“Transcend is a film about a runner that ends up being about so much more: faith, service, and courage. I was riveted.” (Malcolm Gladwell, best selling author)
Produced by Kennedy/Marshall (The Bourne Identity, Seabiscuit and The Armstrong Lie) the filmmakers follow Wesley Korir on his spiritual and life-changing quest after winning the world’s most prestigious marathon in Boston. He risks it all and returns home to help his fellow Kenyans create better lives for themselves. In what proves to be the most challenging race of his career, Wesley takes on a well-financed, big-party candidate to run for a seat in Kenyan parliament, attempting to balance the frenzy of campaigning with the demands of marathon training.
Transcend is the story of the elusive spiritual energy that is somehow forged in the intense rigor of long-distance running, an energy Wesley Korir is using to transform the nation that has done more than any other to change the face of the marathon.
The film has been lauded by veteran runners, commentators and professional athletes alike for capturing the true spirit of long distance running:
- “In every marathon I have covered, we’ve tried to explain the Kenyans. This film nails it,“ says Al Trautwig, the NBC, MSG Sports Commentator.
- “A moving and enlightening look at a rare individual. . . It will be people like Wesley who set the pace for a brighter Kenyan future” (Toni Reavis – Veteran broadcaster, and Running Times columnist)