"A professional distance runner whose free-spirited persona off the track has made her something of a cult figure"
"Pappas has all the jittery energy of a star whose acting career deserves to be as fertile as her athletic one."
Alexi Pappas is an Olympic runner and an award-winning filmmaker. Alexi's critically acclaimed memoir-in-essays, Bravey, with a foreword by Maya Rudolph, was published in January 2021 and was the number 1 new release in both the sports and film categories on Amazon and was included in multiple “best books of the year” lists. A young reader’s edition of Bravey with a foreword by Maya Hawke will be published by Random House in 2023.
Alexi most recently directed and starred in the feature film NOT AN ARTIST alongside RZA, Ciara Bravo, Paul Lieberstein, Matt Walsh, and Haley Joel Osment (currently in post production). Alexi previously co-wrote and starred in the feature film OLYMPIC DREAMS alongside Nick Kroll, premiering at SXSW 2019. In 2016 Alexi co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in the feature film TRACKTOWN with a cast including Rachel Dratch ("Saturday Night Live") and Andy Buckley ("The Office").
Alexi’s writing have been published in the New York Times, Lenny Letter, Runner’s World Magazine, Women’s Running Magazine, Outside Magazine, and others; she has been profiled in the New York Times, CNN, Sports Illustrated, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Armchair Expert. She was named the Runner’s World “Face of the New Boom in Running” and featured on the magazine’s 50th anniversary cover. Alexi was named one of the New York Times’ “8 Olympians Who’ve Got Social Media Game” in the Rio Olympic Games alongside Simone Biles and Serena Williams and was also named one of Outside Magazine’s “5 people saving running.”
A Greek-American, Alexi is the Greek national recordholder in the 10,000 meters with a personal best of 31:36 set at the Rio Olympics. Alexi graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and also ran for the University of Oregon as a 5th year, leading the team to two NCAA victories. She lives in Los Angeles, California.