WHY DO RUNNERS PACE RACES?
WITH ANDREW BUIKEMA
Photo credit: Stellafly, Laura Caprara
In this episode of the A to Z Running Podcast, race director and 40x race pacer Andrew Buikema joins A to Z Running to discuss pacing. Andrew shares how a person can train to be a pacer, how pacers help during the race, and the unique motivations of pacers and WHY they do it.
Featured in this episode is also a race recap from the Men’s US 15K Champion, Clayton Young. Tune in to hear the inside scoop about his win.
Firstly, congrats to two AtoZrunning athletes on 5k PRs this weekend, Kait ran a 44 second pr, Mark ran a 29 second pr at the Shamrock Shenanigans race in Grand Rapids, MI.
March 20, in Huangshan, China (Chinese Race Walking Championships – World Athletics)
March, 20, 2021 in Jacksonville, FL – Gate River Run (letsrun)
USATF 15k Road Championships
March 15, in Stillwater, Oklahoma: NCAA Cross Country Championships
OLYMPICS UPDATE (from ESPN):
No Foreign Spectators at the Olympic Games
Having a pacer can provide racers with a major advantage when trying to hit a goal time. When listening to our conversation with Andrew, please listen for these 3 things:
Also, even if you are not planning to travel to Grand Rapids for Rivertown races, tune in to the brief talk about Rivertown and the considerations race directors are making as races begin to open up. These challenges are not unique to Andrew and it’s interesting to hear the inside scoop.
Race director, 40x Pacer
Andrew is the race director of Rivertown Races in Grand Rapids Michigan. He has been a race director and events manager for several years and a hero to many as he has paced roughly 40 races. Andrew has an inspiring story of how he got into the running community and how he has become so entrenched in the community surrounding the sport.
Andrew knows what it is to give and receive the gift of pacing and in this conversation, he reveals the why.
Enjoy our conversation with Andrew Buikema.