RunNation Film Festival presented by Travelling Fit
Now in its fourth tour, the RunNation Film Festival presented by Travelling Fit showcases the very best running films to leave your heart pounding and your mind mesmerised. As part of the City2Surf Expo, the RNFF team will host a full-day program at the ICC, Darling Harbour. Come for part or come for all. We guarantee that whatever you see, you’ll be totally pumped for the world’s largest fun run the next day!
10.15am - 12pm - RunNation: Real Stories (ticketed event)
To kick off the day’s proceedings, we’ll bring to you three informed and infinitely inspiring stories from those who like to run. Hear from our speakers on all aspects of running and what makes them tick:
- Eloise Wellings - Olympian and co-founder of the Love Mercy Foundation
- Brendan Davies - endurance runner and Nadine Davies - clinical psychologist
(To be announced)
Tickets to attend RunNation: Real Stories are now available via the 'book now' button below. Tickets are only $20 each. The first 100 tickets sold will allow free entry to the Australian premiere of the RNFF feature film 'Tracktown'. All ticketing is General Admission with no allocated seating. Sorry, but no refunds will be available.
Eloise Wellings - Olympian and Co-Founder of the Love Mercy Foundation
Eloise Wellings has represented Australia in the 5,000m and 10,000m events at both the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics as well as various Commonwealth Games, including the most recent at the Gold Coast. But ‘Olympian’ is just one word to describe Eloise. She’s also a mother, a mentor, a Christian and a charity-founder.
Hear what inspires Eloise to keep achieving her very best on the track, lend a helping hand to those who are less fortunate and be a role model to many up and coming athletes.
Brendan Davies - Endurance Runner & Nadine Davies - Clinical Psychologist
There’s no doubt running 100miles takes an incredible amount of physical effort but what part does mental strength and resilience play in endurance racing?
Life hasn’t always been about hydration packs and checkpoints for Brendan. Hear his story about being a budding squash player, shedding those pesky unwanted kilos and finding his inner runner.
Nadine Davies is a clinical psychologist whose work includes helping athletes of all levels overcome the anxieties, fear, self-doubt, impatience and uncertainty that can often accompany competing.
Together, Brendan and Nadine are a power team in how to tackle a race from all angles and make sure the finish line is crossed with a smile on the face.
Lauren Parker - Paratriathlete & Brad Fearnley - long-time friend and training partner
In less than a year, Newcastle-born Lauren Parker went from a champion, able-bodied athlete to being told she would never walk again, to representing Australia as a paratriathlete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
In April 2017, Lauren went for an early-morning training ride with her long-time friend and mentor, Brad Fearnley, in preparation for the Port Macquarie Ironman. The tyres on her bike burst, she hit the guardrail and lost all feeling in her legs. Her spinal cord injury left her with a 0-1% chance of ever walking again. While in the hydro pool of the rehab unit six months later, she hit a turning point. Her sporting career was far from over.
Hear Lauren’s inspiring but incredibly difficult story of her journey to the Commonwealth Games, the unlikely but beautiful friendship she shares with her training partner and her hopes for the future.
12.30 - 2pm - Australian premiere of the feature film: Tracktown (ticketed event)
The coming-of-age, cult running movie Tracktown is the exclusive feature film of the 2018 RNFF. It follows 21-year-old Plumb Marigold who is a famous, but lonely, distance runner. She’s lived her entire life surrounded by coaches, teammates and fans while training to be an Olympic athlete. Though she excels in her sport, she’s always felt like an outsider as her schedule has kept living a ‘normal’ life at bay. Everything changes when Plumb is ordered to take time off from training to recover for the finals of the Olympic trials. Her forced downtime, including a surprise connection with a boy who works at the local bakery, sets her down an entirely new path. Many of the actors of the film are Olympic athletes themselves, including co-writer, director and lead actor, Alexi Pappas.
2.30pm - 5pm - International premiere of the 2018 RunNation Film Festival (ticketed event)
Presented by Travelling Fit, the 2018 collection of ten original short films will focus on human-interest stories that use running as their medium of storytelling.
Be enthralled by two hours of real-life running motivation; you won’t break a sweat but you might shed a tear. From the elite athletes’ experience through to the back-of-the-pack runners, you’ll live the good, the bad and the painful. Because it’s more than just tracks and trails, roads and ultras; these are films that will inspire you to put on your runners and just go.
Sit back and watch with heart, soul and passion. We’ll guarantee you’ll leave yearning to reach your next level best.
If you can’t make the premiere of the 2018 RunNational Film Festival on 11 August, don’t worry as our tour will then continue with screenings in 20+ locations across both Australia and New Zealand. Visit our website for more details and to book tickets.
Please note all ticketing is General Admission with no allocated seating. Sorry, but no refunds will be available.