Last night was a fabulous day in runner nerd (aka runnerd) land, as the Hood to Coast movie was playing all across the country. For those of you not in the know, Hood to Coast is one of the more well known relays, where people are on a team (usually 10-12 people, depending on the relay) and take turns running (hence the “relay” idea) a distance that various, but usually ends up around 200 miles. Hood to Coast is twelve person teams covering 197 miles, and it is a huuuuuge event with over 1,000 teams running. That’s a crazy amount of runners!
I think I forgot to mention that I’m doing the Reach the Beach Relay in Massachusetts at the end of May with a bunch of fabulous NYC runners. As a relay team bonding event (with no running involved), we met up for appetizers (emphasis on the fried pickles) and then headed over to the movie together. I’ve admittedly never attempted to go to the movies with fifteen-ish people…we took up over half a row! That’s kind cool. The whole runner movie idea reminded me of watching the Spirit of the Marathon in the theater right before the 2007 Chicago Marathon (of death!). It was a little different because most people at Spirit of the Marathon were getting ready to run two days later, but it was fun to see some people wearing Reach the Beach shirts to the movie.
In a nutshell: The movie was fantastic! I thought it was really interesting and actually made me laugh and made some others cry. They followed five different teams: a group of masters runners who have been doing Reach the Beach for over 20 years, a team who randomly signed up for it having no idea what it actually involved, a team honoring their family member/friend who had a heart attack at age thirty and died, a team of older women, one of who had a heart attack during Reach the Beach the year before, and a team of elite runners (who they hardly mentioned). Seeing the race from so many different perspectives was awesome and really helped make the movie. Plus, it got me soooooo excited to run the relay in May! I’m a geek and may have been smiling for 90% of the movie.
Highlights of the movie:
The beautiful course. If anyone ever needs anyone to be on their team for this one, sign me up and I’ll find a way to be there!
The non-runner who said that running a hard leg in the middle of the night was absolutely awesome. I can’t wait for some late night runs during the relay!
Seeing what running means to different people. Some relay members have been running their entire lives while others were doing it to honor family members. Running means something different to me than it does to you, and I love hearing about those differences.
Runners are nuts. I LOVE IT.
One of the non-runners ate a Gu on camera and had the exact same reaction I always have…”This is disgusting.” Then I usually vomit it back up. (Okay, it’s not really vomit since I never swallow. But Gu and I are not friends.)
I need to start incorporating power arches into my running lifestyle. Look it up/watch the movie.
Running will always be a part of my life…people may slow down as they age, but they’re still runners. I just hope the heart attacks stay away.
It was sooooo good! I definitely recommend it if you’re a runner or if you want to give someone a glimpse into our crazy minds. I always thought a relay would be a great time with fun people, but now I know it’s going to be awesome! Not sure if the movie is going to be released on DVD or reshown in theaters, but check it out if you can!
Have you ever run one of these long distance relays? Did you get a chance to check out the movie last night? My longest relay ever was the distance medley relay in high school…I ran the mile.