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WATCH: Devon Yanko On the Struggle and Reward of Running

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Devon Yanko is a versatile runner—she has won (among others) the San Francisco Marathon and the American River 50, and has raced for Team U.S.A. at the 100K World Championships three times. To get there, Yanko had to overcome a challenging childhood.

In this film, by HOKA One One, Yanko talks about how her experiences with sexual abuse have shaped her outlook on running and on life.

“Light and dark are part of our lives, right?,” she says. “You have to hold them with the same levity.”