Alexi Pappas is an Olympic athlete, essayist and award winning filmmaker. A Greek-American distance runner, Alexi is a national record holder in the 10,000 meters (31:36). She has been profiled in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone and featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. This November she was on the cover of the Runner’s World Magazine 50th Anniversary issue alongside Kevin Hart and was named the face of the “New Boom” in running.

Alexi was recently named one of Spikes Magazine’s personalities of the year, alongside 2016’s other inspirational athletes.
Outside Magazine ran a story naming her one of  “Five People Saving Running’s Reputation”.

Q & A

What do you do when you are not running (other hobbies/counter sports)?


Favorite running shoe?

Nike Zoom Structure.

If you had to name one aspect of running that gets your most psyched, what would it be?

The thought that I am not done reaching my potential yet—the curiosity for what is ahead!

Essential running food?

Great Harvest Bread with steak from Long’s Meat Market and seafood from Newman’s Fish Co, Eugene!

If you never started running what would you have pursued instead?

Writing and Filmmaking.

Who is your idol/hero?

Deena Kastor– she is an incredible athlete, role model, person!

Guilty Oregon pleasure?

Great Harvest Bread Cinnamon Rolls and also going to the movies…!

Tea or coffee or Kombucha?

Tea and kombucha! I’m part of the Runa Tribe, so I love Runa’s guayusa tea to energize my training and adventures. I also make my own kombucha.

Favorite Eugene meal after running?

Beet Boost mixed with Maple Hill Creamery yogurt, with veggies from the OG Corner Market and my recovery Enduropacks electrolytes.

What are your top 3 fav running locations?

1.     Pre’s Trail, Eugene

2.     Ridgeline Trail, Eugene

3.     Mammoth Lakes, California