Since our beginning in 2004, Pacers Events has evolved into the leading boutique race management company in the greater Washington D.C. area. Under the direction of Pacers Event Managing Partner, Kathy Dalby, our organization has created a collection of events focused on delivering a unique and exciting race experience for our participants.
Our company was formed after the hugely successful inaugural Gulf Coast Relief Run 5K, an event concept developed and executed only two and a half weeks after Hurricane Katrina. The event drew a crowd of over 4,000 participants, raised over $120,000 for relief efforts, and received local and national attention.
Pacers Events has extensive experience with bringing new events to the greater Washington D.C. metro area and has been the creative force behind some of the largest and most well-received race debuts in recent history. Our organization has developed, promoted, and executed over 15 inaugural Pacers events including the Crystal City Twilighter 5K, Four Courts Four Miler, Fairfax Four Miler, Clarendon Day 10K/5K, and the Crystal City 5K Fridays race series. We have also been successful in building the success of established races. Our marquee event, the Parkway Classic 10 Mile & 5K, began in 1984 as a 15K and quickly became a local favorite event. In 2006, Pacers Events acquired the event and quickly grew it from 2,500 registrants to a sell out crowd of 7,000 registrants.
Pacers Events manages and assists several non Pacers-owned races each year. These events include: Arlington 9-11 Memorial 5K, GW Birthday Classic 10K, Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, Lawyer's Have Heart 10K, and many more.
Management service packages are developed based on client needs and budgets as well as Pacers Events availability. Packages include full-service event management, first year race director programs, finish line management, and timing & scoring.
Pacers Events contracted management services are coordinated by Lisa Hundley-Reeves. To reach Lisa about your event, please submit a request for proposal:
TIMING & SCORING
Pacers Events, through our sister company raceDC Timing, offers state of the art timing for races sized 100 to 30,000. We use both the Chronotrack D tag and B tag as well as the IPICO timing systems. Our tenured timers have successfully timed over 50,000 runners this year at races throughout the country and are trained on RunScore and BAZU scoring software.
raceDC Timing is managed by Jeremy Lowry and Erik Kean. To reach Jeremy and Erik regarding your race timing needs, please submit a request for proposal:
OUR KEY STAFF
Kathy Dalby Managing Partner
Kathy is the Founder and Managing Partner of Pacers Events. She holds a Masters of Public Health from George Washington University and has over a decade of experience in running specialty and event management. Since the company's inception, Kathy has developed over a dozen new race concepts and has built Pacers Events as the leading boutique race management company in the region serving over 100,000 registrants.
Committed to our community, Pacers Events and Pacers Running Stores - through the efforts of our staff, vendors, and partners- have raised well over $700,000 for local, regional, and national charities.
Lisa Hundley-Reeves Events Director
Lisa joined Pacers Events in 2008 and now serves as our full time Events Director, responsible for logistical oversight of Pacers road races and our partner events.
Lisa has over 15 years of event and fundraising experience in both the for profit and non profit sectors.
Pat Dalby Registrar & Finance Director
Pat Dalby oversees and processes over 35,000 registrations a year for Pacers Events and our clients and also manages the finances for the company. She is often the friendly face our runners have grown to recognize at our various packet pick up and registration events throughout the year.
Pat is Kathy's mom and splits her time among D.C., California, and Colorado.
Kristen Hundley-Reeves Volunteer Director
Kristen serves as Pacers Events' Volunteer Director and oversees the recruitment, training, and deployment of volunteers and staff for all Pacers races. She also manages packet pick up, registration, and other logistics on behalf of Pacers Events management.
Contact Kristen if you'd like to volunteer at our next event!
Don Grinder Operations Director
Don Grinder serves as Pacers Events Operations Director and is responsible for event operations. Prior to joining Pacers Events, Don served the citizens of Arlington County for over 20+ years as an officer in the Arlington Police Department, and was the lieutenant in charge of special events for several years prior to his retirement in 2008.
On behalf of the Arlington County Police Department, Don managed county operations for events including the Marine Corps Marathon, Army Ten Miler, presidential inaugurations, the 9-11 memorial dedication, and several other large scale and security sensitive events. Don resides in McLean, VA with his wife and two children.
OUR RACE DAY TEAM
Our race day team consists of several individuals from varied backgrounds, including law enforcement, healthcare, hospitality, military, law, and retail management. Our race day crew manages various race day tasks such as: timing, registration, set up, deployment, and finish line management.
Individuals interested in becoming part of the race day team must volunteer at two or more Pacers Events before consideration, must be available for at least five Pacers Events in the next twelve months - see a list of Pacers Races below or contact our Volunteer Director, Kristen Hundley-Reeves - and be willing to attend training outside of event hours. Please note that most event days start two to three hours before race start and end anywhere between two and five hours after race start.