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Ordering & Purchasing Tips

The most frequent request is "How can I buy these movies?" Below are some pointers to assist you in obtaining the films that you want to see:



The Availability Index at this site shows the titles that are currently offered new from distributors. Over 300 of the films, about half of all titles listed, are currently offered new or used by outside Sample Buttonsources. When you select the title you will go to the alphabetized description where you will find the green order button (like the one to the left) and select it to link to a distributor. is by far the largest supplier of videos and DVDs with Human,,, and others sources mentioned in a Top Distributor Article.

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2) Auctions:

Most out-of-print or rare material can be located (sooner or later) at an online auction site. eBay is the largest auction with a solid history, and Yahoo! Auctions is another well established site. Beware, the rare titles can get costly, although many widely distributed out-of-print titles can be picked up for a real deal. Remember to pay attention to the shipping costs as that can really increase your costs. Also, know what format your machine plays and if you are not sure then please read format information at Blackstar: VHS help and DVD help. Most of collection has been obtained by auction and the sellers have routinely been prompt, courteous, and real professional.

3) Library:

Many of these running films are held in local libraries. Go to your local branch, or go online to browse their collections. Your local branch will likely have links to other electronic databases, like Worldcat, that you can also explore. Many libraries will inter-library loan materials to fulfill requests, although check with your branch as many libraries do not loan or request visual materials. You may have to visit a specific location, with an appointment made in advance, to view films. The best library collection for running movies, specializing in Olympic footage, is held at the Amateur Athletic Foundation Library in Los Angeles, California and they offer viewing by appointment (they do not loan their collection).

4) Video Stores:

Most places have at least one specialty video rental store that is proud of the diversity and strength of their movie collection. That "Mom & Pop" store on the corner, without the fancy bright signs and marketing, may be harboring some of the best running films, especially classic documentary and Olympic tapes. Call around from your local yellow pages and ask video store owners if they have running films, or could recommend a shop that does.

5) Search Engines:

Visit Google, Yahoo!, or any of the various other search engines to do a search for the title you are after. By placing the title in quotes you will keep that combination of words together (and perhaps try adding the year of release, too) to strengthen the results. If that does not help, you can try searching by the name of the film company that produced or originally distributed the film. Sometimes searching for the lead actor, director, or producer can also turn up results.

6) Online Forums:

I have seen postings at big online running sites for people both requesting and offering running films. You may need to register with the site in order to access or post messages on their forum boards. There are many out there including:,,, just to name a few. Note that the response you get from your post may be either overwhelming or non-existent and I highly recommend searching for previous posts on your subject before starting a new thread.

7) Networking:

Local road running clubs, college and high school teams, and private coaches are sometimes willing to discuss and share their running collections. Often these sources will have a special interest in instructional films used for athlete development. Like all networking, the better you know someone and the more you can offer the better your chances with using this method. Who knows, maybe you may turn your running interest into a helping position as a volunteer with one of these organizations.

8) Contact Events:

If it is event coverage, or course information, you are after then going right to the source may be the answer for you. With over 300 marathons held each year in North America alone many of them are being filmed to capture the special days. Marathon is the best source to find marathon events and then e-mail the race director or marketing person is the route to go here if all other methods have come up short.

9) Movie Clubs:

Some groups, like the Los Angeles Roadrunners, have established a Movie Club. Theirs has been going since 2001 and coincides with the 26-week training schedule leading to the Los Angeles Marathon. Each week the club members exchange feature film running movies on a rotational schedule. Join an existing club to watch these films or join together with others that have this common interest and form your own group. There is power in numbers, and who knows, maybe you may spearhead your own running movie club with due paying members to acquire and replace running movies.

10) Contact

If you have gone this far, completed the steps above, and still not had any luck you can complete the Contact Form and explain your situation. Please be specific with the title you are seeking and the steps you have taken. does not distribute movies, although you may be able to get a specific lead to past sources that have distributed the title or to another collector who may assist. Good luck with your quest to obtain the movies that interest you most.

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