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5 Movies and Documentaries to motivate triathletes

From the spectacular Canada Man/Woman race, to Lionel Sanders' incredible journey from addict to Ironman champion, to athletes' battling to finish the worlds in Penticton or Challenge Roth.

Looking for some triathlon-specific entertainment to keep you motivated during these times of social distancing? We’ve got you covered with these five multisport specials.

Canadian Content

We’ll open our list with three very-Canadian options:

Canada Man/Woman 2019 Movie

Combining some of the country’s most spectacular scenery with one of the world’s toughest triathlon races, you get the Canada Man/Woman Xtri event in Lac Megantic, Quebec. This movie documents last year’s race, showcasing the incredible course and equally as incredible athletes.

You’ll find the English version of the movie here.

Chasing the Lion

While it’s only 17 minutes long, this short film documents Lionel Sanders’ “ascent from drug abuse and mental illness to one of the best up and coming long-distance triathletes in the world.”

It’s available on YouTube.

The Last Mile

We wrote about this movie shortly after its release in January, 2018 – The Last Mile is a full-length documentary about four athletes and their journey through the 2017 ITU Long Distance World Championship in Penticton. Two of the athletes featured are Penticton heroes Jeff Symonds and Jen Annett.

International flavour

We Are Triathletes

Released in 2018, this movie follows six triathletes from four countries as they train and race at Challenge Roth. The movie follows three-time Kona champ Mirinda Carfrae, fellow Australian Luke McKenzie, Paralympian Rudy Garcia-Tolson, and age-group athletes Qi Dang from China, San Diego’s Bessy Leszczynski and Challenge Roth race director Felix Walchshoefer.

You can rent of buy the movie on Amazon.

Tim Don – The Man with the Halo

This short documentary from Emmy-award-winning director Andrew Hinton recounts Tim Don’s amazing comeback after a horrific bike crash just days before the 2017 Ironman World Championship.