Nikki Hiltz is an All-American 1500m runner for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks with an inspiring story. She transferred colleges and has made quite a name for herself in the collegiate running world. In this interview, we dive deeper into her running career, decision to transfer, personal life and future goals. We hope you enjoy this episode and if you do, please be sure to leave us a review!
Questions we ask Nikki include:
Would you mind telling us about yourself and how did you get your start in running?
What has your collegiate experience been like, both on the running side and academically?
You transferred from Oregon to Arkansas. What was the decision like to transfer? Why did you decide to make this move?
We had a SRC Community member write to us saying that you are a role model of hers, not only due to your superb running, but because as far as she is aware you are the only openly lesbian runner in the NCAA. Would you be open to speaking further about this experience?
Have you faced any scrutiny or criticisms? If so, how did you stay mentally strong?
What would you say to runners who are nervous about coming out with their teammates or community?
After facing back-to-back years with injuries you mention that, “it was all about patience, and I think that the experience was ultimately good for me. I grew a lot as a runner and as a person. I found myself.” How would you say that you “found yourself” during this process?
Who were some of your role models growing up and/or now that inspire you?
For listeners who don’t know, what is your favorite event? Any standout or breakthrough performances that have shaped you as a runner?
Future direction for next year / running post-collegiately?
What is currently making you thrive?
What advice would you give your younger self?
What does being a Strong Runner Chick mean to you?