Our 2023 LA Marathon training season officially kicked off on Saturday, September 17! Over the past few weeks, we have introduced our awesome LA Marathon Pace Leaders as well as our Marathon Coach. We conclude the series this week with Keith and Simeon, our Pace Leaders for our 11 Minute Pace Group and 8 Minute Pace Group! Find out why they run and some fun facts that could spark a conversation during your next group run!
Name: Keith Bambacigno
Which group do you run with? Team 11 – 11 minute group
How long have you been with the Pasadena Pacers? I joined the Pacers 9 years ago
How many marathons have you run? I have run 9 marathons
Why do you run? I run to stay fit. Love the way it makes me feel, and I love the running community.
Favorite post run snack/meal? Dim Sum. Thai food.
Running Mantra: “Run to Eat”
Hometown: Temple City, CA
What do you do for fun? Live Concerts, Horror Movies, and Live Sports
Do you have a secret talent? (Please share): I used to “Swing Dance!”
Anything else you’d like your fellow Pacers to know? I love all the energy and volunteers at the races and during our Saturday runs!
How many marathons have you run? With the most recent Chicago marathon, I am now at 8
Why do you run? To keep fit and healthy. It is my form of meditation and keeps me sane in life. I tend to like to get focused on goals and this is a nice, healthy one to focus on. I also love running to explore new areas and when on holiday to get to know the area. You tend to see some great sights / scenery and discover areas you would miss if you did not run. Lastly, you meet some great people when you run; be it at a race, your running club and also like the runners wave / nod you give as you pass others on your run
Favorite post run snack/meal? Anything I can get my hands on but if in the evening I have a severe weak spot for Pizza and an IPA beer
Running Mantra: Just keep going, one foot in front of the other
Occupation: Chief Financial Officer of a cruise company (yes, it has been an interesting time recently 🙂 )
What do you do for fun? Outside of running I like to spend time with the family and our COVID golden doodle, travel, watch soccer or as I call it, football 🙂 (UK Premiership – my team is Crystal Palace) and now and again play golf (but with a high handicap)
Do you have a secret talent? (Please share): Up till recently I used to do Karate and got to Black Belt level. I stopped as did not want to get injured for running 🙂
Anything else you’d like your fellow Pacers to know? I am originally from the UK (hence the accent) and used to be part of a running club called Epsom Oddballs (yes, a funny name) and we became US citizens last year. I am currently chasing to complete the 6 Abbott’s World Majors and have just been accepted through the lottery for Tokyo Marathon which will be in March 2023. Tokyo will be my 4th of the 6 and then I’ll need to run Berlin and qualify for Boston.