A diverse cast of non-professional runners attempt to complete the most difficult ultramarathon race series on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the World's most picturesque ...
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A diverse cast of non-professional runners attempt to complete the most difficult ultramarathon race series on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the World's most picturesque yet brutal landscapes, pushing their bodies, hearts and spirits through a myriad of external and internal obstacles. DESERT RUNNERS delves into the mindset of ultra-athletes, and the complex ways in which human beings deal with both heartbreak and triumph. Written by
The ultra-marathon runs themselves are worth max stars. Filmed in 2010
in: 1. Atacama, Chili desert (driest). 2. Gobi desert, China
(windiest). 3. Sahara desert, Egypt (hottest). 4. Antarctica (coldest,
and precipitation is very low). Each run is over about a five day
period (each night is recovery time) and totaling, ball park, 150 miles
each. Great quotes, "What the hell am I doing here?", "Marathon is too
conventional." Most impressive, and we know this from so many human
endeavors, are the lengths we go to to help others. (Yes, there are
also many examples of "me-firstism".) The most poignant helping was
between Lisa and Samantha, and there were others.
The film reminds me that obsessions can result in paying a price, if
not sooner, then later down the road. Missing from the film was the
financial cost for each runner to participate, and the overall cost and
challenges of promoting the runs. Also missing was more on the death of
one of the runners as well as backlash from a Lisa Tamati criticism
(warranted or not). Also why, she and others, failed to complete the
four desert runs in a year goal. She just disappears from the film.
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