40 Below: The Toughest Race in the World


Coming Soon Date TBD
The Main 1 Sat, Apr 15, 2023 6:45 PM
The Main 3 Sun, Apr 16, 2023 11:30 AM
The Main 1 Sun, Apr 23, 2023 11:00 AM
The Main 1 Thu, May 4, 2023 7:00 PM
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Festival Programs:New American Visions
Minnesota Made
Release Year:2023
Runtime:99 min
Print Source:London Road Films
Tags:Minnesota Made
First Feature
Best of Fest
Director:Marius Anderson
Producer:Marius Anderson
Melody Gilbert
Cinematographer:Marius Anderson
Editor:Marius Anderson


Best of Fest Encore Screening

What is the Arrowhead 135? Nothing more than one of the toughest, most dangerous races in the world. Run, bike or ski, you have to make it 135 miles in the coldest, most desolate area in America, in the dead of January. And the participants wouldn’t change a thing.

From Minnesota filmmaker Marius Anderson comes this incredible documentary, following some of the race’s most dedicated adherents. 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. Dozens of racers range from all parts of the globe with as many motivations for participating. Anderson asks: What is it that attracts people to such an endurance test, and even more pressing, what can we learn?

Director Biography

Born in Germany, Marius Anderson met his wife in Sweden and moved to her hometown of Duluth. His news stories have aired on PBS, CNN,DW-TV (German TV), SRF (Swiss TV), ARTE (France/Germany). 40 Below: The Toughest Race in the World (2023) is his debut documentary feature.