If you are a runner and COVID-19 has you stuck at home, here is a list of some great running movies to help you pass the time.
Leadman: The Dave Mackey Story
The inspiring story of a man who tragically loses his leg on a training run, but still returns to finish the Leadville 100-miler.
Father & Daughter Run 100 Miles
A documentary of Krista Olson, wife of Ultrarunner Timothy Olson, and her father as they run a 100 mile footrace.
I have compiled a playlist on my Youtube running channel of a number of exciting highlights of ultra-running events. This playlist will keep you occupied for hours, and then coming back for more.
Unbreakable: The Western States 100 – Feature Film
A video about the elite runners competing in the 2010 Western States Endurance run, interwoven with the story of the very first finisher of the course in 1974.
Spirit of the Marathon
This is the video that inspired me to train for and run my first marathon. It is the story of 5 runners competing in the Chicago Marathon. It is not available for free, but is well worth the small Amazon rental fee. There is also a second installment, Spirit of the Marathon II, although I didn’t enjoy that one quite as much as the first one.
REI Presents: How To Run 100 Miles
This is the story of two ordinary men who decide to run a 100 mile ultra-marathon. This one has a bit of crude language, but otherwise is a great movie. It shows the grit and determination required to get to the finish line of an ultra-marathon.
A DECADE ON – Brian Morrison and The Western States 100
This is the story of a runner who would have won the Western States 100, but was disqualified after he collapsed near the finish line and needed assistance to complete the race. A decade later, he returns in search of redemption.
Let us know in the comments which of these videos you enjoyed the most. If you know of a good running video that I should have put on the list, let me know that as well!