The act of running undergoes a strange transformation during ones lifetime. When youre a kid you love to run, racing about for the sheer delight of moving as fast as you can; then hundreds of gym classes, wind sprints and advancing age make you dread the thought of it. There are adults who still do it, of course. No matter who bad the weather is, youll see them pounding along the sidewalk. But even hard-core runners can lose the joy. Marathoner Bob Foote had reached that precipice in 1982, and he decided to reinvigorate himself by running right down it. He developed the Hood to Coast Race, which spans 200 miles from Mount Hoods Timberline Lodge (6,000 feet above sea level) to the Oregon coast (sea level). Teams of twelve runners split into two groups and each run three legs of the course, and along the way rediscover the thrill of running we all once experienced. The documentary film Hood to Coast follows four teams (out of the 1,000 who participate) from training through race day, offering insights on why we run and providing inspiration to resume doing so. You dont have to run 200 miles -- any park will do. Tonight at 7 p.m. Hood to Coast premieres at 300 theaters nationwide with a special live simulcast followed by a panel discussion; you can catch it locally at the AMC Esquire 7 (6706 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights; www.fathomevents.com). Tickets are $12.50.
Tue., Jan. 11, 2011