Strong To The Finish [working title] is a feature documentary by Emmy Award winning Brain Farm Digital Cinema. It follows the triumphs and heartbreaks of Brian Hunter and his young family as he attempts to run across Mongolia, the equivalent of nearly 60 marathons over 70 days.
More than a colossal feat of endurance, Brian’s run is all about heart. Upon learning about the masses of homeless children in the frigid city of Ulaanbaatar (UB), Brian feels called to help. Abandoned by his father as a young boy and having battled childhood polio, Brian knows something of the pain they feel. But what can he do? Far from a professional athlete, yet an avid runner, Brian decides to use his ability to put a global spotlight on this human crisis happening on the other side of the planet. And so the plan is hatched. Brian furiously trains at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while working with wife Lissa to tackle the daunting expedition logistics. Funds must be raised, bills pile up, doctors warn him of the dangers of continuing. Yet Brian pushes on. Tracing a west-to-east path across this picturesque country, Brian, his family, and a four-member support team set off through 1500 miles of Mongolia’s rugged terrain and volatile weather. Brian continually battles extreme exhaustion and self doubt as he struggles to reach the finish line. What happens during this ten week expedition across Mongolia is nothing short of life-changing for Brian, his family, the children they hope to help, and everyone else touched by this inspiring journey.
The only question is… Will he succeed?