10 Must-Watch Running Documentaries

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There’s nothing like a great running documentary to get me pumped up.

Whether it’s something to pass the time while I’m on the treadmill, resting my butt on the couch after a long run, or if I’m looking for inspiration to get that same butt out the door. Running documentaries give me ALL the feels. I’m not going to lie, tears were shed while watching at least 8 of the following films.

So if you are looking for motivation or you just love running and can’t get enough of it, these films are for you.

Warning: You are going to want to run after watching these films.

Life in a Day

I had chills watching this film as soon as the opening sequence started.  It follows four badass women running Western States 100 Mile Endurance Race who each had four very different race experiences. They encounter the lowest of the lows and the highest of the highs but leave you with pure inspiration to tackle whatever obstacle you face in your day.

Western Time

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and then you will smile wider than your face will allow. Sally McRae is one of my fav runners. She keeps it real but motivates you to keep climbing the mountains in your life. Her roller coaster run at Western States is unbelievable.

15 Hours with Amelia Boone

Amelia Boone is best known for her Obstacle Course wins but also runs ultras although she considers herself a “newbie”. This film follows her during her first race after a major injury that had her sidelined for a very long time. It’s total inspiration for when you are faced with returning to racing after an injury and all the chatter that’s in your mind.

Breaking 2

I love the science behind this documentary about breaking 2 hours in the marathon. It’s amazing to watch what the human body can accomplish.

Run Wild

The Spice Girls may have started it but this film screams GIRL POWER. Every time, I watch it, I want to round up a group of badass lady runners, hit the road or the trail and ask “Where can our legs take us today?”

The Barkley Marathons

This has to be one of the oddest races ever which is why there’s so much interest in it. Get the scoop on the race that has had less than a dozen finishers in it’s history.

Spirit of the Marathon

If you are losing faith in the human race, watch a marathon. There’s no doubt this film will give you inspiration for whatever race you are running. And it’s entertaining to look back at what we used to wear for running clothes.  Thank God for new technology! 🙂

Finding Traction

If you want to see grit and determination, Nikki Kimball is your gal. She’s one of the pioneers in women’s ultra running. This documentary follows her attempt at the FKT of Vermont’s 273 mile Long Trail with it’s gnarly roots and rocks.  Even if you never want to run an ultra or step foot on a trail, this film is pure inspiration to get out there and go after what you want.

Wonderland: Gary Robbins FKT Around Mount Rainer

I don’t know what I love more about this film – the determination of Gary to crush the FKT or Ginger Runner’s filming and voice over.  It’s all well done!

Courtney Dauwalter: Ultra Runner

If you don’t know who Courtney Dauwalter is, you should.  She’s an ultra runner who runs in basketball shorts and breaks all the “rules” of running.  She does not have a coach, does not record her miles, doesn’t use a fancy watch and basically has no training plan other than to run and have fun, yet is breaking records left and right.

What’s your fav running documentary?

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14 comments on “10 Must-Watch Running Documentaries

  1. I honestly did not know there were 10 running documentaries – LOL. I’m sort of kidding. I know what you mean though after you watch one of these you feel like you can take on the world! These will be great viewing for when I’m on the bike for 2+ hours so thank you!!
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  2. A bunch of these are on my “must watch” list as well! I spend a ton of time on the treadmill and stair climber trying to get in vertical gain (we have ZERO hills here in Myrtle Beach) and these documentaries keep the boredom at bay. If you haven’t yet, watch “Where dreams go to die”. It’s another one about Gary Robbins at the Barkley. It’s awesome (and heart wrenching)
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    1. That’s another one of my favorites! Ethan tells the story so well and Gary just throws his whole heart and soul into his dream. I may have cried during this one.

  3. I’ve seen a few of these but not all! I’ve taken to watching ultra documentaries while running on my TM, so thanks for a few more suggestions. BTW, Dr Skiba, who is in Breaking 2, works at my medical group! Who knew?

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