Grit and Perseverance: A Pacer's Story of 100 Miles

July 31, 2014 3:25 PM

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Grit and Perseverance: A Pacer's Story of 100 Miles

It's rare to see a race report from a crew member or a pacer. Race reports are supposed to come from the runners, the ones fighting through the pain in their legs, the mental voices yelling at them to stop. Last weekend I was a crew member and a pacer at the Viaduct 100 Mile Trail Run in northeastern Pennsylvania, and I have a story of two runners to tell you.

The first runner is the reason I was there in the first place. My new friend and teammate Maggie asked me one day if I would be interested in pacing her. Her goal time was sub 19 hours (to put that in perspective, that is an average pace of 11:24 minutes per mile for 100 miles). The year before the ...

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