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The Runner: Extreme UltraRunner David Horton

David Horton , JB Benna , JB Benna  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Horton, JB Benna, Krissy Sybrowsky, Brian Robinson, Scott McCoubrey
  • Directors: JB Benna
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Journeyfilm
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FP2P8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,386 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Even non-runners will appreciate the emotional highs and lows and the physical challenges of the sport through this film." -- LA Sports and Fitness, March 2006

"Many filmmakers throw their hearts into their work, but Director JB Benna sacrafices his body as well. An inspirational film." -- Reno Gazette Journal, May 1, 2006

"Trail extremists and casual runners alike will find endless inspiration in The Runner." -- Trail Runner Magazine, July, 2006

Product Description

THE RUNNER follows Extreme UltraRunner David Horton through the desert sun, the high snowbound mountain passes, the pain, the emotion, and his revelation. Join him as he runs more than 40 miles per day for 66 consecutive days in an attempt to set the speed record on the 2,700 mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.

Director and former PCT thru-hiker JB Benna follows Horton’s journey and discovers who he really is. Learn about UltraRunning, the PCT, and the history of this amazing person through interviews with today’s best endurance athletes, his family, and David himself.

A great adventure, a movie that makes you laugh, and a movie that makes you cry.

What drives David to such extreme challenges?

What does it take to become THE RUNNER?

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
You'll never tire from watching this documentary. Being out on the PCT for a week with David, JB, Krissy, Scott, and others I spent time with more than just elite runners, I found lasting friendships that feel more like a family bond. The film brings you on a physical roller-coaster ride much like the elevation changes of the mountain passes David conquered on his record setting run. You'll see his serious side, his comical side, and his emotional side through crew commentary, family interviews, and first person accounts. The music accompanying his adventure is energizing and moving, capturing each scene magnificently. This film is the perfect gift for you, your running friends, and anyone you feel needs some inspiration to go out and accomplish their goals - no matter what they are. The 2,700 mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada gave David a challenge and through this documentary he challenges us. Meet new people, explore the outdoors, test your limits.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less is more, more than enough is too much... October 2, 2006
Often I think that we hinge our success on material yardsticks instead of something that everybody can attain, which is, to do more than we think we can physically and mentally. David Horton is an example of this simplicity. I have watched the film four times and the strenghth of his resolve comes through each time. I have ran ultramarathons and always have a sinking feeling in my stomach at each race's start due to my mind accepting the pain that we (mind/body) will endure. This film made me feel that way when David starts off from Campo.

This film will appeal to anyone that challenges the limits of the physical body or the limits that may be placed by the 'norm' of society. When you watch the film, you will see a man that is humbled by the trail and by nature. All to often we travel to the woods as an outsider, David is assimilated into nature and accepts the hardships brought on by her. After viewing this film I was ready to run the LeGrizz 50 Mile Ultramarathon with a new found inspiration in human capacity.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get up and Go November 5, 2006
This is an absolutely inspiring documentary. If you're looking for a little extra motivation and meaning out of your life this documentary brings it home. Highly reccommended for those who look at running like an existential oddyssey...this will bring you pleasure;)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great movie and even greater guy. July 18, 2007
A well-made documentary of the record supported thru-run of the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail by David Horton. Beyond documenting a record, the movie touches a personal side of David that can serve as an inspiration to all. If watching David wasn't enough, seeing Flyin' Brian Robinson; the first to complete the then-believed impossible feat of thru-hiking the Triple Crown (Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Pacific Crest Trail) in a calendar year; in action assisting David's record through the Sierra Nevada, is an added bonus. Go David! Go Brian! 4 stars only because I had wished there was more trail footage.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 4-year old loves "The Runner' April 20, 2008
I am a long time distance runner, biker, nordic skier and fast-
packer and hiked the JMT in 2006 and have dreamed of thru-hiking
the PCT for many many years. For my birthday last year my wife got
me "The Runner" and I have enjoyed watching it many times. It is
a fantastic film documentary and the scenes, the music and dialog
(and monologue) with David Horton really make this a great film in
the genre. However, I must say that the most ardent fan in our family is my 4-year old daughter who likes watching this film even more
than me! She knows most of lines from memory (for example: "I am
not a backpacker - I am a runner", or regarding snow in the
Sierra's "Do I want that, Do I wish that? No!!") She was captivated by David Horton's character on screen and I think that is what has drawn us both to this film. It has also turned her into a little runner. Overall a great film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surpassed my expectations March 17, 2007
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie more than i anticipated. David Horton is such an interesting person and it was really great to be able to follow him thru this adventure of his. Also, the movie did show aspects of Horton's life, including his classes at the local college he is a professor, his family, his running routine and his RD'ing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 2, 2014
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If you love running and Jesus, or either, or both, you will enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating April 5, 2014
Great movie about a great runner! It makes anyone who watches it want to go for a run. I'd say any ultra runner should watch this movie at least once.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars JB Benna's The Runner
If you are a runner, you will love any of JB Bennas work. Please treat yourself to any of his DVD's!
Published 7 months ago by John York
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Inspiration
The Runner: Extreme UltraRunner David Horton featuring ultrarunner David Horton follows his epic journey to break the speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail starting at the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dave Anthold
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
It shows the human challenge of ultra-marathon... not much entertaining but encouraging for someone who is looking for this amazing experience
Published 14 months ago by Diego
1.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat boring and tangential
The description of this video from websites and the DVD jacket is misleading. Very little scenery from the PCT is shown, with most footage stemming from just a few parts of the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by anonymous reader from Littleton, CO
5.0 out of 5 stars What a run! What a runner!
The Runner follows the 55-year-old David Horton as he attempts to break the record for running the Pacific Crest Trail. Read more
Published on August 1, 2012 by Paul A. Mastin
1.0 out of 5 stars Not every running documentary is good just because it's about running!
This DVD lacked any redeeming qualities whatsoever, and I know my running movies. The music was horrendous - how many minutes of epic drum solos do you really need, people? Read more
Published on June 3, 2012 by Sarah Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, but not what I expected
Nice documentary, but the story is choppy, does not highlight enough of the adventure, and you don't pick up much from it (I've done multiple marathons, I'm looking in to ultra,... Read more
Published on March 12, 2011 by Jake G. Bursalyan
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
The Runner starring David Horton is a well put together documentary about the journey from Mexico to Canada via Pacific Crest Trail. Read more
Published on March 23, 2010 by N. Christiansen
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what i expected
I did not enjoy this DVD much, i expected something like 'Running the Sahara' but it was much less interesting. Read more
Published on March 21, 2010 by G. Colmer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Runner: A documentary with sweat and tears...
David Horton's run of the Pacific Crest Trail is an amazing feat - and filming it in it's entirety was as well. Read more
Published on August 23, 2009 by Keith Boniface
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