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Five Questions and a Sketch: Kiah Becker

Grand Rapids Community College Runner Kiah Becker (Abby Haywood/The Collegiate)

Hello everyone! Welcome to Five Questions and a Sketch! Today we’ll be featuring Kiah Becker, a sophomore at GRCC and one of the fastest women on the cross country team. Becker is a 20-year-old Michigan native who likes to rock climb, play guitar, hike, and camp in her free time. Her interest in cross country started early on when she was in fifth grade. She loves to race in Saucony Havok shoes and listen to NF while she trains. Her longest race so far has been a 5k (3.1 miles) and she’s still exploring her options for her future after GRCC. 

Do you have any pre-race rituals / superstitions? 

I do not have any pre-race rituals or superstitions. Running is a very mental sport and it’s important to recognize that I am ultimately in control of my performance despite any circumstances.

Which race are you the most proud of?

I am most proud of my performance at Nationals in Albuquerque last fall.

What do you enjoy the most about running? What have you learned from it?

What I enjoy most about running is proving myself and others wrong by accomplishing things that once seemed impossible for me. Running has taught me to maintain peace and perseverance in spite of the chaos that might surround me.

What is it like having your mom as one of your coaches?

Having my mom as one of my coaches is just like having any other coach- running makes our team a family rather by blood or by miles.

What is the most interesting running experience you’ve had so far?

The most interesting running experience I’ve had so far was traveling to New Mexico with my teammates and adjusting to running in high elevation!

Have suggestions about who I should feature next? Drop me a tip at 5questionsandasketch@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!

Editor’s note: Responses were edited for clarity.


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