Meaningful Miles: Tracksmith Running on Coping, Running Through 2020

In 2020, the miles meant more for many of us.

Boston hometown brand Tracksmith just launched “Running is a Gift.” The short film follows a powerful storyline of just how important putting down miles can be.

“I have movement. Breath. Daydreams. I have running,” the narrator chants in cadence with the film.

The miles we collectively put down this year were pretty powerful — whether we racked them up doing laps as an ER nurse, jogging through empty neighborhood streets during lockdown, or marching for social or environmental justice causes.

“For Gavin, a school principal, they’re a way to deepen his connection with his community. For Sam, a nurse, they’re a respite from the daily challenges of work,” reads the film description. “For Ash, a photojournalist, they’re a reminder that each battle is fought in the moment. For Mary, an elite runner, they’re a road back to where she wants to be.”

The runners are Gavin SmithMary Cain, Ashley Gilbertson, and Sam Roecker. Catherine Bull edited the short, and Emily Maye directed.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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