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This film looks at Fred and his life, specifically looking at the period from 1969 (the last year of the Cherry Tree Marathon in the Bronx, the precursor to the NYC Marathon) through the time of Fred's untimely death from brain cancer in 1994. There is amazing archival footage in the film and wonderful interview with those heavily involved in the marathon in the early years.
As a runner and NYC Marathon finisher, I found this film fascinating, though anyone who has an interest in history, New York City, and biographies of interesting individuals would greatly enjoy this movie.
As well as going over the history and looking at the life of Fred Lebow, the man that has probably changed your life if you are an inner-city runner now, it is (for me) very motivational as some of the worlds top runners are shown and talk to us, the viewers, about how the marathon had evolved.
Brilliant !!!!! More than a 5 star from this runner. But an academically inclined runner? Perhaps . . . Just enjoy getting to know the sport a bit better :)
Ended up buying a couple of more to give away as gifts.
What I liked about this documentary were the first hand accounts from all those who were there in the beginning. Those hard core running fanatics who were considered nuts for what they were doing. We got to hear what they did before, during and after the NYC Marathon was started which adds a lot to the history of the sport. Additionally I enjoyed the video footage that helped visualize through the years where the marathon was and what the runners were doing. Arguably you could say that the beginning days of the marathon did a lot in furthering the sport as big name runners such as Rodgers, Salazar and Waitz brought the press in to the mix and in to the public eye.
Some downsides to the documentary, and I didn't find many, were there were some inconsistencies that made you wonder. Would you really tolerate a vendor charging you twice and not only not get upset but think that that made them smart and thus wanted to do business with them? Boston is arguably the more famous marathon in the world and yet they would say that the NYC Marathon is. Why would you go in to a meeting after hearing you lost money and say that you hoped you lost twice as much?
Overall I thought this was a great documentary for the sport and for Lebow and the NYC Marathon.Read more ›
Eventually he becomes quite powerful and battles with the Mayor. Many interviews and much file footage. Insightful. He inspires marathons around the world.
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If you are running in the NYC marathon or in a New York Road Runners race watch this movie to get the history behind the event you are taking part in. I absolutely love this movie!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This doumentery made me cry while i watched it the night before my very first marathon, the New York City Marathon.Published 5 months ago by JoanM32
Good movie not what I was expecting. Not so much about the running aspect and more about the people behind the new York city MarathonPublished 6 months ago by Trey day