Featuring a post-film Q&A with Anthony Franciso, Craig Curley, Len Necefer, PhD, Lydia Jennings, Moira Hough and moderator Tim Bentley! There will also be a raffle for a chance to win great running-related prizes!
Special thanks to our community partners Southern Arizona Roadrunners, The Running Shop, NativesOutdoors, Run Tucson, Tucson Trail Runners, Road Runners Club of America.
What if the simple act of running could lead to profound enlightenment? Join an unassuming Finnish paperboy as he attempts to complete the Self-Transcendence 3100 Miler. In this, the world’s longest race, our hero must run at least 60 miles per day for 52 days. His route is a half-mile sidewalk loop in New York City.
“A sweeping examination of running’s spiritual nature.” – Men’s Health
Our paperboy’s quest takes viewers not only into the heart of this astonishing event but also around the world. We discover the ancient cultures that have held running sacred for millennia: tribes in the Kalahari Desert, in the mountain temples of Japan and in the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. We glimpse the lives of these amazing ultra-runners through an incredible film and foot journey that spans the globe. Join us where sports and spirituality intersect. You will never see a pair of running shoes the same way again! (Dir. by Sanjay Rawal, 2018, USA, 79 mins., Not Rated)
Anthony Francisco began running fun runs in elementary school on the Tohono O’odham reservation. He developed his competitive edge during school fun runs that proved to follow him throughout his running career. An All-American runner in HS & Pima College, he completed his collegiate running at ASU and is still a top finisher at local races. Anthony serves as the Legislative Council for the Tohono O’odham Nation. He is from Comobabi, AZ and loves to spend time with his kids enjoying meals and cooking together.
Craig Curley began his running career as a HS junior at the encouragement of a coach at St. Michael’s Indian School. Intrigued to find out how far and how fast he could run, Craig quickly became one of the top runners in the state. Mainly racing shorter races on the track, Craig proved adept at longer distances too, qualifying for the Olympic Marathon trials in 2012 & 2016. He continues to compete at a high level running races around the world. Craig of The Red House People Clan, born for The Towering House Clan, from Kinlichee, AZ.
Len Necefer, PhD, is the Founder & CEO of NativesOutdoors, a clothing company featuring gear designed and developed by indigenous people for the outdoor community. NativesOutdoors proudly works with and celebrates the talents of indigenous designers, photographers, outdoor athletes, and communities through their products for everyone to enjoy. Len is new to Tucson, hailing from Tsaile, AZ on the Navajo Nation and recently joined the UA as a professor in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. In his free time he is an avid mountaineer, runner, cyclist, skier, and climber.
Lydia Jennings (Huichol/Pascua Yaqui) began running in HS at the encouragement of her siblings to continue the family tradition. An injury sidelined her collegiate running career, but after graduation, she began running in local races, including half and full marathons. Lydia is working on her PhD in Soil, Water, and Environmental Science with a minor in American Indian Studies at the UA, where she studies mining reclamation and land management policy. Lydia is training for her first ultra and loves running trails in the Tucson Mountains. She is an Ambassador for NativesOutdoors and uses running to reconnect with the land.
Moira Hough started running in HS to keep in shape for soccer. Proving to herself she could run farther than she thought, she’s taken that confidence and become a successful ultra runner, winning the Oracle Rumble 50K, Old Pueblo 50M, and Tushars 70K. Moira spent her early years in Madagascar & Tanzania and then grew up outside of New York City. She is working on a PhD in ecology at the UA, studying how arctic ecosystems are responding to climate change. She loves to run the trails on Mt. Lemmon.
Tim Bentley (Moderator) began running in HS after he was cut from the school golf team in 1981. Lucky enough to compete at the state and collegiate levels, Tim was an accomplished miler and short distance runner. Long involved with the Southern AZ Roadrunners, he has been a successful HS coach and mentor to HS athletes. Tim works for Tucson Medical Center in marketing and wellness, and recently completed his first marathon. Originally from Kansas, he loves running in the desert and will tell anyone that Sabino Canyon is the most beautiful place to run – anywhere.