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Pace Runners

The Pat Carroll Online & Onland Pacers assist participants to their time goals in the Gold Coast Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon and Southern Cross University 10km Run. Pacers are experienced runners who aim to maintain an even pace throughout the race with the goal to have you finishing slightly faster (30 seconds or so) than your goal time.

For easy visibility, the pace runners will be holding a coloured balloon and a goal time sign high amongst the starting runners. Each pace runner will also wear a singlet with the goal time marked on the back. It’s important to know the start zone your pace runner will be in and ensure you choose the same start zone when you enter so you can start the race near your pace runner.

Each pace group will have two (A & B) pace runners:

A Pace Runner

Pacer running to ‘Gun Time’. Gun Time is the time which appears on the finish clock.

B Pace Runner

Pacer running ‘Net Time’ (also called ‘Chip Time’). Net Time is the time it takes you to complete the distance once you’ve crossed the start line. Note: Due to participant numbers, it may take several minutes to cross the start line after the gun is fired.

Gold Coast Marathon Pace Groups

Pace Group Balloon Colour Position
3 hrs Light Blue Front of Zone A
3 hrs 10 mins Blue Middle of Zone A
3 hrs 20 mins Pink Back of Zone A
3 hrs 30 mins Green Front of Zone B
3 hrs 40 mins White Middle of Zone B
3 hrs 50 mins Red Back of Zone B
4 hrs Black Front of Zone C
4 hrs 15 mins Yellow Back of Zone C
4 hrs 30 mins Orange Front of Zone D
4 hrs 45 mins Lime Green Between the 4:30 & 5hr pacers
5 hrs Fuchsia Middle of Zone D
ASICS Half Marathon Pace Groups

Pace Group Balloon Colour Position
1 hr 24mins Light Blue Front of Zone A
1 hr 30 mins Blue Middle of Zone A
1 hr 40 mins Green Back of Zone A
1 hr 50 mins Red Middle of Zone B
2 hrs Black Front of Zone C
2 hrs 10 mins Yellow Middle of Zone C
2 hrs 20 mins Orange Front of Zone D
Southern Cross University 10km Run Pace Groups

Pace Group Balloon Colour Position
40 mins Light Blue Front of Zone A
50 mins Red Front of Zone B
60 mins Black Front of Zone C
Want to be a pacer in 2018?

To adequately carry out the pace runner role you’ll need to be able to comfortably run the pace you’ve nominated for. You also need to be prepared to offer encouragement and motivate runners in your pack. All pace runners will receive an entry and singlet. Contact Pat Carroll for more information.

Apply for a pace runner role

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