My Top 5 Favorite Running Movies
I am a total movie junkie and was recently asked about my list of favorite running movies. I thought a blog post was in order There are several that really like – honorable mentions to Spirit of the Marathon – the best pure marathon running movie and Forrest Gump because I love the scene where he runs coast to coast multiple times. Aside from those, these are some of my favorites:
Saint Ralph – This is a fun movie that I really enjoy watching. The premise of this movie is that Ralph’s (a troublemaker in Catholic school) mother is in a coma, and is told that it would take a miracle for her to come out of it. A running coach tells him that is would be a miracle to win the Boston Marathon…and Ralph believes that if he wins Boston, he will save his mother.
Run, Fatboy, Run – A comedy about running? yes, and one I found pretty enjoyable. Don’t want to ruin too much of the movie, but let’s just point out that the only charity organization that can get him into a sold out marathon is “National Erectile Dysfunction Awareness.” I think this movie also does a good job with encountering “the wall.”
Running on the Sun It’s hard to find a copy of this one, but my local library had one available. This follows several athletes through the Badwater Marathon and you get to see a glimpse of their agony and triumph. Pretty amazing and will make you want to run an ultra BTW, this gives new meaning to the phrase “toenails are for sissies”!
Running The Sahara Three guys run from one coast of Africa to the other – across the Sahara! This was on one of the movie channels and was awe-inspiring. I love the part where they are running across pure desert and right up to the pyramids – WOW! Probably some will disagree with me, but I was fascinated with the journey. Also, produced and narrated by Matt Damon.
Ultramarathon Man: 50 Marathons – 50 States – 50 Days OK, hear me out on this one. Whatever you think about Dean, it’s one of those movies that is inspiring and gets people saying “I can do that.” This will make you want to run a marathon! Well worth a watch and bonus points if you show it to a non-runner (and get them to run )
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