Documentary Film of Ultra-Marathoner’s 25,000-Mile Run Around the World for Charity Named Official Selection of Rome International Film Festival

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The 25,000 Mile Love Story, winner of 3 film festival awards, will be featured as the closing night film at the Rome International Film Festival, September 7 in Rome, Georgia.

Director John Davies’ film, The 25,000 Mile Love Story (http://the25000milelovestory.com) has been named an official selection of the Rome International Film Festival, taking place September 5-7, 2013 in Rome, GA. The film follows Swiss endurance athlete Serge Roetheli and his wife Nicole on a five year, 25,000 mile journey around the world, and will be showcased as the festival’s closing night feature presentation.

The 25,000 Mile Love Story chronicles the amazing journey of Serge and Nicole Roethelis’ “Run for Kids” World Tour. The 35-country, six-continent adventure had a dual purpose: To prove Serge’s endurance running ability, and to raise funds and awareness for impoverished children in developing countries. The 25,422-mile run circumnavigated the globe and took 1,910 days, an average of a marathon every other day for 63 months--the equivalent distance of 970 marathons. Serge ran the entire distance, with Nicole at his side on her Yamaha 125 motorcycle with their “home-sweet-home” pup tent and necessary supplies.

Alone in some of the world’s most unforgiving landscapes, the Roethelis encountered exceptionally challenging situations along their route, including civil wars, dangerous animals, poisonous snakes and extreme weather conditions. Both Serge and Nicole were stricken with severe cases of malaria, and Serge suffered a fractured arm when hit by a vehicle. In spite of these and many other difficulties, they persisted to the finish line and raised over $400,000 to support humanitarian efforts in Africa, South America and Central America. At the heart of their journey is a love story - a relationship of two people who left their lives behind to achieve the impossible, and whose story ends with a shocking twist.

Earlier this summer, The 25,000 Mile Love Story won “Best Humanitarian Documentary Film” at the People’s Film Festival in New York, the “Audience Favorite Award” at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the "Documentary Feature Film Award" at the Moondance International Film Festival.

The film was recently selected by the Rome International Film Festival committee to be the featured screening at the close of this year’s event on Saturday, September 7. Now in its 9th year, the Rome International Film Festival in Rome, Georgia (http://www.romeinternationalfilmfestival.com) is a two-day festival featuring screenings, filmmaking workshops, student competitions, professional networking and development opportunities for filmmakers. Selected as one of "20 film festivals worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine, the 2013 Rome International Film Festival will be held Sept 5-7 at the DeSoto Theatre, 530 Broad Street, Rome GA 30162 and the Rome Area History Museum, 350 Broad Street, Rome GA 30161.

In addition to the film, Serge Roetheli has released the book The 25,000 Mile Love Story, The Epic Story of the Couple Who Sacrificed Everything to Run the World, available through Dunham Books in hardcover and e-book, chronicles the Run for Kids World Tour. To build upon the humanitarian efforts for children’s charities, a portion of the proceeds will be used to support projects in Third World countries through the Lil’ Red Foundation (http://lilredfoundation.org).

For more information, please visit http://www.the25000milelovestory.com/ .

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Press Contact: Howard Brodwin 323-841-2267 / howard(at)sportsandsocialchange(dot)org
Film Contact: Priscilla Pesci: 310-384-7260 / priscilla(at)elumines(dot)com
Publisher Contact: David Dunham: 615-342-0060 / david(at)dunhamgroupinc(dot)com

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