I have never run as a pacer at an organized event but I have seen many and relied upon a few. The good ones are very, very disciplined and still about to keep the chatter going to entertain their charges. The bad ones have no sense of timing which is a betrayal of trust.
At some level, pacing is like volunteering to help with the organization. It is not, however, a race for the pacer because if it is a race, you will not have the energy to think for others nor the reserves to ensure that you will get to the end at the scheduled time. Getting there too late is bad; so is getting there too early.
Since people keep coming back to do the pacing thing time and again, I suspect it is rewarding. If nothing else, you get to run with a crowd at a training pace while those about you are starting to hurt.
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