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Water Running for the Serious Athlete

This 2003 release by Go Swim Productions is directed by Glenn Mills and has a run time of 48 minutes. The host is runner and triathlete Barbara Hummel and she will guide you in your favorite running workout that covers a span of intensity (long slow distance, speed, tempo run, fartlek, and hill repeats). With water running you can take the stress off of joints and still obtain a great cardiovascular workout. 16 different "strides" are outlined and combined into workouts to add variety into this program. Discover standard stride, hurdle stride, race walking, flutter kick, hill strides and many more. Along with this DVD is a waterproof stride guide to lend you a hand poolside. Visit if you want to pick up a copy to own and return to your old form or start increasing your fitness to a whole new level.

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Water, Soul, Earth, Feet

The Running of the 2007 Grand Island Trail Marathon
This 56 minute event coverage film is from director Richard Sosa of Pozole Films. Join the 300 runners from 35 states who take the ferry boat ride to this Lake Superior Island, filled with cliffs and beautiful water views, to participate in this unique trail marathon. Several athletes tell their personal stories of what motivates them to run or about their particular goals in competing in this event. Coverage varies from the very competitive men’s race (with the leaders running together the entire distance until the finishing kick) to first time experience with the marathon. For a small company with only a handful of cameras, they have put together a production that is well edited, narrated, and with a very nice soundtrack. If you competed in this race you would have a special keepsake in this film as there are many group shots and all the finishers are listed in the closing credits (you may also purchase a 60 second downloadable video of your marathon finish). To learn more about this race visit their official site at Great Lakes where you can view race results, see a map of the course, or place your registration for next year.

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Way Too Cool 50k

This 49 minute video covers race day from the "Way Too Cool 50k" that was run on March 8, 2003. You will see the race start, parts of the middle, and the finish of the top 150 runners. 523 participants lined up and 471 runners finished on this beautiful sunny day where Uli Steidl set a new course record in 3:18:17. In 2003 the registration filled in 3 hours and the popularity of this race has increased with the 2007 field filling in only 7 minutes. You have to plan ahead early to get a chance at this ultramarathon. Obtain the address to order this video at where you can also view a trailer. More information, including complete results from previous races, photos, and a cool course map, can be found at the official race site.

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The Way We Were

Some memories last forever.
Director Sydney Pollack brought this award winning dramatic romance to the theater in 1973. With a run time of 118 minutes you will see screen legends Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford as they play star-crossed lovers Hubbell Gardiner and Katie Morosky. They are opposites and the love that binds them together may tear them apart as they are followed from college to Hollywood in the thirties, forties, and fifties. Redford’s character is athletic and can be found running through the park as well as competing in a track race as the beginning credits are rolling. Near the end of the film this character finds some space when shown jogging on the beach. This film won Academy Awards in 1974 for Best Song, "The Way We Were", as well as Best Score. A 25th Anniversary editon was released by Columbia TriStar Home Video and in May 2001 the DVD became available that offers subtitles in six languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. offers both the DVD and VHS version available new and you can choose from over a dozen online reveiws if you want to read more about this feature film that has a PG rating.

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What Are You Running For?

AKA: Ousque tu vas de même?
This 38 minute film from Canada was released in 1973 and covers the running of the Fernand Grenier Race. This annual relay race covers sixty-seven kilometers between the villages of La Guadeloupe and Lac Mégantic, Québec. Athletes come from all parts of the province each October to run in this race that often exceedes the five-hour mark. This film captures parts of the race from start to finish and often employs a multi-image techniques to show more than one runner at a time. No commentary is present and the direction came from Jacques Bobet and production from François Séguillon. The National Film Board of Canada maintains this title and it can be requested in either VHS or DVD format.

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What It Takes

A documentary about four world class triathletes’ quest for greatness
Follow 4 world-class triathletes (Peter Reid, Heather Fuhr, Luke Bell, Lori Bowden) for a year as they prepare for the world championships in October, 2005. With filming in California, Hawaii, Canada, Australia, and Germany you will gain from the insights of both past champions and up and coming stars. Peter Reid is a 3-time world champion and Lori Bowden is a 2-time world champion who is best known to be the first women to break the 3-hour barrier in the marathon segment of the race. Watch for showings in the theater, at film festivals, and now available for direct purchase for home viewing. To see theOpening Scene and to order this release go to the official sight, As a special offer to viewers, use the discount code of UAREANIRONMAN to receive $5.00 off your purchase.

What Makes Millie Run?

This 16 mm film was produced in 1977 by a production team at Brigham Young University. With a run time of 20 minutes you will see Mildred Cooper, author of Aerobics for Women, presenting some of the reasons and ways women can become physically fit. Millie’s husband, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, an author of numerous books, was involved in his own film about running entitled Run Dick, Run Jane that also discusses the benefits of a personal fitness programs. This film is rare and only a few copies exist in library collections.

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A true story of one of America’s greatest Olympic Athletes.
1977, 100 minutes, rated PG-13; written, produced, and directed by Bud Greenspan with Cappy Petrash Greenspan as executive producer. The description on the box gives the story line: "At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Wilma Rudolph became the first woman to win three consecutive gold medals. But the most amazing part of this true story is that Wilma (played by Shirley Jo Finney) was stricken in her youth with crippling polio, a disease she conquered to become one of America’s greatest female athletes. The story begins with Wilma’s childhood in rural Tennessee when her parents learn of her terrible affliction. Her mother, Blanche (Cicely Tyson), does everything in her power to bolster Wilma’s self-confidence and help her overcome the handicap. Her determination pays off as Wilma grows in strength, speed and agility. Eventually, her tremendous courage and astounding athletic ability bring Wilma to her greatest triumph at the Olympic Games." Additionally, this film was an entry to the 1977 Peabody Awards and as it was made for TV it had it’s original broadcast on December 19, 1977 on NBC. This release can be purchased from in VHS or DVD format.

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Wilma Rudolph

This 1995 release is part of the series entitled American Women of Achievement Video Collection. The run time is 30 minutes and is in color with black and white segments. In this biography you will see how Wilma overcame the barriers placed in her way to not only transform her own time but also our current legacy as Americans. Archival resources and expert opinion make this story come to life. The executive producer was Andrew Schlessinger and this title can be obtained through as well as from Library where a three minute trailer can be viewed.

The Winners

AKA: My Way
Tagline: Will Maddox hated losers...and that included his family!

1974, 92 minutes, rated PG; written, produced, and directed by Emil Nofal. In this sports-oriented drama from South Africa, a former Olympic marathon champion pushes his sons to be as successful in competition as he was and emphasizes victory above all else. However, one son is killed and another severely injured in an auto race, and the family turns against him. In the film’s climax, the father races his son and loses, learning a valuable lesson. The starring roles are played by Joe Stewardson, Richard Loring, Marie Du Toit, and Tony Jay with musical score provided by Robin Netcher. This film has never been released or distributed in the United States.

Winning a Place in the World

AKA: United States Olympic Festival ’89
Hoyt Axton is the narrator for this 1989 production that runs for 104 minutes. Here you will experience the event from the opening ceremonies, the torch run, summer gold competition highlights including Florence Griffith Joyner and a host of other stars,and lastly the closing ceremonies. This video is made under the authority of Oklahoma Centennial Sports, Incorporated.

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Without Limits

Pre. His spirit set a pace only his heart could follow.
1998, 113 minutes, PG-13. Steve Prefontaine didn’t run races, he attacked them. He was a champion’s champion, holder of every American distance-running record from 2,000 to 10,000 meters. Fans cheered his daring front-running and elevated him to rock star status. Athletes were inspired by him. Off the track, officials clinging to outdated politics got the point that activist Pre was taking the sport into a new era, so perhaps they’d better follow. The short life and fast times of the fiery Oregon distance runner form an acclaimed movie that "belongs in the company of Jim Thorpe: All American and Chariots of Fire" (Jack Mathews, Newsday). Billy Crudup, bearing an uncanny resemblance to the real-life Pre, and Donald Sutherland, as coach and mentor Bill Bowerman, give strong portrayals of lives aflame with conviction. Infused with track-savvy authenticity by director Robert Towne (Personal Best, Tequila Sunrise) and his co-writer Kenny Moore (Prefontaine’s friend and a former world-class runner), Without Limits comes home a winner. The box provided the previous information and to obtain much much more go to the official webs site at Without Warner Home Video released the video that can be obtained in three different formats: DVD, VHS or VHS with Spanish subtitles, from A review by Roger Ebert is available to read or if you want a quick overview, check out 27 reviews.

Other films about Steve Prefontaine include Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story and Prefontaine.

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Women’s Running: Run Smart, Run Safe

Road Runners Club of America Presents: Safety Tips for Women Runners
1993,13 minutes, sponsored by a grant from the Athletic Footwear Association and produced by VQ Productions. If you are wanting to increase your sense of awareness in yourself and how to make good choices to remain safe while out running than this video will offer you several tips to increase your confidence to remain safe. You will get advice from an FBI Agent, U.S. Park Police, and other trainers who are concerned about keeping running safe and fun. Just a few of the tips that are elaborated on is to stay alert (no headphones), use your intuition, be prepared, vary your route, and project strength and authority. An additional section discusses how you, or your club, can work with your local law enforcement agency to best be informed of problems and people.This film won the "Golden Apple" award at the 1994 National Educational Film and Video Festival. This film can be ordered directly from the RRCA, see their publications form for this video and other supportive content concerning women’s running.

Women’s Track and Field: Middle Distance Running

42 minutes, 1987. Dr. Foreman is one of the world’s foremost authorities in track & field. He has worked with every age group of female athletes and was the 1980 U.S. Olympic Women’s Track and Field Coach. Dr. Foreman’s holistic preparation of middle distance runners is shown in this cassette and he spends a great deal of time in off-track training programs that are useful to distance runners. Morris Video produced this instructional video.
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Women’s Track and Field: Sprints, Hurdles & Relays

Dr. Foreman has coached a number of U.S. women’s teams in a variety of international competitions and in this tape you will gain a number of drills to develop sprinters, hurdlers, and relay runners as each of these events requires the use of sprinting techniques. Made in 1987 this video runs for 48 minutes.

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The Wonderland Project

Enlarge Cover Art This 60 minute adventure running film follows two friends, Skye Thompson and Zac West, in their quest to run the Wonderland Trail, a 94 mile loop that circles Mt. Rainier in Washington State. With two years of training Movie of the Month, September 2005and planning, not only do they want to complete the journey, they have hopes of breaking the "course record" of 27 hours, 56 minutes. At 60 miles, when the body is feeling the effects of over 22,000 vertical feet of climbing that must be endured, the runners are confronted with difficult decisions of how to proceed. Under the Soulstice Films label, this is Seattle filmmaker Riley Morton’s fourth feature film with music provided by four groups: Tosca, Blue States, The Sharpshooters, and Lettuce. The premiere was held at REI in Seattle Washington on April 5th, 2005 and you can now order a DVD by visiting Lenticular where you can also watch a trailer.

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The Wonders of Rome

During NBC’s coverage of the Atlanta Olympics, this film ran uninterrupted on the final Sunday of the games. It is the story of five inspirational figures who converged during an astonishing two weeks in a marvelous ancient city. They became the most extraordinary group of Olympians to emerge from a single Olympic games. Muhammad Ali, Wilma Rudolph, Rafer Johnson, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. Five legends to be united by a principle uniquely American; each on a journey toward greatness, measuring always, the distance between who they were and who they hoped to be. This video uses historical footage from the 1960 Rome Olympics, interspersed with interviews with the athletes and their friends and relatives. Highlights include clips of the three gold medal-winning races with Wilma Rudolph, the decathlon competition between Rafer Johnson and C.K. Yang (Taiwan), the basketball competition with Jerry West and Oscar Robertson, and Cassius Clay’s (Muhammad Ali) gold-medal winning boxing bout. Also includes clips of Ali winning the heavyweight championship against Sonny Liston, and Rafer Johnson lighting the torch during the opening ceremonies at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984. The host is Bob Costas with Dick Ebersol in an executive producer role.

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Workout Planning for Cross Country

Championship offered this 2003 release for sale until they stopped carrying VHS tapes in June 2007. This program is hosted by Jack Hazen, head cross country and track coach from Malone College. Hazen has been honored by his selection as the head distance coach for the 2005 World Track and Field Championships to be held in Helsinki, Finland. With more than 35 years of high school and collegiate coaching experience, Coach Hazen brings his vast experience directly to you through his presentations. Whether you are just starting your program or building from a base already established, in this video you will see a complete and concise cross country training plan. The training programs that are presented are broken down into monthly, weekly, and daily training sessions, including sample workouts. Essential training components are covered including volume, intensity, strength, speed, rest, technique, flexibility, and mental preparation.

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World Championships 1991: Tokyo

3rd IAAF World Championships in Athletics
This is a set of four official IAAF highlight videos of all men’s and women’s events in the 1991 World Track and Field Championships in Tokyo, Japan. Each tape runs for two hours, bringing the total coverage time to eight hours total. All nine days of the championships are covered. The men’s gold medal winners include Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, Antonio Pettigrew, Billy Konchellah, Noureddine Morceli, Yobes Ondieki, Moses Tanui, Hiromi Taniguchi, Moses Kiptanui, Greg Foster, Samuel Matete, and Dan O’Brien. The women who stood at the top of the victory stand include Katrin Krabbe, Marie-José Pérec, Liliya Nurutdinova, Hassiba Boulmerka, Tatyana Dorovskikh, Liz McColgan, Wanda Panfil, Lyudmila Narozhilenko, and Tatyana Ledovskaya.

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World Championships 1993: Stuttgart

4th IAAF World Championships in Athletics Stuttgard ’94
Six hours of coverage is contained on two tapes to highlight this competition. Tape one covers days 3-6 and days 7-9 are located on tape two. Both the men’s and women’s events covered with the following runners being named World Champion: Linford Christie, Frankie Fredericks, Michael Johnson, Paul Ruto, Noureddine Morceli, Ismael Kirui, Haile Gebrselassie, Mark Plaatjes, Moses Kiptanui, Colin Jackson, Kevin Young, Dan O’Brien, Gail Devers, Merlene Ottey, Jearl Miles, Maria Mutola, Liu Dong, Qu Yunxia, Wang Junxia, Junko Asari, Sally Gunnell, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

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World Championships 1995: Göteborg

5th IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Three tapes were released, with a total viewing time is nine hours, to highlight the athletic events of this championship. All nine days of the championships are covered with the following men bringing home the gold: Donovan Bailey, Michael Johnson (200 and 400 meters), Wilson Kipketer, Noureddine Morceli (his third 1500 meter title), Ismael Kirui, Haile Gebrselassie, Martín Fiz, Moses Kiptanui (winning the steeplechase for the third straight time), Allen Johnson (his first of four HH titles), Derrick Adkins, and Dan O’Brien winning his last title. The women’s events are won by these runners: Gwen Torrence, Merlene Ottey, Marie-José Pérec, Ana Fidelia Quirot , Hassiba Boulmerka, Sonia O’Sullivan (in the 5000 meters as the 3000 was discontinued for this distance), Fernanda Ribeiro, Manuela Machado, Gail Devers, Kim Batten, and Ghada Shouaa.

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World Championships 1997: Athens

6th IAAF World Championships in Athletics
This two tape collection has six hours of track and field highlights from August 1st to 7th of 1997. This action is non-stop as you watch the rounds as well as the finals that highlight the following winners: Men: Maurice Greene, Ato Boldon, Michael Johnson, Wilson Kipketer, Hicham El Guerrouj (his first 1500 meter title), Daniel Komen, Haile Gebrselassie, Abel Antón, Wilson Boit Kipketer, Allen Johnson, Stéphane Diagana, TomᚠDvorák. Women: Marion Jones, Zhanna Pintusevich, Cathy Freeman, Ana Fidelia Quirot, Carla Sacramento, Gabriela Szabo, Sally Barsosio, Hiromi Suzuki , Ludmila Engquist, Nezha Bidouane, Sabine Braun.

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World Championships 1999: Seville

7th IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Two VHS tapes were released to feature six hours of total coverage of this competition. Tape one covers days 1-3 and the second tape contains days 7-9 There is time for both men’s and women’s events with the following runners earning World Championship gold medals: Maurice Greene (in both the 100 and 200 meter sprints), Michael Johnson (his fourth title), Wilson Kipketer, Hicham El Guerrouj, Salah Hissou, Haile Gebrselassie (his fourth 10,000 meter title), Abel Antón, Christopher Kosgei, Colin Jackson, Fabrizio Mori, TomᚠDvorák, Marion Jones, Inger Miller, Cathy Freeman, Ludmila Formanová, Svetlana Masterkova, Gabriela Szabo, Gete Wami, Jong Song-Ok , Gail Devers (her third high hurdle title), Daimí Pernía, and Eunice Barber.

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World Championships 2001: Edmonton

8th IAAF World Championships
Track and Field News offered this 13 hour, four tape collection for sale at their web site in the past, even though they admit that the sound quality is poor, the extensive coverage continues to fill the desire of many rabid track and field fans. If this type of action interests you then you will likely need to wait for these tapes to be found at auction since they are no longer available new. Here are the winners of each of the running events that you will see in this production: Maurice Greene, Konstantinos Kenteris, Avard Moncur, André Bucher, Hicham El Guerrouj, Richard Limo, Charles Kamathi, Gezahegne Abera, Reuben Kosgei, Allen Johnson, Félix Sánchez, TomᚠDvorák, Zhanna Pintusevich-Block, Marion Jones, Amy Mbacké Thiam, Maria Mutola, Gabriela Szabo, Olga Yegorova, Derartu Tulu, Lidia Simon, Anjanette Kirkland, Nezha Bidouane, and Yelena Prokhorova.

World Championships 2003: Paris

9th IAAF World Championships
This three tape official collection of the World Championships hosted in Paris, France appears no longer for sale new, having once been offered through Track and Field News. The commentary of Peter Matthews and Steve Ovett is both clear and knowledgeable as you see all the racing from the sprints, to distance events, and onto the field. Relive the exploits of runners Kim Collins, John Capel, Jerome Young, Djabir Saďd Guerni, Hicham El Guerrouj (winning his fourth 1500 meter title), Eliud Kipchoge, Kenenisa Bekele, Jaouad Gharib, Saif Saeed Shaheen, Allen Johnson, Félix Sánchez, and Tom Pappas. On the women’s side you will see victory from Torri Edwards, Anastasiya Kapachinskaya, Ana Guevara, Maria Mutola, Tatyana Tomashova, Tirunesh Dibaba, Berhane Adere, Catherine Ndereba, Perdita Felicien, Jana Pittman, Carolina Klüft.

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The World’s Greatest Athlete

He brings the jungle to the gym
Originally released as a motion picture by Walt Disney Productions in 1973, this rated G film has a run time of 89 minutes and was released on DVD in August of 2005. Depressed over their college team’s endless losing streak, coach Sam Archer (John Amos) and his daffy assistant Milo Jackson (Tim Conway) go on safari in Africa. The dejected duo stumble onto a young athletic prodigy named Nanu (Jan-Michael Vincent) and convince him to leave the jungle and return to America with them. With his superathlete ability the record books are sure to be rewritten. Comedy fills this production with goofy slapstick, jokes, and humor that is so dumb you may find it funny. Several sportscasters are present, including Howard Cosell who gets into the action by stating "I've never seen anything like this in my entire illustrious career." Produced by Bill Walsh and directed by Robert Scheerer, you may purchase this production in either VHS or DVD format from

World’s Greatest Milers

1988, 51 minutes. In this video you will relive the New York Fifth Avenue Mile from Sidney Maree winning the first year in 1981 to the victory in 1985 by John Walker. Originally broadcast live on ABC Sports, Marty Liquori is joined in the announcing booth by Jim McKay. Several Texaco Road Miles from Toronto are also featured from 1984 to 1987 with winners such as Pierre Deleze and Peter Elliott. Sidney Maree’s 1500 m World Record of 3:31.24 run on the track in Cologne, West Germany is shown as well as Eamonn Coghlan’s Indoor Mile World Record of 3:49.78. Some additional men who compete on this tape include Tom Byers, Ray Flynn, Steve Scott, Mike Boit, Steve Cram, Rod Dixon, Jose Abascal, and Jim Spivey. The 1983 women’s competition showed Wendy Sly beating the field that included Brit McRoberts, Christine Boxer, Kim Gallagher, and Joan Benoit.

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