As you are possibly gearing up for the New York City Marathon on November 6, we wanted to put the HBO documentary Marathon Boy on your radar.
The film premieres on HBO just three days before the NYC marathon and is about Budhia Singh, the world’s youngest marathon runner. Budhia was plucked from the slums of India by his coach, Baranchi Das, and trained to become India's greatest runner, but what starts as the real Slumdog Millionaire turns into the stuff of film noir: a tale of greed, envy and broken dreams.
Budhia’s coach seizes the opportunity to do something much more symbolic for India’s poor, as he has done so many times for other slum children in the judo arena. He embarks on a mission to turn Budhia into a running phenomenon. Within six months, Budhia had run twenty half-marathons, and within a year, he had run 48 full marathons.
What makes this achievement even more remarkable is that he was 5 years old.