Des Moines, IA
Rachel is a Division I Cross Country and Track and Field athlete at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Currently a senior, she’s majoring in kinesiology and minoring in french and hopes to work in a sport recovery clinic or performance research lab. When she’s not running or studying she’s playing her ukulele or teaching yoga at the student rec center.
Having felt very accepted and welcomed during her coming out process, Rachel wants to use her visibility to encourage authenticity and show others that it’s okay. She hopes to help foster confidence and empowerment in anyone in her community who might be struggling to take the next step towards their truest self.
By starting an OUTrun community in her area, Rachel hopes to create a space for LGBTQIA+ individuals to connect, support, and empower each other. More than anything, she wants people to feel like they have a place to go where they will be fully accepted and appreciated, exactly as they are.