The Runner’s Edge of the Rockies Pace Teams
“Have a Great Time while Running a Great Time!”
We are happy to provide the Runner’s Edge of the Rockies SmartPace Teams for the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon. Our pacers have been carefully chosen and promise to do something that most races don’t – set an intelligent pace given the course terrain to increase the likelihood of you achieving your goal.
Most races let their pacers do whatever they want with the results being hit-or-miss at best. Sure, they may come in at their designated time, but there aren’t many participants that finish with them. Why? Besides the obvious reason of people choosing a goal that is too ambitious, there are also tactical mistakes that lie in the control of pacer.
Even pace doesn’t work – Even splits across all miles doesn’t allow people to warm up properly. When not warmed up, the body is inefficient at converting fuel to energy and releasing heat – it takes about 15-20 minutes or 2 miles. As a result, people use up too much of their glycogen (sugar stored in the muscles), accumulate too much metabolic waste, and sweat too much. This leaves them at risk for overheating if it gets above 70 degrees, virtually ensuring that they’ll wear down too much in the latter part of the race.
Even pace on a rolling course with hills definitely doesn’t work - Maintaining even splits up hills will waste many runners, while failing to go faster running down hills is a wasted opportunity to use gravity to one’s advantage. Instead, our pacers will rely more on even ‘effort’ which means you’ll naturally and appropriately slow down and speed up according to the terrain.
Rushing through the aid stations – This doesn't allow people to replenish adequately, especially in the first third of the race when runners are most apt to deal with crowded aid stations. The reality is that the early aid stations are the most critical for optimal performance.
Our pacers are instructed to avoid these common errors so more of you can finish with them.
Why join a pace team? It’s so much easier to let someone else set the pace (especially someone who will do so intelligently) and simply follow along. The synergy of the group helps you conserve your energy and you can also take turns blocking any potential headwind further sparing energy. Besides, it’s a lot more fun to tackle this challenge with others and our pacers promise to keep you entertained as well as on track!
Pace Teams – We have half marathon pacers for 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:25, 2:30, 2:35 and 2:40.
The Runner’s Edge SmartPace leaders are an all star team of sorts with their running backgrounds and positive personalities. Combine that with an intelligent game plan and you’ll be hooked! On race morning, they’ll be easy to spot with their pace signs. We encourage you to take advantage of this major perk!