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Rising Stars: Meet Stephen Love-Wade

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephen Love-Wade.

Hi Stephen, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started running in 2016 as a part of 30 days, 30 miles challenge with my roommate. From there, I really fell in love with the sport even though it took a while for me to become comfortable with it.

That honestly drew me in, even more, always knowing that there was so much I could improve upon. Every day, I just got a little bit better, eventually, I started running 5k races in the city and noticed I was usually the only black person there or one of few.

Being from Jackson, TN, I was never exposed to this and I wanted to find a way to make this happen in Nashville.

Over the years, I weighed the idea back and forth of creating a space where black people could run till I finally started 6RUN5. The rest is history, now we run every Wednesday in North Nashville.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
There have been challenges over the last 3 years of 6RUN5 but it’s always been fun.

One thing is continuing to create a welcoming environment where people don’t feel judged or intimated in a space where there’s such a stereotype for what a runner SHOULD look like.

I strive to keep the environment the same while constantly evolving how we interact with the community whether it be events or something of that nature.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
My day-to-day work consists of me being a data analyst in healthcare. I went to Tennessee State University and majored in Public Health.

After a few years, I wanted to make myself more marketable in the workforce while picking up a new skill so I decided to transition to Tech. I love what I do currently and am excited for whatever the future holds.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory was playing during the summer.

It wasn’t that long ago but I remember times when we weren’t so dependent on technology. It just felt like a more liberating time in life to play with no worries in the world.

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