Do Half Marathons Have Pacers?

Interested in running a half marathon? Not sure if you’ll run it in a certain time? Trying to hit a pace goal?

A common question we get is if our NoCo Half Marathon will have pacers. The short answer, YES!

As our race grows with each passing year, we evaluate our pacer needs and adjust accordingly. Our most common pacer times are 1:45, 2:00, 2:15 and 2:30 groups.

The individuals that pace for us have years of running experience, wear a brightly color “pacer shirt” with a tag on the back noting their intended pacing finish time and can often answer question for you before the race starts.

Running with a pacer can be a great way to take the guesswork out of race day and having to cloud your mind up with math or calculating times/splits. There’s also a sense of camaraderie on the course as you run with a group. It’s easier to stay motivated and moving when you’re running with others.

Are you required to run with a pacer or pace group if you start with them? No! You can run slower or faster at any point during the race based on how you see fit.

Do pacers account for stops and breaks? This ultimately depends on the pace group and their individual style. Most pacers will allot for small mini/micro stops at the aid stations OR near a restroom, especially if it’s talked about ahead of time or before the race starts.

Can I become a pacer? Yes, definitely. If you have built up running experience, are confident with your timing and race day strategies and enjoy connecting with others in a group