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Is This Sweet Trail-Running Film Fest Coming to Your Town?

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This fall, the 2014 Trail Running Film Fest brings cinematic celebrations of trail culture to theaters across the U.S.


Photo by Glenn Tachiyama from the Northwest Tour.

With trails icing over and the racing season wrapping up in many places, there’s one more excuse to get together with your running buddies for brews and epic mountain scenery—all in the comfort of a warm theater.

Promising “inspiring trail running films, with good friends and good beer,” Rainshadow Running’s Trail Running Film Fest launched its nationwide tour earlier this month in (where else?) Boulder, Colorado. The lineup consists of 16 films of varying lengths, anchored by 45-minute feature Running the Edge on Scott Jaime’s 2013 FKT on the Colorado Trail.

From world class filmmakers to the best works made by weekend warriors, these films celebrate the people, places and events that make trail-running culture what it is. In the words of the festival’s organizer, James Varner, they are “all killer, no filler!” Jason Schlarb exploring trails in Patagonia. Darcy Piceu (formerly Africa) training for and running the Hardrock 100. Rob Krar speaking out about his depression. Alaska’s brutal Mount Marathon. Appalachia’s notorious Barkley Marathons. And plenty more.

So, if you’re a trail runner who likes beer and good company, check out the lineup of locations hosting the nationwide fest. (And consider reserving tickets in advance: over 200 people showed up for the tour’s premiere.)

For a teaser of what to expect at the festival, here are a few previews:

Running the Edge
Matt Trappe Photography
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Scott Jaime’s record-setting eight-day, 486-mile run on the Colorado Trail

 

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats its Young
Timothy Kane and Annika Iltis
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The famously brutal race in the woods of Tennessee that only 10 people have finished. Ever.

 

3022 ft: A Mount Marathon Story
Max Romey Productions
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Runners take on Seward, Alaska’s Mount Marathon, one of America’s oldest, and toughest, trail races.

 

Around Patagonia
Joel Wolpert
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Ultrarunners Jason Schlarb and Jeremy Wolf run in the shadow of Patagonia’s iconic peaks.

 

The lineup also includes:

  • Rainshadow Year in Review (race video)
  • 2014 Gorge Waterfalls 100k (race video)
  • Finding Traction (film preview)
  • The Crossing (short film)
  • 100: Head / Heart / Feet (film preview)
  • The Traveler (film preview)
  • 100 Miles High (short film)
  • Depressions (short film)
  • Michele Yates (athlete interview)

 

Learn more about Trail Film Fest here, including tour dates, locations and ticket sales!