Athlete Bios

Ashlee Powers

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:34:06
Qualifying Race: 2023 Grandma’s Marathon

Ashlee Powers
Date of Birth


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Current Residence

Beverly Hills, CA


Newport Beach, CA

High School

Corona del Mar

Current Affiliation

Cal Coast Track Club


Content Creator and Entrepreneur

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Social Media
First Trials qualification


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Number of attempts to qualify




Career Highlights
11th, 2023 Grandma’s Marathon; 24th, 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, qualifying for 2020 US Olympic Trials in debut marathon.
I am engaged to American film director Jordan Alan, who is known for discovering Sandra Bullock, Luke Perry and Amanda Righetti. I live with my fiancé and his son Knox. Both of my sisters ran for Corona del Mar High School and went on to compete at DI schools. My older sister, Melanie Powers, ran for Wake Forest University, and my younger sister, Raquel Powers-Sifuentes ran for University of Michigan. I am also related to former NBA player Brian Scalabrine.
Greatest Accomplishment
My greatest accomplishment was competing at the 2022 Boston Marathon. Eight years ago I wouldn’t have believed anyone if they told me I would compete at the elite level in the marathon, let alone place 27th in the deepest female field in Boston Marathon history. It took many sacrifices to get to that point and I felt the meaning behind the race. It being the 50th anniversary of women being able to race in the Boston Marathon made it extra special.
Interesting Story
My sophomore year of high school, I had a stress fracture in my tibia. It never fully healed, so my coach, Bill Sumner (who is still my coach today) and I had to work around it. Despite limited training and being taped up all the time, I was able to earn a full scholarship to SMU. While at SMU my freshman year, I became the top freshman in the NCAA DI cross country following my Notre Dame XC Invitational performance. I transferred the following year to UCLA, and there they caught my tibial stress fracture/reaction. This injury, as well as the toxic environment within the UCLA Cross Country program, led to my mental health declining significantly. Spring of my senior year, I was asked to step down due to my mental health struggles. I thought it was the end of my running career, but when I walked out of the athletic department I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders. That day, I returned to Coach Sumner, and we committed to throwing everything out, starting from scratch as if I had never run before. It was a slow build, but we made a promise to each other in 2012 — he would coach me post-collegiately to the Olympic/Elite level if I agreed to do the 10,000m or the marathon. It took us 3 years to build up, but in 2019 I ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in the Athlete Development Program. I finished 24th overall female and qualified for the 2020 Trials. The qualification proved not only that I could race marathons at the elite level, but also that perseverance, dedication, and a little belief could help me surpass everyone’s expectations.
Favorite Book

Flowers in the Attic

Favorite Movie

“Terminal Bliss” & “Cats Dancing on Jupiter” (basically any film by my fiancé)

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Favorite Song

Heat Waves by Glass Animals

Favorite Breakfast

Homemade Breakfast Burritos

Favorite Motivational Quote
“Failure to prepare is preparing to fail” and “Rule number 1: never give up. Rule number 2: don’t forget Rule number 1.” - Bill Sumner (my coach)
Favorite Running Memory
2009 Nike Cross Country Nationals with my high school team, Corona del Mar. I got to race alongside my older sister in her final high school race. The race directors also mixed up our bibs … which benefitted me since she was one of the top runners in the country at the time. Despite her being sick, a bad day for her was a phenomenal day for me as I was coming back from injury.