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The Anthropology of Marathon Running

Posted by Josh Rothman  December 6, 2010 03:30 PM

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"Run and Become" is a short, meditative film about marathon running. Anthropology students at the University of Sussex interviewed 30 marathon runners and ran a marathon themselves; excerpts from the interviews were used by a Brighton-based artist, Matt Pagett, to create a short movie.

Run and Become: Motivation and Transformation at Brighton Marathon.

The movie explores the inner lives of marathon runners - why they do it, what they get out of it, how they understand themselves as people. It turns out that there are as many reasons for running as there are runners.

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