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Spirit of the Marathon

4.6 out of 5 stars 191 customer reviews

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Spirit of the Marathon is the first film to capture the passion, drama and essence of the famed 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon. Intimate, fascinating portraits of six runners from all walks of life unfold as the film follows seasoned athletes and amateurs alike in their preparation for the big race. See why the Los Angeles Times said "Even if you've never run for anything but a bus, you'll... get swept up in this movie's inspiring journey"!

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  • Actors: Dick Beardsley, Ryan Bradley, Leah Caille, Deena Kastor, Jerry Meyers
  • Directors: Jon Dunham
  • Producers: Jon Dunham, Gwendolen Twist, Mark Jonathan Harris, Melissa Leggett, Monique Yamaguchi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CIOCNU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spirit of the Marathon" on IMDb

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By J. Schmitt on October 11, 2008
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My husband (who ran the 05 Chicago marathon) and I (a wanna-be runner) saw this at the 06 Chicago marathon/Chicago Film Festival. The audience was largely full of those running the marathon the next day. The atmosphere was electric as the movie began and throughout it did not disappoint. The story follows 2 elite runners, someone trying to qualify for Boston, 2 women running their first marathon and a master's runner trying to complete his fourth. Each person has such a compelling story from Deena Kastor who is attempting to win at Chicago to Leah, a woman who is trying to pick up the pieces from a divorce and gain back some physical fitness in the process.

The sweeping shots of stunning Chicago and chill inducing music make this an especially entertaining and inspiring movie. Whether you're a long time marathoner or a couch potato, you will find yourself identifying with at least one of the featured runners. You may even find that you're lacing up those running shoes and heading out yourself after watching!!
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This movie is terrific. A great inspiration for runners or anyone considering running as a sport. Whether your goal is to run a 5K or a marathon, this movie will inspire you. I can not wait to purchase mine on October 7th!
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I saw this movie at the theatre. It was remarkably inspiring. I wanted to go out that night and run a marathon. The director does a beautiful job of weaving the stories of several runners who are training for the Chicago Marathon. He takes both elite runners and everyday middle of the pack runners. Many, many inspiring stories! I plan to own it and show it to my cross country kids. THIS IS A MUST SEE FOR ALL RUNNERS!!!
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The Spirit of the Marathon is a great documentary about running. This film follows a wide range of runners training for the 2005 Chicago marathon. From an older experienced "Penguin" marathoner, a married couple who has ran many marathons hoping to qualify for Boston, 2 first time marathoners and two elites. The film follows them from the beginning of their training to race day. If your new to running, an intermediate runner or an advanced runner there is someone in this film you can identify with. Many things that happen to runners during training and racing also happen in this film from hitting the wall,struggling with injury to the guilt that comes with how much time it requires to train for a marathon is covered. The history of the marathon is also briefly covered and a few great runners such as Katherine Switzer are interviewed as part of the film to discuss marathon running. This movie is inspirational,moving and entertaining even for the non runner. I have watched this film five times and it never get's old. I highly recommend it. If you enjoy this film you may also enjoy Ultramarathon Man: 50 Marathons - 50 States - 50 Days,The Runner: Extreme UltraRunner David Horton,Running the Sahara [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - Great Britain ], Running on the Sun, or Saint Ralph
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Running a marathon changes you in a way that is hard to define unless you've lived it. The six people whose individual tales collectively tell this tale prove it. They represent the wide variety of people that encompass any marathon roster, from the elite to the 6 hour finisher. Through them we get to see the myriad reasons many people have for not only attempting this feat, but also why it becomes a large part of who they are. It will change you in the same way as you watch them cross the finish line, feeling their sense of accomplishment as they realize their goal. It may not motivate you to run a marathon, but it will undoubtedly move you.
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A must watch movie for watching the night before your marathon, especially if it's your first. If you don't watch it before, then watch it after you've completed yours! Seriously, you just finished running 26.2 miles - less than one half of one percent of Americans have done it so we're in a small and unique group of people. Spoiler alert - if you watch it after your first it has a high tendency to be a tear jerker.
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Once you cross that finish line, it will change your life forever.

This is the movie that inspired me to attempt my first marathon. The raw emotion not just from first-timers and running veterans, but from the elite runners, really made the movie. I found myself sympahtizing with Daniel and Deena in their personal and atheletlic struggles.

I never realized just how a marathon could change a persons life, as it so thoroughly tests human limits.
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Found it stirring at first but less so second time around. Somehow it fails to get inside Paul Tergat's head and focusses more on amateur and fun runners. Just doesnt give any impression of the distance or the extent of training required. All runners in the film finishing training runs look fresh and untroubled which can't be the case.
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