For me, watching a movie is a great way to relax the night before a big race or training run. Prop your compression sock-clad feet up, feast on some thin-crust pizza (my pre-race dinner of choice), pop in an inspirational sports movie, and take your mind off the run for a couple of hours.
A few weeks ago, my friend Virginia and I went to see McFarland, USA the night before running a local 5K, but finding inspirational running movies in theatres isn’t easy- especially living in a smaller city. Fortunately, those of us in Charleston have a unique opportunity on May 2 when the independent film 100: Head/Heart/Feet hosts its only screening in the Southeast here in Charleston, SC.
100: Head/Heart/Feet follows the journey of ultrarunner Zak Wieluns as he completes the Vermont 100 Endurance Run, one of the United States’ oldest endurance events that traverses Vermont’s paved streets, trails, and gravel back roads. The film highlights Wieluns intense training regimen and struggle to balance relationships while preparing for a grueling endurance event.
100: Head/Heart/Feet also explores the extreme health risks, nutritional needs, and sports psychology behind ultra running by interviewing physiologists, psychologists, crews members, pacers, and well-known ultramarathoners. According to Geoff Roes, ultrarunner and winner of the 2010 Western States Endurance Race, the film “perfectly depicts the reality that attempting these kinds of races is at once heroic, selfish, extraordinary, and ordinary.”
After the screening, Zak Wieluns will be joining everyone to chat about his running experiences and the film. Zak attempted the Vermont 100 Endurance Run twice before successfully completing it, showing his perseverance toward his running and life goals. Even with no plans to train for and complete an ultra, I’m sure Zak’s discussion will inspire me (and anyone else) when setting my own training goals.
Brought to you by OnShore Racing, the event’s proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Food will be available for purchase as well as craft beer on tap. The screening is family and dog friendly and sure to attract runners, beer lovers, and independent film fans.
100: Head/Heart/Feet Screening
WHERE: @ The Barrel, 1859 Folly Road, Charleston, SC
- WHEN: May 2, 2015. Gates open at 5 PM, movie starts at sunset
- TICKETS: $15.00 at the gate, $16.50 online. Your ticket price includes 1 free beer, the movie screening and discussion with Zak, and a special cocktail from Summer Hummer vodka.