The Great Northern: 40 Below - The Toughest Race in the World


The Main 3 Fri, Jan 27, 2023 7:00 PM
Film Info
Program:The Great Northern
Release Year:2023
Runtime:99 min
Print Source:London Road Films
Minnesota Made
Director:Marius Anderson
Cinematographer:Marius Anderson
Editor:Marius Anderson


Screening Friday, January 27 at 7:00 PM

Special Sneak Preview Screening! Director Marius Anderson, and Subjects Bill Bradley and Leah Gruhn Attending!

About the film

It’s been called the toughest endurance race in the world ... why would anyone do this, especially when it’s 40 degrees below zero? Set in Northern Minnesota, we meet Leah, a junk food eating scientist, and Bill, an accomplished ultra-marathoner who just can’t seem to finish this incredibly challenging race. They run, bike or ski 135 miles over three days in the solitary woods, sometimes hallucinating and barely stopping to rest or sleep in the snow without getting frostbite or freezing to death. What can we learn from them about life, love and happiness?

About The Great Northern | January 25-February 5, 2023

The Great Northern celebrates our cold, creative winters through ten days of diverse programming that invigorate mind and body. In an era of changing climate that threatens our signature season, we seek to create community, inspire action, and share the resilient spirit of the North with the world.

About MSP Film

The films are curated by the MSP Film, whose mission is to inform and transform individuals and communities through the power of great cinema. MSP Film has spent the last six decades celebrating a myriad of cultures, countries and issues of collective local and global concern through film, believing in the potency of storytelling to move people, and to move people to action. Our widely recognized Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Cine Latino, We The People film series, or daily screenings at The Main Cinema represent a diversity of perspectives and 100+ cultures and countries each year, providing unique platforms for learning and action through film and conversation.