Thursday, February 23, 2017
6 Running Documentaries & Movies on Netflix
Planning on doing some binge-watching this weekend? Want to watch something inspiring, instead of that seven part series you are tuned into? Consider watching one of these running documentaries or movies on Netflix the next time you're streaming. Or better yet, watch them while you're moving on the treadmill or elliptical.
From Fat to Finish Line documents the journey of 12 formerly obese people from across the country who team up to run a jaw-dropping 200 mile, Ragnar Relay Race.
The race spans from Miami to Key West, and is a scenic but challenging course that would test the endurance of even the most seasoned athlete. The team must continually run, day and night, to make it to the finish line. As they overcome the obstacles on the course, you’ll learn about the obstacles they faced on their weight loss journeys.
Amongst the team members you’ll meet Katie, a mom from Michigan who was inspired to lose weight for her young sons; Linda from New York whose obesity led her to give up entirely on herself and was often mistaken as “grandma” to her children; Jen from Maine who’s marriage was on the verge of destruction when she decided to take control of her health; John from California, a former US Marine who is everyone else’s biggest supporter but struggles to feel ‘good enough’ when it comes to himself; and Jennifer from New Jersey who battles with negative voices thoughts that continually threaten to undermine her efforts.
A grueling contest based on a historic prison break tests the mettle and endurance of athletes taking on a marathon many start but few finish.
"Finding Traction" presents the inspirational story of ultra runner Nikki Kimball and her quest to become the fastest person in history to run America's oldest hiking trail, the 273-mile Long Trail. The documentary asks what drives her to attempt such an incredible feat, and follows Nikki's journey from its beginning - training and racing in the Rocky mountains - to her actual record attempt through Vermont's beautiful but brutal Green Mountains. Throughout the film, Nikki's crew and support team provide an intimate portrayal of the courage, grit, and passion behind her record attempt, and interviews with the world's leading evolutionary biologists, including Bernd Heinrich, author of "Why We Run," shed light on the science and psychology behind Nikki's incredible race against time. For Nikki, this well-publicized run is more than a chance to inspire people to be active and spend time outdoors, it's her way of encouraging women and girls to take an equal place for themselves in professional sports. In addition to providing an inside look into the journey of an elite athlete, "Finding Traction" gives viewers a new perspective on the endurance of the human body and spirit, and informs us all us, regardless of our sex, of our true potential and inspires us to reach it.
A teenage track star and a former coach who each face difficult obstacles in life turn to each other to find comfort, stability and hope.
With the passion of a sport enthusiast, director Steve James paints a portrait of one of the world's most spectacular -- and inspiring -- runners.
Two roaming Kenyan bandits attempt to change t he course of their lives by exchanging their rifles for running shoes.