"Every documentary evolves in the process of making it, and in a lot of ways this film is how I envisioned it, but also so much more. When I originally set out [to make the film], it was before the bombings, so it was just going to be about the story of the marathon. After the bombings, I thought I wouldn’t make the film because I didn’t want to make it just about that. But then I started to think, what would the following year be like? The film is all about the history and here was the chance to actually record some of that history and participate. It’s such an important part of the film. The build-up to 2014, the anticipation, the way that race unfolded and to see how everybody came back and rallied around the race, the runners, those injured, and the families who lost loved ones, it was just an awesome, awesome day.
The marathon is such a great metaphor for life. It’s triumph over adversity, just continuing to put one step in front of the other. Following 2013, what happened in Boston is the ultimate example of that. It wasn’t a metaphor at that point, it was overcoming tragedy as it actually happened. It was very moving and inspiring to see how strong people have been.”