Boston Marathon documentary underway

Meb Keflezighi celebrates winning the Boston Marathon in 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images

The creators of Boston, the first feature-length documentary film about the Boston Marathon, will focus on the iconic footrace’s first steps in 1897 as opposed to the 2013 bombings.

’Over the years, the Boston Marathon has had so many extraordinary stories of people achieving and accomplishing things,’ the film’s producer Megan Williams told the Boston Globe. ‘It’s like looking at cultural and social change over the last century through the lens of this major sporting event.’

Two separate feature films (one starring Mark Wahlberg), a stage play and an HBO special are also in production, but they all focus on the 2013 finish line attacks that killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 people.

The documentary, which was conceived before the attacks, will instead focus on the history of the 120-year-old marathon. The Boston Athletic Association, which organises the race, gave Director Jon Dunham exclusive rights to its archive of photos, video and marathon memorabilia.

Boston hopes to tell the stories of some of the greatest marathoners ever to complete the notorious 26.2-mile course. They include four-time winner Bill Rodgers; Johnny Kelley, who ran 61 Bostons and won two; and Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run with an official bib number in 1967.

'It’s a huge undertaking. We’ve got 300 hours of stuff we shot, not counting the archival material,' said Dunham, who hopes it will inspire runners like his popular Spirit of the Marathon films — cult classics that followed select amateur and elite runners at the 2005 Chicago and 2012 Rome marathons.