Just like the training that goes on between Olympic cycles, the release of Tracktown has been a long time coming. From filming in 2014, to a special screening in Eugene at the 2016 Olympic Trials, Alexi Pappas and fiancée Jeremy Teicher’s film finally has a proper theatrical release, in major cities, and on demand.
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” -Napoleon Hill
The film is part day-in-the-life of a professional runner, part love letter to Eugene, Oregon, and part love story. It’s interspersed with a Tony Robbins-esque quote machine with a more feminine Wes Anderson feel. It has something for everyone.
If you’re on this site, you’d likely be classified a track fan. With that in mind, you’ll enjoy seeing the many cameos and dramatizations from the world of track and field. If you’re watching with a non-track fan, they’ll likely be impressed by the stars that have lent their talents to Pappas’ running drama, specifically Rachel Dratch, formerly of Saturday Night Live and Andy Buckley, who played David Wallace on The Office.
Pappas does a great job portraying the life of a stressed out runner with a nice but doting running-obsessed father. She can act, and the story is sweet and entertaining, with the beautiful backdrop of Eugene, Oregon; affectionately known as Tracktown.
So go watch it, or rent it. If enough people do, running centered films will continue to get made and we’ve all seen Prefontaine and Without Limits enough already, right?