NYRR is proud to provide pacers for each of its half- and full marathons through our Pace Team Program. The program is an added benefit for runners, free of cost, to help them reach their time goals. Our Pace Team members are veterans who know the course and New York City. They have the experience to help you finish your race at your goal pace, whether you’re running your first race or trying to set a new personal record.
Below, we answer some frequently asked questions about the program, and you can download this form with more information about the requirements for joining the NYRR Pace Team.
The NYRR Pace Team is set up to help runners reach their time goals in the race. The pacers have been selected from a pool of applicants and proved themselves to be excellent at this job. These runners have volunteered to run with you, cheer you on, and inspire you to get to your goal
The pace groups are assigned different finish times, to meet the goals of different runners. To determine your own goal time, use your past races, recent long training runs, and current fitness. A good rule of thumb for beginners is to start at the pace of the longest run that you did during your race build-up. You can then accelerate during the later stages of the race if you find this pace too easy.
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The pacers will be in or near their corrals roughly 15 to 20 minutes before the start of the race. This will give you a chance to talk to them, learn more about the plan, and ask any questions that you might have. They'll be wearing singlets with horizontal blue and white stripes, and they'll be carrying signs that show the pace that their group plans to run.
The times offered for each race will range from 1:30:00 to 2:30:00 in half-marathons and 3:00:00 to 6:00:00 for the marathon. Times are subject to change and vary from race to race, so check the specific race’s page to meet the pacers and learn what times are being offered.
The pacers will be starting out conservatively, because most inexperienced runners start at much too fast a pace. Over the course of the race, the pacers will run at a consistent effort, rather than a precisely even pace, to allow for variations in the course, such as hills. They will be running very close to even pace, on average, for the entire race.
The pacers are different and will employ different methods, but they’ll all be planning to run, not walk, the whole race. They will take into account the congestion at water stations, both in their planning and when going through the stations on race day.
The NYRR Pace Team is comprised of experienced runners in the NYC area who offer their time to help other runners achieve their race goals. We look for runners who meet the following requirements:
To join the team, you’ll need to email us a brief description of yourself and the information below: