4:45 - Tom Taintor
I don't remember ever not running, but was always trying to be the fastest. In high school, I was a sprinter and thought those guys that did the long distances (2 whole miles!) were crazy. Eventually, I saw the light and moved up to 5Ks and 10Ks, little realizing where that would lead me. When I was training for my first marathon, I promised my wife that I wouldn't be one of "those guys" who ran marathons all the time. I ran that marathon in 1994 and have now finished 44 of them, with 4 more scheduled for this year. (Don't worry about my marriage, though. My wife's okay with marathoning being my "thing.")
I love helping other runners meet their goals. In fact, my most meaningful marathon was one for which I wasn't an official pacer. I was fortunate enough to be in a place where I could help a first-time marathoner work through some serious problems and push past where she thought she could go to make it to the finish line. And after pacing at last year's ECM, I said to a few people that helping the runners that were with me was almost more fun than humans should have. But, one of the things I learned when my sons were in Cub Scouts was that too much fun is never enough. So this spring will be my fourth time as a pacer at the Eau Claire Marathon.
I have lots of advice I'd like to pass on, especially to first-time marathoners. So feel free to email me, if you're interested or have questions.