Published December 18, 2018
Feature length documentary now available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play
NEW YORK — The award-winning documentary on ultra running, 3100: Run and Become with Diné ultra runner and Chinle High School Atheltic Director Shaun Martin is being released digitally on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play in the U.S. and Canada.
3100: Run and Become, a film about why we run, is an uplifting, intimate portrait of endurance runners and what motivates them to run more than 26 miles, a traditional marathon, sometimes for days or weeks at a time.
3100 Run and Become: Navajo Op-Doc from Sanjay Rawal on Vimeo.
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. 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 total of 3,100 miles in 52 days – 5,649 laps around one city block in Queens, about the distance across the U.S.
Ashprihanal and Shamita’s 3100 quest takes viewers from the heart of this astonishing event 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 (Diné) an ultra runner and board member of Santa Fe-based 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.
Wings of America, a nonprofit incorporating running initiatives to empower Native youth and their families and build healthy communities, served as an associate producer. Wings has been training long distance champion runners in New Mexico, Arizona and the Southwest for three decades, and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Wing’s executive director, Dustin Martin (Diné) a NCAA Division-I runner and Wings alumnus, who succeeded Shaun Martin (no relation) also served as cultural advisor on the film.
Winner of the Director’s Choice Award at the 2018 Illuminate Film Festival, 3100: Run and Become is directed by Sanjay Rawal (Food Chains and Gather, now in production) 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, also available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, and features an original song recorded by Roberta Flack, her first after suffering a stroke in 2016. The film is also available in 4K HDR and HD.