From the documentary "The Perfect Runner", a view behind the scenes, where you'll meet ultramarathoner Diane Van Deren at the Canadian Death Race. Learn how Van Deren overcame debilitating epilepsy to become one of the world's most remarkable endurance athletes.
See the trailer: vimeo.com/36338816
The Perfect Runner will have its first broadcast in Canada on March 15th 2012, at 8pm on CBC TV’s The Nature of Things, Canada's blue-chip nature and science strand and the longest running program on Canadian television. Broadcast to follow on ARTE in German and French in September 2012.
Exclusive Advance Screening with Q&A
March 14th 2012, 7:30pm at Garneau Theatre, Edmonton, Canada
Learn more and buy the DVD (from March 15, 2012) at theperfectrunner.com (website online from 20 Feb, 2012)
How did our ancestors survive the shift from trees to land, and evolve to dominate the planet? The answer lies in a remarkable ability we evolved far earlier than our powerful brains: humans are nature’s perfect endurance runners. Gemini-winning anthropologist Niobe Thompson (Inuit Odyssey, 2009; Code Breakers, 2011) takes a journey of personal discovery back in evolutionary time, in conversation with leading evolutionary biologists and immersed in cultures whose survival still depends on endurance running. From the highlands of Ethiopia, to the most remote place in Arctic Siberia, to the world's toughest ultramarathon in the Canadian Rockies, The Perfect Runner weaves cutting-edge science with gripping adventure, and leaves the viewer with a new and inspiring understanding of our common evolutionary inheritance as the running ape.