Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Announcing World Television Broadcast Premiere!

Alright New Englanders! What a treat it is to announce the world television broadcast premiere of Running the Rockpile airing on New Hampshire Public TV (NHPTV) Saturday August 17, 2013.

NHPTV schedule

Running the Rockpile is a short documentary tracing the history of a footrace up the tallest peak in New England-- Mount Washington. This 7.6 mile race is not unique simply because of the challenge ("It's not just uphill, every step is uphill" says race promoter John Stifler in the opening sequence of the 22-minute film). The race is unique precisely because it is common-- a footrace. So what if it is the tallest peak in New England (6,288 feet, with an average grade of 11% and over 2,000 feet elevation gain) and entirely uphill? So what if Mount Washington has a reputation for the world's worst weather (wind gusts of 231 mph recorded at the summit). So what if entry is now by lottery only because there's only so much space on the mountain and well over 1000 runners bid to chase the clouds every year? As we uncover the origins, trials, and outcomes of this 50+ year race, we find that it's not just a bunch of crazies running up a hill. It's an homage to the human spirit of creating, doing, accomplishing and not resting on past laurels. It's the story of people making things happen. It starts with us, people! People make things happen.

It's been a few years since RTR's premiere at the base of Mount Washington on the eve of the 51st running of this historic race and the kitchentabledocs team is excited to be able to share this story again with the community that inspired it. Lace up your sneakers, New Englanders, it's time to trek up a mountain.

*If you are not in the NHPTV viewing area, fear not! Running the Rockpile will also be available for streaming via the internet at after broadcast.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Thank You

Some of you know of my predilection for high-fives, particularly while on solo runs. Tuesday back in Ann Arbor, all 14 folks that I raised my hand to slapped back in solidarity. All 12 did today. Thank you.

Flag at half-mast on Saturday April 20, 2013 on the Diag at UMich

This has been a frustrating, confusing, anger-filled, yet empowering week for the running community (and I do mean both runners & spectators). Patriot's Day (AKA Marathon Monday) is one of my favorite days, if you couldn't tell from the previous post... And like many who were along the Boston course that day, in person or via broadcast, the cowardly acts that physically hurt many also emotionally hurt us. For a day, a sport and a race that celebrates the community and perseverance of the human spirit, this attack felt personal to so many. Crestfallen.

Above: 2nd to last turn in the Marathon at Comm Ave & Hereford 2:13pm
Below: runners halted before the Mass Ave overpass 2:59pm

Yet the resolve of the Boston community, the running community, and citizens believing in the freedom of the human spirit is stronger. I don't want to belabor the point... We know what we are. We know what we do. We show up, push through the wall and we pound the pavement. We will not back down. We will be back next year and next week and tomorrow: logging the miles and cheering the human will to go further.

The Boston Running Film Festival highlighted this attitude in so many ways. I was honored to share the screen with some really great stories and storytellers, and regular people, making things happen. Thank you to all who came out to show RTR some love (some for the nth time!) You are great!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Compete Every Day

Thanks for all your support! Two quick updates/announcements.

1) Big shout outs to Compete Every Day and Amanda Fakhreddine for this great article:
...Running the Rockpile is based on the famous Mount Washington Road Race that takes place every June. The 7.6 mile, all uphill, run up the tallest mountain in the Northeast captivated Avery from the get go. However, it would be a long, winding road before her vision became a reality... [read more

2) Boston Running Film Festival has a great line up here for its inaugural showing. Catch RUNNING THE ROCKPILE on Saturday April 13 in the 5pm block of short New England centric films. It's gonna be great! See you there!! Cheers all!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Boston Running Film Festival

Ahoy all! Hope you all have a lovely St Patty's day fun run under your belts by now! (shout out to South Boston Boys & Girls Club 5k!)

Pretty exciting news on the screening circuit to fill ya'll in on today. We're official!

Are you going to be in Boston to run (or watch) one of the greatest Marathons of all time?!? I hope so! I will be! :) I'll be there to cheer on the running community (Patriots Day is my favorite!) and I'll also be there supporting this great film fest nod to the active lifestyle. Running the Rockpile has been selected to screen along with some other great running-themed docs. If you're around, you should consider taking some time to swing by the Hynes Convention Center--right at the finish line of the Boston Marathon--and catching a flick or two. More details to come as to actual screening days and times, but suffice to say, the whole weekend will be AWESOME. Running legends EVERYWHERE. Inspiration EVERYWHERE. Patriots EVERYWHERE!!!

See you in Boston, friends!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Flagstaff, AZ

Get ready, Southwest! Running the Rockpile is coming your way!

RTR continues to support There Is No Finish Line as a part of its national debut tour. Next stop: Flagstaff, Arizona. This time the event (also including short film A Runner's Life) will benefit Girls on the Run-- a really cool organization in the more movement movement. If you or anyone you know is in the lovely Grand Canyon state, best wind your way over to the Orpheum Theatre...

Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 7pm (MST)
More details on the Facebook event page:

Also in the works: Colorado Springs, CO screening April 24, 2013... stay tuned.

Friday, January 4, 2013

News for 2013

Hi All,

Happy New Year! Just thought I'd drop a line to let you all know: Running the Rockpile is headed West! The short has been selected to serve as an "opening act" for the Joan Benoit Samuelson bio-pic There Is No Finish Line. Dates are building, but so far we've got two screenings lined up:

If you or anyone you know is in the area, tell 'em to kick their New Years resolutions into high gear and catch these two short films! :)

Stay tuned for more dates/cities on the screenings tab as they become available.

Thanks for all your support for this mountainous epic & running films in general! :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Online Film Festival

Alright runners! We're in the homestretch of viewing Running the Rockpile for FREE at the Online Film Festival.  Check out the 22-minute short documentary on New England's tallest peak and arguably most challenging footrace before the festival ends October 15. Rumor has it that there is an audience choice prize going to the film with the most views at the end of the festival. Tell your friends! Tell your co-workers! Tell your grandmother! Click Refresh! :)

Fall temps mean fall training runs crunching over leaves and wearing reflective strips on your t-shirt due to waning sunlight. Hope you're enjoying some of this fresh air and beautiful scenery. It's a runner's world out there, truly.

red cedar river, east lansing, michigan

Run on, my friends