committed sponsor. Join the fun and cross the finish line with a smile!”
You can also meet athletes from the Running Room Pace Team at the Friendship Run On Saturday, June 15, 9 am at the Pembina Running Room and at the Health and Fitness Expo.
Interested in becoming a Running Room Pace Team Leader?
Pace Team leaders must be able to run a minimum of 15 minutes faster than the goal pace. Where there is possible congestion at the start of the race, pacers will not surge more than 15 secs. faster than the planned pace.
Thank you to all who apply however only those applicants who are selected will be contacted.
The Manitoba Marathon will recognize the amazing efforts and dedication of our Pace Team leaders by presenting the Golden Carrot award to the pace bunny for the Half and Full Marathon who is the closest to their goal time.
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