Here is your chance to witness a testimony of running, travel, and all that the human spirit can endure. You will see well known ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes takes on the challenge of running a marathon daily in each of the 50 states on consecutive days. You may have recalled when he set out on September 17th, 2006 from St. Charles Missouri on this journey and was joined daily by a new crowd in a new city each day to run alongside. This 102 minute feature film captures many of the highlights from these events as well as gives you a behind the scene look Dean and the activities that surround this event.
Dean tells his personal tale of experiencing a "midlife crisis" on his 30th birthday and how that started his running that led to his bestselling book, UltraMarathon Man. This current adventure grew from the original concept of a family vacation and his parents, wife, and son are all featured at various times along the route. A crew from North Face provided daily support and there is also physical testing along the way to see how the body responds to such daily vigorous activity. The heart of this story are the people, both young and old, who are motivated to get active, seek a goal, and give it their all to reach the finish line.
Some of the interesting aspects found in this film are the people traveling from other countries to run with Dean, the sometimes harsh conditions (heat, cold, rain, wind, traffic, crowds, wildlife, and physical injury) that must be overcome, and the power of personal relationships that bind individuals and communities together through a common thread.
Quotes by Dean Karnazes:
"This is about inclusion, uniting people, and health."
"I’m going to live every second of my life the best that I can to honor my sister."
"You were wondering when this would become a struggle- we just crossed the line."
"Follow your heart; do what you love. The hardest thing for people to do is take that leap of faith."
Each state is covered in the order which the marathon occurred. Most of the story is captured in the first portion of the film with the first 20 marathons taking 70% of the total time. About seven minutes is used to cover his last event, the New York City marathon, which he finished in his fastest time of three hours. Amazingly, the 154 pound Karnazes was able to maintain his body weight, persevere the media attention, and after raising 100,000 for Karno Kids, he began his trek back home (by foot of course).