I recently saw Endurance on cable which reaffirmed my view that this movie about Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie deserves to be on my list of best running movies.
Gebrselassie has been cited by Runner's World magazine (and others) as the best distance runner ever. With a nagging knee injury forcing him to DNF at the New York CIty marathon, rumors abounded that he might retire. Another injury forced him to cancel his appearnace at the Tokyo Marathon in February, but the latest news is that he is back in training and will compete in the Vienna Half-Marathon on April 17th.
The movie, Enduarnce, is a beautiful documentary by Olympic film maker Bud Greenspan about the life of Gebrselassie, someone who really did run 6 miles to school every day at altitude. I love the scenes of Haile running in the countryside with that compact, efficient, seeminlgy effortless, and beautiful running motion. The climactic Olympic race at the end of the movie is a classic.
If you missed it before, go here for my personal list of the best running movies (it's also in my book on pages 20-21), and let me know if there are any movies on your best list that I should add. Happy Running!