Pacers Program

The Pacers Program assists participants to their time goals in the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport Marathon and ASICS Half Marathon. Pacers are experienced runners who aim to maintain an relatively even pace throughout the race with the goal to have you finishing slightly faster (30 seconds or so) than your goal time. As the Toowoomba course has some hills there will be times where they will have you running slightly faster than the average pace to make up for the climbs.

For easy visibility, the pacers will be carrying a coloured balloon and a goal time sign high amongst the starting runners. Each pace runner will also wear a singlet with the goal time marked on the back. It’s important to know the start zone your pace runner will be in and ensure you choose the same start zone when you enter so you can start the race near your pacers. 

Since the marathon and half marathon both start together, the pace times (with the exception of the 1:30 half marathon pacer) have been designed to align together e.g. the 1:45:00 half marathon pacer and the 3:30:00 marathon pacer will run together whilst guiding & motivating you throughout the race. 

Pacers will run to the ‘Net Time’ (also called ‘Chip Time’). Net Time is the time it takes you to complete the distance once you’ve crossed the start line. Note: Due to participant numbers, it may take several minutes to cross the start line after the gun is fired. 

Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport Marathon Pace Times

Pace Group min/km Balloon Colour Position Pacers
3 hr 30mins 4:59 min/km Purple Middle of Zone A  Hai Luong & Tung Pham
3 hr 45mins 5:20 min/km Purple Back of Zone A  Thomas Li & Steve Chen
4 hrs 5:42 min/km  Purple Middle of Zone B  Yolande Willemse & Margaret Broksch
4 hr 30 mins 6:24 min/km  Purple Back of Zone B  Devin Young & Andy Valente
5 hrs  7:07 min/km  Purple Front of Zone C  Sophie Cover & Rochelle Donaldson
Chaser (6hrs 30mins)*
*Chaser will run to gun time
9:15 min/km Purple Back of Zone C Andy Cameron & Carmel Grashuis



ASICS Half Marathon Pace Times

Pace Group min/km Balloon Colour Position Pacers
1 hr 30 mins  4:16 min/km Yellow Front of Zone A  Emmanuel Vergara & Connor Graham
1 hr 45 mins  4:59 min/km  Yellow Middle of Zone A  Helena Granziena & Eric Seo
1 hr 52 mins 30 seconds 5:20 min/km Yellow Back of Zone A  Lou Brownlie & Sally Matsubara
2 hrs  5:42min/km  Yellow Middle of Zone B  Jeremy Cox & Hung Pham
2 hrs 15 mins  6:24 min/km  Yellow Back of Zone B Craig Millikan & Craig Bibby
2 hrs 30 mins  7:07 min/km  Yellow Front of Zone C Stu Pocknee & Shane Dicinoski
Chaser (3hrs 45mins)*
*Chaser will run to gun time
10:40 min/km Yellow Back of Zone C Deb Auchterlonie & Peita Hillman



Want to be a pacer in 2024?

To adequately carry out the pacer role you’ll need to be able to comfortably run the pace you’ve nominated for. You also need to be prepared to offer encouragement and motivate runners. All volunteer pacers will receive a race entry to their designated race and a pacer singlet.

Pacer positions are now filled for the 2024 event, thank you for all the applications received!