In the Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon 2012 runners are offered help to reach their goals in the 10 km run, halfmarathon and marathon. Pace makers will these distances at an even speed. They will be wearing marked vests and carrying balloons so that runners can follow them.
Pace makers have been offered in the Reykjavik Marathon since the year 2009. Then it was available for participants in in the 10 km run and were runners very pleased with this. Therefore pace makers have been a part of the Reykjavik Marathon since. In the run 2010 pace makers were both in half marathon and 10 km. Last year pace makers were also added to the marathon.
The pace makers are all trained runners that will run at the following times:
|45 minutes||Gísli Páll Reynisson og Þorsteinn Magnússon|
|50 minutes||Björn Ragnarsson og Daði Garðarsson|
|55 minutes||Ásta Laufey Aðalsteinsdóttir og Borghildur Valgeirsdóttir|
|60 minutes||Svanhildur Þengilsdóttir og Þóra Björg Magnúsdóttir|
|1 hour and 45 minutes||Margrét Elíasdóttir og Sigurður Sigurðsson|
|1 hour and 50 minutes||Alma María Rögnvaldsdóttir og Sigurður Þórarinsson|
|1 hour and 55 minutes||Árni Gústafsson og Pétur Valdimarsson|
|2 hours||Elín Reed og Hafdís Reinaldsdóttir|
|4 hours||Guðmundur Guðnason og Sigurjón Sigurbjörnsson|
The pace makers will line up in Lækjargata having a good gap between them. Those who are going fast will place themselves in the front and those who are going slower will place themselves further back. Runners are advised to place themselves behind the pace maker they plan to follow. On the following picture you can see the placement and color of the pace areas. Click on the picture to enlarge it.