I’ve spent a lot of time obsessing over what I should to do with my life. Like most people, I want to be successful, but chasing roles that increased my responsibility and influence just hasn’t been enough.  Often times, my projects have been canceled or reprioritized without explanation.  I don’t handle those kinds of setbacks well because it all feels so unnecessary.  I compare it to running on a treadmill, you sweat and work, but you’re always right where you started.  I want my work to be meaningful -- I want the roads to take me to steep mountains and gulches -- and I want to meet interesting people to run behind, in front of, or alongside.

I remember sitting in meetings that would run late, praying that I would still make it in time for run club.  I don’t know when exactly it happened, but at some point, running became more than just exercise -- it became my favorite thing to do. It was the thing I looked forward to most.

Life -- God -- the Universe has a sense of humor because if there was a ‘most unlikely to exercise’ spot in my high school yearbook, my picture would have been underneath it.  My first ‘B+’ was in middle school P.E. because I couldn’t finish a mile under 10 minutes my Freshman year.  Born with club feet, my parents still (to this day) remind me every week how damaging running is on your knees and body.

Which begs the question, why am I here -- building an app that helps you find fitness events like marathons, sports leagues, and run clubs?  I ask myself this question every day.

I believe that running saved my life. Running with my tribe was the therapy that got me through heartbreak, gut-wrenching loss, and brought me back to life.  It was on the run that I was encouraged and inspired to keep going.  To this day, I feel strongest when I am drenched in sweat after a hard run.

I believe that if people find the right sport or activity for them, with a community like I found, the world will be a better place, and I believe that Fitter can help folks find that community.

Lululemon Palo Alto Run Group

Photo credit goes to Shyamal Kapadia who has coached throughout the Bay Area. This picture was taken right before our very own community leaders Kelsey and Dave Tilley left to travel the world. We celebrated with them in typical run club style with a run around Stanford's campus loop. 

That is why I’m doing this. When I am frustrated by setbacks or celebrating a personal win, I join my friends at one of our run clubs and I remember why it’s worth it -- whatever it is, I’m in it for the long run.

Sophia Wong