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Apr 30, 2018

Alexi Pappas Dreams Like a Crazy and Runs Like One, Too

We spoke with Pappas about her many interests, her athletic drive, and her support systems. (Photo: Sarah Attar)
We spoke with Pappas about her many interests, her athletic drive, and her support systems.

Distance runner Alexi Pappas is the rare dual threat of Olympic athlete and movie star. In the 2016 film Tracktown, which she wrote, directed, and stars in, she set out to capture the running-obsessed culture of Eugene, Oregon—a place where recreational runners share the trails with pros, and local farms and butchers step up as beef and vegetable sponsors for hungry athletes. Outside contributor Stephanie Joyce talked to Pappas about how her life as an Olympic hopeful translated to the big screen, and why so many people connect with her as an artist and a runner.

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