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Run for Your Life
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on November 13, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Great info but little boring and slow
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on September 13, 2014
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Having just watched "The Spirit of the Marathon," I was hoping for something similar.

This is not it.

Slow, boring, tedious. It's about the creator, but not about the process of running. As a lay person, for me, the NYC Marathon to me is much more famous than the Boston Marathon, I'll give them that. Getting more into running, I realize now why Boston is so much more elite and special, however, if I were to run a marathon, I'd want to run New York, and going through the boroughs sounds amazing and an incredible way to see the city. I would have loved to have seen a group of people preparing for that, with blurbs about how it came to be and the history.

I finally turned this off when we got to the video footage of the guy partying it up in the club. What does that have to do with running, running lifestyle, the NYC Marathon or it's history?

Disappointing to say the least. This was clearly supposed to be a biography of the guy, but it wasn't a strong subject to hold people's attention. If you had done a few blurbs about him, and focused more on what he ACCOMPLISHED, it would have been so much better.
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7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
"Running for Your Life" is a somewhat tedious documentary about Freed Lebow and his pivotal role in starting and growing the New York City Marathon. The film aims to mythologize and lionize Lebow and aggrandize the NYC Marathon. For example, near the beginning of the movie, one commentator says that the NYC Marathon is the most famous marathon in the world.

Certain folks in Boston might rightly take issue with that.

Lebow to me comes off as a rather pitiable character. No wife. No kids. Married to his job. He pursues serial relationships with young honeys but confesses that, once the thrill of the chase is gone, he gets bored with women. He tolerated selected vendors double-billing and ripping off the Road Runners Club. What a guy!

An undercurrent of this self-absorbed film is the notion that, since the event relates to The Big Apple, it must by definition be hot $%&*. From this movie, you'd think that designing a footrace to run through all five NYC boroughs is up there with the Seven Wonders of the World.

Please!!

After about an hour, the documentary is up to the 1978 NYC Marathon and you may be stealing glances at your watch.

IF you are a hard core historian of distance running lore or of the NYC Marathon, you may enjoy this movie, which only lasts 95 minutes but which, to me, seemed much longer.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2011
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
We did not care too much for this one. In fact we never even finished watching the entire movie.
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