If you only see one running related movie this next year, I highly encourage you to pick up this one. Watch the trailer via this link:
A few weeks ago, I came across a great ebay deal. A package of running themed movies that I had never seen. I was targeting any of the Prefontaine films, and this one came with all of the major ones; Without Limits, Fire on the Track and Prefontaine. However, a fourth title was an unknown and it really stole the show at the Holcomb Film Festival; Spirit of the Marathon. Not only did it win Best Picture award here on Shady Maple Lane, but in several other events across the country.
In short, it is a documentary style picture that follows six athletes as they prepare for the Chicago Marathon (1997 as I recall). From world class runners (Kenyan male and Deena Kaster) to average Joes and Janes, to the 70 year old 12 minute miler running with his daughter. The training, the stories and the actual race footage really get you pumped to lace up the shoes and go for an extra mile or two! In addition, the film is extremely educational. All of the names that we associate with middle and long distance racing provide insight and history; i.e., Rodgers, Shorter, Benoit-Samuelson. We also get to hear from Runner’s World authors, speakers and experts; i.e, The Penguin, Amby Burfoot, & Hal Higdon. Lastly, an extremely interesting history of the marathon is provided.
For the non-runner, the film is very entertaining (you can ask my wife). But for anyone considering to run their first or twenty-first marathon, it is an absolutely necessary part of training. You will be glad that you watched it. Enjoy.