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So the half I am pacing has something like 11 or 12 water stops on the half course. If I were running the course for time, I might get fluids 3 times on the course. When I have practiced this distance and pace, I haven't reallt needed any fluid at all. I'll be much more comfortable than the folks I am pacing, so should I add in more water stops for their benefit, or just do my own water stops (I am thinking miles 3, 6, and 9 or 10), and let them catch up if they want to do more stops?
 

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It looks to me like there are only 8 water stations on the half course.<br><br>
In a marathon, I would assume that at least some people (like me) would prefer to hit every one... in a half, it's a harder call. As you suggest, maybe tell them you will slow through every other one; if they want to hit more, then they are responsible for keeping up.
 

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You are right; there appear to be 8. I wonder where I got the idea there were 10 or 11.
 

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I simply point out the water stop is coming up. I may slow down through them for about 10 seconds but pretty much I expect everyone who is getting water to keep up or catch back up. As the pacer your primary responsibilty is simply to maintain the pace for the distance you are running. How people keep up with you, whether at water stops or port-a-potties is their responsibility provided you are maintaining an even pace throughout the course, taking hills and the course layout into account.
 

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That's interesting, GaReb. I asked the president of my running club, who has paced before, and she recommended walking through every stop.
 

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Which is why runners interested in a pacing team are encouraged to meet the pacers at expo's and ask questions such as how they intend to handle water stops (walk or slow down), porta potties, and other sundry items. Each pacer is a little different as to how they handle such things.
 

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That makes sense.
 

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I don't remember your pace, but if my memory is right, you've got a slower group. The slower you go, the more time on the course, the more water you need. Walk through the stops, you won't lose that much time, and your runners will finish healthy.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I simply point out the water stop is coming up. I may slow down through them for about 10 seconds but pretty much I expect everyone who is getting water to keep up or catch back up. As the pacer your primary responsibilty is simply to maintain the pace for the distance you are running. How people keep up with you, whether at water stops or port-a-potties is their responsibility provided you are maintaining an even pace throughout the course, taking hills and the course layout into account.</div>
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I am leaning toward this method, because I think it will be easier for me to keep an even pace not slowing and re-speeding up every so often. I'll just tell the runners who want to walk/slow down not to sprint back to the group - that they'll be able to make it back refreshed even with a little walking or slowing.
 

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I know! I wonder how they are going to handle that.<br><br>
I was told that pacers get to sit in the VIP tent at the start line. The question I have is whether there is a VIP portajohn. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
I feel like I am as ready as I will ever be. I am <i>ridiculously</i> nervous about it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was told that pacers get to sit in the VIP tent at the start line. The question I have is whether there is a VIP portajohn. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"></div>
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I was out there today for a run. I sure hope they plan on setting up more portapotties; it doesn't look like enough. The lines are always wayyyyy too long at CMM. And oddly, they already reek. Shouldn't they be empty, and clean???
 

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Issued by The National Weather Service<br>
Nashville, TN<br>
7:25 am CDT, Thu., Apr. 22, 2010<br><br>
... SEVERE WEATHER LIKELY THIS WEEKEND...<br><br>
A STRONG STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE OUT OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS ON FRIDAY AND INTO THE LOWER AND MID MISSISSIPPI VALLEY REGION ON SATURDAY.<br><br>
THE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BRING A ROUND OF SEVERE WEATHER TO MIDDLE TENNESSEE SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY EVENING. HAZARDS WITH THIS SYSTEM INCLUDE LARGE HAIL... DAMAGING WINDS... ISOLATED TORNADOES AND FLASH FLOODING.<br><br>
MIDDLE TENNESSEE RESIDENTS SHOULD PREPARE FOR SEVERE WEATHER SATURDAY.
 

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MIDDLE TENNESSEE RESIDENTS SHOULD PREPARE FOR SEVERE WEATHER SATURDAY.</div>
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EEEK! I hope that doesn't hit until well after the race is over!<br><br>
Good luck with the pacing, you'll have to write up a report to tell us how it goes!
 

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Good luck, jebba! Can't wait to hear how it goes. You're going to be a great pacer.
 
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