Pace Bears

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  3:45 Pace
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.  I have brought several runners to PR and Boston Qualifier times.  I am looking forward to getting to know you and helping you achieve your goals!!!


Matt Wisner  4:15 Pace
Hi runners, my name is Matt and I will be pacing the 4:15 group at the 2021 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 and 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.




Richard Loud  4:45 Pace
Hi, I’m Rich Loud.  I ran my first marathon in Burlington, VT in 2010 thinking it was going to be a “one and done.”  A month later I found myself searching for another… then another.  I’ve now completed thirty one marathons and ultramarathons including the Boston to Big Sur Challenge and the Vermont 100. Helping others reach their racing goals is one of the most rewarding aspects of running and I’m excited to help you reach yours. When I’m not running, I’m an engineer specializing in industrial noise control.  Think about that for a minute.


Michelle Bosco  4:45 Pace


Patricia Clark 5:00 Pace
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 ninth 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 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!



Leah Christensen  5:15 Pace
I’m pacer Leah, elementary art/phs ed teacher, mom of four, trail runner at heart! I’ve paced several 1/2 and full marathons, and raced every distance from 5k to 100 milers.  I love helping others achieve their fitness goals and if you are looking to run a steady pace or perhaps finish your very first marathon, come run with me!    






Jeanne Ortiz  5:15 Pace

I am a 62 year old who has been running since my freshman year of high school as a sprinter.  I started running distance after I graduated college because I could do it locally.  I ran the NYC marathon in 2006 in 3:52:37 and Boston in 2008 in 3:52:59.  Now I typically run by myself or to help friends train for their events.  I have wanted to run the ADK marathon ever since I heard about it.





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 6 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!



Stephanie Ruzicka   5:30 Pace
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