To some people, running is a chore. Something they do to keep fit or for other health reasons. For others, it’s something more. A moving meditation, a way to reach enlightenment (or at least an endorphin rush).
3100 follows a Finnish man who is completing the Self-Transcendence 3100 Miler – the world’s longest race – where he must run at least 60 miles per day for 52 days, doing lap after lap of one New York block. Physically gruelling and emotionally taxing, it requires both ability and mental toughness.
The film also examines how other people across the globe celebrate the connection between nature and running. From monks in Japan to Navajo in Nevada, each person running tells a different story, but all ultimately seek enlightenment.
This is a thoughtful film that examines individual’s lives and the motivation behind why they run.
Running is free, but the freedom to run is not. Something we’re all too familiar with right now.
Reviewed by Lisa Seltzer