I am a former competitive gymnast turned adult runner and serial race pacer! I began running in 2010 when I signed up for a 5k, not having any idea how much it would change my life. I crossed the finish line, and immediately went home and signed up for another. Less than 3 months after that 5k, I finished my first half marathon. It was official – I was hooked. And, after over 50 races half marathon distance or longer, I am still just as hooked!
It’s hard to say exactly why people get addicted to running. For one, there’s nothing that compares to the positivity and support around the running community. Also, the feeling of accomplishment of setting a PR is unmatched. Or maybe I just like being able to drink Two Hearted Ale without feeling overly guilty about it. (It really is the best beer in the world.)
I’ve had the great pleasure and opportunity of pacing many races, and I can honestly say that the experience of being a pacer and helping others achieve their goals are some of my favorite running memories, and looking forward to making more!
My first race was the first River Bank run in 1978. I have run a multitude of races since then. I volunteered at a race for the first time in 2002. This experience gave me a whole new perspective. I stated pacing in 2006 and have paced over twenty races. These include the marathon, the half marathon, and the River Bank Run 25K.
My name is Amanda Lacy and I have been a runner for 12 years. I have run 5K’s, 10K’s, half marathons, and marathons. Running has taken me on a journey I never expected and has become a big part of my life. I’m amazed at what my mind and body can do when I need to dig deep to finish a run or a race. I love the atmosphere at a race. Everyone has a personal goal, but is also cheering for the stranger next to them.
I have paced many half marathons in the last 4 years and each one has been a wonderful and inspiring experience. What I enjoy most about pacing is listening to the different running stories, both the struggles and accomplishments. I would be honored to pace your race and get those runners to the finish line!
This past year I set the goal to run 50 races for my 50th birthday with the last race being a 50 miler. I accomplished that goal by running many 5ks, 10ks, a few half marathons and marathons, 3 50ks and the final 50 mile race. I have paced the River Bank Run before in 2016.