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WATCH: “Rural Runners” Is A Hopeful Film About Campaign Trails and Mountain Trails

As the midterm elections approach, this short documentary puts one step in front of the other, to galvanize communities and push into unfamiliar territory for a healthier democracy.

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In 2020, Chloe Maxmin, a 28-year-old climate activist, became the youngest woman elected to the state senate in Maine history. Chloe and her campaign manager, Canyon Woodward, rewrote the strategy for progressive success in rural America and won two campaigns in red districts where they were expected to lose. Their approach rehumanizes our deeply divided political system, offering hope and a path toward a healthier democracy.

“Rural Runners” follows Maxmin and Woodward on the campaign trail alongside Canyon’s burgeoning rise as a champion ultra-distance runner. Most recently, Woodward was one of the top American male finishers at the UTMB 100-mile race. 

The film premiered at Mountainfilm in Telluride and is a Vimeo Staff Pick.