February 21, 2008

Spirit of the Marathon - I cant wait to watch this movie!

The buzz started some months ago. The D-Day has finally come and I can't wait to see this masterpiece. Unfortunately this movie is releasing ONLY in the United States. I just hope to get my hands on the DVD atleast (heard that its releasing this summer). Here is some information about what Spirit of the Marathon is all about-

Four years in the making, Spirit of the Marathon is the collaborative effort of three-time Academy Award winner Mark Jonathan Harris, Telly Award winner and marathon runner Jon Dunham and producer/marathoner Gwendolen Twist. Spirit of the Marathon is the first ever non-fiction feature film to capture the drama and essence of the famed 26.2 mile running event. Filmed on four continents, the movie brings together a diverse cast of amateur athletes and marathon luminaries.

As six unique stories unfold, each runner prepares for and ultimately faces the challenge of the Chicago Marathon. More than a sports movie, Spirit of the Marathon is an inspirational journey of perseverance and personal triumph; a spectacle that will be embraced by runners and non-runners alike.

Filmed on four continents and in five countries, the film stars legends such as Dick Beardsley, Paula Radcliffe, Bill Rodgers, Toshihiko Seko and Grete Waitz.

To drive your temptations higher, here is a list of athletes who you will see in this movie-

Ryan Bradley - Boston Hopeful As a recreational runner, Ryan Bradley completed his first marathon while living overseas with his soon-to-be wife Colleen. One child and five marathons later he has set his sights on qualifying to run Boston-A goal he previously missed by 11 seconds! But for both amateur and elite alike, training to become faster has a price. Determined to realize his goal in Chicago, a marathon known throughout the world for its flat and fast course and where runners frequently attempt to qualify, Ryan trains hard and ultimately experiences the marathon in a way never previously imagined.

Leah Caille - First-Time Marathoner Picking-up the pieces from her crumbled marriage-A period in which she subsequently lost fitness and gained weight-Leah Caille found herself at an all-time low. Now a single mother to her seven-year-old daughter Adelaide, Leah started on the path to health and happiness by joining Chicago Endurance Sports' "Learn to Run" program. After completing her first 5k, she went on to dramatically improve her fitness, which led to several more successful races before she decided to take on the ultimate challenge by training for and running the Chicago Marathon.

Deena Kastor - 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Deena Kastor (formally Deena Drossin) is one of distance running's biggest superstars. As a professional runner for more than a decade, Deena has set numerous American and world records. In addition to her 2004 Olympic Bronze Medal run in the women's marathon-An event in which no American has medaled in 20 years-Deena is the reigning American record holder in the 8k (set in 2005 at the LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle), half marathon and the marathon. After suffering a debilitating foot injury early in the year, Deena sets her sights on the Chicago Marathon, where she hopes to capture her first ever world marathon victory.

Gerald Meyers - Four-Time Marathoner While Gerald "Jerry" Meyers has been a runner since the boom of the 1970's, at 65 he had never seriously considered training for the marathon until reading an article about the event in the Chicago Tribune. Now 70, Jerry is in training for his 5th marathon only this one is a bit more special... Along with his 40-year-old daughter Rona, who became inspired to run by watching her father break six hours for the first time, the two are preparing to run all 26.2 miles together!

Daniel Njenga - World Class Marathoner A native of Nyahururu, Kenya, 29-year-old Daniel Njenga showed promise as a world-class distance runner at a young age. Today, he lives and trains in Japan, where he receives corporate sponsorship and races worldwide. The Tokyo International Marathon Champion, has run a personal best in the marathon of 2:06:16, which ranks him as one of the all-time fastest runners in the world! He not only loves to run, but performing well means enormous financial gain, which in turn is often reinvested in homeland infrastructure. Following the Chicago Marathon, Daniel will return home to Kenya where he will be reunited with his wife Monicah.

Lori O'Connor - First-Time Marathoner Representing the latest boom in distance running, 26-year-old Lori O'Connor is a PhD student in sociology at Northwestern University. Continually setting high goals for herself, Lori has decided to take on yet another major challenge - to run her first marathon. During four months of training under the guidance of the Chicago Area Runner's Association (CARA) she reveals to us her motivations for taking on this challenge, which will include raising funds for Genesis of Pittsburgh, the non-profit adoption agency, which matched her with a family as an infant.


  • Dick Beardsley - 2nd place 1982 Boston Marathon (Duel in the Sun)
  • Joan Benoit-Samuelson - First women's Olympic Marathon Champion
  • Sara Mae Berman - Three-time Boston Marathon Champion
  • John Bingham - Author Marathoning for Mortals, Runner's World columnist
  • Amby Burfoot - 1968 Boston Marathon Champion, Executive Editor Runner's World magazine
  • Tom Derderian - Author, Coach
  • Hal Higdon - Author, Chicago Marathon coach
  • Joe Henderson - Original editor Runner's World magazine
  • Deena Kastor - Olympic Bronze Medalist, American record holder in the marathon
  • Paula Radcliffe - World record holder in the women's marathon
  • Roger Robinson - Author, Boston Marathon Master's Champion
  • Bill Rodgers - Four-time Boston and New York City Marathon Champion
  • Alberto Salazar - NYC & Boston Marathon Champion
  • Frank Shorter - Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist in the marathon
  • Kathrine Switzer - Women's running pioneer
  • Paul Tergat - Former world record holder in the men's marathon
  • Grete Waitz - Nine-time New York City Marathon Champion

I'm waiting..!


tootie said...

Just saw this movie tonight. LOVED it! It was entertaining and, of course, inspiring.

I plan to blog about it soon. Feel free to check my website:


Hope you get to see the movie soon!

mithu said...

i just bought the documentary...not to make you jealous and all! i bought it not only because i love to run (5K - marathon), but also because my coach (tom derderian) is interviewed in it. to what extent he is interviewed i'm not sure but i hope it is substantial. he's a great coach who has run really impressive times in the marathon (his best i think is 2:19:??), so i'm excited to watch him and others whom i've had the pleasure of at least speaking with. i hope you get your hands on a copy of this ASAP. maybe you can order it through amazon.com...?