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Pacer Team Information

New Prague Half Marathon is proud to announce pace groups to all runners to help you reach your goals on race day!

Here are some FAQ's on the pace groups:

What is a pacer?
A pacer is the runner in the group who carries a sign and leads the group to the finish line in a specific time goal. The pacer will run even splits and cheer on the group along the way.

What pace groups will be offered:
We will be offering pace groups for the following time goals:
1:35(7:15/mile), 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, and 2:30(11:27/mile) Please check at the pacers table at packet pickup for more pace groups that may be added to this list.

Where do I meet my pace group on race morning?
Beginning 30 minutes before the race, the official pace team will all be lined up at the starting line according to pace. Feel free to join the pace group at the starting line and have a fun race with the group!

Do I have to stay with my pacer the entire race?
NO! Feel free to use the pacer as a guide to how your race is going. If at any time you feel the pace is too fast you can always slow down on your own. Also, if you feel strong towards the end of the race, feel free to pick up the pace and beat your goal. The pacers are there to help you beat your goal.

How will the pacers handle to aid stations?
Most of the pacers will simply slow down for the group to all get some fluids. The slower pace groups may walk thru the aid stations. The pacers will make all last minute instructions on there group at the starting line.

Who are the pacers?
The Minnesota Pacers Pace Team is comprised of locally talented runners who have been carefully chosen based on there recent success in marathons. Let them guide you to the finish line on race morning.

What should I do after the race?
Celebrate! Please take the time to thank the race volunteers and also let your pace leader know that you appreciate their hard efforts to make it a fun race. These pacers bring alot of energy and excitement to this race.

What if I have any further questions that are not answered here?
Great. Feel free to email the pace team leader at pacersam(at)yahoo.com. Pacer Sam will be more than happy to answer your pace team related questions.