100 miles. Why would someone set out to run 100 miles? As endurance athletes, we get asked “why?” a lot. Why do we spend so many hours on our feet, in the saddle, in the pool training? We aren’t crazy… or at least not that crazy. But pushing your body so far, so deep into the pain cave, just to make it to a finish line might seem a little crazy.

Storyteller and filmmaker Billy Yang went to Leadville, CO last summer, and explored answers to the question of why along the way.

7 thoughts on “THE WHY | Running 100 Miles

  1. So well done Billy! Makes me think about what running means to me in my life. Running reaches deep down into our souls. Thanks. Thom

  2. As I sit here watching this film and looking at my Comrades medal on the wall, I am reminded of the power of the human spirit. As I try again this year to achieve a back to back I fully understand the fear of failure and the power of a great challenge. I watch Billy Yang films all the time. He reminds us of what it is to truly be alive and to really live our lives in the best way possible. Thank you.

  3. What an incredible journey you had. While watching your video and listening to your story I felt I was right there with you. Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Forty two years ago I broke my left ankle beyond repair and haven’t run since the night before at the track. Since that day I’ve buried my sadness and focused forward. To cycling. But watching this story, only because my son sent it to me, I went back to that time when I was younger than 26 and ran the trails of the Columbia Gorge and felt that extraordinary physical prowess of youth and was surely immortal and there would be nothing in life I couldn’t conquer. And so I went back and felt my loss again for a bit, watching you challenge all of who you are.

    Cycling is my wife and sustenance since my loss and I’ve reached some respectable goals, but you have inspired me to set the next high bar and recommit to a willingness to die chasing it, if I must.

    Bravo Billy. Thank you for your example and inspiration and the effort spent making the “Why?” video. I wish for you an endless list of challenges, and that list minus one of triumphs.

  5. Thanks! The film brought back a lot of great memories of when I ran Leadville. Nicely done and you are correct—we couldn’t do it without the help of our loved ones.

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