Ah, the Spirit of the Marathon! Every time I think of this movie, I smile.
I was fortunate to watch this movie in the middle of my training for my half-marathon. This independent film follows the path of five runners (three amateur, two elite) as they train and prepare for the Chicago Marathon. This film, beyond any others, really captures the emotion of the marathon – both for the runners, and for the spectators.
One of the things that makes this film so wonderful is that the film makers understand marathons. And they use that knowledge to convey the ups and downs of the training process, and how it feels to overcome the obstacles to complete the marathon.
Here’s a clip from the 2007 Spirit of the Marathon (It’s 6 minutes long, but definitely worth it. You’ll want to lace up and go out for a run after you watch even the preview!):
I think the quote from Katherine Switzer really sums it up.
You can view Spirit of the Marathon on Netflix, or you can watch it on YouTube.com for $1.99. Money well spent, in my opinion!
And, Mark Your Calendars For June 12!
That’s the night that Spirit of the Marathon 2 (Rome Marathon) will be in theaters. I, for one, cannot wait to see it. I’m going to start getting a group of my running buddies together right now!
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