Trail running has really taken off in recent years and now there’s even a whole film festival about it – an inspiring mix of trail running short films from all over the world. It’s being screened in more than 30 countries, including in the Blue Mountains, Australia, ahead of the NorthFace 100 ultramarathon on 16 May 2016. The screening will be on 14 May at 7pm at Scenic World.
I watched these films ahead of running the Miwok 100k Trail Run and found it great mental preparation. I particularly enjoyed the film about Nikki Kimball’s quest to set a new record on the 273-mile Long Trail – the longest hiking trail in the USA. Nearly an hour long, the film takes viewers through all the highs and lows of such a massive feat in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains with vivid and at times brutal honesty. It is a very emotionally raw account of what ultrarunning takes, and I think everyone will be able to relate to some of the physical, but especially mental and emotional challenges, no matter at what level they are running. It’s an outstanding account of how to keep going, no matter how hard things get, and the team work it takes – perfect preparation for an upcoming ultra.
And so are the other films in this brilliant little collection, inundating viewers with breathtaking landscapes and insights from runners around the world.
I spoke to Robert Rhodes, who is the tour director for the film festival in Northern California
To find a screening near you and for more information, visit http://www.trailsinmotion.com