Every runner started somewhere


Every runner started somewhere.

Every person you see running out in the world today was at one point, not a runner. Regardless of whether they are the fastest person on earth, having fun in the back of the pack, or somewhere in between. One moment they weren't a runner, and the next moment, and a stride later, they became.

At Pacers, we believe the act of running is transformative and something universally accessible to nearly everyone on earth. It is one of the last remaining antidotes to the stresses of modern life. When we run, we are free to simply exist and find space in the increasingly scarce now.

As experts in the sport for 30 years, we have seen nearly every story and have helped hundreds of thousands of people go from "could be a runner" to "I am a runner."

We don't believe becoming a runner is anything more that the combination of desire with the act of putting one foot in front of the other. If you have the desire, we'll get you the rest of the way. Welcome to your first mile.

How They Started


Melissa has started running twice: Once when she was a kid and again after coming back from a cancer diagnosis in 2021. She uses running to feel connected to the world and to be present as she lives life fearlessly in her post-treatment journey.


Manager of our favorite hotel, Yours Truly, Tauseen is a relatively new runner who began his journey after a health scare forced him to reconsider his priorities. Tauseen shares his story on why he started to run and what running means to him three years after he started.


Born and raised in the DC area, Eli has been running almost since he can remember. His first strides were around the track as a kid waiting for his older brother to finish his workout for the day.

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Virtual Fitting

Pacers staff is here to answer all of your questions and help you get started running. Virtual fittings are free and perfect for new runners looking to begin their running journey from the comfort of home.

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Free Training

One of the best ways to start running is with a beginner friendly plan. We have partnered with Bird Coaching to provide free beginner plans to help you get started!