From the filmmakers of...
Fire on the Track:
The Steve Prefontaine Story


The Joan Benoit-Samuelson Story
"Most of the inspiring stories that cross the finish line come at the end of the pack…"
~ Joan Benoit-Samuelson

There Is No Finish line is a testament to the power that running can bring to our lives. This film celebrates the life and spirit of Joan Benoit-Samuelson (Joanie), the first woman Olympic Gold medalist in the marathon.

Within the film are the historic moments of Joanie's improbable 1984 Olympic Gold Medal, are her world record performances in Boston and Chicago, of the times before Title IX, and her role in changing the perception of female running potential - breaking barriers and inspiring women and men thereafter.

The heart of the film follows Joanie as she is today, training on the trails in her home state of Maine, while still fitting in organic gardening, environmental conservation and time with her family. Her journey climaxes with an inspiring effort at the 2010 Chicago Marathon where she becomes the first woman to break 3-hours in five different decades!

In the end There Is No Finish line... proving whenever and however Joanie's competitive career ends, her spirit and life accomplishments will remain, firing us up to go after our passions, whatever they may be.




Directed by: Erich Lyttle
Produced by: Geoff Hollister, Erich Lyttle and
Sarah Henderson
Director of Photography: Sarah Henderson
Music Score by: John Askew

Other Music by: The Dimes, Caroline, Temporary Residence & Sabrina Velazquez
Special Thanks to: Nike, Bob Lambie, Amie Champagne, Joanie's friends & family


"She's like a Jedi Master."
~ Bill Rodgers, Former marathon World Record Holder


"This exceptionally crafted documentary is more than a Gold Medal running saga… Joanie's life is a continuing expression of how one person's passion can change the world."

~ Doris Brown-Heritage, Women's running pioneer and two-time Olympian