Episode 33: ADDIE BRACY & COREY CONNER | Empowering LGBTQ+ Individuals With The Running Community
Addie and Corey are both professional trail runners, coaches and partners.
Their stories are similar. Both have a strong background in professional road running, they found success, but then got burned out, to a point where they stopped or almost stopped running all together, and not just because of the stress that came from training and racing at such competitive level but because of the burden that they were carrying within themselves: struggling with their own identity and sexuality.
Addie almost quit running. Only weeks after a disappointing performance at the 2016 olympic trials in the 10K, she entered her first ever trail race, the US Mountain Running Championships, which she won. That experience gave her a different perspective about her future in running. Addie also decided to come out to her friends and family, and also publicly in a blog post, lifting a burden that had weighted her down for so long.
Corey stopped running for 4 years and it was after reading that blog post that she reached out to Addie. They reconnected. Corey moved to Colorado and they’ve been together since then. Corey has also found in trail running the passion and drive that she thought she lost years ago.
Both of them are building amazing careers as professional trail runners and coaches (they are my coaches!). I started working with them a few months ago. I’m really enjoying working with them. They are helping me to find back the joy in training, setting goals and racing as well.
They also recently launched Out Run, a new initiative meant to empower and connect LGBTQ+ individuals within the running community to create an environment that is encouraging, supportive and inclusive to all individuals
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