Ryan Sandes runs in Chamonix, France on July 26th, 2016.
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6 ultrarunning films that go the extra mile

These films capture the grit, determination, trials and tribulations of ultrarunning, a discipline that’s as much about mental strength as physical.
By Aoife Glass
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Get an insight into the athletes that take the simplest of sports to an extreme that most people find impossible to imagine, pushing their bodies hard to cover huge distances, mountain ranges and tough terrain and trying to beat the clock in the process. These films delve into the most gruelling challenges an ultrarunner can face, and make for compulsive and inspiring viewing.
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Red Bull Human Express

52 min

Red Bull Human Express

Follow ultramarathoner Karl Meltzer as he runs North America's Pony Express, from California to Missouri.


On September 15, 2010, ultramarathoner Karl Meltzer embarked on his attempt to run North America's Pony Express route, crossing the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains from Sacramento, California to St Joseph, Missouri, USA. This is his story.

One Day, 4061m & 4478m

17 min

One Day, 4061m & 4478m

Most people need several days to take on two alpine challenges. Can ultrarunner Fernanda Maciel do it in one?

English +6

In an alpine challenge like no other, ultrarunner Fernanda Maciel goes for the fastest known time on Gran Paradiso – the world's most challenging adventure race pitted contestants in a 1,000km trek across the Alps. Then heads to her nemesis: The Matterhorn. All in 24 hours.

Crossing Corsica: The GR20 trail quest

27 min

Crossing Corsica

Ultrarunner François d’Haene attempts to break the record for running the 180km GR20 trail.

French ultrarunner and winemaker François D’Haene attempts to cross Corsica from north to south along the legendary 180km-long GR20 mountain trail in world record-breaking time – under 31 hours and 6 minutes.
Don't miss hearing Jasmin Parker's story of shattering the Spine Race record:


27 min


Trailblazers Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel embarked on the ultimate Drakensberg adventure.

Turkish +8

At midnight on Monday, March 24, 2014, trailblazers Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel embarked on the ultimate Drakensberg adventure – the Drakensberg Grand Traverse – attempting to break the current record of 60h 29m. Did they achieve their goal?

Made to be broken

42 min

Karl Meltzer: Made to Be Broken

Ultrarunner Karl Meltzer embarks on his third and final attempt to run the Appalachian Trail in record time.

Russian +7

Ultrarunner Karl Meltzer has long dreamed of setting the speed record for crossing the USA's Appalachian Trail. Now he sets out for his third and final attempt to run the 3,524km (2,188 miles) in less than 46 days, 8 hours and 6 minutes.

Running in two worlds

14 min

Running in Two Worlds

Two ultramarathoners from very different cultures come together to train for the Wings for Life World Run.


Training for the Wings for Life World Run, ultrarunner Daniel Almanza travels to the remote Mexican village of Huisuchi to run with Silvino Cubesare, a villager who has primitive equipment and no trainer, yet is one of the best runners in the world.