Her Dreams Don’t Quit with Joanna Stephens | Podcast ep 28

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Joanna Stephens’ dream of making the Olympics started when she was only 6 years old. Through life’s ups and down, she runs her course. Her dreams don’t quit!

Tune in to the 28th episode of the A to Z Running Podcast to hear Olympic Trials Marathoner Joanna Stephens of Gazelle Elite Racing share her running story.

(Joanna was also in a 1-minute segment of podcast episode 23 which included 9 Olympic Trials Marathoners.)

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Guest Background:

Joanna Stephens is a professional runner with Gazelle Elite Racing currently training in West Michigan.

Hometown: Islamorada, FL
Coach: Dathan Ritzenhein (Read Dathan’s advice in How to Lead Others to Success)
Team: Gazelle Elite Racing

Joanna qualified for and competed in the 2020 US Olympic Trials Marathon. She qualified with a 1st place finish at the 2019 Bayshore Marathon.

Personal Records:
5K – 16:26
3K – 9:38
Half Marathon – 1:14:56
25K – 1:33:29
Marathon – 2:43:47

Follow Joanna on Instagram: @joannaruns and her team @gazelleeliteracing

As promised in the episode, Joanna and Austin’s couple workout! Check it out! (Listen to the episode for context.)


Joanna’s favorite quote/saying:
“But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
– Isaiah 40:31, NIV

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3 replies
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      admin says:

      Great hope in that verse! I went on a high school youth trip with this as the capstone verse as well. Thanks for sharing, Benjamin!

    • admin
      admin says:

      Benjamin, one of the things that always grips me about it is the immediately preceding verse “even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted”
      Heavy. So true.

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