My name is Tes Sobomehin and I am the founder of runningnerds and a “bonafide runningnerd” for the runningnerdnation. Fresh onto the pavement of running, I have completed countless 5K races and 10K races, 22 half-marathons, 4 marathon relays, and three FULL marathons – The Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2012 and The Marine Corps Marathon in 2013 and the New York City Marathon in 2014. In addition I am pumped to take on the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth MN in 2015 as well as my first Triathlon, the Challenge Knoxville Olympic Tri!! I am also proud to have established myself as a race director in the community with the successes of the runningnerds 5K, the Atlanta Men’s 5K & Boys’ Bolt, The ATL 20K Relay & 10K, & the international Virtual Race Series, and the Monday Night Brewing Westside 10!
My running journey started in 2010 when I ran my first 5K road race – 2010 Komen Race for the Cure in Atlanta, GA. I decided to challenge myself by running my first race and accomplishing a goal. It was a nervous experience and a lonely one at that. You may think a simple 5K wouldn’t be exciting, if you’re an established runner, but for a “newbie” to running, a 5K IS a big deal! Lacking that running support and being naïve to the running community really hindered my continuation in running. After that race, I did not run again until March 2011. A friend encouraged me to train and run the 2011 Shamrock N Roll 10K race. I completed the race and this time, I continued to run. Shortly after my 10K experience, I was introduced to the concept of a running group and the running excitement began.
My health and fitness background is one centered on team support, encouragement and development. As a former team sports player and women’s basketball coach, I understand the importance for support, encouragement and being inspired to perform at your best. The group support of teammates helps elevate a player’s performance and encouragement of others. However, my entry into running lacked that synergy needed to perform at one’s best. I needed more and my running group shed the light on that void. I answered the call to be a group run lead ambassador for Black Girls RUN! Atlanta and my passion began to be fueled. You cannot give passion; it develops from within. Being a group run leader helped fuel the passion that was within me to inspire, encourage and support new and established runners. As a leader I was instrumental in increasing the memberships in the Atlanta area, establishing weekly group runs around the Metro Atlanta area, and developing local marketing campaigns and special projects. More importantly, I met hundreds of likeminded positive women and active people in the running community.
My experience as a newbie runner and being part of a new movement inspired the dreams and ideas within me to do more. How did runningnerds come into existence? My friends, running buddies and myself would often discuss running gear, challenges, stories, jokes and “nerd” tendencies about running. Those statements were often tagged with the line #RunningNerd. That term switched the “light bulb” inside and the idea was conceived. runningnerds was established to reach out to the greater running community. Our mission is to provide a social forum, resource and service for the contemporary running community. We were established to cradle and nourish our “runningnerds-in-training” by assisting them to start or join a running group with a mission and purpose. We’re to provide a fun and innovative health and fitness education platform in the comforts of encouragement and inspiration. We are not set to target a particular population or be just another “fad”, but to truly establish a lifestyle and share the love of running.
As a teacher and personal trainer, my passion has always been propelled by the achievements of others. Seeing people achieve something that they didn’t think they could do excites me. And if I’ve been part of that development and/or had any impact on that person, it gives me the greatest joy! I am full of passion for personal achievement and I do my best to impart that into others. I want everyone to feel the excitement I receive each time someone runs their first race, gain a PR or challenges themselves to a longer distance run. But I also want to set a new example for others and help everyone to step out of their comfort zone. For that reason, I do not want to limit myself or limit runningnerds to my comfort zone.
During the past two years, I successfully started new run group meet ups and running groups such as the Atlanta BeltLine Run Club, the West Midtown Run Club, and the Amazing Pace Run Club. I have also led practice runs for some of the largest races in Atlanta such as the Atlanta Marathon, Atlanta Half Marathon, the Georgia Marathon, the Peachtree Road Race, Area 13.1 Half Marathon, & The ATL 20K Relay & 10K. Each group I have led has been an honor and a privilege. I have also been honored to represent lululemon athletica, swiftwick socks, yankz, and Big Peach Running Co. as a Run Ambassador and product tester. Look out 2015!!!! We have so much to do 🙂
I hope my journey encourages and inspires you to become a runningnerd and to join our nation. We will host events for runners by runners with the runningnerd spirit at the forefront. Most of all, we will build a social forum to share successes, challenges, fun stories, and the quirks of a running lifestyle.
Join us in the mission to celebrate the runningnerd in you!