Monday, March 1, 2010

Movie Review : Ultramarathon Man: 50 Marathons, 50 States, 50 Days

Dean Karnazes's quest to run 50 "Marathons"  in 50 States in 50 days is a semi documentary with interviews of  Dean's family, friends fans and support team. While they are actual certified marathons and marathon routes, some of them weren't done on the day of the actual race.  Every race is shown, some more in depth than others. Sometimes a large group would show up, and other times it was very light turnout. During one race, a lucky woman showed up as the sole participant, so she basically got to run with "Karno" for 26.2 miles!
Compared to the awesome book, this movie is spotty at best simply because the story is sorta all over the place, is it about Dean? or is it his program? Is it the runners? or the adventure? Maybe it's a little bit of all of these things.It's still a must see if you are a runner because let's face it, you want to see and read everything you can about running right?

If you are a runner you will enjoy  the running in different weather conditions, from the freezing Alaskan wilderness to gale force winds in the midwest and the baking heat of Arizona. I put myself in the same situations and made mental calculations "uh no - I'm not Badwater material" or "oh heck yes running in the rain would be SO much fun!"

The book "Ultramarathon Man" and the movie "Spirit of the Marathon" both inspired me to run my first marathon last year and this movie does do a great job of showing Dean's human side as well as his 'celebrity' side. The human side though, is what I like about the guy. I loved how in one scene, he literally runs away from a press conference to hug a runner who's just reached the finish line, awesome!
3 out of 5 stars, the extras made this thing, I'd love to see another Dean movie maybe on just one race like Badwater or the Western States etc. His book is incredible and the book is a total 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading! Now go running!


  1. Thanks for the review!! I've been wanting to read Ultramarathon Man!

  2. I definitely recommend it. At the time I read it the furthest I'd run was 6 miles, but 26.2 miles seemed so much easier by comparison when put up against the Western States 100 :)
    Thanks for reading Heather!