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(Apr 19, 2010)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Running America is kind of a low-key documentary about two men who took it on themselves to run from San Francisco to New York. Read morePublished on January 25, 2011 by Lucinda
Video was good overall, I didn't know what to expect for sure, but I enjoyed it. Maybe will help me to push on in a run when I feel like giving up. This guy is made of steel!Published on December 21, 2010 by bmwpilott
We held a screening of Running America at the Alamo Drafthouse in Houston on 6/3/10. It was a great, great evening. Read morePublished on August 24, 2010 by Steve Shepard
This movie definitely has twists and turns not expected when you first watch it. These runners planned this run before the political events were to unfold. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by Louis E. Pitts