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Austin Film Festival: 'My Run'

Emotional doc about a single father running, and running, and running

By Lee Nichols, 8:13PM, Sun. Oct. 25, 2009

Austin Film Festival: 'My Run'

After losing a beloved spouse, it surely must be crushing to find the will to keep going, and to keep raising your family. But Minnesotan Terry Hitchcock did keep going – about 25-30 miles a day, in fact.

After a few years of trying to get his life back together, in 1996 he decided to run a marathon every day for 75 days – taking him from his home all the way to the Atlanta Olympics – to raise awareness of the struggles of single parents and their children. He had no idea just how insane his idea was – by comparison, professional marathoners only run two or three a year, and he had no running experience at all. This tale of how he realized he was in over his head, putting an unbearable strain on his body and family, yet pushed on anyway is guaranteed to bring at least a tear or two to your eyes. Narrated by Billy Bob Thornton.

My Run screens Monday, Oct. 26, 9:15pm, at the Rollins Theater.

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