When teenagers from one of the nation's toughest neighborhoods in Oakland, California sign up to train for a marathon, they begin the journey of a lifetime. Runners High is an intimate, ... See full summary »
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When teenagers from one of the nation's toughest neighborhoods in Oakland, California sign up to train for a marathon, they begin the journey of a lifetime. Runners High is an intimate, character driven documentary of struggle, courage, and hope. During a season filled with conflict and possibility, four of these teens bare their dreams, joys, tears and fears. As several stumble under pressure in emotionally charged moments, others realize the journey begins with the power and commitment to accept responsibility for their own futures. Runners High shows that no matter what happens next, one season of training to run 26.2 miles can change your life forever. Written by Alex D. da Silva

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It's 26.2 miles from East Oakland to anywhere they wanna go

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30 April 2006 (USA)  »

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Runner's High rates high
6 May 2006 | by (US) – See all my reviews

I saw RUNNER'S HIGH at the San Francisco International Film Festival . The big theater at the Kabuki (seats about 800) was packed and the audience was totally into it. This true story of a group of Oakland teens who are challenged to train for the LA Marathon has both the uplifting stories of those who make it, some against the odds, and those who didn't, for a variety of reasons. These kids represent a range of personalities. We root for them all but some make it more difficult than others, bringing drama to the story.

There are laughs and tears...and when those who make it to the Marathon cross the finish line...the audience cheers.

Go see it when it comes to your town.


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