Appropriately, Prefontaine portrays the rise and fall of the American long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine, who was one of the premiere distance runners in collegiate history.
2. Chariots of Fire
Nominated for seven Oscars and winning four, Chariots of Fire focuses on two athletes competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics: Eric Liddell, a Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.
3. The Loneliness of a Long-Distance Runner
Set in early 1960s Britain, this film tells the story of a rebellious blue-collar youth whose only real options are to go into crime or work every hour just trying to make basic ends meet. Instead, he overcome the odds and turns to running as an emotional and mental escape from it all.
4. Running Brave
Against the odds, a young American Indian leaves his reservation to pursue his dream of winning gold at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
5. Saint Ralph
This film focuses on Ralph Walker, a teenager who is constantly being reprimanded by his Catholic instructors. His school’s running coach, Father Hibbert, once claims that it would be a miracle if anyone on his team won the Boston Marathon. Ralph takes this literally, and decides he must win the Boston Marathon for his mother to awake from a coma.
6. Forrest Gump
Everyone knows the classic scene where Forrest Gump overcomes his disability and runs away from bullies, at once confronting his fears. Through running he is able to make something of himself he never thought possible.
7. Without Limits
One of the many films centered on the legendary Steve Prefontaine, this biography focuses on his relationship with his coach Bill Bowerman, who later went on to found Nike.
8. Run Lola Run
The only foreign film on this list, Run Lola Run is about a woman who must obtain 100,000 German marks in twenty minutes in order to save her boyfriend’s life. The epic scenes definitely make you want to get out there and run with her.
9. On the Edge
Chronicles the journey of an over-the-hill runner, Bruce Dern, who’s out to compete in the Dipsea Race, a 7.5-mile long and storied race through Marin County, California. Because of his political beliefs, Dern is banned from professional competitions, and instead must conquer this race, which also runs over 2200 feet of a mountain.
10. Running on the Sun
With stunning shots and unbelievable endurance, Running on the Sun is a documentary on the 1999 Badwater Ultramarathon, an absolutely grueling marathon through 135 miles of Death Valley in temperatures well above 100 degrees, and in sixty hours.
With these films in mind, you can be just like Alice…
When your shoes are ultra-comfortable, it means longer runs. Like, “a marathon is just the warm-up” longer runs. Which brings us to Alice. Who puts on the LunarGlide+ 3 Shields and meets her family while, well, running.