Garmin Pace Teams

Need some extra support in your quest to finish the Hospital Hill Run? Looking to run a personal best? Run with a Garmin Pace Team on race day. Experienced Garmin Pace Team leaders will help you meet your half marathon performance goals and are available for free to all runners.

Pace Team Leaders proudly supplied and managed by The Runner's Edge Training Program.

Frequently Asked Garmin Pace Team Questions:

Why should I run with a Garmin Pace Team? 
Running with a Garmin Pace Team is a fun way to run with a group and accomplish a specific time goal. Garmin Pace Team Leaders are experienced half marathoners who will encourage you throughout the race and help you achieve your performance goal.  Their objective is to help you have a great time while running a great time!

What is the cost to join a Garmin Pace Team? 
Running with a Garmin Pace Team is free! 

What are the finish times available for the Garmin Pace Teams?

Click here to meet your pacers!

1:25, 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05,  2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:25, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50, 3:00, 3:10, 3:20, 3:30

Which Garmin Pace Team should I join?
You should choose a pace that reflects your training and ability level and allows you to run at a comfortable pace throughout the Hospital Hill Run Half Marathon. If you can't decide between two paces (for example 1:55 and 2:00), it is recommended that you start with the slower pace, as you can always pick it up later in the race.  Click here to find out how to accurately select a pace team given your race times.

What is the actual pace per mile for the different Garmin Pace Teams?
The chart below lists Garmin Pace Team times and corresponding average pace per mile times:
Overall Time: 1:25    Per Mile:  6:29
Overall Time: 1:30    Per Mile:  6:52
Overall Time: 1:35    Per Mile:  7:15
Overall Time: 1:40    Per Mile:  7:38
Overall Time: 1:45    Per Mile:  8:00
Overall Time: 1:50    Per Mile:  8:23
Overall Time: 1:55    Per Mile:  8:50
Overall Time: 2:00    Per Mile:  9:09
Overall Time: 2:05    Per Mile:  9:30
Overall Time: 2:10    Per Mile:  9:55
Overall Time: 2:15    Per Mile:  10:20
Overall Time: 2:20    Per Mile:  10:41
Overall Time: 2:25    Per Mile:  11:05
Overall Time: 2:30    Per Mile: 11:27
Overall Time: 2:40    Per Mile: 12:12
Overall Time: 2:50    Per Mile: 12:58
Overall Time: 3:00    Per Mile: 13:44
Overall Time: 3:10    Per Mile: 14:30
Overall Time: 3:20    Per Mile: 15:16
Overall Time: 3:30    Per Mile: 16:01

What will the pace strategy be throughout the race?
Garmin Pace Team Leaders will utilize the ‘Smart’ Pace Strategy which has proven to be the most effective way to race.  It avoids the 2 most common mistakes runners make:  starting out too fast and rushing through the early aid stations.  Click here to find out more about this strategy.

Where can I get a pace band with the pacing strategy?
Complimentary waterproof, tearproof Races2Remember pace bands with the pace strategy & times of the pacers will be available at the race expo pacer booth.

Do any of the Garmin Pace Teams offer a run/walk method?
Yes, all of them will briskly walk through most of the aid stations for 15-60 seconds to ensure that you drink enough while others will incorporate additional strategically planned walk breaks for 30-60 seconds on uphills or every mile. Please stop by the pacer booth at packet pickup to pick up a complimentary pace band for the pace time of your choice while getting to know the pacers and their specific strategies.

How will I find my Garmin Pace Team on race morning? 
Garmin Pace Team Leaders will line up in the center of Grand Boulevard before the race begins. Garmin Pace Teams Leaders will be in place by 6:30 a.m. holding large signs marked with their corresponding paces. Plus, they will be wearing uniforms to help identify themselves. During the race, Garmin Pace Team Leaders will share the duty of carrying a smaller Garmin Pace Team sign.

What if I have to go to the bathroom? 
Garmin Pace Team Leaders 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 pace team before breaking to use the bathroom, then jump back in with the team or catch up to them.

How does the Garmin Pace Team handle drinking at the aid stations? 
Each Garmin Pace Team will take water and/or energy drink from every aid station to ensure that runners remain well hydrated throughout the race. Garmin Pace Teams 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.

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

Do Garmin Pace Teams go by clock time or chip time? 
Chip time. Garmin Pace Team Leaders will start their watches at the start line as they cross the chip timing mats. 

For more information or questions about the Garmin Pace Team, email Garmin Pace Team Coordinator Eladio Valdez.

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