Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to watch two running films that came out recently. Here’s a quick review of each (without any spoilers):
This Is Your Day
This film follows Rob Krar, Caroline Boller and Karl Hoagland at the 2015 Western States Endurance Run. It provides several perspectives, as Rob is an elite (superhuman) athlete in his prime, Caroline is an up-and-comer and Karl probably has his best years behind him but is still working to make each year better than the prior one. My favorite thing about the movie is the way it focuses on the people around the athletes – their families, crews, pacers, etc. I don’t really have anything negative to say about the movie. It’s a little less than an hour long, and it is available on Vimeo for rent or purchase.
The Barkley Marathons: The Course That Eats Its Young
This movie focuses on The Barkley Marathons – a race that saw only 10 finishers in its first 25 years of existence. For me, the most interesting thing about this movie is the premise of the race. In June 1977, James Earl Ray (MLK’s assassin) escaped from prison in Tennessee. He covered so little distance in the time he was on the run that the races co-founders (who are obviously both sadists) thought it would make for a great ultramarathon course. The Barkley is probably one of the strangest races out there, and Laz, the race director, is probably one of the quirkiest folks you will come across. With that being said, this is a very entertaining movie. If you enjoy running and adventure, this is perfect for you. It’s available for rent or purchase here.
A trailer for this movie is available here.