Athlete Bios

Stephanie Rouse

Women's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 2:36:22
Qualifying Race: 2023 California International Marathon

Stephanie Rouse
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Boston, MA


Colorado Springs, CO

Current Affiliation

Impala Racing Team


PhD student in an auditory neuroscience program at Harvard-MIT

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Previous Trials



Grinnell College

Career Highlights
2-time NCAA Cross Country Championships individual qualifier
Interesting Story
My close friend died in a pole vaulting accident in college. It’s the only period of time in which I had no interest in running whatsoever. The pain of his loss was too great. I gave up running after his death and it took almost a year before I could return to the track. I also lost a dear friend and teammate to ovarian cancer. She taught me to cooldown shoeless, to “outrun the bear” in the final miles of every race and to live fearlessly. I take them with me on my runs these days. They gives me strength and motivation in the uncertain times.
Favorite Song

E-40 is in heavy rotation these days

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

A celebratory waffle as a brunch appetizer, split amongst teammates and friends

Favorite Breakfast

Perfect Bars

Favorite Running Memory
There’s no feeling in the world like executing an intimidating workout, in a pack of women, under the lights of Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. I have been fortunate to be part of an all-women’s running team where every Tuesday night, for a brief moment, we suspend the demands of our daily lives and we fly. It is freedom and it is strength and it is passion incarnate, and I feel so fortunate to have experienced it.