“Running at a competitive level, that’s just who I am. If I’m going to do something, I’m going to go all out. I’m not going to half-ass anything.” – Kyle Dietz
I mean, it makes sense. At the end of the day, each discipline — mixed martial arts and long-distance running — require a kind of limitless endurance that is a raw but rare trait to possess. Back against a literal and metaphorical chain link fence, or running head-first into that figurative wall, these athletes have this inspired ability to overcome those obstacles and break through to an advanced plane.
Iowan Kyle Dietz happens to be one of those athletes. This short film, “Ultra Fighter,” follows the former MMA-fighting midwesterner as he trains and prepares in and around his home state of Iowa, before heading to Big Sky, Montana for the RUT 50k.