Spirit of the Marathon
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"Spirit of the Marathon" is first film to capture the story, drama and ultimate essence of the legendary 26.2 mile running event. Filmed globally in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, the movie brings together a diverse cast of amateur athletes and marathon luminaries. As six unique stories unfold, each runner prepares for and ultimately faces the challenge of the Chicago Marathon. More than a sports movie, "Spirit of the Marathon" is an inspirational journey of perseverance and personal triumph; a spectacle that will be embraced by runners and non-runners alike.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A docu that makes pounding the pavement appear utterly uplifting."
‑ Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
"In its more tranquil stretches, Spirit of the Marathon might be mistaken for a feature-length sneaker advertisement, but if you're looking for inspiration, you could do worse."
‑ Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia)
"This rousing and involving documentary explores different facets of the marathon and why some find it easy to get hooked. It is clear that the marathon is much more than an interest. It is a passion, an obsession and a way of life .."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"A symphony of snapping sinews and pumping thighs... Enthusiastically directed by Jon Dunham."
‑ , New York Times
"Surely a special treat for Chicagoans and marathoners alike, especially for how it provides a human face for one of the city's major annual highlights."
‑ Anya Weimann, FILMINK (Australia)
"Like the majority of its subjects, this inspiring doc may not be able to hang with the big girls and boys at the front of the box office pack, but it looks to have the legs to last in the right theatres -- perhaps especially so during the Olympics."
‑ Chad Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"Even if you've never run for anything but a bus, you'll likely get swept up in this movie's inspiring journey of physical endurance and personal achievement."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Captures the preparation and, in an understandably restricted way, the race of the film's participants. And it's really moving."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
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