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The Movies

I love movies, especially when you find those which focus on endurance sport! Likely you know many of the popular films. I will omit most of those. Here I will provide information on those you might have missed. 

Ride the Divide
I caught the tail end of this one on satellite one night and was hooked. Always keeping an eye out for another appearance I was recently fortunate enough to watch the entire story unfold. 

Hailed as the world's toughest MTB race the Divide traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains from Banff to Mexico... follow the riders as they navigate single track, snow passes and the long lonely stretches of road between. 

On the Edge
Released in 1986 this film revolves around what can be assumed to be the Dipsea Race, though never mentioned by that name. Bruce Dern plays an aging runner returning to top form after years away from competitive racing. 

Embodying the essence of competition, hard work and in the end cooperation this film stands the test of time, if you are a trail runner!

So, if you have ever thought, I wish they made Rocky for runners... you'll be happy to know, they have!

Peaceful Warrior
Based on the story behind Dan Millman's book The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. Follow the journey from the physical, to the mental and arrive within your own self. "Take out the garbage" and discover what you really are capable of. 

"Blending fact and fiction, the story relates an odyssey into realms of light and shadow, romance, and mystery. Guided by an eccentric old warrior named Socrates, drawn to an elusive young woman called Joy, Dan moves toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him."  --Peaceful Warrior website

Saint Ralph
You might have already seen this one, but it captures the runner's exuberance so well. How we came to fall into running and to eventually love it, despite our collective pasts.

At times difficult to believe, we follow a 9th grader as he quests to win the Boston Marathon (he doesn't) in order to perform a miracle fitting to save his mother's life all the while fighting the forces against him, telling him to be practical and settle.