The movie My Run tells the story of Terry Hitchcock, a man who decided to do the seemingly impossible after losing his wife to breast cancer… run 75 consecutive marathons in 75 consecutive days. Along the way he spread his message… not about cancer, but about the difficult lives of single parent families.
As much of an advocate as I am for breast cancer research (and fundraising for cures to horrible diseases in general) I am impressed with Terry for choosing a focus in this task that was unique to his challenge, yet is a difficulty that so many people have to face every single day.
Now we’ve heard these stories about people running huge feats like 50 Marathons in 50 States, or 50 50-milers or runs across the country… but they are all done by people who are more seasoned athletes. This is where Terry is different… this wasn’t something that he does in his regular life. He didn’t run marathons every day or every weekend or every month. He wasn’t even really a runner… nor did he look like one. (But that’s hardly fair to mention, that is one of my most favorite things about doing a race… the variety of people that are there. It totally blows the whole stereotype of who a “runner” is out of the water!)
Terry was on a quest to share his message and it really comes through in this inspirational movie. The movie was shown in theaters as a one-day-only event which I saw with my friend Jimmy. And now it is released on DVD. Not only is it available to purchase, it can be rented through Netflix or watched through Amazon Prime Instant Video.
It is a family friendly movie, narrated by Academy-Award winner Billy Bob Thornton, and is one that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all audiences… even those who aren’t runners. It cleaned up at several film festivals (and the film festivals I’ve attended aren’t busting at the seams with groups itching for their next run.)
I ran a giveaway for 3 DVD copies of this movie. Contest ended January 6, 2012. 57 entries were submit.