Posted by: Scott Groves | February 27, 2012

Movie review: Ultra-Marathon Man

Chronicling Dean Karnazes’ attempt to run 50 marathon, in 50 days, in all 50 states – Ultra Marathon Man is a documentary about one man’s quest to make the United States a healthier country.

Dean Karnaze is one of the world’s foremost endurance runners.  He has competed in 50, 100 and 300 mile marathons and holds most of the course records for these brutal competitions.  The 50 marathons in 50 days was originally conceived by Dean as a personal challenge.  Needing sponsorship, he approached several companies and finally found Northface as a willing sponsor.  Financed by Northface as an awareness campaign about childhood obesity, Ultramarathon Man is fun-filled movie about one man’s drive to complete a personal goal.

The movie, and Dean as a great human being, does a good job profiling other runners that joined Dean on his journey.  Many of the personal stories about other runners who join Dean on his journey are inspiration and at times very sad.

I had read Dean’s book, Ultramarathon Man, a while back and it served as an important back story for this documentary.  I highly recommend reading the book before checking out the film.

If, like me, you’re lacking motivation to start a new workout program.  I guarantee you this book and film will help get you on track.


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