Kylie Trettner Wading River, NY

About Kylie

Sophomore, Chemical Engineering

I want to be a part of Tiger Trail for the experience. Amazing opportunities such as this are rare to come by, and not only would it be a major accomplishment personally, but will be a major accomplishment for the team and RIT as a whole.

When I was younger I was small and could outrun a lot of my friends when playing in my neighborhood. I always loved the feel of my hair being blown back from my face and the wind my motions created around me. It wasn’t until I was in 8th grade that I seriously gave competitive running a chance. I played a whole bunch of other sports at that time and slowly each one was eliminated because I never felt the same reward as I did when I was running. Throughout 4 years of running varsity cross country and track, I found something that I became extremely passionate about, and something that I believe helped get me through the hardest points of my life. When I was a junior in high school I realized just how important running was to me. Even though I was injured and physically sick the whole year, every time I got to race or was allowed to run at practice I remember being so joyed that I was back with my team and back doing what I love. That’s when I seriously started to consider becoming a collegiate athlete and I can’t even begin to describe how happy I am that I actively pursued running here at RIT.

I’m excited for the support that this trip is going to bring. I don’t think anything will make me happier than seeing people out on the side of the road cheering us on or running legs of the relay with us. I’m excited for the schools that will be brought together through this run and the knowledge that girls are tough and that we can do this. The idea that our run will bring together people from all along the eastern seaboard to rally and support us as we run warms my heart and makes me feel so bubbly and happy and amazing.