Hans de Groot, Full Marathon, 4:05

Where are you from?
Northern Virginia

Current PR

Number of marathons?

Favorite marathon
Athens, Greece

Personal goals:
To still be running 40 years from now.

Why do you run?
Because it is hard, most people think it’s crazy, and no one can take away the achievement.

Why should someone run in your pace group?
They should only run in my group if they want to finish in 4hrs 5 minutes. There is only one goal and each person is striving for it for different reasons. If their goal is to finish in 3hrs 45 minutes, I can help them get there.

Do you have any tips for runners about to join your group?
Don’t run for anyone except for yourself. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing or why they run. Run your own race. Set a goal for yourself and after you’ve achieved it, set a higher goal.

Share one quotation that you like.
Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself- expanding and learning as you go- you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip. – Dean Karnazes