3100: Run and Become
3100: Run and Become

What would you do to transform your life? How far would you go to change yourself? Would you drive, would you fly, would you run?

These are the themes of a new documentary about why we run, 3100: Run and Become. This uplifting, intimate portrait of endurance runners and what motivates them opens around the US in theaters August 17, 2018.

3100: Run and Become follows Ashprihanal Aalto, an unassuming Finnish paperboy, and Shamita, an Austrian cellist, in their attempts to complete the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, the world’s longest certified footrace, which takes place each summer June through August. The 3100 encourages runners to discover the limits of their capacities–and to try to go beyond them. And go beyond, they must: the small group of competitors come from all over the world to run a distance that approximates a US cross-country run — a total of 3,100 miles in 52 days – 5,649 laps around one city block in Jamaica, Queens.

Ashprihanal and Shamita’s 3100 quest takes viewers from the heart of this astonishing event in New York to places around the world where ancient cultures have held running sacred for millennia: the Kalahari Desert, Arizona’s Navajo Reservation, and to the mountain temples of Japan. Through the heroic stories of three other runners (Shaun Martin, a Navajo runner and Board Member of Wings of America; Gaolo of the San Bushmen of the Kalahari; and Gyoman-san of the Monks of Mt. Hiei, Japan) 3100: Run and Become presents a portrait of endurance and transformation. Beyond competitiveness and athletic prowess, they run not for glory but for spiritual enlightenment, universal oneness –or because they simply have the responsibility to run.

“3100: Run and Become” is directed by Sanjay Rawal (Food Chains) and produced by Tanya Ager Meillier (Alias Ruby Blade, Capitalism: a Love Story). It was edited by Alex Meillier (Alias Ruby Blade, Obscene) and shot in 4K by Sean Kirby (Racing Extinction, We are X, Long Strange Trip). The film’s soundtrack, composed by Michael A. Levine, features an original song recorded by Roberta Flack, her first after suffering a stroke in 2016. Check out festival screening dates below:

“3100: Run and Become” Festivals and Screenings


Aug 17 Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Art

Aug 24 Albuquerque Regal High Ridge

Aug 31 Phoenix Shea 14

Aug 31 Sedona Sedona 6

Aug 31 Flagstaff Flagstaff 16

Sep 7 Eugene Bijou Metro

Sep 7 Seattle Varsity Cinemas

Sep 7 Portland TBD

Sep 7 Bend TBD

Sep 11 Boulder Int’l Film Series

Sep 14 Denver Sie FilmCenter

Sep 28 North Lake Tahoe TBD

Sep 28 Chicago TBD

Oct 26 New York TBD

Nov 9 LA/Santa Monica Laemmle Theater

3100: Run and Become Teaser #1 from Sanjay Rawal on Vimeo.

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By Grady Owen

After training a pack of Raptors on Isla Nublar, Owen Grady changed his name and decided to take a job as an entertainment writer. Now armed with a computer and the internet, Grady Owen is prepared to deliver the best coverage in movies, TV, and music for you.

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