Native to Alameda, California, Alexi inspires little Braveys across the nation to walk the path to self-discovery and be their best no matter the walk of life they choose.
An accomplished Olympian, actress, filmmaker, and New York Times bestseller author, Alexi has courageously walked the walk so that, nowadays, she can talk the talk and share her wisdom and positive outlook on life with millions of people. (Imagine your obstacles cheering you on instead of holding you back! That’s Alexi Pappas for you.)
Alexi’s story is a testament to the patient process of self-discovery in a world that encourages young people to narrow their focus and specialize in a single area. She allowed herself to mature and realize her potential in her own time, achieving very different goals many would consider exclusive of each other.
After she set a new Greek record in the 10,000-meter run at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Alexi could come back to her other passion: writing. She was presented with an opportunity to share her story in the form of a memoir and dove right in. Bravey was published in 2021 and became an Amazon bestseller. The book provoked meaningful dialogue about mental health in modern society.
Anyone Can Do It
Alexi keeps showing up for others time and again with a handful of glitter and a big smile. She’s bringing the Bravey spirit to our community at the San Francisco Marathon and the Berkeley Half Marathon as a namesake for a distance anyone can take on to prove that no matter what life brings up, Braveys will always get through it.