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100 Reasons DVD Review

The TNF100 in Australia’s Blue Mountain’s is arguably the biggest Ultra-Mountain race in Australasia, after steady growing for a few years the race exploded when Team Salomon, headed by Kilian Jornet racing there in May 2011. Since then Ryan Sands has taken the title, with Kiwi Vajin Armstrong placing 2nd in the 2012 edition. “100 Reasons- Running The North Race 100″ follows the 2012 race, focusing not on the elites like Vajin and Ryan, but “six ordinary people” and what it takes to race the TNF100.

We now have “100 Reasons” available in the BCR Trail Shop- just in-time for you to watch before the 2013 race on May 19th (which will see Ryan, Vajin and a host of others line up again). We also have this excellent review on 100 Reasons by Rob Mattingly who raced the 2012 TNF100.

100 reasons DVDA lot of people who run, me included, find it hard to explain exactly why we do it or what we get out of it.

To call a film about a running race ’100 Reasons…’ is therefore quite a brave call. It’s even braver when the race in question is The North Face 100!

This is a tough race! 100 kilometers is a long way, particularly when it is up and down some big hills. Whatever level of runner you are, when you stand on the start line, you know it’s going to hurt. As you’re climbing Nellie’s Glen or slogging up Kedumba in the dark, you know it is hurting. If you stay unbroken and get to the end, you know it did hurt.

Does the DVD get this across? Absolutely! You see the excited anticipation at the start; the pain on competitors’ faces during the race and the tears and joy at the finish.

In terms of giving a feel for the race, the film does a lot more than that.

In 44 minutes it obviously can’t show all of a course which takes some people over 24 hours to complete. However, as with the actual race, there is a flavour of everything – roads, trails, meadows, stairs, rocks…

There are also great views of the stunning scenery. The Blue Mountains are not a World Heritage site for nothing!

The interviews with runners at all levels highlight the humility of the elites, the determination of everyone to achieve their goals and the emotion involved. (They also give some of the 100 reasons!)

So what are the reasons to watch this DVD?

If you’re a trail runner looking for a new challenge, will it inspire you? I think so – it made me regret not signing up again for this year.

If you run already, but are looking to step away from road running, it shows what trail running is all about.

If, like some of the people interviewed, you are just after a whole new challenge, then it may be that 100 REASONS THE NORTH FACE 100 helps you find it.

Whoever you are, check out the DVD, get out running and come and join a bunch of people on a great day out in the country. Like everyone featured in the film, you will get what you came for!

Buy 100 Reasons DVD HERE


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