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Addie Bracy, professional trail runner and OUTrun cofounder, on safety and inclusion for LGBTQ+ runners

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Addie Bracy is a professional runner for Nike Trail, with a wide range of running accolades to her name—including qualifying for the Olympic Trials in both the marathon and the 10K and being named USATF Women’s Mountain Runner of the Year three times! Addie holds a Masters in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver and works as both a running coach and a mental performance consultant. Notably, she is the cofounder of OUTrun, an organization dedicated to empowering and connecting LGBTQ+ individuals in the running community. Recently, Addie was also named a Runners Alliance Ambassador, a role that allows her to spread awareness about harassment on the run. In this episode, we talk all about OUTrun, how women’s intersecting identities affect safety, and why feeling safe and included is crucial to running performance.

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“It was taking such a mental and emotional toll on me that it was crushing my running career.…I came out publicly and three weeks later won my first national championship.”

“It’s not enough to not discriminate; you need to be actively inviting people”

“This sport has given me everything and my whole life has revolved around it…I have so much passion for the world of running, but it does have a long way to go. My hopes and dreams for the rest of my career is to make it better than it was when I got here.”

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