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 distance 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…
TRR will invite experienced runners to participate in the TRR Angels program (you do not need to be a TRR member to participate). Ideally we’d like to build a pool of runners so that we can offer this service to all of the fun runs in the state and are in the process of doing this in an ongoing capacity. We’ll be offering our pacers a free entry and a custom TRR Angel running singlet, so if you’re interested, drop us a line here.
Our Angels 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.