Profiling HURT follows the path of ultra runner and owner of Ultrasignup Mark Gilligan and his work to return to the 100-mile HURT race for a second strait year, to achieve what he couldn't in the first. Injuries and obsession bite into strategy and preparation. And as he moves closer to the finish line his insights on how much running is too much, his reflection on previous training, and his lingering injuries begins to compromise his ability to go the distance.
Joining in with Mark is friend and antagonist, Scott Guild. Scott was introduced to the HURT 100 and ultra running by Mark, but his perspective of the race and running differs. New to ultra running and the HURT 100, Scott is rolling the dice for the finishing line. Showing the excitement, challenge, and heart of a runner. He takes us into the places of the race where only champions go. Introducing the pain, the people, and the deep-rooted drive that pushes each one of us to reach for the finish line. He finds himself against a wall of time and scrambling to get over it.
Together throughout the film, the two of them take you on 4:00 AM 40-mile morning runs, 45-story corporate workouts, 20-mile redwood weekend jogs, and deep into the sections of the HURT course that give it its name. You see the preparation, feel the physical challenge, and taste mental angst that only the HURT can bring out. And in the end come away with more than just a finishers belt buckle in, Profiling HURT.
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