Running Film Festival to Premier During US Track & Field Trials

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Running Film Festival

“Running Film Festival” to Premier During U.S. Track & Field Trials

Festival in Eugene, Oregon to Benefit the Ryan Shay Memorial Fund

May 21, 2008 Ìâå_ Eugene, OR Ìâå_ When nearly 200,000 athletes and
fans converge on Eugene, Oregon, for the 2008 U.S. Track & Field
Trials, there is no doubt they will enjoy the beautiful scenery and the
competitive spirit of “Track Town USA.”

However, when they leave Hayward Field for some well-deserved down
time, hundreds will head to the movies. ÌâåÊThat’s right! ÌâåÊHollywood comes
to Eugene, as the city plays host to the first film festival ever
devoted to the subjects of track & field, marathon running, and
cross country: the Running Film Festival (RFF) , scheduled for July 3 Ìâå_ 5 on the University of Oregon campus.

RFF is the brainchild of running enthusiasts and industry
entrepreneurs, who formulated the idea after assessing the vast, yet
underexposed, collection of celluloid devoted to the sport. ÌâåÊThe
festival signed a title sponsor to join presenting sponsors and Running
Times , and a great event was
born. ÌâåÊA portion of the proceeds from the RFF will be donated to the
Ryan Shay Memorial Fund, an organization established in memory of
distance runner and Olympic hopeful Ryan Shay, who died suddenly during
the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in New York City in 2007. ÌâåÊThe fund
will support Ryan’s vision to help disadvantaged individuals, groups
and communities, as well as American runners in financial need.

“Everyone knows ‘Pre’, ‘Without Limits’, and ‘Chariots of Fire,’
but there are dozens of other movies and documentaries that runners
will enjoy. We created an event that brings together great films,
talented directors, elite athletes, and people who simply love the
sport. Movie makers have the chance to screen their films for
appreciative audiences with entertainment that fits seamlessly with the
spirit of Eugene 08,” says Adam Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief of, a presenting sponsor.

Jacobs says the lineup will include several world premiere presentations. ÌâåÊPictures already scheduled include: “The Long Green Line,” “Spirit of the Marathon,” “Run For Your Life”, “Indulgence,”Run Like Hell,” and “Showdown.”
Event organizers also promise major additions to the lineup, which will
be unveiled over the coming weeks at

Running ‘celebrities,’ filmmakers, and audience members will have the
opportunity to interact during the RFF’s Meet & Greets, Q&A
sessions and other special events. ÌâåÊRed carpet appearances by legends
of the sport, as well as current track & field stars like Olympian
Gabe Jennings, are among the highlights anticipated during the
three-day event.

The RFF will not interfere with the Olympic trials, so fans, athletes,
their coaches, families, and friends can all attend and enjoy both the
films and the races.

The complete schedule and film line-up is being finalized, and tickets
for the events will go on sale June 1st. ÌâåÊFilm listings and tickets are
available at ÌâåÊPending availability,
tickets also will be available July 3, 4 and 5 at the festival venue:
Columbia 150 on the University of Oregon campus.

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About: Running Film Festival (RFF)

The first annual Running Film Festival (RFF) is
scheduled for July 3-5, 2008 at Columbia 150 on the University of
Oregon campus. ÌâåÊCurrent sponsors include and Running
Times. ÌâåÊExecutives in charge of the festival include running
enthusiasts Phil Knowlton, a NYC-based filmmaker, Adam Jacobs, the
Editor-in-Chief of, and Jake Klim, a TV producer
based in Washington, DC. ÌâåÊÌâåÊFor more information, please visit

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