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Adam “Salty” Dalton on his evolution to becoming one of three openly-queer athletes to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials

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A native of rural Iowa, Adam attended Grinnell College, double-majored in Economics and Mandarin Chinese, and participated in varsity track and cross-country. A graduate of the University of Utah’s Master of City and Metropolitan Planning Program, he specialized in ecological planning and interdisciplinary sustainability. He currently serves as the International Dark Sky Places Program Manager at the International Dark-Sky Association and lives deep in the Sonoran Desert in Tucson, AZ. When not at work, Adam is an avid runner, outdoorsman, disillusioned Minnesota professional sports fan, craft beer aficionado, and the lead singer/guitarist of a punk rock band, Bikini Shark. In 2020, he was one of the first three openly-queer athletes (along with Matt Llano and Megan Youngren) to compete in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

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“𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗜’𝘃𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗜𝗼𝘄𝗮, 𝗜 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝘆 𝗯𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀….𝗜𝗳 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲 (𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝘄𝗮𝘀𝗻’𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗯𝗲𝗿, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲) 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝘁, 𝗶𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗲. 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽, 𝘀𝗲𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝘀 ‘𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁’ 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗲, 𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗰, 𝗶𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗺𝗲 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝘄𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗺𝗲? 𝗖𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝗻𝗼 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝗲𝗿, 𝘀𝗼 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀?”

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