7 Movies That Will Inspire You to Run ...


Runners or wannabe runners, or former runners who are considering restarting can be inspired by running movies.

Whether a nice juicy fictional piece or a biopic, running movies present a interesting view of the worldโ€™s easiest form of exercise (other than walking, which is just running in slow motion, ha ha).

So which of the running movies should you be immersing yourself into?

1. Chariots of Fire

This British classic is among the best running movies ever made.

It depicts the life of British Olympians Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell.

The story is about the lead-up to the Paris Olympics in 1924.

The characters of the Great Britain Olympics team make for an entertaining mix and the issues of religion and racism are dealt with very sympathetically.

If you want to know what inspires men (and women) to want to run and beat everyone, youโ€™ll love this movie.

Thereโ€™s a nice love story thread too.

2. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

This 1962 British movie is among the most poetic running movies in cinema history.2

Tom Courtenay, starring as Colin Smith, is sent to prison after a bakery robbery.

The governor spots his talents and promises an early release if he can represent the reformatory in a race against a public school.

At the end, Smith finds himself running for his freedom!

Donโ€™t let the fact this is a black and white movie put you off.

3. Prefontaine

Jared Leto stars in this movie which tells the story of US runner Steve Prefontaineโ€™s disappointment in the 1972 Munich Olympics and his tragic and fatal car crash at the age of 24.

Prefontaine has a great talent for running despite his unorthodox physical build and different length legs.

Even though he fails to win a medal, his coach Bowerman lays the foundation of his sportswear business, which we all know as โ€˜Nikeโ€™ today!

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