Monday, March 5, 2012

UNBREAKABLE, the Western States 100

Endurance sports are not well known outside of the circle of competitors, fans and family who support these events.  The Western States 100 (WS100) is the Super Bowl of Ultra Trail Running, and this movie tells the story of the 2010 Running of the WS100 when four of the best Ultra runners in the world came together and competed over 100 miles.

The Western States race covers 100 miles with a ascent of 18000 feet (5500 m) and descend of 23000 feet (7000 m) on mountain trails before reaching the finish. Because of the length of the race, the race begins at 5:00 A.M. and continues through the day and into the night. Runners finishing before the 30 hour overall time limit receive, a bronze belt buckle, while runners finishing in under 24 hours receive a silver belt buckle.

Not just a dry documentary, this movie offers a glimpse into the lives, training and relationships of the four men at the pinnacle of Ultra Running.  Hal Koerner, two time defending WS100, and running store entrepreneur from Ashland, Oregon.  Geoff Roes, undefeated at the 100-mile distance, an organic chef from Juneau, Alaska.  Anton Krupicka, undefeated in every ultramarathon he has ever started, a graduate student living in Boulder, Colorado.  Kilian Jornet, the young mountain runner and two time Ultra-trail du Mont-Blanc champion, from Spain.  This movie also provides an interesting look at how the WS100 mile race was created.

I highly recommend this movie to any runner, who would like a look into the race and inside the lives, and race preparation of the best ultra trail runners in the world.  You don’t have to be a hard core Ultra runner to enjoy this film, there is something for everyone.

This film is available from Journey films at 

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