This movie was apparently only out in theaters on January 11 (last night). However, if you have a chance to see it, whether in the theater or not, SEE IT.
My friends and I had been planning to see the movie for a week or so, and even though it was a snowstorm outside last night, we still braved the weather to run 3.6 miles in sleet, then have dinner, then head over in heavy snow to the movie theater. The trip home was interesting, as well, since roads were not cleared. My All Wheel Drive served me well.
I've never run a relay before (well, not one like this - I did do Disney's Wine & Dine - only 4 miles). I didn't watch the trailer or find out anything about this movie before going to see it last night. So, it was a pleasant surprise to see this movie.
Hood To Coast is the largest relay race in North America, stretching 197 miles from Mount Hood to the Oregon Coastline, with 1,000 teams and 12,000 runners doing the race. Running a race like this requires not only some great running, but also some incredible coordination of effort. The movie follows four of the 12-person relay teams as they prepare for and then run the race. One team is a group of veteran Hood To Coast racers, out to have a great time, but also out to place high enough to guarantee entry the following year. Another team is a group of complete rookies who seem to have only run 3 miles in preparation for the race. Yet another is a family out to honor a family member who loved Hood To Coast and had recently passed away. And finally, another team was out to support one member who had had a heart attack during Hood To Coast the year before (and was out to prove she could do it again, heart attack free this time).
This movie was so entertaining. If you've seen other running movies, such as Running the Sahara and Spirit of the Marathon, I liked this one much more. I was smiling for much of the movie, and I really enjoyed seeing this race and these runners. I loved it so much that it's inspired me to run a relay. Maybe not Hood to Coast - it's a little far away for me, but I'm going to research the Ragnar series.