The North Face’s inspiring short film “Curiosity” follows ultrarunners Rory Bosio, Timothy Olson and Hal Koerner at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc race and explores what drives these athletes to run incredible distances.
More than a month ago, Rory Bosio achieved her second consecutive victory at UTMB—a 104-mile race that passes through France, Italy and Switzerland—after running in pouring rain, through 13 mountain passes and up 31,000 feet of elevation gain in 23 hours, 20 minutes and 20 seconds. To most, such a feat would seem impossible, and yet this 13-minute North Face film, produced by Camp 4 Collective, “Curiosity,” captures the thrills, hardships and indescribable euphoria that comes with running 100-plus-mile races such as UTMB.
North Face-sponsored runners Timothy Olson and Hal Koerner also star in the film. Although both top American runners dropped out of the race—Koerner at mile 17 due to a bad knee and Olson at 87 miles—the film digs deep into the motivation, passion and sometimes pain fueling these mountain trail conquerers to keep going.
So what exactly motivates people to run more than 100 miles? There are several answers, from a desire to be outdoors to overcoming drug addiction. “Curiosity doesn’t have a finish line, does it?” says the narrator in the film, before providing a simple answer. “Hopefully not. I think we should all remain curious, because therein lies the roots of creation.”