A new trail film takes a look at one mountain runner who takes on an incredible run, running 50 mountain peaks an large elevation gains.
For a lot of runners, hill workouts are tough enough and with regards to a single run, the marathon distance is where it stops. Those who crave to go farther often make their way to the trail and ultra world where no course is too tough and mileage doesn’t really have a cap.
Malcolm Law, 54, is an example of that type of runner. For over 20 years, the New Zealander has taken to the trails for his chosen form of exercise. But from Feb. 7, 2015 to Mar. 28 last year, he decided to take on a challenge by running up 50 peaks in his country for a total of 1,050 miles averaging about 20 miles per day, on some days running longer than marathon distance. During the challenge, he gained 275,000 feet of elevation.
Anyone who attempts taking on this sort of mileage and elevation, better have good reason to do so. Law’s reason is a personal one. He took to mountain running to raise money for Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand after finding that his brother-in-law, Max, had hung himself in the garage. By running, Law hopes to raise money for those suffering from mental health illnesses as his brother-in-law had.
Law documented the feat with his crew following him in RVs as he finished day by day in a film titled Fifty: The Movie. That documentary, directed and edited by John-Jo Ritson, is now available.
The preview of the trail film is featured below.