The 2007 documentary Spirit of the Marathon took home awards and praise as it gave viewers an incredible story about the experiences of six marathon runners as they trained and competed in the 2005 Chicago Marathon.
To top that, Spirit of the Marathon II follows even more runners in an even more competitive locale: the 2012 Rome Marathon. FilmWorks Entertainment releases the film on DVD on Feb. 11.
The filmmakers went international with this follow-up due to the increasing number of people running competitively worldwide, and approached the filming with the goal of relaying the stories of how lives are changed — both emotionally and physically — by taking on the daunting task of running a competitive marathon.
The runners documented in the film include a two-time Olympian, an Olympic hopeful, a few veteran and full-time marathon runners and a first-time runner, with interviews with marathon greats Stefano Baldini, Paula Radcliffe, Frank Shorter and others — including those featured in the first film — also incorporated into the narrative.
In the bonuses section, FilmWorks includes a behind-the-scenes featurette, a trailer and a photo gallery.
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