The TRR Angels is an initiative aimed at providing pace-setters at Tasmanian fun runs to help people achieve their running goals.
What is a pacer: pace-setter or pace-maker is a runner who leads a running event at a certain pace – ensuring that they finish in a particular time. For example, many marathons will incorporate pacers for a particular finish time (e.g. 3:15hrs, 3:30hrs, 3:45hrs, 4:00hrs). The goal of the pacer is to run at an even pace throughout the run (instead of being caught up in the early rush at the start or fade-out towards the end). Many runners also prefer to run in a group, with benefits such as encouragement and camaraderie gained along the way. Some athletes have essentially become professional pacemakers, and are often paid to travel to races and pace at big events. But a lot of the time, the sense of achievement in helping others reach goals means that pacers are usually happy to help out.
TRR angels: the idea came about while two TRR runners had volunteered to pace the 2 hour group for the Point to Pinnacle in 2014. When the going got tough, Dave Bailey provided his usual encouragement and support which led one of the runners to ask if he was “some kind of running angel” (let’s face it…he is). The idea was born…
Since launching this initiative, we are now able to offer this service to all interested fun runs throughout the state, and have been doing this in an ongoing capacity for over five years. Race organisers offer complimentary registration to our pacers, and we provide a TRR Angel running singlet for you to keep, so if you’re interested, drop us a line here.
Our pacers aren’t paid, so we just ask that you say thanks, nod of appreciation, or give them a high-five if you ever see them out running… Or if you really want to show your appreciation, there’s nothing better than running a PB. After all, that’s what they’re there for.
Events featuring TRR Angels in 2019:
- Cadbury Marathon (Marathon, Half marathon, 10km)
- Run the Bridge (10km, 5km)
- Run Devonport (10km, 5km)
- Ross Running Festival (Marathon, Half marathon, 10km)
- City to Casino (11km, 7km)
- Glenorchy Fun Run
- Crank-e Hobart Fun Run
- Women’s 5k Cancer Run
- Launceston Marathon (Marathon, Half marathon, Quarter marathon) (note – event now discontinued)
- Burnie 10
- Point to Pinnacle