2018 Pace Bear Team

July 10, 2018


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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Wayne Pacconi 3:30 Pace Summit, NJ
Hello runners! I’m pacer Wayne and I am super excited to be back again pacing the Adirondack Marathon! I have paced several marathons including NY, NJ, PHILLY etc…and this is one of my favorites. The course is beautiful and challenging however there is no need to worry we will get to the finish together. Trust in your training and the fact that I will be keeping a close eye on you throughout the race. Last year my pace partner and I brought several runners to PR and Boston Qualifier times. I am looking forward to getting to know you and helping you achieve your goals!!!

Stephen Hobbs 3:45 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. Last year 5 people in my pace group ended up on their age graded podiums. My goal as a pacer for the 3:45 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.”

Kevin Gerteisen 3:45 Pace
I have completed 55+ marathons, including three times at Boston and plan to be back this coming April. I am proud of the fact that I completed the Last Annual VolState 500K both as an unscrewed and crewed runner, achieving 2nd overall in 2017. I enjoy enabling folks to meet their goals by helping them to pace properly.

Otto Lam 4:00 Pace Wayne, NJ
Hello runners! My name is Otto Lam from Wayne, NJ. I’m honored to pace the Adirondack Marathon for the 6th consecutive year. I have completed over a hundred marathons and ultra-marathons with a PR of 3:08, and I have paced many marathons, including the New York City Marathon. However, the Adirondack Marathon remains one of my favorite marathons because of the challenging yet beautiful course around Schroon Lake, and of course, the ice cream and cookies at the finish! My pacing strategy at the Adirondack Marathon is to run an even effort race, which means we will go slightly slower at uphills, and we will pick up our pace at the downhills, and we will slow down slightly at each water station to re-hydrate ourselves, and we will have a lot of fun along the way.  I’m very excited to run this beautiful course with you, and I hope you will enjoy your race and finish ahead of me! Good luck with your training and please don’t hesitate to email me at ottolam@hotmail.com if you have any questions or just to say hi!  I look forward to seeing you at the start.

Rick Morris 4:00 Salisbury, VT

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 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” and the ability to share with others the excitement that goes with it. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the starting line.

Bill Hoffman 4:00 Albany, NY

Bill Hoffman blogs as barefoot Bill for the Albany Times Union.  Bill is a Born to Run (BTR) inspired runner.  In 2010 after reading BTR, he picked up some Vibram Five Fingers and started to run.  He has since run numerous marathons and ultras including qualifying for Boston and running the 2013 Boston Marathon.  He will be pacing the 4:00 group and will be the pacer wearing huaraches



David Walker 4:15 Pace NYC
After some triathlons and running in his early 20’s, Dave switched to cycling because of ongoing knee pain. In 2010 he read Chris McDougall’s “Born to Run” and tried running again with a different stride. He hasn’t looked back since. He’s completed more than 40 marathons and ultras, and is a pacer for the New York City Marathon, and the New York Road Runners half marathons. He runs with friends in New York known as the “Junk Yard Dogs” and with the POLSKA Running Team for NYRR races. His goal as a



Karolina Fucikova 4:15 Pace Milford, NH
I have never been good at sports and am embarrassingly uncoordinated and clumsy, but I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors. I started running to get in better shape about ten years ago and in 2010 I moved from 5k’s to half marathons and marathons, and even triathlons. Since then I’ve completed 16 road marathons, two trail marathon, and numerous half marathons on both trail and road. My personal best is 3:23 for full and 1:32 for half. I have paced the Adirondack Marathon three times so far (4:45, 4:15 and 4:00 finishing times) and I greatly enjoy pretty much everything about it – the views, the challenge and especially the people, spectators and runners alike. This year I plan on finishing at the 4:15 mark again and I look forward to helping you get to the finish line! Other than that, I have a PhD in Biology, an energetic Labrador retriever, and love dumpster diving, knitting, Xena the Warrior Princess.

Andrew Napoleon 4:30 Pace Amityville, NY

I started running in 2013 kind of out of nowhere. I told all of my friends and family that I wanted to run a single marathon and ever since then I’ve ran plenty more. ADK was actually my first marathon and I have been back ever since to run it except in 2015 because I had a wedding to attend. It has always been a goal of mine to just keep going farther and farther. The whole running thing is kind of funny: the less I run the more I forget why I like it but the more I run I remember why I do it in the first place. One of the greatest reasons I enjoy this sport is because helping people and supporting charities and the community is such a joyful feeling. Meeting new people, making new friends and seeing old ones too are another reason why I love running races. Thank You and Be Blessed I look forward to running with you

Patricia Clark 4:30 Pace Worcester, MA

Patricia Clark has run over 70 marathons including 10 Bostons. She was at mile 25.8 of the 2013 Boston Marathon when the bombing occurred. She has a marathon PR of 3:40. She is a regular pace leader for the Hartford Marathon or half marathon, depending on her schedule, and has also paced the Manchester City Marathon. This is her seventh Adirondack Marathon. Her first year she ran it as a training run in 4:11, placing first in the senior division and since then has been a 4:45 Pace Bear.  She is the mother of eight kids, most of whom are fast runners. When asked, she will explain that she runs marathons to escape the laundry room at home!


Michelle Bosco 4:45 Pace

Michelle Bosco loves to set a goal and successfully reach it.  She’ll use a strategy of steady and consistent miles combined with walking through the water stations to help you accomplish yours.  This marathon and half marathon veteran loves the lessons running has taught her and is excited for the opportunity to help others reach theirs!

Debbie Tirrito 5:00 Pace Vermont
I am a native Vermonter, registered nurse, and have been married for 42 years to runner and husband Victor Tirrito. We have two sons and eight grandchildren. Some of my past athletic accomplishments include professional triathlete, Team USA in the Duathlon, six time finisher of the Gortex Transalpine Run (http://transalpine-run.com/en/) and finisher of the 10th Transrockies trail run in 2016. At 62 I still enjoy the competitive spirit of running, cycling and swimming. This year’s events will take me to Scotland for the Scottish Traverse (https://primalchallenges.com/product.scottish-traverse-2017/ ) and a 104 mile gruesome cycling event called the Vermont Gran Fondo (http://vermontgranfondo.com/event-info/) I have run over 100 marathons and the Adirondack marathon is one of my favorites, so beautiful and well organized. I look forward to meeting each of you in September and helping you achieve your goal!


Diane Bolton 5:15 Pace Nashville, TN
Diane is an avid marathon runner born in Albany, NY and now resides in Nashville, TN. She was inducted into the Marathon Maniacs Hall of Fame and is World Mega Marathon Ranked having completed over 360 marathon/ultras. Diane has run a marathon in all 50 States (twice) and almost every continent (lacking only Africa & Australia.) Her longest distance run is a 500K where she placed 2nd overall female. Most rewarding to Diane is having a hand in assisting others reach their goals. “Knowing I had a chance to share in their day is the absolute BEST! I love doing this!” “And I absolutely love the Adirondack Marathon! Thrilled to be back here!”
Life’s journey has many destinations

John Carboni 5:15 Pace Troy, NY
I am a runner in my sixties with over 60 marathons completed. I also have some surgically repaired parts (hip 2014). I retired 3 years ago after working as a firefighter / paramedic for 32 years with the city of Troy NY. I enjoy talking about pretty much anything while running. I am familiar with this course having run it many times. This is a beautiful course at the best time of year to run a Marathon. I am looking forward to it!



Jo Blackmore 5:15 Pace United Kingdom
I am a long term runner who fully believes endurance events are a celebration of all of the training, hard work and sacrifice that it took just to get to the start line. Everyone at the start line is already a winner and the actual race results are icing on the cake.My running career has spanned over 35 full marathons and countless half marathons. My fastest ever was 3:44 on a very flat course when I was 18. Last year’s Empire Marathon in Syracuse was an astounding 4:18. I try to get in four marathons a year after taking a few years away from the sport (30 to be exact).


Fred Dunaway 5:30 Pace
I am a long term runner who fully believes endurance events are a celebration of all of the training, hard work and sacrifice that it took just to get to the start line. Everyone at the start line is already a winner and the actual race results are icing on the cake.
My running career has spanned over 35 full marathons and countless half marathons. My fastest ever was 3:44 on a very flat course when I was 18. Last year’s Empire Marathon in Syracuse was an astounding 4:18. I try to get in four marathons a year after taking a few years away from the sport (30 to be exact).


Stephanie Ruzicka 5:30 Pace Florham Park, NY
Hi Everyone! My name is Stephanie Ruzicka and I will be pacing the 5:30 marathon. I am very excited and honored to be pacing this race! There is nothing I love more than helping others accomplish a goal they have worked so hard for. If you run with me you can be sure I will be putting my entire heart and soul into your run! I am a seasoned runner who has paced both full and half marathons as well as run races ranging from 5Ks to 100 milers. I run anywhere from 30 to 40 events per year. I love to challenge myself to new events and push hard to do the best I can and you can expect me to do that for you as well while having fun! If you have any questions you can contact me at sruzicka@optonline.net.

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