"The Race Begins" promotional poster
|Directed by||Dave Lam|
|Produced by||Dave Lam|
|Edited by||Dave Lam|
|Distributed by||Gare du Nord Pictures LLC|
Athlete (also styled as ATHLETE) is a 2010 sports documentary film directed, edited and produced by Dave Lam that examines the popularity of endurance sports through the profiles of four individuals – a cancer survivor, a blind senior citizen and twin sisters – who compete in marathons and triathlons. The film was released on DVD and video on demand on March 9, 2010.
The film's principal subjects are:
- Jenny Hinshaw, a 38-year-old survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma and member of Team in Training member;
- Artie Elefant, a 61-year-old athlete who is blind due to retinitis pigmentosa; member of the Achilles Track Club;
- Carrie Neveldine and Kellie Smirnoff, 35-year-old twins training for their first Ironman triathlon.
- New York City;
- Syracuse and Lake Placid, New York;
- Long Branch, New Jersey;
- Miami and Jacksonville, Florida;
- Raleigh-Durham and Boone, North Carolina;
- Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire;
- Washington, D.C.
Races featured in the documentary:
- New York City Marathon
- New Jersey Marathon
- Miami Marathon
- Ironman Lake Placid Triathlon
- Mighty North Fork Triathlon
- Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon
- Finger Lakes Triathlon
- New York City Triathlon
- Rochester Autumn Classic Duathlon
- Achilles Hope & Possibility 5-Mile Run/Walk
- Five Boro Bike Tour
- Lance Armstrong, former seven-time Tour de France champion and cancer survivor;
- Chris Carmichael, Lance Armstrong's coach and founder of Carmichael Training Systems;
- Paula Radcliffe, women's marathon world-record holder and three-time New York City Marathon champion;
- Frank Shorter, marathon legend and 1972 Summer Olympics gold medalist;
- Dick Traum, founder of the Achilles Track Club;
- Dr. Joseph Moore, hematologist and oncologist at the Duke University Medical Center.
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