Hood To Coast (2010)
In 1982, Bob Foote was an experienced long distance runner living in Portland, Oregon who was looking for a new challenge. Rather than train for another marathon, Foote decided to organize a relay race, in which teams of twelve runners would take turns running in six mile increments as they covered the 197 miles from Mount Hood to the Oregon coastline. The first Hood To Coast relay race attracted eight teams, but today one thousand groups of runners take part in the event each year (more would compete but logistics forced the organizers to set limits), and filmmakers Christoph Baaden and Marcie Hume offer an up close look at one of the most unique events in running and the people who participate in the documentary Hood To Coast. The filmmakers focus on four very different teams joining in the relay. The Dead Jocks In A Box are experienced and successful distance runners who are also looking for ways to make the race as fun and unpredictable as possible. Thunder n' Laikaning is comprised of employees of a digital animation studio looking to work off some extra pounds, though a few underestimate the physical challenge of the event. Heart n' Sole is a group led by Kathy Ryan, a 67-year-old retired teacher and longtime runner who wants to get back into racing after a serious heart attack. And Team R. Bowe is made up of friends and family of a runner who died before taking part in the relay in a bid to keep his memory alive. Hood To Coast received its world premiere at the 2010 South By Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Hood To Coast
An engaging slice of Americana that almost manages to make back-breaking physical exertion look like a hell of a good time.
Can't get yourself off the couch? You'll find all the inspiration you need from this spirited look at Oregon's titular marathon.
Christoph Baaden, the director, loses sight of the fact that, for people who don't run, the cult of running is kind of boring.
Because the runners' standings in the race are never really established, and are largely beside the point, the film keeps cutting back to these increasingly sentimentalized accounts of hardship overcome.
Expertly constructed, impressively lensed and surprisingly entertaining.
Sometimes the race is secondary, Baaden and Hume tell us in this beautifully shot and heartfelt doc about an annual team running event from Oregon's Mount Hood, past Portland and on to the ocean's edge.
Heartfelt and stylishly edited with picturesque scenery, but it's often redundant, underwhelming and neither suspenseful nor insightful enough to be truly inspirational or captivating.
An amateurish and unappealing documentary about participants in a 197-mile relay race.
I'd take raw shots of sweat dripping on pavement and heavy panting over slick graphics and guitar-strumming any day.
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