About the author

Coach Tabelech "TK" Shipp

Tabelech pronounced (Tab-ba-lee) “Coach T.K.” began her running journey in 2012 during the summer when her daughter was training with her Cross Country team for summer practice. She decided to venture out with her daughter to see what this “running thing” was all about. Turns out, the wooded trail was more of a walk than a run. Coach T.K. began to fuss about the distance of this “adventure” and wanted to throw in the towel when she discovered they had only covered one mile in 20 minutes! She continued on as her daughter would coach her along the way, but she vowed then that this “running thing” wasn’t for her. Coach T.K. would hang up her shoes and not hit the pavement again until the spring of the following year when she discovered a local running group through her sister. Coach T.K. was convinced that she should start over with giving “RUN” a second chance!

Coach TK is a Certified Running Coach through the RRCA (Road Runners Coaching Association). She's a Half Maniac Member #2910, which means she ran 3 Half Marathons within a 56 day time period. One of her proudest moments as a Coach is to pace Half Marathons during races, especially with first timers! She is the founder and CEO of Kickin’ Azphalt with Sole Running Company. She also volunteers at the elementary school as a Running Coach for children in grades 3-5 with the hopes that they will also develop an appreciation for this sport.

Coach TK has a Bachelor of Science in Professional Chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University and a Masters of Life Science with dual concentrations in biology and chemistry from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is married and has 3 AMAZING ATHLETIC CHILDREN who love taking family trips to the next race!