Pace Team Requirements

Thank you for your interest in being part of the NYRR Pace Team Presented by Biofreeze. Our pace team is a dedicated group of runners who put their own race goals aside to help others achieve theirs.

Pace Team Requirements

  • Have finished a minimum of three marathons or five half marathons.
  • Have finished a marathon within the last two years in a time of at least 30 minutes faster than the pace group they wish to lead or have finished a half-marathon within the last year in a time of at least 15 minutes faster than the time of the pace a group they wish to lead.
  • Proven their fitness by running a road race of 10K or longer within the last three months.
  • Familiar with the course of the race you would like to pace by running that race a minimum of three times.
  • Be an NYRR member.

When you pace your first NYRR race, you will be asked to finish within 30 seconds under your pace time, but no more than one minute. (i.e. a successful 4:00 pacer will finish between 3:59:30 and 3:59:59.) You will also be asked to wear our green/blue New Balance Biofreeze singlet and carry the pace sign the entire race while running even splits or even effort throughout the entire course.

Marquee Events

To be a pacer at any of our three marquee events (the United Airlines NYC Half, the Popular Brooklyn Half, and the TCS New York City Marathon), a candidate must satisfy the prerequisites listed above and also have been on the NYRR Pace Team and finished within their goal-time range in at least three non-marquee races.

If you have any follow up questions, please email

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