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Looking for some extra support in your goal to finish the Ann Arbor Firecracker 5K? Are you looking to run a personal best? The Puma Pacers will help you meet your performance goals!
We are proud to provide pacers for the 5K and 10K distances with our Puma Pacers! They will be available for the following distances:
5K – :21, :24, :27, :30, :33, and :36 total finish time
10K – :42, :48, :54, 1:00, 1:06, and 1:12 total finish time
How will I find the Puma Pacers on race day?
The pacers will be at the start line 15 minutes before the start of the race. This will give you a chance to talk to them, learn more about the plan for pacing, and ask any questions you might have. They will be holding signs with their goal pace and finish time and will be wearing a Puma Pacer uniform.
Why should I run with a Puma Pacer?
The Puma Pacers are set up to help you reach your goal time in the race. The pacers have been selected from a pool of applicants and proved themselves to be excellent at this job. These runners have volunteered to run with you, cheer you on, and inspire you to get to your goal.
How will I know which pace group is right for me?
The pace groups are assigned different finish times, to meet the goals of different runners. To determine your own goal time, use your past races, recent training runs, and current fitness. A good rule of thumb for beginners is to start at the pace of the longest run that you did during your race build-up. You can then accelerate during the later stages of the race if you find this pace is too easy. If you aren't sure how to match up your pace with your goal finish time, you can use this pace predictor to help choose your group.