Advocate • Olympian • Actor • Writer
Let’s kick off Athletes of April with a bang! We are excited to introduce you to the incredibly inspiring and talented Alexi Pappas. She is a mental health advocate, Greek-American runner and Olympian, actor, and writer. Her career and life story have inspired runners and people alike all around the world. When we were picking our Motivational March Ragnar Rundown book of the month we knew we had to pick her book Bravey. A number of Ragnar team members read her book and we can’t stop talking about it! We then had the awesome opportunity to sit down and ask her a few questions. But first, here is why we LOVE Alexi’s book:
“Oftentimes our favorite books are those where we can relate to a character. We see ourselves woven between the lines because we can relate. Well, in this case, Alexi Pappas isn’t a character. She is a person: a real-life, vulnerable, hilarious, grounded-all-while-flying-high-in-the-sky-chasing-her-dreams type of person. Her journey will break your heart, cry happy (and sad) tears and ultimately, inspire you.
You know how you fold a corner of a page down because you like a line? Maybe you highlight it, underline it… I stopped marking pages because there wasn’t a page that didn’t speak to me. This is a book that will sit on my coffee table, come to races with me, and if you borrow my copy I’m going to want it back.
Personally, and perhaps selfishly, I wish this book existed when I was younger. When I was, at the time, unable to leap over the hurdles my own life was throwing at me. I could make this “review” about myself but that’s entirely not the point. Similar to Bravey, the book may appear to be about Alexi, when the reality is, it’s much greater than that.
You don’t have to be a runner or an athlete or a filmmaker to relate to this book. I encourage anyone who has lived through one of the weirdest timeframes of our lives to read Bravey.
You’ll feel empowered. You’ll feel seen. And at the end of it, you’ll too, be a Bravey.”