Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hood to Coast movie - Thoughts

Managed to get out and see the Hood to Coast movie last night, with a few friends and a decent slice of the Reno running community. I'm not sure exactly how many were there, but the theater was pretty full - 200, maybe?

The pretty much lived up to expectations - it followed the journeys of four teams from planning through the race. There was the used-to-be-fast-but now older-runners team, the family-doing-it-for-the-memory-of-a-lost-son team, the totally-unprepared-beer-drinking-twenty-somethings team, and the little-old-ladies-with -medical-conditions team. Sounds stereotypical when said like that, but they all had compelling stories to tell, and each brought a note of humor or emotion to the mix.

As each team started and the race progressed, the teams were followed and tracked on a map of the course. It was cool to see the faster teams start later and catch up over the course of the race.

Since the filmmakers were only really focusing on one or two members of the team, we didn't get to see the whole course, and every exchange. That pretty well mirrors the experience of running a relay like this, though, as if you're in Van one, you don't get to see what Van two is up to while you're in between legs.

One of the things about the race that most sticks with me is the INSANE traffic that piles up in the last legs. With all the teams bunching up on the narrow coastal range roads, things turn into a creeping traffic jam. This, along with the cost, is a big reason that I don't feel the need to go back to do the race again. I'm not sure why I have such a big chip on my shoulder about it, but I kept an eye on how the film treated the traffic situation. It seemed like the places where the lines of cars would have been obvious weren't really shown, or were camouflaged by tight focuses on the runners. Of course, they wouldn't want to reflect badly on the race, I understand.

All in all, a very enjoyable film. I'm not sure I need to see it again, but it will be a great resource to show people what relay races of this type are all about.

Did anyone else get out to see it? What did everyone think?

1 comment:

SnowLeopard said...

Hey, thanks for getting us all organized and in the door. :) I'm glad I went- totally looking forward to RTO!