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Pace Team // Sam Amoroso (3:05)

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Meet Pace Co-Leader for 3:05 Full, Sam Amoroso


What is your Pace Team experience? 

I have led pace groups at three previous marathons: (1) the 3:30 group at Rock and Roll New Orleans in 2016; (2) the 3:15 group at Rock and Roll New Orleans in 2016; and (3) the 3:25 group at the Louisiana Marathon in 2017.

What is your best time at the half marathon/marathon?

My best marathon time is 2:55:50.

What do you most enjoy about being a Pacer?

I enjoy meeting new runners from all over, offering encouragement during a challenging event, helping people meet their goals, and generally giving back to the running community that has given so much to me. I ran my very first marathon with a pace group, and I had a great experience because of those crazy pacers. It’s very satisfying to be able to pay it forward.

What are your most favorite parts of the LA half or full course?

I enjoy the long, straight segments on the back half of the Louisiana Marathon (especially Kleinert, Sevenoaks, and Goodwood/Claycut). I know other runners like the variety of a few turns, but I find that I am able to get in a good rhythm on straightaways.

Any strategy suggestions?

During the race, find a buddy running your pace, if you can. (You can find lots of them in a pace group!) Working together with someone can really help you along. It’s unlikely that you will both be experiencing “peaks” or “valleys” simultaneously, and you can help one another get through the tough spots, often without saying a word. Just the presence of another runner helps. You might not stay together the whole race, and that’s OK. Also – run the tangents. The race is long enough, and we don’t get extra credit for running more.


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