From time to time, we like to stop running and relax — while watching movies about running. Or, if sitting isn’t kosher, perhaps while running on a treadmill. Either way, our list from last year is still worth a look, and below, more Netflix movies to get you through the off-season.
Watch if You: Want to be inspired to finish a marathon. Meet Budhia Singh, the youngest marathoner in history, who’d finished 50 marathons before he turned … 5. This biopic is the story of how the young boy in India got his start in running and how it changed his life.
Watch if You: Want a feminist take on running. Ultrarunner Nikki Kimball is the heroine in this documentary about her and her quest to become the fastest person (man or woman!) in history to run the 273-mile Long Trail, America’s oldest hiking trail. The documentary follows her journey and running progress, but also tackles the fact that in ultrarunning — and in other sports — women are closing the performance gap with men.
Watch if You: Would rather skip documentaries in favor of a dramatic film. In this teen-focused drama, a kid from the wrong part of town finds the track — and realizes he has serious talent, thanks to a reclusive neighbor who becomes his coach. It’s a cheesy plot, for sure, but if you’re looking for something to keep you occupied and you secretly loved movies like “Step Up,” where kids from ’the streets’ make it through sports, this film might be for you.
Watch if You: Idolize Usain Bolt and will miss the recently retired pro runner who made running cool again. Bolt has lit up the track for years, and this documentary provides a sneak peek into his day-to-day life while training for competition and highlights some of the noteworthy moments in his career, including the false start that cost him big-time.
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Watch if You: Aspire to do one crazy ultra-race in your life. This documentary will either have you signing up or reconsidering that New Year’s resolution, but either way, you’ll be riveted by the story of this insane cult-like race that, in its first 25 years, only 10 racers had successfully finished.
Watch if You: Have set a resolution to drop a few pounds. This film follows 12 formerly obese people who teamed up to run from Miami to Key West, Florida, completing the 200-mile trek as a team in a Ragnar Relay race. After following them for over a year, the group had collectively dropped more than 1,200 pounds, largely through running.