A Change of Pace was born out of a desire to change the running event industry in Northern California, and when it comes to pace, we’re leading the pack!
It Began With An Idea
The concept for the company began to take shape in 1985, when company founders Jen and Dave Miramontes were working together in the design marketing/advertising industry in Southern California. Prior to their careers, both were scholarship athletes at Pepperdine University, and running remained an integral part of their lives afterwards. After participating in numerous road races and triathlons together, the idea to create an event production company began to blossom.
Laying a Foundation
Family brought Jen and Dave back to Northern California, where Davis seemed to be the perfect location to settle; with both the ocean and mountains nearby, an active lifestyle was easily achievable. A Change of Pace was established in 1987, and after a year of planning and shadowing others in the event industry, our inaugural race was produced: the Davis Turkey Trot. It was so well-attended that Runner’s World declared it the largest “first annual event” in the country!
Timing is Everything
A Change of Pace’s success was nearly immediate and soon after we acquired two well-established events: the Davis Stampede and Donner Lake Triathlon. Meanwhile, the company invested in computerized race timing (a departure from the popsicle stick method), and was one of the only organizations to provide this service in the entire state. Barcoded tear-tags combined with the use of hand-held computers like the “Time Machine” was novel, and the company was quickly recruited to time or co-time high profile events like Bay to Breakers, Vancouver Sun Run, Wildflower Triathlon, and Race for the Cure events.
The Etymology of “A Change of Pace”
We really wanted to make an impact in the industry, hence the “Change”. “Pace” is a common running term that describes the running/walking speed of an individual. As a bonus, the phrase “a change of pace” is a well-known idiom, so it was already a familiar term. The rest is history!
To this day, we endeavor to live up to the name. We change up our events from time to time, both to stay current with the industry as well as to keep concepts fresh.
A Change of Pace is a full-service event management and production company based in Davis, California. Founded in 1987, we produce top-quality, high-profile events across Northern California. In recent years, we have chosen to focus on producing and timing events in Northern California.
A Change of Pace provides event management and timing services to running, walking, open water swimming, paddle boarding, and triathlon events. Our services include:
A Change of Pace Foundation is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization, established in 2007 after many years of conducting events as A Change of Pace Inc. (est. 1987). Based in Davis, CA, the Foundation’s annual efforts include the production of events to promote and encourage exercise and general fitness through running events for all ages and abilities. The mission is “to encourage and promote fitness through fun, well-organized, and professionally produced events”.
The Foundation is administered by a Board of Directors, of whom meet quarterly. Though most Foundations rely on grants, donations, A Change of Pace relies solely on special event income & sponsorships to fund our programs and events. And unlike most organizations, we often partner and help support fellow non-profit organizations to offer both shared exposure and financial support while still enabling ACoP to achieve the goal of introducing new people to participate in our fun, exercise-based events.
A Change of Pace Foundation strives “to encourage and promote fitness through fun, well-organized, and professionally produced events”
Volunteer and Site Coordinator
Maya participated in her first A Change of Pace event at the age of 3 months. From there she followed her siblings in participating in a multitude of events from runs to kids’ triathlons. While growing up with parents who ran a sports marketing firm, she had no choice but to attend most events her entire youth life. Now as an adult, she has returned (by her own choice) and now serves as the volunteer and site coordinator. In addition, she has also been instrumental in the 2024 design and transitioning of our new website. We are fortunate to have her tackle one of the more critical areas that are considered the backbone of any event, volunteers. Maya resides in Davis and In her spare time she spends time as a dog trainer while simultaneously assisting other local nonprofit organizations such as the Yolo County SPCA and Cancer Champions.
Alec, a graduate of the University of Oregon, oversees course and volunteer management on event day. He also helps coordinate infrastructure set up and tear down, equipment management and assists with race timing.
Dave brings an impressive 36 years of event production, marketing, advertising, and graphic design experience to the team. Dave has not only been a decorated athlete, but he also understands how good teamwork can lead to a successful outcome. Having 4 active kids has allowed him to stay involved in youth sports as well as being active within the community. As the Executive Director of A Change of Pace, he still enjoys his role as the logistics coordinator for all Foundation and outside client events. In addition, he oversees course design & safety, city & police relations, graphic design, advertising, marketing, and creative concepts. Dave resides in Davis with his wife Jen and has 4 very cool kids, all of which has worked at A Change of Pace at one point or another.
Treasurer, Assistant Race Director & Head Timer
Jeannine not only oversees the day-to-day operations; she handles one of the most critical elements within the organization; the registration and timing department. Aside from overseeing the computerized timing department and client/participant relations, she handles our social media and website changes and medal/award design. Her guidance and organizational skills have become a huge value to the organization as she provides much of the input on special projects such as the Tour De Fit.
Jennifer has over twenty years of experience in the marketing field, including positions as the Marketing Director for Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants and Real Mex restaurants. Jennifer also has extensive experience developing community programs geared towards children, having served on the Board of Directors for the Davis Schools Foundation as well as the Patwin PTA. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Pepperdine University, and is also a certified personal trainer. A runner herself, Jennifer has completed numerous triathlons and over 50 marathons, including top age-group finishes in high profile events such as the Boston Marathon and the Rock N Roll Marathon. Jennifer owns FIT House in Davis and enjoys inspiring her clients to reach their fitness goals.