Todd Williams started his athletic career in Monroe, Michigan as a youngster participating in every sport (wrestling, swimming, baseball, basketball, football) before transitioning to track and cross country. He was six-time State Champion in track and cross country at Monroe High School and was All American his Junior and Senior seasons. He received a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee and the success continued. He was four-time SEC Champion and eight-time All-American. He led Tennessee to the National title his Senior season and served as team captain. His varsity records in the 3k, 5k, and 10k at University of Tennessee still stand after twenty-two years. After graduating he went on to be one of the best American distance runners of all time. He qualified for two Olympic Games 1992-1996 in the 10k and won twenty-one US titles on the road, track and cross country course. His talent and hard work gave him the opportunity to compete all over the world against the best.
After retiring from the professional running stage Todd decided to challenge himself in the world of Martial Arts. He chose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because he was told it was a very challenging, goal-oriented art and would keep him very strong and fit. Well, eight years later and countless hours studying and training Todd received his black belt from legendary instructor Luiz Palhares January 2011. Todd has trained with and received instruction from some of the world's best Marcelo Garcia, Xande Ribeiro, Regis Lebre, Soneca Moreira, Pedro Brandao(R.I.P.), Ryan Hall and many others. His passion for the art continues to get stronger every day through teaching and training. Todd now resides in Saint Johns, Florida and has two beautiful daughters Brooke and Bailee. He created RUNSAFER to give back some of the knowledge that he worked extremely hard to obtain.
In January of 2013, Todd combined his two passions, running and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, to create RunSafer. RunSafer's purpose is to educate all individuals, from kids to adults, on the importance of self-defense and safety awareness. As the only man in the world to achieve Olympian status (1992-1996) on the track, and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt (January 2011) on the mat he brings a unique combination of experience.