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Free to Run (2016)




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Today, all anybody needs to run is the determination and a pair of the right shoes. But just fifty years ago, running was viewed almost exclusively as the domain of elite male athletes who competed on tracks. With insight and propulsive energy, director Pierre Morath traces running's rise to the 1960s, examining how the liberation movements and newfound sense of personal freedom that defined the era took the sport out of the stadiums and onto the streets, and how legends like Steve Prefontaine, Fred Lebow, and Kathrine Switzer redefined running as a populist phenomenon.

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Some legs of the journey are detours, and the film can feel overlong and diffuse, but as a capsule history it offers revelatory insights, particularly in its emphasis on the role of distance running in the women's movement.

July 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Uses interviews with enthusiasts and innovators ... to illustrate how freedom, equality and community fueled the democratization of an elite sport.

July 21, 2016 | Full Review…

"Free to Run" prefers nothing more than an easy jog down memory lane.

July 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Running has often been used by female athletes as a platform for proving their physical mettle to the world. If only Free to Run had stuck to this framework.

July 15, 2016 | Full Review…

A brisk documentary about boom times for runners and the evolution of the New York City marathon.

July 14, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Morath's film, while incredibly informative, is also entertaining enough to not make you feel like you've been handed a written test in PhysEd.

July 13, 2016 | Full Review…

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