Today we’d like to introduce you to Lance Woods.
Lance, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Sure. I was born and raised on the west side of Detroit. Educated in the Detroit Public School system, and finished high school with a 2.8 GPA & 16 on my ACT. Labeled at-risk because my environment was filled with a lot of negativity; which made it very difficult for the average kid to flourish and grow. I witnessed drugs being sold and used, alcoholism, abandoned homes, fights happening, friends going to jail, and unfortunately some even being killed. It was in those moments I decided to leave the city. I knew I was much more capable, I just had to remove myself from my environment. Once I graduated high school, I went on to study at the greatest HBCU in the land, Tennessee State University receiving my undergraduate degree in Supply Chain Management. Attending TSU is still one of the greatest decisions in my life because it literally saved my life and it was the start of so many great things.
When I started running, I hated it. I was only running to help out my friend Rodney Suttles with pushing his #SweatySeptember initiative back in 2015. After consistently doing it for a few months, that hate turned into a hobby, and I began discovering things about myself that I never knew. I became more serious with running in 2017. The first person I knew personally to run a half-marathon was my frat brother, Micah Wells. That provided the motivation to go for it myself. Ever since I completed the half, I had a new found love for running. In January 2019, I took it a step further and traveled to Miami, FL to accomplish a marathon. I met my co-founder Joe Robinson a month later, coincidentally we both ran the race in Miami, but didn’t know each other. A mutual friend saw that we were doing the same thing and connected us. From there we linked up for a run, connected & built WERUN313.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Nothing in my life has been a smooth road, but when you work hard for it you appreciate it more right? I remember since middle school having to catch the two city buses every morning at 6:30 am just to be there on time. Either that or I would walk miles in the rain, snow, sleet or hail to get there.
Undergrad was very challenging. I started out taking developmental courses because I had such low ACT scores. My first semester in undergrad out of 5 classes only 2 were creditworthy. I wasn’t prepared for college, but I had possessed the grit to persevere. It took me 5 1/2 years to graduate, but I learned early on that obstacles are just imaginary things in the way that tests you to see how bad you want it. No matter what, finish what you start and don’t quit.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with WeRun313 – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Yea, so WeRun313 is a newly formed run club started by myself and Joe Robinson to create social experiences powered by running. Essentially its here to promote a healthier lifestyle while building community. We have organized and created a space for runners of all levels and have become the fastest-growing and largest local run club in the state of Michigan. It is built on authentic encouragement, motivation, and support. Our slogan is “Connect. Run. Build.” and that’s what we do. It’s much more just running. We run, we participate in races, we travel, we eat, go for drinks, we have kickbacks, social gatherings, events and more. The authentic relationships that have been formed, the love, the support, the encouragement keeps people coming back. We have moved the culture forward in a way that hasn’t been done, specifically in Detroit. That’s what sets us apart.
I’d say I’m most proud of the growth I see in others. The mental breakthroughs, weight-loss stories, the friendships developed. It’s nothing like seeing a person struggle to run a mile six months ago, and now they can confidently run a half-marathon (13.1 miles). When I see people from the run club on social media linked up at each other’s house having a good time, it’s those things that make me most proud. Those things bring me joy.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Big plans in the future. Huge plans actually, lol… The beautiful thing is that I see them so clear, but they rest in my mind and take time to manifest. I’m not big on sharing my plans, you’ll just have to see. People can’t destroy what they don’t know or can’t see.
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- WeRun313 Dri-Fit Shirts- $35
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