The Greek-American runner and filmmaker Alexi Pappas ran a nine-minute personal best today at the Chevron Houston Marathon. Her time of 2:34:26 was good enough for 10th place and less than a minute off the Greek national record of 2:33:40, set by Maria Polizou in 1998.
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This was only Pappas’s second marathon–her first was at Chicago in 2018, where she finished in 2:43:38. Pappas ran the 10,000m for Greece at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, setting a Greek national record of 31:36.16.
Pappas’s new film, Olympic Dreams, which played at last year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, is set to open in New York City on Valentine’s Day (February 14). The film, which was shot during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, also stars comedian Nick Kroll.
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with the sun at my back & the wind in my face 9 minute PR & top 10 in the race ⭐️ . . huge accomplishment for me to finish top ten in a gold label #marathon & big PR. i fought hard! there were dark moments & there were vibrant moments. i ran with a pack & i also ran much of it solo. i embraced each segment with confidence & also humility. the marathon is wild! i just kept reminding myself to be in the mile I’m in & pain is a sensation, not a threat. third Greek alltime & so close to the national record 🇬🇷 . i heard you bravies along the course & i feel so proud of this bravey *team* we’ve created together 💛 . . 📸 chris Cooper & @kenthaichi
Pappas has made several films, her previous best-known effort being Tracktown, which came out in 2016.
Pappas is not sure what is next for her in terms of her running. She was obviously hoping to run Olympic standard (2:29) today, but since approximately half of all marathoners who qualify for the Olympics may do so based on their world ranking (rather than by achieving standard), it remains to be seen whether this might be a possibility for Pappas. Certainly her performance today will boost her world ranking.