When I was offered a chance to review the movie My Run, I decided it would be more fun to share it with friends and get their input as well. So last night, three of my best sweat sisters came by for dinner and a movie.
After some chili, salad, cornbread, and pumpkin ale, we put the DVD in. It begins by laying the foundation for the crazy journey that Terry Hitchcock undertook back in 1996. After losing his wife to breast cancer and raising three kids on his own, he decided to find an epic way of bringing attention to the plight of single parents.
His idea? To run from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Atlanta, arriving there in time for the 1996 summer Olympics. All good and well except that Terry was overweight and completely out of shape. To complete the journey would require him to run about a marathon a day for 75 consecutive days.
He hired a trainer, put a crew into place and made his plans. Before even getting off the ground, however, he had a heart attack. His doctors recommended he abandon ship, but he didn’t.
As you might imagine, Terry’s journey was anything but smooth. Each day took him about eight hours. His list of ailments and mishaps piled up as he moved forward. But he did reach the finish line in time for the Olympics, inspiring people along the way and bringing attention to his cause.
We all agreed that the movie was quite a bit different than the big productions you see today (think Marathon, Hood to Coast). The footage was shot 15 years ago and I’m guessing the idea to make it into a movie came much later. Was it inspiring? Yes, but once again, we all agreed that these days, people undertaking running journeys like this are almost a dime a dozen.
Maybe we are all jaded by the overload of these stories and thus this one lost
some of its potential impact. My movie reviewers overall rating? Three thumbs in the middle.
Want to judge for yourself? The people behind the My Run movie are offering one copy each to two MZ followers. To enter:
- You must be a follower
- Like My Run on Facebook
- Spread the word via your blog, Twitter or Facebook
I’ll pick a winner via random.org next Thursday, Oct. 6. Good luck!