Clemenson has been active his whole life, especially as he studied musical theater and performed as an actor, singer and dancer. In his early 20s, while performing as a dancer and working part-time, he was biking everywhere. But he says he was still out of shape and his body didn’t fit how he felt on the inside.
He started running on a whim when a man he was dating asked him to join him for a few miles and then grab some breakfast tacos afterward. It was a good way to start the day and turned out to be a lot of fun. They continued running together and suddenly Clemenson realized he really enjoyed it.
Clemenson is appreciative of how welcoming and accepting the running community is to everyone, especially to new runners and people in the LGBTQI+ communities.
“I never really thought running would be my thing,” says Clemenson, who came out as openly gay as a young teen. “I didn’t know much about it, but once I started I really liked it.”
However, he says when his partner decided to move to New Zealand, the relationship ended and he stopped running. But after a brief hiatus, he missed the positive energy running provided, so he started running again on his own. Not only did it soothe his angst of the break-up, but it also helped him develop new levels of fitness, foster new friendships and land him a new job.