Here is a list of documentaries to watch for running lovers.

Unbreakable – The Western States 100

In 2010, four of the greatest undefeated mountain runners on earth toed the starting line at the Western States 100-mile endurance run, the oldest and most prestigious 100-mile foot race in the world.

‘Unbreakable: The Western States 100’ follows the four lead men on this amazing journey. Hal Koerner, two time defending Western States champion, and running store entrepreneur from Ashland, Oregon. Geoff Roes, undefeated at the 100-mile distance, an organic chef from Juneau, Alaska. Anton Krupicka, undefeated in every ultramarathon he has ever started, a graduate student living in Boulder, Colorado. Kilian Jornet, the young mountain runner and two time Ultra-trail du Mont-Blanc champion, from Spain.

While their lives may be quite different, the goal is the same: win the Western States 100-mile run. A win will require breaking the course record and running the fastest time in the history of the race. An epic showdown ensues, from Squaw Valley, CA in Lake Tahoe, up though the high snow covered Sierra Nevada Mountains, down through the extreme heat of the American River Canyons and finishing in Auburn, CA.

Though all four are undefeated, three must break and only one can remain Unbreakable.

Out There – A journey to the Barkley Marathons

The Barkley Marathons – one of the world’s toughest ultramarathons, has been held annually in the Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee, since 1987.

The race is so brutal that, since the inception of the race, only 15 people have managed to finish. Runners are to run five 20-mile loops, within a 60 hour time frame, and with more than 20.000 meters of elevation change.

The course is unmarked, no electronic devices are allowed and most of the race is off-trail.

Out There – A journey to the Barkley Marathons is the story of Belgian ultrarunner Karel Sabbe, who holds the world records on two of the most epic trails in the world: the 4300km long Pacific Crest Trail and the 3500km long Appalachian Trail.

How did setting these world records prepare Karel for a race as brutal as “the Barkley”? How did these adventures help Karel to find the necessary mindset to do well at this Spartan challenge?

Out There is a story of persistence, endurance and a love for the great outdoors, and the film inspires the audience to reconnect with nature themselves and to find courage for personal challenges.

Behind Courtney Dauwalter & Francois D’haene’s Ultra-Trail Races at Hardrock 100 and UTMB

There are many reasons to run an ultra-trail race, but are there many to run two of the hardest ultra-trail races in the world with only 6 weeks in between? Let the ultra legends Courtney Dauwalter and François D’haene take you onboard the biggest challenge of their lives as they take on the Hardrock 100 and the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc®️ during the summer of 2021.

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