There aren’t many movies about running, so when one comes out, I’m anxiously trying to find a place to see it. Fortunately, the Spirit of the Marathon II had a special one night showing at the movie theater across the street from my house so there was no way I was going to miss it. And let me tell you, it was great!
I saw the first Spirit of the Marathon documentary a few years ago and have watched it a couple times since. The first one was very good, so there were high expectations for the second one. I was not disappointed. In fact, I thought this one was a little better, with a great soundtrack and the city of Rome as the backdrop.
The movie followed the journey of seven runners. There were two elite runners, a mid-packer, two older runners who were cousins, and two first time marathoners. They all had great stories and struggles, but the common theme was they all found solace in the great sport of running. In addition, there were various interviews with past and present legend marathoners, from Bill Rogers to Paula Radcliffe, interspersed throughout the movie.
The cinematography was inspirational. What was so wonderful about this movie was that it had a very international slant to it – only two of the seven runners were Americans. It was so inspiring that I plan to add the Rome Marathon to my bucket list. The movie really does live up to its namesake and captures the true spirit of why we run marathons. I know everyone has their personal reasons of why they run, whether that may be losing weight to trying to resolve a traumatic experience, but deep down, on a subconscious level, I think we all share a desire to connect to something greater than ourselves to try and make sense of it all.
I don’t want to give too much of the movie away, but if you are a runner, you’ll definitely want to see it. Even if you are not a runner, it is still a great movie and will probably inspire thousands to give the sport a try.