The experience of conquering a 100 mile race can be both transcendent and agonizing. This Is Your Day follows three unique individuals in one of the most storied 100-mile races in the world, the 2015 Western States Endurance Run. A mother, a competitive age grouper, and an elite facing the pressures as a defending champion. But the athletes are only one piece of the puzzle. The other? Family, friends and the occasional good natured stranger. Those who volunteer to crew a Western States become a lifeline for their athlete. Water, nutrition, crucial words of encouragement, hugs when necessary, and an occasional a kick in the ass play equal parts. Triumph and defeat extend equally between the athlete and their crew. Our film brings to life the emotional highs and difficult lows of traversing 100 miles. This is a universal story about the power of the human body, the will of the mind, and the importance of the human connection.
“In 2011, during a peak in my running, I entered and completed my first 100 mile trail race. Being an ultra runner is very much a lifestyle for me, regardless of when I am running or not. In fact, in 2012, I moved from my urban city loft to a cabin located at a major trailhead, deep in the woods. An ultra-running mecca if you will. With inspiration all around, I quickly found myself wanting to share with others the passion and mindfulness I have discovered while running long distances, not my personal experience, but the experiences I hope others can have. In many ways I think I am a better athlete when I have a camera in tow. Filming in remote and equally beautiful locations is all I can hope for. Today I am very proud to have filmed and directed This Is Your Day, to share the story of three unique ultra runners, how ultra running has shaped their lives, but also telling that story through what is most dear to each of them, their friends and families. “