Beaverton-based AA Sports Ltd. Brings New Talent to the Portland Running Scene with New Hire Stephanie LoweMay 1, 2012
AA Sports Ltd. congratulates their newest staff member, Stephanie Lowe, on her win at the 35th annual Seaport River Run last weekend in Lewiston, Idaho. Lowe was the overall female winner of the 2.9-mile race. Combined with a 10K, the event had a total of 1,216 participants.
“I ran about a minute faster than I expected. I think it helped that I paid more attention to my competitors than my watch,” Lowe said. “There were a lot of fast, high-school age girls in front of me at the start, but my years of racing experience told me to be patient. I passed many of them on a big hill to the bridge that crossed the river. One of the girls was still in the lead, but when I realized she was the only one, I thought to myself ‘I can win this.’ I kept her within striking distance for most of the race, then made my move after the 2-mile mark when I saw her start to struggle.”
A native of Burleson, Texas, Lowe started running in high school and competed in cross country and track at Texas Tech University. After injuries cut her college running career short, she focused on combining her passion for the sport with her career goals. Lowe covered professional and collegiate track and field, marathons and road racing for various publications. Lowe also worked as an intern for USA Track & Field before she graduated in 2008 with a degree in advertising. She said the knowledge she gained from successful athletes and coaches helped her slowly overcome her injury issues and start running again.
Lowe moved to the Northwest in 2009. She lived in Mountain Home, Idaho, before she moved to Portland last week for her new job as office manager and marketing assistant at AA Sports. Lowe said she is happy to have found a job that she enjoys in a city she loves.
“I have always wanted to live in Portland. It’s a great place for running and I have a lot of friends here,” Lowe said. “I miss my family and friends in Texas, but I was tired of too many midnight runs when the temperature was still in the 90s.”
Aside from the better weather, Lowe attributes much of her recent running accomplishments to her boyfriend, Dave Ross. Ross is also an avid runner and successful coach. He is a six-time winner of the Seaport River Run and was third in this year’s race. Since he started coaching Lowe, she has improved in every distance. Lowe qualified for Boston this January at the Houston Marathon.
“We have been together almost three years, but I only let him start coaching me last year because I previously thought I knew enough about running to train on my own,” Lowe said. “I saw the success he was having with his other athletes, so I decided to try to have him coach me for the Houston Marathon. It worked out well and I realized the importance of having a coach. He is great with figuring out the right workouts I need. He is supportive and sets higher goals than I would set for myself. It helps to have someone believe in you.”
Lowe returns to Boise for her next race on May 19, the Famous Idaho Potato Half-Marathon. She plans to run another full marathon before Boston next spring and will use shorter-distance races as part of her training.
“I race every distance from 5K to marathon, but think I am best at the longer races.” She said. “I don’t have a lot of natural speed, but I am strong, mentally tough and willing to work hard.”