Tes Sobomehin is the founder of RunningNerds and a “Bonafide runningnerd” for the RunningNerdNation. Fresh onto the pavement of running, she has completed in 15 5K races, 4 10K races, 8 half-marathons, 2 marathon relays, and completed my first FULL marathon on October 7, 2012. She is also proud to have established herself as a race director in the community with the successes of the runningnerds 5K and The ATL 20K Relay & 10K!
Her running journey started in 2010 when she ran her first 5K road race – 2010 Komen Race for the Cure in Atlanta, GA. She decided to challenge herself by running her first race and accomplishing a goal. It was a nervous experience and a lonely one at that. One might 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 her continuation in running. After that race, she did not run again until March 2011. A friend encouraged her to train and run the 2011 Shamrock N Roll 10K race. She completed the race and continued to run. Shortly after her 10K experience, she was introduced to the concept of a running group and the running excitement began.
How did RunningNerds come into existence? Tes' friends, running buddies 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.
Her health and fitness background is one centered on team support, encouragement and development. As a former team sports player and women’s basketball coach, she understands 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, her entry into running lacked that synergy needed to perform at one’s best. She needed more and her running group shed the light on that void. She answered the call to be a group run lead ambassador for Black Girls RUN! Atlanta and her passion began to be fueled. She learned that one cannot give passion; it develops from within. Being a group run leader helped fuel the passion that was within her to inspire, encourage and support new and established runners. Tes was instrumental in increasing the memberships in the Atlanta area, establishing weekly group runs and developing local marketing campaigns and special projects. More importantly, she met hundreds of likeminded positive women and active people in the running community.
In 2012, Tes has been successful in starting 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. She has 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. Tes is also honored to represent swiftwick socks and Mizuno running as a Run Ambassador and product tester.