Spirit of the Marathon

2009-08-21 13:50

What the movie's about:

From three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker and Executive Producer Mark Jonathan Harris and Director/marathoner Jon Dunham comes the first ever non-fiction feature film to capture the drama and essence of the famed 26.2 mile Chicago Marathon. Filmed on four continents, the movie brings together a diverse cast of amateur athletes and marathon luminaries.

The movie follows runners such as Olympic Bronze medalist Deena Kastor, Ryan Bradley, Leah Caille, Gerald Meyers, Lori O’Connor and Kenyan “elite athlete” Daniel Njenga. A native of Nyahururu, Kenya, 29-year-old Daniel lives and trains in Japan. As a professional runner he has earned significant prize money, which he routinely sends home to family and to help rebuild local infrastructure. The 2004 Tokyo International Marathon Champion has run a personal best in the marathon of 2:06:16 and is ranked as one of the Top 10-distance runners in the world. To win Chicago has been a long-time goal, which would bring enormous financial gain.
As six unique stories unfold, each runner prepares for and ultimately faces the challenge of the Chicago Marathon. More than a sports movie, this movie is an inspirational journey of perseverance and personal triumph; a spectacle that will be embraced by runners and non-runners alike.
The film also features interviews with Dick Beardsley (two-time Grandma’s Marathon champion), Joan Benoit-Samuelson (1st Women’s Olympic Marathon champion), Sara Mae Berman (three-time Boston Marathon winner), Lee Flaherty (founder of the Chicago Marathon), Joe Henderson (original editor of Runner’s World magazine), Paula Radcliffe (Women’s World Record holder), Paul Tergat (Men’s World Record holder), Grete Waitz (nine-time NYC Marathon winner) and many others.

What the critics have to say:

"A docu that makes pounding the pavement appear utterly uplifting."
- Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter 

"A symphony of snapping sinews and pumping thighs... Enthusiastically directed by Jon Dunham."
- Staff, New York Times

"Even if you've never run for anything but a bus, you'll likely get swept up in this movie's inspiring journey of physical endurance and personal achievement."
- Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

As six unique stories unfold, each runner prepares for and ultimately faces the challenge of the Chicago Marathon.

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