Diamond To The Rough

Follow the unlikely journey of former Major League Baseball player Eric Byrnes from the diamond to the rough trails of the 2016 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run.

Byrnes attempts to become the first former mainstream professional athlete to complete the grueling 100 mile course which navigates 19,000 feet of elevation gain and 23,000 feet of descent across the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Byrnes relies on his crew of family and friends, including former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong, to help him through the arduous process which challenges both his physical and psychological limits.

What Others Are Saying...

"In 2011, during a peak in my running, I entered and completed my first 100 mile trail race. Being an ultra runner is very much a lifestyle for me, regardless of when I am running or not. In fact, in 2012, I moved from my urban city loft to a cabin located at a major trailhead, deep in the woods. An ultra-running mecca if you will. With inspiration all around, I quickly found myself wanting to share with others the passion and mindfulness I have discovered while running long distances, not my personal experience, but the experiences I hope others can have. In many ways I think I am a better athlete when I have a camera in tow. Filming in remote and equally beautiful locations is all I can hope for. Today I am very proud to have directed the award winning film Diamond to the Rough, to share the story of Eric Byrnes, and how ultra running has shaped his life and is paying it foward to inspire his own children for their future."

-Myles Smythe

Here is an interview with Eric Byrnes on the making of Diamond To The Rough Documentary featured on MLB Network: