Confused by the 2016 federal election results, Rickey Gates decides to run cross country in an attempt to get to know better the people of his own country.
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In a time of uncertain politics and a crescendo of differences, American Ultra-Runner Rickey Gates sets off on foot across America. In the midst of the 2016 National Elections, which saw Republican candidate Donald Trump win the presidential elections, Gates realised that the America he knew wasn’t necessarily the America that was. Intrigued and curious, Gates decides to head out and see for himself in order to try understand and empathise with his fellow Americans. Starting out on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina, Gates journey takes him 5 months and nearly 3700 Miles to the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco, California. What begins as a search for the true America, during a period of political turmoil, ultimately becomes a story of identity as Gates begins to find clarity and meaning in his own life.
Growing up in a traditional Nepalese village wasn’t easy. Mira faced a life of long-term struggle, working in the home and raising a family. However, Mira is anything but traditional. Instead, she chose to follow her own path and is doing all she can to chase her dreams to become a professional runner. From Nepalese stereotypes to being kicked out of the Army, Mira found running as a way of escapism.
Homeless and broke in Kathmandu, with only a pair of broken trainers, Mira had nothing to lose when she entered the Himalayan Outdoor 50k Festival. What Mira didn’t realise was that the first 50k she would ever run, would change her life forever. “In the last 10km I was feeling not okay. I thought, I have to do something in this race. As I ran, I realised I’ve been doing this all my life. I finished 1st place. I gained confidence that I was able to do this sport”.
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Just what goes through the mind of someone who wants to be best, in one of the world’s most punishing sports?
At 76 years old, Dag Aabye is a living legend. Existing entirely off-the-grid in the mountains near Vernon, British Columbia, and without the trappings of modern day society. He has no cell phone or email address. Yet he is closer to freedom than most could ever imagine. If that isn’t enough, Dag dedicates his life to living out his greatest passion, training for a 125km Ultra-Marathon aptly named the “death race, for which he holds the record for the oldest person to ever complete the race.
“Never die easy,” Aabye says. “To me, there is no age. Age is something other people put on you. You put a person in an old folk’s home, and this person’s gonna die pretty quick because you tell them, ‘You’re old now—you’re ready to go.’”