“Women Who Fly,” Episode 1: Devon Yanko
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How Devon Yanko used running as therapy to overcome an abusive past

Hoka One One’s “Women Who Fly” video series by three-time Emmy winning filmmaker and director Joris Debeij tells inspiring stories of women who have conquered their issues and paved a path to triumph over adversity. This episode profiles ultrarunner Devon Yanko, who opens up about how she used running to hide from everyone in the world. Before becoming a champion ultrarunner, she was abused by her high school basketball coach and wanted to run away from the world. Running became a form of therapy and something that Yanko uses figuratively and literally. She recently achieved one of her best results ever, winning the 2017 Leadville Trail 100 on Aug. 20 in Colorado.

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