The Mountain Runners: The story of America’s first mountain race

Whether you’re a runner, history buff, filmmaker or you just simply have an adventurous spirit, the feature film The Mountain Runners by Todd Warger and Brian Young of Mt. Vernon, WA is sure to take you along for a wild ride into the wilderness.

This documentary explores the history of the legendary Mt. Baker Marathon (1911-1913) and the unique stories of the select few young men who dared to take part in the trying yet glorified 120-mile race from downtown Bellingham to the icy summit of Mt. Baker and back. With $100 in gold coins and the coveted Herald Cup up for grab, the men were motived to win the race, but there was something else that kept the strongest of the pack going when the logical choice would have been to quit. While the race only lasted three years due to the danger it presented to the runners – treacherous terrain, blazing blizzards, and stripped down model T’s toppling over pot holes – along with a string of bad press, it went on to inspire Bellingham’s widely popular Ski to Sea race, which still takes place today.

The film will screen as part of the Northwest Tracking Series at the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium inside the Portland Art Museum on Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m.

Can’t wait for the screening? Check out the trailer here:

 

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