Milwaukeean Rik Akey and New Yorker Jennifer Roe are among a dozen people around the country who have essentially reinvented themselves, turning their struggles with weight into lives as fit, dedicated runners.
And the latest chapter in their lives is a film they’re making on the journey the dozen runners are sharing – metaphorically and literally, as they prepare to run in the Ragnar Relay race from Miami to Key West next month.
The film is called From Fat to Finish Line. While the film was being made, Akey joined Lake Effect's Mitch Teich in the studio, and Roe, who is the film’s producer in addition to being a subject, joined by phone:
From Fat to Finish Line will have its world premiere this month at the Nashville Film Festival April 18th. There will also be a second showing Friday, April 24th at 6:00 PM, kicking off the Nashville Rock n Roll Marathon weekend.