A Decade On

Last Saturday Robert and I went to see the documentary A Decade On, brought to Chattanooga by our local Fleet Feet store. The movie was produced by the Ginger Runner, Ethan Newberry, who is an ultra marathon runner himself. The story follows Brian Morrison’s attempt at finishing the Western States 100 mile ultra marathon race after being unable to do so in the past. In 2006 he had been in first place at the race,  but collapsed as he rounded the last quarter of a mile getting a DNF, although he said he preferred to say he was disqualified since he technically completed the race by being supported over the finish line.  Continue reading

McFarland USA

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Last week I finally got to watch the recently made Disney movie McFarland USA. The movie is about coach Jim Wright’s, played by Kevin Costner, journey to a small undesirable city in California. The high school he begins working at serves the largely Latino farming population of the city. He does not last long as the football coach and begins to notice the ability of the students at the school to run miles at a time without any thought. He discovers that the state of California is holding its first ever state cross country meet that year and is able to convince seven of the boys at the school to run for him. Continue reading