The Long Run (2001)
An inspirational and entertaining running classic
The Long Run is an inspirational and entertaining epic that is sure to make you want to go out and buy some new running kit so you can get back on track with your fitness.
Tagline: A winning story about going the distance.
The Long Run in a nutshell
This South African drama is a fictional movie which centres on a man trying to turn a rank amateur into a champion. Failed track coach Barry Bohmer discovers Christine (Nthati Moshesh), a young woman he sees jogging one day, and his trained eye tells him that she has the natural gifts and talent to win the Comrades Marathon – a grueling 54-mile race that stretches between two cities in the South Africa desert.
The Long Run shows how it is possible to train for such a competitive athletic event even if you have a background of little of no running experience. Also, the excellent soundtrack – which has contributions from vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo – gives the movie a very authentic African flavor. It’s certainly a good one to watch if you want to learn a more about the ultra-marathon experience!