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The race stretches 135 miles from Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level to Whitney Portal, 8,360 feet high.Every July a few hearty souls challenge themselves through punishing heat and seemingly masochistic conditions while trying to reach the finish line (and then, for some, the top of Mount Whitney at 14,505 feet above sea level).Running allowed marathoner Wesley Korir to escape the grinding poverty of Kenya.But after winning multiple American marathons—including the 2012 Boston Marathon—he risked everything and returned home to help his fellow Kenyans create better lives for themselves.Despite controversy surrounding his interest in running the Boston Marathon—his headmaster threatens to kick him out of school—Ralph eventually runs the race and places second after battling with the previous year’s winner.He presents the medal to his mother, who—yes—miraculously awakens from the coma.

The Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley National Park and the extreme desert terrain that surrounds it is unlike any race in the world.

Comedian Simon Pegg may have run from zombies in “Shaun of the Dead,” but his greatest challenge is running a marathon to win back the love of his life in this comedy directed by David Schwimmer.

Full of racing puns and inside jokes, this comedy follows Pegg’s character, Dennis Doyle, who goes from being unmotivated and lazy to a determined marathoner as he trains for the Nike River Marathon (a fictional marathon meant to represent the London Marathon).

Fred Lebow gave his heart and soul to the New York City Marathon.

He helped that race grow from 55 finishers in its inaugural year in 1970 to one of the largest races in the world by the time he succumbed to brain cancer in 1994.

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