about the film

"It's not just uphill, every step is uphill." What is this mountain running phenomena and how can there be a 50-year history of running up New England's most arduous and tallest peak? RUNNING THE ROCKPILE takes you up just one hill for the climb of a lifetime. With insight from the race’s key figures as well as appearances by world-renown runners Jacqueline Gareau and John J. Kelley.

Premiering in New Hampshire at the base of Mount Washington for the 51st running of the road race in 2011, the film also screened at the Portland, Maine Film Festival and the Somewhat North Of Boston (SNOB) Film Festival, winning best short documentary and best new director at the latter. Additionally it has been selected as featured content at several regional events including the USA Track & Field New England Regional Meeting.

An avid runner and adventurer, Kate Avery has been crafting stories with a camera since she was nine. This is her first theatrical release. With a passion for history, Avery's projects convey ideas, patterns and stories to a wide range of audiences through the film medium. It is her hope to inspire critical thought processes in the quest for both simple and complex truths. Outside of filmmaking her passions revolve around craft beer, kayaking, and VW Jettas. Stay connected with Avery’s upcoming projects at kitchentabledocs.com