Name: Jennifer O'Connor
Home: Walnut Creek, CA
Occupation: Research Attorney
First Marathon: Napa Valley Marathon, 1994
Number of marathons completed: I can think of 18 but I’ve probably forgotten some.
Number of CIMs completed: 3
Marathon PR: 3:34
Marathon finish of which you are most proud: CIM 2005. A 30-minute PR and the first time I qualified for Boston!
Number of ultra marathons completed: About 50.
Event finish of which you are most proud: The 2007 Western States 100 Mile. I managed to stay happy and positive the whole day. Runner-up would be a couple of second-place finishes, one at a 50-mile and one at a 24-hour run.
How many Boston Marathons: None. I’ve qualified several times but never made it a priority to fly out there.
Pacing experiences: Led the 4:15 group at the San Francisco Marathon in 2009. My husband (Chris O’Connor) and I have led the 4:45, 4:30, and 5-hour groups at the Oakland Marathon. We’ve paced Oakland every year since the race started!
Other hobbies: I teach a law school class. It’s definitely more of a second job than a hobby, though.
Anything else you think your pace group would like to know about you: I will run a steady pace. No timed walk breaks, but I will walk through water stops. I’m happy to talk about anything you like along the way!
Name: Chris Taylor
Home: Lotus, CA
Occupation: Sacramento Police Officer
Date and name of first marathon: 2005 CIM
Number of marathons completed: 10+
Number of CIMs completed: 7
Marathon PR: I've never really run a marathon for speed. I usually just assemble a group of friends and create my own pace group focused on having a 26 mile laugh fest.
Marathon finish of which you are most proud: The first one, of course. I had "run a marathon" on my bucket list for a long time before I pulled it off.
Number of ultra marathons completed: 10+
Event finish of which you are most proud and why: I enjoyed them all tremendously. The second time I ran 50 miles was a great day because it proved the first time wasn't a fluke!
Other pacing experiences: I live near the Western States course so I usually go to pacer-central and find someone I have never met before that needs a pacer. It's always an epic experience.
Other hobbies: Skiing in the winter, camping and backpacking in the summer...
Anything else you think your Pace Group would like to know about you: W'ell run some, we'll walk some, we'll laugh a lot, and we will enjoy the journey! Email me for back-of-the-pack survival tips.