1:40 Pacer - Rich Read
"Once upon a long, long time ago, I ran cross-country and track for Mission San Jose High School (Fremont) and UC Santa Barbara. I am forever a Warrior/Gaucho!!! While I “retired” at a young age from competitive racing, I found a new love for the sport in my late 30s. I have completed numerous ½ marathons (my favorite distance) and have sprinkled a few marathons in for good measure. Along the way I have managed to run Boston and NY. Berlin, Chicago, and London are still on the list. Let’s enjoy the journey to a sub 1:40."
Back in 2010, I ran a PR on the Santa Rosa course and I (finally!) qualified for the NYC Marathon, which I blissfully (as seen in my picture, at about mile 22) ran the following year. As a 'thank you' to all those associated, I happily look forward to pacing the 4-hour runners. Santa Rosa will be my 2nd time pacing (I led the 4:00 runners at the OC Surf City Marathon) and my 10th full marathon. I don't look forward to training in the brutal East Bay heat during the summer but it'll be far better than last summer's Half Ironman Training! I have been a track coach for 5 years at my son's middle school so you can expect quite a bit of positive chatter and pick-me-ups during our 4 hours together.
Train smart and I'll see you this summer!
I started running about 25 years ago and consider it my “first love”. I sincerely enjoy introducing new runners to our sport and will run any time, any place, any weather, any pace. I ran in high school then for Colorado School of Mines Cross Country. Since then, I have enjoyed many races including the Greenland 50K in Colorado, 4 marathons, more than 15 half marathons, trail races and a variety of distances in triathlon. I currently live in Fairfield, CA and work as a Manufacturing Manager for an aerospace company.
Half Marathon PR: 1:36:43
Fastest Half Marathon this year: Kaiser Half Marathon 2013, Feb 2013, 1:38:43
Half Marathon PR: Kaiser Half Marathon 2012, Feb 2012, 1:34:15
Fastest Marathon this past year: CIM 2012, Dec 2012, 3:41:56 (a race I will never forget!!!)
Marathon PR: San Diego Marathon 2012, June 2012, 3:27:03
In Addition, I am part of the Silicon Valley Triathlon Club, and have
completed 3 full Ironman races, 5 half Ironman races, and numerous shorter
triathlon, swimming and running events.