About

ABOUT BEN: Ben is a professional steeplechaser for HokaOneOne NAZ Elite with his eyes set on 2016 in Rio. Ben can often be found at 67% of all road races in a given year (he likes to race). He ran his first marathon, New Orleans Rock’n’Roll February of 2014 taking home the victory. Not a bad start to the long stuff! He is the humor in the couple’s life and best known for his Donald Duck impersonations.

Ben grew up in sunny San Diego where he was a Mt. Carmel Sun Devil and later attended Mesa Community College, and finished his college years at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Ben got his teaching credential while at Cal Poly and one day might put that to good use. He was a 2 time All-American in the steeplechase and has raced in the last 12 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships with his best finish of 2nd place in 2010. He has represented the US at the World Cross Country Champs 2010, World Half marathon champs 2010, and the World Track Champs in 2011. Ben along with Stephanie spend most of their days in the thin mountain air of Flagstaff chasing their goals and dreams, along with raising their baby boy Riley, born June 14, 2014.

 

 

PERSONAL BESTS

Track
1500: 3:45.53
3000m: 7:56.86
3000m Steeplechase: 8:19.10
5000m: 13:30
Road
Mile:4:00.4
5k: 13:57
10k:28:25
20k: 59:59
1/2 Marathon: 1:02:28

 

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

3 x World Team Member
Track and Field 2011, 3000msc Dague, South Korea
Cross Country 2010 Bydgoszcz, Poland
Half Marathon 2010 Nanning, China
3 x Rock’n’Roll Marathon Champion (New Orleans, San Diego, Montreal)
2nd 2010 USA Track Field Championship 3000msc
2nd 2010 USA 5k Road Championships
2nd place US Indoor Champs 3k 20134th 2010 USA Cross Country Championship
4th 2012 USA 15k Road Champs
4th 2014 USA 10 mile Road Champs
5th 2012 Olympic Trials 3000msc
5th 2011 USA Track and Field Championship 3000msc
5th 2011 Barcelona Meeting 3000msc (pr 8:19.10)
2016 Runner Up RNR AZ Half Marathon
13th 2016 Olympic Trials 10k
Big Sur Half Marathon Champion 2012

ABOUT STEPH: Steph is a professional runner for Oiselle and HokaOneOne. She took the first half of 2014 off to have her first child and is working her way back to form. She and Ben train with their group Northern Arizona Elite powered by Training Peaks under coach Ben Rosario. Follow along @NAZ_Elite for updates on the group’s training and racing!

Steph was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2010 thus ending years of injury and sickness and setting the groundwork for her professional running career. She is best known for laughing at her own jokes and her ability to put some serious popcorn and soda down. Steph grew up in Phoenix, AZ as the youngest kid to 3 older brothers. She is a native New Yorker at heart and that remains her favorite place to race. She began running when she was 4 and ran at Xavier high school and onto to UCSB for her college days.

Steph balances her training and racing with running their coaching business “Running with the Bruces.” They coach several Oiselle athletes as well as many weekend warriors. The group ranges from Olympic Trials qualifies to those looking to break 5 hours in the marathon. Steph also works on and supports her energy bar company Picky Bars in which she started with fellow athletes Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas.

If this wasn’t enough, she’s busy raising their son Riley who was born on June 14th, 2014. It’s a jam packed schedule but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

 

PERSONAL BESTS

Track
5000m: 15:49
10,0000m:32:24
Road
5k: 15:59
10k: 32:14
20k:67:59
Half Mar: 70:53
Marathon: 2:29:35

 

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2nd place US 20k Championships 2010
3rd place Houston Marathon 2011 2:29:35
6th place NY Mini 10k 2012
8th place US Olympic Trials 2012 10,000m 32:24
6th place Falmouth Road Race 2012
3rd place US 20k Champs 2012
1st place Big Sur Half Marathon 2012
3rd place Honolulu Marathon 2012
1st place PF Changs Rock n Roll 2013 Half Marathon
3rd place US 15k Championships 2013
Top American NY Half 2013 70:53
15th place Boston Marathon 3rd American 2013
5th place Oakley NY Mini 10k
4th place US Half Marathon Champs 2013 71:37
2nd place US 10k Road Champs 2013 32:55
2nd place 2016 US 15k Champs
2nd place 2016 California International Marathon 2:32:37
6th place Boilermaker 15k Top American 2013