Published January 26th, 2008
If you didn’t get a chance to see Spirit of the Marathon this past Thursday, I highly recommend you catch the encore February 21. It played on two screens at our theater — each with at least 450 seats, I would guess — and both were sold out. It was the fittest crowd of movie goers I have ever seen! My darling and I were totally dorky and wore out Goofy shirts (we saw another Goofy runner showing her friends her three medals).
As many reviewers have stated, I would have loved to see more of the elites — Deena Kastor and Daniel Njenga (particularly Daniel in his home country of Kenya) — but of course I could relate more to the “amateurs.” This clearly is a movie for runners, as I’m sure many of the running in-jokes would be lost on non-runners. (I love when Jerry states he runs marathons for the t-shirts and that the only time he gets a “runner’s high” is when he stops running). Of course the entire theater cracked up at the “You’re all crazy” sign one of the spectators was holding up.
(And just to ensure my spot in the Hall of Running Geekiness, I’m currently downloading the soundtrack). 🙂