Final 2020 Virtual Trail Running Film Festival Set for Dec. 5

The Trail Running Film Festival is revving up for one last virtual show of 2020.

The festival, which is presented by Rainshadow Running, gained notoriety for its large, in-person event followed by a nationwide tour during the past few years. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the in-person event for 2020 as well as the cancellation of Rainshadow Running’s race series in the Pacific Northwest, so a series of virtual film festivals was launched this summer as a way to bring the trail- and ultrarunning community together.

Following four successful shows during the summer and early fall, a winter edition is slated to take place live at 8:30 p.m. EST (5:30 p.m. PST). Tickets for the event are available for purchase on UltraSignup. Those unable to join the live event will have one week following the show to stream the films online at their convenience.

A film crew captures the action as ultrarunner Michael Ortiz receives aid from his crew during the Midstate Massive Ultra-Trail 100-miler in October 2020. The crew was filming a documentary, “Game of Hundos,” that captured Ortiz’s effort to run a 100-miler every weekend for 100 straight weekends. Photo by Chris Wristen/MassUltra.

The winter edition will feature a lineup of nine films, including the world premiere of the new documentary “Game of Hundos.” That film follows New York runner Michael Ortiz’s effort to complete a 100-miler for 100 consecutive weeks. His 98th 100-miler took place in October at the Midstate Massive Ultra-Trail, which took runners from New Hampshire, across Massachusetts from north to south, down into Connecticut and Rhode Island, and then back to the finish line Massachusetts. Ortiz’s film crew was on-site for that race.

While the $10 ticket price goes to support Rainshadow Running’s business operations and the cost of playing host to the film festival, each edition of the show has raised funds for a different nonprofit organization. Those purchasing tickets for the December show will have the opportunity to make an additional donation to support Filmmakers Gotta Eat, a fund that supports filmmakers who produce trail-related projects.

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