Running may not be the best spectator sport, but compelling running makes for compelling viewing. In the YouTube age, we have greater access to running video than ever before.
Here are five that are definitely worth the few minutes it takes to watch.
Start off with this compilation of clips of some of the great distance races in track and field history. It’s got Prefontaine, Liquori, Ryun – all the way up to El Guerrouj vs. Lagat in Athens:
But you can’t have a compilation and leave off this clip of Billy Mills’ amazing 10k finish in the 1964 Olympics:
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a comparable selection for women’s running, but this New York Road Runners video is pretty good:
There have been some great commercials about running, but this one ranks at the top:
The Spirit of the Marathon has only had select showings, but you can view the 7-minute trailer over and over: