Pace Bears

Meet Our Marathon Pace Bears 2022

The Pace Bears cordially invite you to meet your marathon goals with the help of their Adirondack backwoods experience. Whether you are aiming for a 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:15, or 5:30 finish, these bears are fully carbo loaded and ready to help you. Stop by the Expo to sign up, or feel free to join your preferred Bear at the start or anytime during the marathon.

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Paul Graham  4:00 Pace 

Hi Runners, I’m Paul Graham, from Canton, New York. I didn’t start running until I was in my late thirties. My first long-distance race, the Sackets Harbor 18.12 Mile Challenge, was my 40th birthday gift to myself, and since then, it’s all be uphill and downhill, literally. I only run races within a few hours’ drive of home, which means I’ve mostly been limited to the Adirondacks. That’s a lot of hills. I’ve run the Adirondack Marathon 3 times (2018, 2019, 2021), the Lake Placid Marathon once (2019), and many other half-marathons and oddball length races like the 18.12 (four times). This will be my first time pacing, and I’m excited to lead the way for runners hoping to complete this beautiful course in 4:00:00!

Matt Wisner  4:15 Pace

Hi runners, my name is Matt and I will be pacing the 4:15 group at the 2022 Adirondack Marathon. Growing up I mostly played soccer and ran just to stay in shape.  It wasn’t until I ran a 5k in my 20s that I caught the running bug and was really hooked after that. Since then I’ve completed races from 1 to 100 miles, including pacing numerous half and full marathons.

Stephen Hobbs  4:30 Pace

I began running when 48 after I lost 110 pounds and found it becoming more and more difficult to manage my weight. After hating running for four months I experienced my first running high and never looked back. I have run 17 marathons, including four Boston marathons in the past four years. My favorite thing to do while running is to help people reach levels they never thought possible. Pacing has become one of the outlets where I have been able to enjoy this. My goal as a pacer for the 3:30 group is to run the first half (the hills) in such a way that we will be on pace or slightly ahead (a little bit in the bank) at the half marathon mark. Then we will finish the marathon in style as we make the final right hand turn in Schroon Lake to the finish line! I promise tips as appropriate and encouragement all the way. Let’s have a great run together.”

Rick Morris       4:45 Pace

Karen Morris 4:45 Pace

Hi…I’m Rick Morris from Salisbury Vermont. A “few” years ago I decided to take on the challenge of completing my first marathon in Burlington Vermont, wanting to do just one in my lifetime and definitely before turning forty. I never realized that it would change my life for the better…forever. Now my wife Karen and I are on a lifelong quest, traveling across the countryside completing at least one marathon in every state and continent. We still have a ways to go, but as they say…”the journey is half the fun”! Like life running a marathon has its ups and downs, but with running you get the chance to complete something great within a “short time”.

Debbie and Vic Tirrito  5:00 Pace

Debbie and I love running in Vermont and I have run all Vermont City Marathons!  Debbie is also an accomplished ultra-runner and triathlete. She has run several Ironmans in the USA and Hawaii and ultra-events in Peru, Chili and Galapagos Islands.  I joined her travels in 2007 running in the Iceland Marathon, then Costa Rica Endurance trail Stage Race, Trans Rockies across Colorado and TransAlpine race across the Alps, among others.

Thomas Wong  5:15 Pace

I’m your 5:15 pace group co-leader for the Adirondack Marathon. Running, especially long distance running, is a lifestyle for me. It is not an exercise nor a workout, but a mindset that sets you free from the mechanics of running to the freedom of being out on the road with your fellow runners. Brace yourself for a great 26.2 miles journey!!!

Jo Blackmore  5:30 Pace

I’m originally from the UK. I moved here in 1999 after working as a fitness instructor on cruise ships. I’ve been running on & off since high school, but had always thought about running the London marathon. Given my new location, New York marathon was a fabulous substitute! To date I’ve run 25 marathons & 68 half marathons, along with 11 Ragnar Relays.  I’ve been pacing for 7 years now & I absolutely love it. I usually have my Union Jack attached to my pacer sign, so be sure to look out for me!

Adrienne Vuong     5:30 Pace

Adrienne has completed over 20 marathons and half marathons as well as some 50 and 100Ks. Aside from running, she enjoys cooking, gardening and rock climbing.  Adrienne loves the purity of this sport and the friendships that are built on the course. Everyone should experience and feel the ‘finish line high’ and achieve this goal at least once in their life time.  Adrienne is grateful to be able to be a part of someone else’s accomplishment.  It brings her joy to help runners get to the finish line, and enjoy every step of the journey!