Coming to a theater near you!

June 7, 2013

"...If you want to win something, run 100 meters. 
       If you want to experience something, run a marathon."

-Emil Zatopek, Czech runner, winner of four Olympic gold medals

I can not wait to run my first marathon in November. It is all I have been thinking about ever since I decided to run those 26.2 miles. A few weeks ago I watched a movie trailer called Spirit of the Marathon II. It showed seven different runners' stories as they complete the 26.2 mile run. I thought it would be great motivation/inspiration to watch these marathon runners as I begin to train for my first.  

I received an email reminding me that the Spirit of the Marathon II will be coming out on Wednesday, June 12. This is a one night only event! Check out the trailer below. 

"Spirit of the Marathon II" focuses on seven inspiring individuals whose lives will forever be transformed by the experience of preparing for the 2012 Rome Marathon in Italy. The event also features inspirational interviews with marathon greats Stefano Baldini, Paula Radcliffe, Frank Shorter, Kathrine Switizer and others as they offer perspective into this legendary race and its history. Deleted scenes and memorable outtakes from the filming of the documentary will also be included.

Additionally, the film’s producers—along with NCM Fathom Events and movie theater circuit partners AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group—will donate a portion of the proceeds from the “Spirit of the Marathon II” event to The One Fund Boston, assisting families affected by the tragic events of the 2013 Boston Marathon on April 15.

“In the sea of humanity at the start of every big city marathon, 
       each individual has reasons to run that go beyond 26.2 miles,”
     - 25-time marathoner Jon Dunham 

As stated above, the film focuses on seven individuals. Here are two of my favorites.

Julie Weiss Veteran Marathoner 

At the Rome Marathon, Julie began a quest to run a marathon a week for a year to honor the memory of her father on an emotional journey to spread awareness and raise money for pancreatic cancer - the devastating disease that claimed his life.

Cliff Scott First-time Marathoner

Scott’s bucket list decision to run his first marathon in his 60’s is an inspiration unto itself. When faced with an unimaginable family tragedy he struggles to make peace with himself during training runs in the woods. It is painfully obvious that his loss has taken its toll and calls into question whether he will be able to finish the Rome Marathon.

Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events, states that this movie is an opportunity for runners and non-runners alike to come together as a community in their local movie theaters to experience seven different inspirational journeys with each of these runners. She also says it’s an extraordinary experience for all.

Many have said this is a must-see movie and it is shown only one night. 

I'm looking forward to this film! Who else is planning on watching?


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