The Spirit of the Marathon
The Spirit of the Marathon (2008)

"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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 7, 2008
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter

A docu that makes pounding the pavement appear utterly uplifting.

Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

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.

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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 ..

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New York Times

A symphony of snapping sinews and pumping thighs... Enthusiastically directed by Jon Dunham.

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Anya Weimann
FILMINK (Australia)

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.

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Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

Captures the preparation and, in an understandably restricted way, the race of the film's participants. And it's really moving.

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