At the end of June 2017, shortly before the sun peeked over the mountains of Tahoe National Park in California, Ryan Sandes and 368 other runners from around the world gathered at the base of a snow-covered mountain to begin the Western States 100 Endurance Run, the oldest 100-mile (160km) ultra-marathon in the world.
This short film documents Ryan's journey to the start line and his near obsession, dedication and perseverance in chasing the illusive Western States cougar trophy.
Produced in association with Red Bull Media House
Directed by Dean Leslie
Produced by Dean Leslie and Hannah Slezacek
Edited by Matt James and Dean Leslie
Assistant Editing by Caroline Brouckaert
Cinematography by Jared Paisley and Dean Leslie