November 27, 2008

The Distance Of Truth

Gotta throw out some serious props to Ferg Hawke here. Ferg is the Canadian rep for Epic Endurance Products nee Carbo Pro and CP 1200. He also happens to be a great guy, and quite the accomplished athlete.

'Badwater' is known as the toughest footrace on Earth. Here is the info off the website:
Globally recognized as the toughest race of its kind, the Badwater Ultramarathon is a pure athletic challenge of athlete, shoes, and support crew versus a brutal 135 mile stretch of highway, a hellish environment of up to 130 degrees, and a sixty hour time limit. From the start line in the bowels of Death Valley to the finish line high on Mt. Whitney, this one-of-a-kind foot race offers the promise of a supremely personal achievement along with international accolades for those who rise to the occasion.

In 2004, as a complete unknown to the 'Badwater world', Ferg placed 2nd in the closest finish in the races history, just seven minutes! There's a great clip in the movie of the Race Director asking Ferg who he is and if he 'sandbagged' his race application!

This new ultrarunning documentary, 'The Distance Of Truth', chronicles Ferg's journey back to Badwater in 2005, to compete in the most stacked field the race had ever seen. I'm not just blowing smoke here when I say that this is one of the better, if not best running films I've ever seen. There have been five friends who have all watched the film independently, and all agree, the film is awesome!

Check out the trailer off the website, and this additional clip off of Youtube.
It's a steal of a deal at just twenty bucks!

(Damn, those nasty!)



Aaron said...


Nicola Gildersleeve said...

Stayed up way past my bedtime watching it last night! It was so good and very inspiring for someone looking to do this race. Man the toe blister popping made me cringe.

garobbins said...

Yup, that's the guy. He built a sauna/greenhouse in his backyard, just big enough to fit a treadmill, and then logged an insane amount of time on it! There's a quick shot of it in the video, pretty crazy!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. Not many running flicks out there. I am sure it will be more inspiring than ''kung foo panda"". hee hee


garobbins said...

I dunno, 'Kung Foo Panda' did get me pretty fired up!

Anonymous said...

Did you know that Aimee and Fergus are related?

garobbins said...

Seriously? Really??
I guess I could see it but no, I had no idea there was a connection there. I'll have to get the deets off Dunner next time I see her!