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Pacers and buses at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon

Mona Narang

Mona Narang   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement


Attempt your personal best running with a person who’s more experienced that you

Waiting to earn your first finisher medal at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM), but unsure about how your training will play out on ground? If you prefer more tangible reassurance, consider running with a pacer. A pacer is an experienced runner who will help you finish the run within a specific period of time. The pacer runs the maths to calculate speed and distance splits to ensure that the run is completed within the set time-target.

So if you aim to finish the ADHM within two hours, then on race day look for a runner bearing a flag with the time 2:00 written on it. The contingent of runners following a particular pacer is called a bus. To join the two-hour bus on race day simply run with the group. If you are unsure of which bus to join, consider one that is about 10-15 minutes slower than your usual time.

A good pacer will help you ease into a natural, even rhythm. “A pacer runs at a pre-determined speed. A good pacer is a steady, consistent runner who is focused on maintaining that speed and helping other runners realise their goals,” says Mona Narang, 42, an experienced runner from Gurugram, and a mother to two teenage girls. Mona will be pacing the 80-minute bus for the 10 km category at the ADHM.

Udita Mehra

Udita Mehra   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Udita Mehra, 39, has been running for the past three years. This will be her second ADHM participation where she hopes to set a PB (personal best) in the 10 km category. “When I run by myself I tend to underestimate my running abilities. Running with a pacer helps me reach my full capacity and not give up easy,” says Udita. She will be joining the 80-minute bus this time. The first time Udita ran with a pacer was at a Pinkathon event. The pacer set a steady tempo and encouraged her when she felt like stopping. “I really enjoyed that run. At the end I felt that I had given it my best,” she recalls.

Remember, you’ll be running in a dense crowd, making it difficult to find a clear path. Delays are inevitable at hydration stations as well. Dropping in behind a pacer will ensure a relatively smooth running experience. People usually give way when they see a flag-bearing runner. Since pacers are seasoned runners they have a few tricks up their sleeve to overcome some of these race-day niggles. All you need to do is look ahead and power through.

(Inputs by Anant Kaur)

To choose a pacer for the ADHM on October 20, 2019, head to airteldelhihalfmarathon.procam.in

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