The Spirit of the Marathon

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"Spirit of the Marathon" is first film to capture the story, drama and ultimate essence of the legendary 26.2 mile running event. Filmed globally in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, the movie brings together a diverse cast of amateur athletes and marathon luminaries. As six unique stories unfold, each runner prepares for and ultimately faces the challenge of the Chicago Marathon. More than a sports movie, "Spirit of the Marathon" is an inspirational journey of perseverance and personal triumph; a spectacle that will be embraced by runners and non-runners alike.

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Critic Reviews for The Spirit of the Marathon

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

  • In its more tranquil stretches, Spirit of the Marathon might be mistaken for a feature-length sneaker advertisement, but if you're looking for inspiration, you could do worse.

    Nov 7, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A docu that makes pounding the pavement appear utterly uplifting.

    Sep 15, 2008
  • A symphony of snapping sinews and pumping thighs... Enthusiastically directed by Jon Dunham.

    Aug 8, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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  • Even if you've never run for anything but a bus, you'll likely get swept up in this movie's inspiring journey of physical endurance and personal achievement.

    Jan 25, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Surely a special treat for Chicagoans and marathoners alike, especially for how it provides a human face for one of the city's major annual highlights.

    Oct 31, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Captures the preparation and, in an understandably restricted way, the race of the film's participants. And it's really moving.

    Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

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