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Desert Runners

A diverse cast of non-professional runners attempt the extraordinary by pushing themselves to complete the most difficult ultra-marathon race series on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across picturesque yet brutal landscapes, pushing their bodies, hearts and spirits.

Director: Jennifer Steinman
Year: 2013
Time: 99 min

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“At a certain level of intensity, I do feel like I can go a long way without tiring,” he says. “No matter how hard I push, my muscles never seize up. That’s kind of a nice thing if I plan to run a long way.”

Read The Guardian article here.

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Read the full interview here.

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“I am not a runner myself, but I am fascinated by the mindset of these athletes.”

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