Stef Loh has a new job … and a new bride!
“In what might have been the most thrilling three days of my life, I accepted a new job on June 11 and got married on June 13,” Loh wrote. “As of August 12, I am a college sports reporter for the Seattle Times, covering Washington State football and Gonzaga hoops, with a focus on enterprise and digital. My wife, Lauren, and I honeymooned in Europe in July. We moved to Seattle in early August. Lauren will start grad school in the biology Ph.D. program at the University of Washington this fall, and I look forward to new challenges at the paper I’ve dreamed about working at since my Duck days at Oregon.”
Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News rediscovered her joy for running in an unlikely place.
For Moritz, a sports reporter at the Buffalo News, the Hatfield-McCoy Marathon was memorable not only for helping her fall back in love with the sport, but also due to the tremendous community support the marathon has. The race winds through West Virginia and Kentucky and is aptly named for the historical feud that the area humorously celebrates to this day. However, the Weather Channel ranks the Hatfield-McCoy Marathon as of one of the top 15 hardest marathons in the world; it takes place during the middle of June, on gravel and road, in high heat and humidity, and with numerous hills.
From the race staff and their reenactments of the famous feud, to the volunteers who occasionally bring out moonshine during water breaks and the runners that care more about the experience than clocking in Boston Marathon-qualifying times, the 26.2-mile run made for one of the more unique races Moritz has run.
Moritz finished in 5 hours, 40 minutes and 59 seconds,and broke her goal time by 50 minutes. Though shaving almost an hour off of her estimated time was a fantastic result, Moritz recalls that “being immersed in the history” and “falling in love with the ups and downs” was what made the Hatfield-McCoy Marathon unforgettable.
Teri Boggess was promoted this spring to senior proofreader at Capstrat, a Raleigh, N.C., communications agency where she has worked since late 2012. She recently finished a 1 1/2-year term as co-chair of the company’s Boomerang Society community-involvement program. She also is a freelance editor and writer, with work including a weekly outdoors notebook.
Shelley Smith has returned to working at ESPN full-time after undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Her next step, she said, are regular checkups “and prayers for no recurrence.”
“There are no guarantees,” Smith said. “All I can do is live healthy and trust that the science worked. I am on an anti-estrogen pill for the next 10 years, which I feel very fortunate about. So many women have a type of cancer that they can’t take anything preventative. The support from AWSM and so many others has been truly overwhelming and appreciated!”
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