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.
- 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