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The Last Mile (2013)

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The Last Mile is a feature-length documentary about running and the reasons behind it. Filmmaker John Burkett led a destructive, unhealthy and sedimentary life. After getting sober, one day walking his dog he decided to take the first run out of mental anguish.

A two-mile loop soon became part of his daily routine. John then ran a small local race, followed by a half marathon, and finally the marathon. Noticing that it lifted his spirits and gave a feeling of completion and satisfaction kept him running for the first couple years. Now it’s much more…

“Running is meditation on my feet,” says John. “It’s a way to wring out my mind and body every day. But why do I do it? No exercising I have ever tried have I really enjoyed. So why is this different? It was so hard in the beginning but once past the initial pain of starting it’s almost like an addiction itself to me. Why do we train, go through all the pain, disrupt our families, deal with injuries, just to run? Is it spiritual, is it just good fun, and is it for everyone?”

John Burkett

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shelley61, posted on February 6, 2015

I turned this on while jumping on my trampoline after days of not feeling well. I became so inspired I ended up jumping for almost the entire movie. I couldn't help think how this could be a vehicle to help my 19 year old nephew who is just overcoming a heroin addiction. Great kid; big heart; sensitive, but no direction or inspiration. If anyone is aware of any such similar groups out there (ex-drug addicted teens/ 20'ish year olds) who have started running groups, let me know. I have even considered starting something here in Minneapolis. I just need Blair's commitment. Thanks so much for creating this film. One of the best I've seen on Gaim TV and other documentaries. :-)

angybone6, posted on January 15, 2015

I was so inspired I threw on my gear and hit the road as soon as the film ended.
I am so blessed to be healthy and able. In this film we are introduced to people who have overcome serious physical limitations to run. I will celebrate their strength and my own blessings by getting out there logging miles.

Lisa.ransom11, posted on February 21, 2014

could not watch it trouble streaming

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