This is from my friend Jake Klim,
Fellow Runners & Film Fans,
Are you sick of debating with your training partners which Pre movie was better? Do you lie awake at night and wonder aloud why “Once A Runner” hasn’t been brought to the Silver Screen? Do you tear up when Billy Mills kicks down Ron Clarke in “Running Brave”?
If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the above then please keep reading…
I am pleased to announce the first annual RUNNING FILM FESTIVAL (RFF)! The RFF will showcase over 12 HOURS of running-related films on the campus of the University of Oregon, in Eugene during the 2008 USA Track & Field Olympic Trials on July 3, 4 & 5…just feet from all the action at legendary Hayward Field. Many of these films will feature some of AMERICA’S MOST PROMINENT RUNNING ATHLETES.
Phil Knowlton, a former college track teammate, and I have teamed up with Adam Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief of TheFinalSprint.com to bring the running community this wonderful event. Nissan signed on as the title sponsor while Running Times and TheFinalSprint.com signed on as presenting sponsors and a great event was born.
Our goal is to provide track and field fans visiting the university a place to go before the meet begins or after it ends during the last weekend of the trials. We do NOT plan to hold any films while the meet is underway. So go watch the meet and then watch the films!
“The Long Green Line,” “Spirit of the Marathon,” “Run For Your Life” and “Indulgence,” are just a few of the films scheduled to screen at the RFF. New films will be “leaked” to our website each week and a complete list of films will be made available next month. In addition, running “celebrities” new and old will hold Q&A/meet & greet sessions after films they have been featured in. Please visit and bookmark our website for additional information…and keep checking back.
A portion of the proceeds from the RFF will be donated to the Ryan Shay Memorial Fund, an organization established in memory of distance runner and Olympic hopeful Ryan Shay, who died suddenly during the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in New York City in 2007.
Please help me spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your friends, teammates and colleagues.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available…see the website for additional information. http://www.runningfilmfestival.com
About: Running Film Festival (RFF)
The first annual Running Film Festival (RFF) is presented by Nissan and sponsored by TheFinalSprint.com and Running Times. Executives in charge of the festival include running enthusiasts Phil Knowlton, a NYC-based filmmaker, Adam Jacobs, the Editor-in-Chief of TheFinalSprint.com, and Jake Klim, a television producer based in Washington, DC who currently runs for the Georgetown Running Company. For more information, please visit http://www.runningfilmfestival.com