28 Jul '15, 6am

Thinking about joining a pace group? Here's what you need to know.

Thinking about joining a pace group? Here's what you need to know.

They are easy to spot: Just look for the balloons and banners emblazoned with promised finish times. Seventeen years after Runner's World hosted the first official pace group at the St. George Marathon, in Utah, pace groups are everywhere, helping marathoners and half-marathoners nail specific time goals. "Now if you go to a race and it doesn't have a pace team, it feels like something's missing," says Star Blackford, a 3:17 marathoner from Columbus, Ohio, who has paced more than 80 marathons as a member of the Clif Bar Pace Team. But are they for you? That depends. "I am a believer in pace groups if the runner picks the right group and the pacer knows what he or she is doing," says Darren De Reuck, a running and triathlon coach based in Boulder, Colorado. "If not, it can be a disaster." Here's how to nail your goals by running with the right pack. Find Your Group Pace gro...

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