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Running America

3.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Charlie Engle, Marshall Ulrich
  • Directors: Kevin Kerwin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Nehst Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003KXDI4O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Shane W. Early on November 14, 2014
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This one stunk. Two runners I adore but seems hyped too much around US popular culture. I wanted a running movie.
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Marshall Ullrich is an amazing athlete. I related to this as a new ultra runner a few years younger. I'm glad I read the book first and then saw the movie. Only negative part was the political overtones that were a little too prevalent. I understood the times and how the story related,; just seemed a bit much. Really enjoyed the DVD!
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I bought this movie hoping as most runners do, a little motivation. Instead, I bought an advertisement for Vitamix and a commentary on politics in America. Had very little running footage, but lots of negative Americans. I stopped it a bunch of times and came back hoping it got better. Nope. Look, these guys are amazing runners, but the documentary is absolutely worthless to runners unless you want a Vitamix or state of the USA in 2008.
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Yup, I loved running the Sahara, but this was terrible. This was mostly about real life government politics. I wanted to learn about the run and the metal and physical capacity it takes to trek across America, not about the economy. The extras are better, but they are also a commercial for some supplement. Not worth a dime.
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I am a distance runner and I love watching this film. The determination that these two guys have to push through the pain is inspiring.
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After watching Running the Sahara, I could only manage to watch about 10 minutes of this lackluster documentary. Why? Because one of the main characters is Charlie Engle, an arrogant a-hole. I had no sense that I was watching an amazing feat, but rather a couple of old men trying to break a record to fuel their own egos. It's the typical ultramarathon man dominates nature perspective. Further, the feat they are proposing would not be possible without the extravagent crew teams and support staff feeding and babying them across America. Boo, bad movie, bad story, bad all around.
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Running America, a documentary about Marshall Ulrich's record-breaking coast-to-coast run, presents a very different perspective from his book about the run, Running on Empty, visually capturing the trials and logistical challenges of the attempt.

As Ulrich discusses in the book, he started this attempt not as a solo effort but with Charlie Engle, another ultrarunner with a long and impressive running resume. Charlie dropped after a couple weeks, but stayed with the crew, riding his bike, speaking at several stops and participating with the crew. Ulrich pressed on, completing the run in 52 and a half days.

Since Charlie was a main impetus behind the film--he had earlier done a film about his run across the Sahara with 2 other runners, Running the Sahara--he remained a focus of the film, even though he wasn't running anymore. In Ulrich's book, Ulrich talks about the tensions with Charlie and the crew; that's not portrayed in the movie. It's probably best not to immortalize that on film. . . .

The movie does have a positive spin that doesn't really come through in the book. Shot during the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, the film spends a lot of time on a "one America" theme, interviewing onlookers and passers-by about being American. This part didn't add much to the movie for me, and not only because I believe the result of the 2008 election was ultimately destructive for the U.S., but I would rather have focused on the physical demands and logistical details of Ulrich's run.

That criticism aside, Running America is a compelling story and a visual treat. Runners will like it, and some non-runners might be inspired to get up and go. We can't all run across the U.S., but we can all run farther than we think we can.
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In one year from today, Greensboro, NC's Charlie Engle will be released from prison. Right before he was indicted, his film, "Running America," had just been released. Much of the promotion tour for "Running America" was cancelled, due to Engle's arrest, but Charlie isn't really the star of "Running America." That title goes to grand master (over 50) Marshall Ulrich.

Ulrich is a long time endurance runner from Colorado that faces obvious internal conflict as he attempts the 50+ cross country speed record. His story truly picks up in "Running America" when Charlie's ends. Charlie gets injured early into the film and can't continue the 3000+ mile jaunt across the country. Where Charlie's charisma is demanding of the audience's attention, Ulrich's struggle is equally, if not more, enthralling. Ulrich's wife succumbed to cancer at 28, and as his daughter Elaine states, he's been running from that ever since. Seeing Ulrich carry on day after day, averaging ~58 miles per day for 52 days is enough to make most of us feel pretty soft! Ulrich has also written a book about his nationwide trek, entitled "Running on Empty."

The scenery in "Running America" isn't quite that in "Running the Sahara." The film's B-story is the restlessness with the government and the economy surrounding the 2008 election. While many "locals" along the nationwide journey are interviewed about their disillusionment with the state of the nation, the running story still leads the way. Those interviewed seem most bothered towards the beginning of the journey/film and seem more hopeful by the time Ulrich is finishing up and Barack Obama is winning the 2008 election. It's filmmaking. It just seems a little odd as there are really two stories going on that don't really weave together.
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