The Spirit of a Runner

A veteran ultramarathoner tackles the Everest of distance racing in this documentary film by filmmaker Jessie Beers-Altman about the world’s longest certified footrace. The film follows distance runner Suprabha Beckjord as she takes on the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race for an unprecedented 12th year in a row. Hailed by her peers as the greatest super-long distance runner in history, Beckjord has made an annual tradition of running the race which takes place around a half mile-long loop in Queens, NY as a tribute to Bengali spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy. A disciple of Chinmoy for nearly thirty years, Beckjord faces a new challenge as she confronts the journey for the first time since his death. A portrait of inspiration, The Spirit of a Runner challenges our definition of possibility as it explores the enduring capacity of the human heart and the unfaltering power of self-transcendence. – This is only a trailer; the whole film is going to screen as part of the Boston Running Film Festival (http://runagainstcancer.org/runfilmfest/), which takes place in Boston the weekend of the marathon (April 12-15). The film will play at 5 p.m. (Block “C”) on Sunday, 4/14 at the Hynes Convention Center in downtown Boston (close to the finish line area of the marathon).

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