Tip 4: Preserve Your Pace and Join a Pace Team

As we are just a little more than three weeks out from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon, we’re sharing “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” to make sure you’re ready to go on race day. Click here to read them all, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. 


Pace matters.

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Whether you’re running or walking your first 1/2 marathon, first full marathon or you’re an experienced long-distance athlete, good pacing helps make for a better race experience across the course; so, today’s tip is join a pace team!

  • Our friends at Clif Bar have an elite team of pace leaders to help every athlete.
  • The New Albany Walking Club will provide pace leaders for walkers. 

The Clif Bar Pace Team is a group of experienced athletes who help set the pace at marathons and ½ marathons nationwide. Part coach, part friend, and part mentor, these are expert long distance runners who set a steady pace while offering encouragement and advice. The Pace Team Leader is capable of finishing the event anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes faster, so they can devote their extra energy to assisting their team. The leaders also have completed multiple marathons and can share their expertise with you.

The New Albany Walking Club provides assistance to people of all ages for races of various distances.

For more information on the Clif Bar Pace Team and their pacing times, click here or visit their booth at the Expo.

Let pace be a key ally in your successful race. Being part of a pace group can help you achieve your goal while having fun along the way!

Have additional questions? Let us know in the comments below, or share with us on Facebook and Twitter, and we’ll be sure to get them answered!

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3 thoughts on “Tip 4: Preserve Your Pace and Join a Pace Team

  1. Is the 5:30 pacer a run/walk? Last year she was and was told would be same this year but don’t see any reference to this and looks like there is a different pacer for this group. just want to be prepared thanks

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