Nikki Kimball is one of the best ultrarunners out there (she is currently in third place at the Coastal Challenge). She has won Chuckanut 50k, Western States (3 times), Leadville, UTMB, The Bear, Run Rabbit Run and many others. This month, a documentary called Finding Traction will be shown on PBS (in Montana, Vermont and possible elsewhere) that shows Nikki’s attempt at a FKT on Vermont’s 273-mile Long Trail.
The PBS website states:
Finding Traction presents the inspirational story of ultra runner Nikki Kimball and her quest to become the fastest person in history to run America’s oldest hiking trail, the 273-mile Long Trail. The documentary asks what drives her to attempt such an incredible feat, and follows Nikki’s journey from its beginning – training and racing in the Rocky mountains – to her actual record attempt through Vermont’s beautiful but brutal Green Mountains. Throughout the film, Nikki’s crew and support team provide an intimate portrayal of the courage, grit and passion behind her record attempt, and interviews with the world’s leading evolutionary biologists, including Bernd Heinrich, author of “Why We Run,” shed light on the science and psychology behind Nikki’s incredible race against time. For Nikki, this well-publicized run is more than a chance to inspire people to be active and spend time outdoors, it’s her way of encouraging women and girls to take an equal place for themselves in professional sports. In addition to providing an inside look into the journey of an elite athlete, Finding Traction gives viewers a new perspective on the endurance of the human body and spirit, and informs us all, regardless of our sex, of our true potential and inspires us to reach it.
I strongly encourage you to watch the trailer below:
In other news, apparently, running is bad for your health LOL: