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 Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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