We’re not couch potatoes by any stretch of the imagination – rain or shine we’ll be out on the roads and trails logging miles and loving every minute of it. But we enjoy a good movie as much as the next guy, especially if it’s rated R (for Run). Here are a few of our favorite running flicks.
We’ve all heard about Pre. Steve Prefontaine was a star middle-distance runner who excelled at the University of Oregon, working with legendary coach Bill Bowerman. Pre’s life was cut short by a tragic car accident when he was only 24 years old, but his impact on the world of running lives on. When you watch his story, you’re watching one of the central running stories of the past half century . (More info on IMDb)
Run, Fatboy, Run
When you need a good laugh, this movie delivers. Simon Pegg plays the hapless Dennis, a less-than-fit non-athlete who decides to run a marathon to win back the woman he left (pregnant) at the altar five years before. Every runner has a different reason to run, and watching Dennis chase down his goal is…hilarious. (More info on IMDb)
We’ve all had some jagoff yell ‘run Forrest, run!’ at us while out logging miles. A big ‘thank you’ to Winston Groom for creating the now-classic line (yes, that’s sarcasm). Still, the storyline is pretty moving and uplifting, and it’s a neck-and-neck race between Gump and Titantic for the biggest 90’s tearjerker award. Sometimes when a few of the elders here at the ‘House look at their younger running days, they feel a little like Forrest when he says, “now you wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but I could run like the wind blows.” (More info on IMDb)
Atletu (“The Athlete”)
Watch Atletu when you want to experience a truly inspirational story of challenge and human determination. The film is based on the life of Abebe Bikila, arguably one of the best marathoners of all time. The Ethiopian soldier became an overnight legend when he took home gold in the marathon at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. He later experienced a tragic accident that ended his running career, but he didn’t let it end his competitive career. If you’re up against obstacles, Bikila (played by Rasselas Lakew) will inspire you to push through. (More info on IMDb)