The recent resurgence in American distance running has begun capturing the world's imagination. For the first time in decades, US runners like Meb Keflezighi, Jorge Torres, and Abdi Abdirahman have begun competing against and often beating top competitors from Africa, Europe, South America, and Asia. Talent, discipline, strength, sacrifice - all come together in these elite runners. And in 2007, they come together again in the US Cross-Country Championship, a rough, challenging 12 km race staged in the hotbed of American endurance sports, Boulder, Colorado.

"Showdown: The Race for the 2007 US Cross-Country Championship" chronicles the race to the race - showing what elites like Meb, Jorge, and Abdi do to prepare themselves for the crucible of world-class competition. This year's World Cross-Country Championship will be contested in Kenya, for the first time ever, and to get to the plains of Africa, these runners will need to succeed in the mountains of America. Can they do it? Have their athletic glories and personal experiences left them poised for victory? What will it take, and who will emerge victorious?

Shot at 24 frames per second in high definition a first in the sport - with the cinematic "look and feel" of a widescreen format, "Showdown" goes beyond previous movies in showing the lives of elite runners at the top of their sport.

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