For more than a decade Team Red Lizard (TRL), a local Portland Running club, has enthusiastically performed the pacing duties for the Portland Marathon. This year, we’re trying to accommodate as many runners as possible, from the runner aiming for their first trip to Boston to the first time marathon runner hungry to reach the finish line. We are offering 15 pace groups: 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:55, 4:00, 4:10, 4:25, 4:40 and 5:00.
The Team Red Lizard pacers are a friendly bunch with a lot of running experience. Many of our pacers are marathoners or have paced at Portland before. Feel free to pepper them with questions and engage in friendly conversation. The pacers are eager to make you feel welcome and will enjoy your company-their goals for the day are to help you reach your goals! Please stop by the information booth at the Portland Marathon Expo to meet some of the pacers from Team Red Lizard.
Here is what one runner had to say after the pace setters:
Portland Marathon staff, Thank you so much for putting on another wonderful event. I truly had one of the best races ever. I was hoping you’d pass on a thank you to the Red Lizard (4 hour) pace team. They helped me achieve a PR by 10 minutes and pulled me along with their 4:00 yellow bibs on their backs. Please pass along a huge thank you!
TRL eagerly looks forward to the pacing challenges and triumphs that await us in the years to come.