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Nike+ Pacers

Need some extra support in your goal to finish the Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Are you looking to run a personal best? Nike+ Pacers will help you meet your performance goals.

Nike+ Pacers will be established for the following marathon finish times: 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:50, 3:55, 4:00, 4:10, 4:25, 4:30, 4:40, 4:55, 5:00, 5:10, 5:25 and 5:45.

To join the Nike+ Pacers, you must register at the Nike+ Pacer booth at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. Nike+ Pacers will be on-site to talk about pace strategy, how to locate your group at the start line and to answer general questions about the program.

Once you sign up, you will receive a bib number to wear on your back during the race that will indicate your pace group (e.g. 3:45). There is no cost to participate.

Frequently asked questions

Why should I run with a Nike+ Pacer?
Running with a Nike+ Pace Team is a fun way to run with a group and target a specific time goal. Nike+ Pace Team Leaders are experienced marathoners who will encourage you throughout the race and help you achieve your performance goal.

What is the cost to run with a Nike+ Pacer?
Running with a Nike+ Pacer is free! Simply sign up at the Nike+ Pacer booth on Friday or Saturday at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo.

What are the finish times available for the Nike+ Pacers?
3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:50, 3:55, 4:00, 4:10, 4:25, 4:30, 4:40, 4:55, 5:00, 5:10, 5:25 and 5:45.

Which Nike+ Pacer should I run with?
You should choose a pace that reflects your training and ability level and allows you to run at a comfortable pace throughout the marathon. If you can’t decide between two paces (for example 3:55 and 4:00), it is recommended that you start with the slower pace as you can always pick it up later in the race.

What is the actual pace per mile for the different Nike+ Pacers?
The chart below lists Nike+ Pacer times and corresponding per mile times:

Overall time: 3:00      Per Mile: 6:52
Overall time: 3:05      Per Mile: 7:03
Overall time: 3:10      Per Mile: 7:15
Overall time: 3:15      Per Mile: 7:26
Overall time: 3:20      Per Mile: 7:38
Overall time: 3:25      Per Mile: 7:49
Overall time: 3:30      Per Mile: 8:00
Overall time: 3:35      Per Mile: 8:12
Overall time: 3:40      Per Mile: 8:23
Overall time: 3:45      Per Mile: 8:35
Overall time: 3:50      Per Mile: 8:46
Overall time: 3:55      Per Mile: 8:58
Overall time: 4:00      Per Mile: 9:09
Overall time: 4:10      Per Mile: 9:32
Overall time: 4:25      Per Mile: 10:06
Overall time: 4:30      Per Mile: 10:18
Overall time: 4:40      Per Mile: 10:40
Overall time: 4:55      Per Mile: 11:15
Overall time: 5:00      Per Mile: 11:27
Overall time: 5:10      Per Mile: 11:49
Overall time: 5:25      Per Mile: 12:23
Overall time: 5:45      Per Mile: 13:10

What will the pace strategy be throughout the race?
Nike+ Pacers will run even splits throughout the entire race. Running even splits is the most efficient way to run a marathon as it prevents you from going too fast or too slow. If in the first few miles the pace is slow due to the crowds, Nike+ Pacers will not go more than 15 seconds per mile faster than the established pace until they gradually get back on pace.

Will any of the groups use a run/walk strategy?
Yes. One of the Nike+ Pacers for both the 5:25 and 5:45 teams will offer a run/walk option for the entire distance. The 5:25 team will utilize a 2:1 ratio (2 minute run, 1 minute walk) and the 5:45 team will utilize a 4:1 ratio (4 minute run, 1 minute walk). The remaining Nike+ Pacers for the 5:25 and 5:45 groups will run even splits for the entire distance.

How will I find my Nike+ Pacer race morning?
Nike+ Pacers will line up on the right side of Columbus Drive, close to the pace per mile signs that are staged on the side of the streets in the respective start corrals. Nike+ Pace Teams Leaders will be in place at 7:00 a.m. (Wave 1) and 7:30 a.m. (Wave 2) holding large “lollipop” signs marked with their corresponding pace and they will be wearing uniforms to help identify them. During the race, Nike+ Pace Team Leaders will share the duty of carrying a smaller “wand” version of the Nike+ Pace Team sign.

In which start corrals will the Nike+ Pacers be placed?
Corral A: 3:00, 3:05, 3:10
Corral B: 3:10, 3:15, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35
Corral C: 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:50
Corral D: 3:45, 3:50, 3:55, 4:00
Corral E: 4:00, 4:10
Corral F: 3:40, 3:50, 4:00
Corral G: 4:10, 4:25, 4:30, 4:40
Corral H: 4:40, 4:55
Corral J: 4:55, 5:00, 5:10
Corral K: 5:10, 5:25, 5:45

If the Nike+ Pacer I want to run with is not offered in my start corral, what should I do?
A Pace Bib will not give you entry into a particular start corral, only your Race Bib will allow entry. If you were unable to gain entry into a seeded start corral, we encourage you to line up as close as possible to the front of the start corral in which you’ve been placed.

What if I want to run with a Nike+ Pacer but it is too crowded for me to keep the leaders in sight?
Look for other runners with the same Pace Bib on their back and stick with them. Keep in mind that some runners will fall behind or run ahead of their teams during the race and therefore you may not be able to rely on the individual runners that you see around you. Nike+ Pacers will try to stay on the right side of the course throughout the race.

What if I have to go to the bathroom?
Nike+ Pacers will not plan any bathroom breaks during the race and will not wait for you. If you need to use the bathroom, it is suggested that you run ahead of the your team before breaking to use the bathroom. Then jump back in with the team or catch up to them.

How do the Nike+ Pacers handle drinking at the Aid Stations? 
Each Nike+ Pacer will take water and/or Gatorade from every aid station to ensure that runners remain well hydrated throughout the race. Nike+ Pacers will stop at the middle to end tables where it should be less crowded. Teams that stop to walk while they drink should walk quickly to keep the crowd moving through the aid station. If you need to stop completely, go past the Aid Station and move off to the side of the road and out of the way of other runners. Larger teams will utilize Aid Stations on both sides of the street to avoid creating a bottleneck, and will come back together on the right side of the street after the aid station.

Do I have to stay with my Nike+ Pacer throughout the race? 
No. Runners are welcome to use the Nike+ Pacers for whichever portion of the race they think will help the most. You can run ahead or drop back at any time.

Do Nike+ Pacers go by clock time or chip time?
Chip time. Nike+ Pacers will start their watches at the start line as they cross the chip timing mats.

For more information or questions about the Nike+ Pacers, email paceteam@chicagomarathon.com.

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