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Peculiar fashion meets extreme talent

Finding herself outside the sport helped Alexi Pappas' running career fully take off

Updated: July 11, 2013, 7:29 PM ET
By Jessie Sebor | WomensRunning.com

If you didn't know Alexi Pappas before the 3,000-meter steeplechase at March's Stanford Invitational Meet, you'd be hard-pressed to forget her after the race's close.

Not only did the 23-year-old Dartmouth graduate come in first place, she did so in spectacular style. While the other runners in the race sported standard-issue kits, Pappas smoked the field in a homemade singlet with polka-dot stripes, black, lace-trimmed shoulders and a picture her brother had drawn of a flying ...

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