RunWenatchee will host the Trails In Motion International Film Festival at 7 p.m., Friday, March 24, at the Numerica Performing Arts Center in downtown Wenatchee.
The event features seven trail running films with such themes as perseverance and individual quirkiness, while showcasing some of the world’s most breathtaking running destinations. Total running time for the seven films is two hours.
Prior to the film screenings, world-renowned trail runner Krissy Moehl will be on hand for a Q&A and book signing, and more than a dozen local outdoor recreation and health organizations will be having a mini-expo. In addition, RunWenatchee will be holding a raffle, and beer, wine and soda will be served. Doors open at 5 p.m.
“Trail running is in our DNA here in the Wenatchee Valley and this is RunWenatchee’s way to kick off the trail running season and to entertain folks and to have some fun,” said Joel Rhyner of RunWenatchee. “The films are quite good and will leave everyone inspired.”
Tickets are $12 and can be bought at the Numerica PAC box office or online at http://www.numericapac.org/event/trails-in-motion.
Here is a glance at each of the seven films:
“The Crown Traverse” Run time: 12 minutes Description: This is a story of suffering, transcendence and two men named Mike on a quest to find their breaking point. Follow The North Face ultra runners Mike Foote and Mike Wolfe on their 600-mile run through sketchy solos, whiteouts, and utter exhaustion in Montana and Canada.
“Thirty Hours” Run time: 13 minutes Description: Running 100 miles is tough, running 100 miles when you’re 72 years old is unimaginable. Unless you’re Wally Hesseltine. Follow Wally as he pushes his aging body to the absolute limit in his quest to become the oldest ever finisher of the world’s most prestigious ultramarathon — the Western States 100.
“One Step At A Time” Run time: 31 minutes Description: In July of 2016, three ultrarunners attempted to capture a new FKT (Fastest Known Time) across the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Although they ran together, each runner had to cover the full 453-mile long trail on his own two feet.
“Mount Marathon” Run time: 10 minutes Description: Every 4th of July thousands of people descend on the small harbor town of Seward, Alaska, to witness one of the oldest, fastest, hardest, toughest … and shortest mountain races in the world. For years, Rickey Gates has been churning out war stories and legends of the annual Mount Marathon Race to anyone that would listen.
“The Hard Way” Run time: 20 minutes Description: The Hard Way is the inspirational story of Bob Hayes, an 89-year-old who runs 30 races each year, cuts his firewood by hand and does things the hard way to remain active and alive. The film follows Bob as he trains for the Bighorn 50K ultra marathon. As Bob pushes 90, the longer 30K and 50K races take a larger toll. The film takes us on a journey that’s about more than running, it teaches us to live life with purpose and momentum.
“Running Wild” Run time: 8 minutes Description: In February 2014, a remotely triggered camera in Utah’s rugged Uinta mountains captured a picture of something no one thought possible in the area: a wolverine. This elusive creature hadn’t been spotted here for nearly 40 years. This one photograph set in motion a massive undertaking to find if these animals were setting up shop there for good. Under the guidance of scientists, ultrarunners took to the mountains setting up and checking camera traps around the ecosystem in search of more photographic evidence.
“ICELAND – Change Your Life” Run time: 17 minutes Description: This story takes place in Iceland during 20 days capturing sporting life of mountains legacy team, extreme runners and filmmakers. The aim of the movie is to highlight the way of life of those people who decided to live their passion.
“Life on the Fells” Run time: 6 minutes Description: A film following the life of Adam Briggs, a passionate fell runner with a unique story to tell. Driven by the events of the past and the constant pull of the mountains, Adam seeks to make the most of the gift he has been given. His life on the fells will take you on a journey through the elements. One which will broaden the mind, strengthen the body, and empower the spirit.
“Miles Away” Run time: 5 minutes Description: Alicia Hudelson runs in Switzerland and Catalunya and speaks about what running in the mountains means to her.