Name: Chris O'Connor
Home: Walnut Creek, CA
Occupation: Graphic Designer
First Marathon: Gold Country Trail Marathon, 2002
Number of marathons completed: About 25
Number of CIMs completed: 6, 2 as a competitor, 4 as a pace group leader
Marathon PR: 3:17
Marathon finish of which you are most proud: Nothing beats your first.
Number of ultra marathons completed: About 50
Event finish of which you are most proud: 23-hour finish at Rio Del Lago 100 Mile. First finish and it remains the best executed race I've ever run. I got an AG award, but there were only three guys in my group, so...
How many Boston Marathons: Absolutely none!
Pacing experiences: Four-time leader of the 6:00 group at CIM, four times leading various groups at the Oakland Marathon, uncounted times pacing friends in ultras.
Other hobbies: I'm sorry, what was the question?
Anything else you think your pace group would like to know about you: I'm not a coach, just a fellow runner who's done this a lot. I'm pretty casual, but I will nag you to drink at every aid station. We'll probably be a pretty small group. I'll do my best to maintain a consistent pace. If anyone is using the run/walk method, this will mean they'll sometimes be a little ahead and sometimes a little behind. My goal is to get the group across the finish line so you have a finish line photo showing the clock above you reading 5:24:59. We'll be starting near the back, so to do that we'll have to make up as much as 90 seconds on the course. I'll try to spread that out.
Name: Rae Clark
Home: Auburn, CA - Endurance Capital of the World
Date and name of first marathon: Mayor's Cup Marathon, San Francisco, 1978
Number of marathons completed: 179
Number of CIMs completed: 25
Marathon PR: 2:28:53
Marathon awards: 12 top finisher overall
Marathon finish of which you are most proud: my PR 2:28:53 at Las Vegas (1989) because I trained hard and it paid off. I felt strong the whole way.
Number of ultra marathons completed: 134
Ultra marathon awards: 30 top finisher overall
Event finish of which you are most proud and why: SRI Chinmoy 100-Mile National Championship (NYC, 1989) and the 24-Hour Megan's Run. I set American Records at both events.
How many Boston Marathons: 5
Coaching experience: 11 years of track and field, 10 years of cross country both youth and high school
Other pacing experiences: I have paced dozens of runners to personal bests during the last 23 years. I've had a great time pacing the 3:20 group at the 2001 and 2002 CIMs, the 3:30 group at CIM 2003, and the 3:10 group at the 2004 CIM, the 3:30 group in 2005, 2006, 2007, the 3:50 group in 2008 and 2009, and more groups in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Other hobbies: Backpacking, hiking, biking
Anything else you think your Pace Group would like to know about you: I have paced many individuals in the past and my CIM pace team leader experiences have been so positive that I am looking forward to doing it again this year!