Home State: Michigan
Years on the club: 2
College: James Madison & College of Arts and Sciences
Areas of study: Comparative Cultures and Politics, Spanish, and Arabic
Ali has many interests in addition to running distance events for the club. She loves being outdoors and being environmentally friendly. Ali also paints, is into photography, and enjoys learning about food, nutrition, and cooking. Ali considers herself a "travel junkie," as could be made apparent by her majors.
"I decided to join rc because I love to run socially, and I figured I could make it less intense than xc in high school. It was one of my best decisions freshman year! I met a ton of hilarious, down to earth people and have improved as a runner more than I ever thought I would (finishing my first half marathon with rc was an amazing experience I won't forget ) I also want to say that the club is special. At first I was intimidated and thought that I wouldn't fit the club because a lot of the runners are very experienced and fast. I didn't think I could catch up and run with them. I was coming off of iron deficiency and I didn't have my full energy. But I remember the first day I went to rc and I ran with Megan, Christina, and Val. They made me feel welcomed and the club has never stopped doing that. This summer I'll be coming back from two surgeries and will be in poor running shape, but I know that the team will be there no matter how far and fast I can run."