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The film stars professional marathoners Deena Kastor and Daniel Njenga, as well as four unique and determined amateurs, all preparing for the same event: The marathon is presented as a mass participatory event seen through the training and race-day perspective of the six individuals. The film also explores the emotional experiences and bonding of participants and spectators in a race, relates the growth and mass appeal of the marathon in contemporary society, and explores recent history and ancient traditions.

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The filmmakers know marathons. And they clearly have tremendous passion for the historic event. They create a stirring, intensely personal account of a dramatic race after months of preparation, obstacles, setbacks, determined perseverance—and finally triumph. They have produced a masterpiece with lessons that transcend sport.

No, this is not a sports documentary. Hundreds of hours of film shot on four continents have been condensed into a fantastic, clever and dramatic view of the sport from a perspective never before seen in theaters. The filmmakers bring us incredible footage of the Chicago Marathon, despite the unbelievably hectic environment of race day.

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Deena Kastor is a star athlete and has a starring role in this film. She holds many American records from 5K world record to the marathon. Look for this banner for recommended activities. Join Active or Sign In. Following storylines of runners training all over the world, and filming the subjects in the crowded Chicago Marathon are some of the challenges Dunham encountered when making the film.

Initially, Dunham filmed Kastor while financing the production himself.

Eventually, the Chicago Marathon provided Dunham some financial resources to help him film the event. In post-production, Dunham and co-producer Gwendolen Twist raised money from investors to fund the completion of the film. To film the subjects running the marathon, the camera crews rode in pedicabs.

They directed the amateur runners to go on a side of the road at specific areas in the course to help with filming. In addition, the amateur runners had other runners alongside them holding up signs to help the crew identify them in the crowd.

Dunham originally thought that the film should focus on the amateurs more than Kastor, but said he found her enthusiasm, talent, and determination "irresistible". In an explanation to why Dunham choose to follow the six runners he selected, he says he finds the marathon to be an "incredible mixing of elite runners with the amateur runners from all across the globe and all ranges of human experience". On being filmed, Kastor said that she "went about her normal routine and training", and commented it that was not distracting, but "motivating".

Kastor also revealed that the six runners did not meet until a brunch after the marathon, and felt an "immediate bond of friendship". Jeff Beal , an Emmy award-winner film composer, wrote the score for the film. The music was performed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The film premiered to sellout crowds at the Chicago International Film Festival , right before the running of the Chicago Marathon.

Daniel Njenga, one of the subjects of the film, was in attendance. The Los Angeles Times gave the film a favorable review, calling it an "efficient yet comprehensive study".

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The footage of Chicago is praised, as is the capture of the "inspiring journey of physical endurance and personal achievement". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the film documenting the Chicago Marathon. Evansville Courier and Press. Chicago International Film Festival. Retrieved from " https: Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia.

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