5 Running Movies to Inspire Your Next Run

As much as I love to to run outside, with my young kids and my schedule I find myself running inside on the treadmill more often than not.  I honestly don’t mind though, treadmills definitely serve a purpose, they are great for speed work, and for catching up on Netflix binge watching…

So, if you’re like me, and looking for the next new thing to watch, here are 5 running movies you can watch right now on Netflix or Hulu.



1.  Prefontaine (1997) 

  Based on the life of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner who lived in Oregon and died young.

This one is super inspiring, but hurry up because it is leaving Netflix on August 1st!

2. The Barkley Marathons (2014)

In its first 25 years only 10 people have finished The Barkley Marathons. Based on a historic prison escape, this cult like race tempts people from around the world to test their limits of physical and mental endurance in this documentary that contemplates the value of pain.

3. Finding Traction (2014)

Finding Traction presents the inspirational story of ultra runner Nikki Kimball’s quest to become the fastest person in history to run America’s oldest hiking trail, the 273-mile Long Trail. Through Nikki’s incredible journey, racing towards a dream and against time, we gain a new perspective on what we all share in terms of endurance and the human spirit.

4.  From Fat to Finish Line (2015)

The journey of 12 people who share the common bond of losing 100 pounds on average and then embarking on one of the biggest challenges of their lives – the 200 mile mega distance Ragnar Relay Race.


5. Free to Run (2016)

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 1960sx, 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.

Do you watch tv/movies while you’re running?  Did I leave anything off the list?  What would you recommend? 

Today is Friday, so I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup!


  1. How cool is this. I didn’t even realize there were films like this out there! What a great resource!

  2. I love running movies. The only one I have seen on your list was the Barkley marathon. That is so crazy. I can’t even imagine. I will have to add those others to my list.

  3. I got some netflixin to do! thanks for the awesome list 🙂

  4. These are some of my all-time favorites. I’ve watched them when I needed some extra motivation like now.

  5. I didn’t know about ANY of these movies so I’m really glad you shared them! I generally am a music person while running, but I love watching tv/movies while I’m on the bike trainer.

  6. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    Wow, this is a great list! I have actually only seen one of these movies: Prefontaine, so I can’t wait to check the rest out.

  7. Ohh I need to watch these movies! Helps to pass the time during a long run/workout!!

  8. Very cool! A few I haven’t seen. Thanks.

  9. I used to watch Food Network while I was getting my cardio on! 😛 Hooray for Netflix these days though! 😀

  10. Cinema meet running inspo! I love it!

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