Watch the trailer for Her Ultra, an inspiring new film about 8 female ultra runners vs the wilderness

Her Ultra film
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Her Ultra is a new film documentary that will be premiering online this month (streaming details are yet to be confirmed) that captures the spirit of adventure and determination as eight novice female ultra runners take on the gruelling 250km RacingThePlanet Lapland ultra race above the Arctic Circle in 2022. And here’s the trailer to get you in the mood…

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This feature-length documentary, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker and running enthusiast Kristin Tegtmeier Higgins.

With only eight months of virtual training beforehand as part of women's ultra-running coach Hannah Walsh’s Project: Breaking 250 program, all the runners – aged from 26 to 67 – met for the first time in person at the start of the race.

The film focuses on these women as they run, sleep, eat, repeat across the stunningly beautiful landscape, increasingly shifting the dial on their own self-confidence as they go.

Producer and director Kristin Tegtmeier Higgins, says: “RacingThePlanet has been in existence for 20 years and as a trail runner, I had been looking at their website and reading about these incredible races for years, never having the courage to actually do one. So, I started talking with the founder of RacingThePlanet, Mary Gadams about doing a film and we very quickly decided on talking to Hannah Walsh, about following her inaugural group of normal, everyday women, who are all inexperienced runners, doing their first 250k race across Lapland. 

“I also chose that race because it is gorgeous in Finland and I knew that the setting would be visually amazing as well.”

Hannah Walsh adds, "I started Project: Breaking 250 because I wanted to help more women disconnect from their everyday routines and be a part of something greater than themselves. I get huge joy from helping these women see past their limitations. Coaching, for me, is about creating a space for women to come together to find a sense of belonging, community, and the realisation that you are not on this journey alone.”