Alexi Pappas: Running's Sweetheart
koff 8:46 PM
Usually when you hear about a runner it's because she/He ran a fast time, but that's not always the case for Alexi. She's also known for racing in her homemade singlets, having a odd but great best friend-ship with Jordan Hasay, and her race day buns. Pappas wasn't always a runner, she played soccer her high-school years and went to Darmouth for academics not sports, but joined the team her freshmen year. She went from not being able to contribute to a 3rd place finish at the NCAAs, racing in the steeplechase at the Olympic trials and helping the ducks win the NCAA cross-country and indoor championship her senior year. The new member of OTC is not just a runner but also a writer, actress and filmmaker. She'll have lots of big news for us in the future and i'm pretty excited!
Q - Whats your favorite thing about running?
Q - What was your first impression of Jordan Hasay?
A - I first met Jordan when I raced her back in our high school days-- I really just didn't want to get lapped by her. At Oregon, Jordan welcomed me as her teammate and friend, and I had a hope that we could build the teammate-ship that eventually grew, but I couldn't have imagined I'd get the best friend-ship that followed.
Q - Any updates on your movie?
A - Writing the next feature this summer.... a fiction film about running! Keep posted on twitter-- website and exciting updates in the near future. Get hype.
Q - Congrats on the contract with OTC! Do you have Rio 2016 in mind? And what other long term goals do you have set for the future?
A - I do have Rio 2016 in mind, and hopefully many *fast* tasks before that as well. Long-term, I want to see how much damage I can do and fun I can have with the sport. OTC is a dream team for me, because the coaching, team-focus, and ideal Eugenie running environment will allow me the space and time to dedicate myself to the pro running life. I hope to discover what I am capable of in the sport. I feel like a bit of a late running-bloomer, but better late than never! Right now, I know I can compete mentally in the sport, but I still have much to learn and many miles to run.
Most of all, I look forward to repping the OTC with bravery, and hopefully making my new teammates (so exciting!) proud.
Q - Whats your favorite band and/or artist?
Q - How did the whole "Alexi bun" thing start?
A - This picture (below) of my soccer playing days, which was when the bun was first born. Then, though, there were two buns! I used to wear two buns, but one mysteriously disappeared when I started high school. I wear the bun to keep my unruly curly hair off my neck, and because it makes me feel like a *queen* even when I look like a disaster (end of the race).