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Boston Running Film Festival kicks off in April

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  March 25, 2013 08:32 AM

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Whether you're fitting in those final long runs in preparation for the Boston Marathon, or you're just starting a couch-to-5K program, you might be interested in this event that has everything to do with running -- but doesn't involve actual running.


The folks over at Run Against Cancer Events (RACE) have begun selling tickets today for the first Boston Running Film Festival at the Hynes Convention Center, which runs from Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14. The festival will feature 19 full-length and short films about running, from filmmakers as close as Jamaica Plain to those as far away as New Zealand (you know I love New Zealand!).

(As an aside, you're totally allowed to wear sneakers to the film festival -- just so you feel at home.)

The festival will include six themed blocks of films as well as discussions with film directors and running celebrities, including Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of both the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon.

Here's a sneak peek at three of the films being shown: (See the complete list of films here. )

MarathonSpritTease.jpgSpirit of the Marathon
This non-fiction film, shot on four continents, follows several amateur athletes and seasoned marathoners as they each prepare for the Chicago Marathon.

Joanie.jpgThere Is No Finish Line
This film follows the story of New England native (and Boston Marathoner champ) Joan Benoit-Samuelson through her trail-runs in Maine all the way through her finish at the 2010 Chicago Marathon and a shot at qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Marathon trials.

pre.jpgFire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine Story
This film tells the story of running phenom Steve Prefontaine, who, before his death at age 24, held seven American track records for distances between 2,000 and 10,000 meters.

Tickets go on sale today and can be purchased at

What are your favorite running-related movies? Share your favorites in the comments below.

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