Colorado Pacers

Adam McRoberts

Founder

How long have you been running?

I started running when I was 13, when my track coach told me “I think you’re a long distance guy”.  I didn’t run my first marathon until I was 28 and I started running ultramarathons shortly after that.  I’ve been lucky enough to do races like the Leadville 100 and Western States 100 and I’m always curious to see what’s next.

 

Favorite song that will pull you into a finish line.

Till I Collapse by Eminem will usually do the trick.  I love rock music but when I’m running races, it’s usually some pretty trashy hip hop that gets me moving.

 

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about you?

I’ve authored a few books, fought MMA fights, jumped out of planes…all kinds of crazy stuff.  I’m a jack of all trades, master of none. 

What’s the most inspiring part of pacing and ultra runner for you?

I absolutely love getting people into finish lines or getting people up a mountain for their first time.  It inspires me and I just love to be a part of it.  It feeds my soul in a big way.  Helping people DO BIG THINGS is truly a passion that’s not going away anytime soon. 

Beth Chambers

Co - Founder

 

How long have you been running?

I've always been active with sports growing up but began calling myself a runner 13 years ago. I've been running ultra marathons for the past 4 years.

Favorite race you have paced?

One that really sticks out in my mind is pacing the High Lonesome 100 in the middle of the night. Running in the dark can be so peaceful and as you begin to see the sunrise glow through the trees you notice renewed energy come back to the runners. Those moments are the best!

Best piece of running advice you've ever been given?

Listen to your body. You have to learn through trial and error when to push it and when to back off.

What's the most inspiring part of pacing a runner for you?

Helping someone accomplish something they have worked so hard for. I love seeing the emotions at the finish line and being a part of an experience they will never forget.

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Brian Passenti

Altitude Endurance Coaching

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How long have you been running?

 

I have been in the athletic running space for nearly 4 decades. I started running youth track in elementary school, and haven't stopped! Back in my Elementary school days I ran the mile and have slowly stretched out the distance since. For the past decade I have been participating in ultramarathons. 

 

Favorite race or adventure you've paced?

 

So many great adventures to choose from but I would have to say that my most recent pacing experience stands out. I paced a friend at Sangre de Cristo 100  in Colorado for 43 miles in Sept. of 2020. We met at mile 50 for the first time and I enjoyed the whole experience. We had a ton of fun getting to know each other. I believe that our new found friendship helped him lose track of the miles and enjoy the trails. With such a challenging season with race cancellations, getting back to racing was an added treat!

 

Favorite song that will pull you into the finish line?

 

There isn't one favorite song as I enjoy most music these days. I would say that a good rhythmic Electronic Dance Music beat would definitely motivate me to shuffle a little quicker. Finding the rhythm in the music and matching that with my stride is a great tool for keeping the feet moving and it has worked for me in the past!

What's the best piece of running advice you've ever been given?

 

"Enjoy the Process.." I can not recall where I heard this first but it has always stuck with me. As ultra runners, we have to embrace the undertaking of the challenge at hand. I genuinely enjoy the training process and all the challenges that come with it as its not all rainbows and unicorns. The hard work that everyone at the starting line has put into the process is admirable at a minimum. Being able to race is just the sprinkles!  

Brandt Ketterer

How long have you been running?

I've had a very active lifestyle ever since I was a kid. I grew up playing soccer, hiking trails, and running track. In college, I started going on longer runs because I noticed it helped me cope with stress, and it wasn't long before I was hooked. I ran my first marathon in 2010 (The Flying Pig in Cincinnati) and my first ultra in 2012 (The Des Plaines River Trail 50-Miler in Illinois), then spent the next several years signing up for as many ultras as I could manage. Recently I've been more focused on connecting big lines in the mountains (Nolan's, Mosquito-Tenmile Traverse, Elks Traverse) and getting involved with events like Niwot's Challenge that require lots of off-trail routefinding. I'm grateful for everything I've learned over the years, and I'm always happy to help others in their journey from start to finish.

 

Favorite race or adventure you've paced?

Pacing John Danese to his Nolan's 14 finish in 2020.

 

Who is someone you admire and why?

Logan Polfuss, may he rest in peace. He was wise beyond his years, and he always seemed to be smiling. We met in 2014 at the Potawatomi 100 in Illinois. I was 60 miles in and this teenager with dreadlocks, Lems, and a flannel shirt showed up out of nowhere, shook my hand, and then proceeded to run the next 40 miles with me through the night, happy and chatting the entire time. Talk about first impressions. His presence was always uplifting, and now in his absence we should always remember that.

 

What's the best piece of running advice you've ever been given?

"Don't go that way, you'll die." – Wade Gardner

 

What's the most inspiring part of pacing a runner for you?

Watching someone refuse to give up in the face of adversity. I love getting people to the finish line, of course, but the most inspiring thing for me is to see someone push through a rough spot and keep going, no matter what.

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East Coast Pacers

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Ronald Maver

First Mile Sucks

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How long have you been running?

I've been running in one form or another since I’ve been a kid, although my running path is not a traditional one.  Growing up I was always active and very heavily involved in soccer.  Back then we always viewed running as a form of punishment.  It wasn’t until I was an adult that I discovered the true joy of running.  My journey began by running the NYC Marathon in 2007 and again in 2009.  Overall the last 4 years I have focused my attention on trail running and ultramarathons.  Most recently I’ve completed the Yeti 100, Delirium 24hr race and The Long Haul 100.

How long have you been running?

I've been running in one form or another since I’ve been a kid, although my running path is not a traditional one.  Growing up I was always active and very heavily involved in soccer.  Back then we always viewed running as a form of punishment.  It wasn’t until I was an adult that I discovered the true joy of running.  My journey began by running the NYC Marathon in 2007 and again in 2009.  Overall the last 4 years I have focused my attention on trail running and ultramarathons.  Most recently I’ve completed the Yeti 100, Delirium 24hr race and The Long Haul 100.

Favorite song that will pull you into the finish line?

I’m a huge Phish fan in general, but that’s not always the best music to get you over the hump.  I have a tradition that I play Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi as I cross every finish line.  It is an EDM remix that just gets you pumped up and puts a smile on your face.  I think the title pretty much sums up exactly what we are doing out there.

What’s the best piece of running advice you’ve ever been giving?

“Enjoy it all!”  Enjoy the pain, the suffering, the highs, the lows, the finishes and the failures.  They all have meaning and they all teach you something.  Running can be fickle, especially ultra running.  All you can do is train and try your best.  To me the beauty is not always in the finish line photos, more often than not its in those special moments on a trail at 5am when there’s no one else around and for some reason you can’t keep the smile off of your face.  Thats what it means to enjoy it all!

What’s the most inspiring part of pacing a runner for you?

I love playing a small part in helping someone reach their goals.  I love seeing that feeling of happiness and joy on their face knowing that they accomplished something that they thought was impossible.  It's a beautiful thing getting to enjoy that moment with them.

Vic Aguilar

Once Upon A Run

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How long have you been running?

 

I've been running for 25 years.

 

Favorite race or adventure you've paced?

My first 100 mile race, at the New Jersey Trail Festival.  

 

Favorite song that will pull you into the finish line?

Sometime Around Midnight by The Aiborne Toxic Event

 

If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be?

Bhutan. My dream is to set foot in the Tiger's Nest.

 

What's the most inspiring part of pacing a runner for you?

Getting to know your runner/client. Because of the obvious passion you both share for running you easily build a connection and learn about each other. 

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