Meet our runners: Steve Powless

For the third year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 15. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP!

Runner:  Steve Powless
Longest run to date: 50 miles in the Ranier to Ruston ultramarathon last year
Favorite song to listen to while running:
I love to listen to a Motown Medley in last few miles.  Always fires me up no matter how tired I am.
Favorite post-run snack: Bacon, Egg and Cheese biscuit and chocolate milk

  1. What inspired you to run the 2013 Boston Marathon for MMP? Boston is like the holy grail for marathoners. Every time someone heard that I run marathons, they would ask me if I’ve run Boston. Next month I’ll be able to say yes. I chose to run for Mass Mentoring because I believe the work they do has far-reaching benefits for young people. It is better to help youth grow up well than to need to recover wounded adults.
  2. What is your experience with mentoring? I was hired by my current employer in January 1987. At that time, the CEO and Founder personally took me under his wing to mentor as his eventual replacement. I felt very blessed that he chose to work individually with me on my business acumen, personal skills and family priorities. This was also important to me, as my father had passed away when I was in my early twenties. He shared with me his experiences and the values that the company was founded on. He has now retired, and I currently serve as CEO of my company and try to pass down what I have learned in much the same way I was mentored. I also still have lunch with him every three weeks just to stay in touch. He is an outstanding person.
  3. What do you think is the most important thing a mentor can do for a child? It’s really important to be a good role model, listen, be encouraging, and be genuine and honest.
  4. What is the best piece of advice a mentor can give? Always strive to surround yourself with positive people who enjoy life
  5. Complete this sentence: When I finish the Marathon, I will feel….like I have been truly blessed to be in a select group of runners able to experience Boston. 

If you would like to read more about Steve or make a donation to his fundraising, please visit http://www.razoo.com/story/Team-Powless