Legendary UCLA and Olympic running coach, Bob Larsen, remains a key factor in the resurgence of American distance running on the international stage. City Slickers Can't Stay With Me chronicles Larsen's collaboration with 4-time Olympian Meb Keflezighi, the world-class distance runner with a unique American success story. The film culminates with Meb's electrifying win at the 2014 Boston Marathon.
This excellent documentary traces the long career of the beloved distance running coach Bob Larsen. It artfully weaves together two strands: archival footage and interviews documenting Larsen’s development as a coach at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels; and an intimate portrait of his coaching relationship with Meb Keflezighi, starting at UCLA in the 1990s and leading up to the 2014 Boston Marathon. There are many wonderful moments when various athletes recall Larsen’s quirks and describe what makes him such a superb coach, someone who could “get the best out of anybody.” And especially in recounting the story of the Jamul Toads in San Diego in the 1970s, the film manages to capture the joy of training and racing on a team, and of running itself. An added bonus is the stunning close-up footage of Meb training at altitude in Mammoth Lakes, California.
Wow! What a great film! If you're a runner you'll love this film; if you know who Meb Keflezighi is, you'll love this film; most importantly, if you know who Bob Larsen is, you'll love this film. I'm surprised I just found out about it recently, and that was just by accident, when Amazon suggested it based on my interests. If you have haven't seen it yet, don't waste another moment, and watch it now; you won't regret it, and you'll probably be motivated to go for a run afterwards!
Greatness is the best single word that describes Coach Bob, his protege Meb, and this film. So much in the movie is uplifting - the positive attitude of everyone involved, the sense of gratitude and humility of Meb, the admirable work ethic of all the runners.
What an excellent film, professionally done in all respects, and especially enjoyable for competitive runners and those with San Diego or UCLA connections.
Great movie! I was fortunate to have Bob Larsen as my coach at Grossmont College and the movie accurately captured the essence of his style of coaching, philosophy and personality. The comments made by the runners that he coached were right on the mark.
This film is about a special coach, and his methods to get the most out of every runner he coached. Every runner or potential runner will enjoy this film. I highly recommend this well directed film to anyone, runner or not! Larry Stone
Absolutely enjoyed the story of a man who has done much for many people through his coaching. Bob Larsen is a national treasure and Robert Lusitana can not be praised highly enough for his gift to us in this tribute to Bob Larsen.
This was a great movie. Highly motivating and gives a great history lesson on US distance running. A great tribute to one of the greatest running coaches of all time. It made me want to go for a run and run hard!