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The Runner

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Marco Olmo is a living legend of extreme running. He became late, when the others started to stop. In his “previous lives”, as he says, he has been a farmer, a truck driver, a workman. Running has become his reason for living, the way to take revenge on his hard destiny. At the age of 58 he became the World Champion by winning the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, the hardest and most important endurance race in the world, over twenty hours of uninterrupted running, 167 km (over 100 miles) around the tallest mountain in Europe. An almost unimaginable speciality, where mental and physical training and personal motivations are fundamental. Despite age, physical problems and always younger and more prepared opponents, he does not want to stop. During one year he prepares for the new edition of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. This competition, which for two consecutive times has consecreted him as the champion, could become the last of his career. Marco must win, to show himself that he can still do it. This is his story. Mention d’Honneur FICTS Festival 2010. Official Selections: Trento Film Festival, Festival BCNSFF Barcelona, Festival Piemonte Movie, Marcarolo FIlm Festival, Festival Cherasco Movie.