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My Run (2011)

Terry Hitchcock , Billy Bob Thornton , Tim VandeSteeg  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Terry Hitchcock, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Hitchcock, Teri Sue Hitchcock, Chris Hitchcock
  • Directors: Tim VandeSteeg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BE79X6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After tragically losing his wife to breast cancer and struggling to raise three young children on his own, real life super hero and modern day Forrest Gump, Terry Hitchcock seized on an idea. He wanted to accomplish the impossible: run 75 consecutive marathons in 75 consecutive days to bring attention to the incredibly difficult lives of single-parent families.

He ran in spite of freezing rain and unbearable heat, in spite of chest pains and bone fractures that wracked his 57-year-old body. He just kept running - each day, every day - strengthening an unbreakable bond between father and son - not stopping until he broke the finish line tape in Atlanta.

MY RUN is more than a film about a guy running multiple marathons; it's a film about the daily marathons we all run in life.

Narrated by Academy Award® Winner Billy Bob Thornton.


"It's truly a story of endurance and faith." --The Dove Foundation

"A superb portrayal of the human realities." --Mammoth Times

Your film is so important to raising awareness of so many issues including the power of the human spirit. Mr. Hitchcock's vision and story is one I will never forget." --Doug Ulman, President/CEO of Livestrong

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Top-Notch Inspirational Movie for Runners August 6, 2011
I saw My Run in the theater and enjoyed every last second. As a "regular runner," this movie put running and life in perspective. One of the things I love about running is that learning to overcome the obstacles in the sport builds experience that can be applied to all sorts of other situations in life. Terry's journey showed that lesson over and over. I figured if Terry could do what he did without making any excuses along the way, then I had no excuse not to make my life exactly what I wanted. I would recommend this movie to anyone, runner or not.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration November 12, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a story of overcoming obstacles and dealing with grief, of setting goals -- even goals no one thinks are possible -- and then just never giving up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get My Run and get inspired! February 11, 2012
You can't go wrong with this truly inspirational documentary. The story of Terry Hitchcock is mindblowing. Why on earth would a middle aged man with no athletic background chose to run a marathon per day for 75 days and put his body through ultimate torture, at one point breaking both ankles and having a heart attack?!? Because he loved his children. He wanted to raise awareness for single parent children, of which I am one, raised by my mom, and did so in dramatic fashion. This is Forest Gump in real life. An amazing story for anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindred spirit July 9, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I first put the movie into my queue because I recently started running to train for my first 5K. On the day of the race, I fell down a flight of stairs (before the race began) and broke my ribs, and severely bruised my hip and thigh. I ran the 5K, not knowing the extent of my injuries. Afterwards, people thought that I was crazy for running in this condition, but now I can say, "Not as crazy as Terry Hitchcock". Wow--I could never do what he did. Awesome feat!

It wasn't until I began watching the film that a deeper connection arose. My dad had to finish my raising after my mother died of cancer. So I liked every inch of the film, because I connected with it. I connected with the kids point of view, connected with Terry's grief after he first lost his wife, and it helped me to see that what my dad went through during the grief process can be pretty normal. I mostly connected with his desire to keep his goal.

Would have loved to hear more of the family dynamics, but I understand that the film was focused on the run and raising awareness for the foundations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nonrunner to ultrarunner August 8, 2012
In this space I have written about the feats of well-known runners like Dean Karnazes, Michael Horton, and Marshall Ulrich. These men are world-class ultramarathoners who have run big miles, setting them apart as ultra-elites. Joining this small group is Terry Hitchcock, whose mega-marathon run is documented in My Run. Unlike those other runners, Hitchcock could scarcely have been considered a runner before he decided he would run a marathon a day for 75 days. But that's exactly what he did, running from Minnesota to Atlanta, arriving in time for the start of the 1996 Olympics.

Hitchcock's wife died of cancer in 1984, leaving him to raise 3 kids on his own. Shortly after she died, he lost his job. A decade later, he decided to draw some attention to the experiences and challenges of single parents, so he came up with his plan to run to Atlanta. Although he had not run marathons before, he found a trainer to help him prepare. He was slow (at one point he said he ran about 8 hours a day), but his endurance held up and he seemed to stay strong.

Besides the painful process of running that far, the other painful part of the film was the dissolution of his team. He started out with a support team in an RV, but they fled, so he was left with only one of his sons to support him for much of the run. They did get some free hotel stays, though. The focus of My Run is more on the runner than the run himself, following his personal journey. Runners who see the film will probably be asking, How did he do that? Karnazes, Horton, and Ulrich are seasoned runners with impressive running resumes. Hitchcock is just a guy. Which is really the message of the film: regular guys can do the seemingly impossible, whether it's running 75 marathons or raising 3 kids on his own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My Run September 8, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This is a movie with great subject matter and no so great execution. While I was deeply enthralled in the story, I wasn't as pleased with the way it was presented and it made it hard to approach and easy to get up and ignore.

Terry Hitchcock was your average guy. He had a wife, three kids, and a successful job. But then after his wife develops breast cancer and dies, he becomes a single parent without a job. He does his best at raising them and at the age of 56 realizes that he needs to do something to help other single parents out there. So he decides to run from MN to Atlanta for the Olympics. And he's going to do it at a marathon distance each day. All translated, that's 75 marathons in 75 days.

Terry is an admirable guy. He's old, a little beaten up, yet still tries to push himself to his limits. It makes me feel a little guilty for not running today because of severe sunburn. I feel like a wimp. But having a cause to run for usually helps and Terry had one that was near and dear to his heart. His children we don't see as much of, except for the one that sticks with him through his whole run. But the movie was mostly about Terry, and not the people around him.

I think that a movie about running has the potential to be interesting or boring depending on how it is presented. This one was an interview documentary and it just didn't bring that excitement and sense of fulfillment that another style could have brought. We see Terry running a bit, but the majority was of people talking about him and his struggles. That has his place, but considering he was running for single parents, I expected to find out a little more about what he experienced as a single parent if they were going to do interviews.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not in good shape or health and not a runner accomplished what ...
Impressive that a man experiencing extreme hardships, not in good shape or health and not a runner accomplished what he did. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Susan Mains
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming
Very family friendly , It show`s when a person wants to do some thing bad enough , That person cam do the unbelievable ,
Published 15 months ago by Robert Crawford
2.0 out of 5 stars One man's experience
Amazing accomplishment but amidst the determination, the family support failure and realityof what happened and why all seemed a bit deflating in the end. Keep looking....
Published 17 months ago by wjoegreen
3.0 out of 5 stars not an important story.
The story tells of unusual will power and endurance but single parenthood is not a enthralling topic to most viewers
Published 17 months ago by M. Oksner
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration
Terry had a dream and he did the running but it was his son who ultimately made it happen. None of us stand alone and Terry was blessed with a son who understood that and choose... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Someone's Hero
Very inspirational. A story of radical faith, and the will to make a difference. An ordinary guy with a big dream.
Published 24 months ago by Craig Huggart
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspirational
Good movie. Starts off a little slow but it picks up. Makes you feel like you can do anything when you dedicate yourself to it.
Published on July 11, 2012 by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Bet you can't just buy one.
I bought this after attending a premier at a local theater in Texas. I then after watching again for the second time I bought 5 more to give to friends. It is truly a great film. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by Moonbeam
1.0 out of 5 stars A Square Peg In A Round Hole
I agree with bowknuckles. Totally. I would like to add that the promotions and the actual movie have a disingenuous aire about them. Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by Ferlinghetti
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