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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Things I Love Thursday - Inspiration (and Giveaways)

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview Terry Hitchcock, the subject of the movie My Run. I had my list of questions ready to go, but many of them remained blank when the interview was complete. The reason is because Hitchcock was so easy to talk to, and one subject would inevitably lead to another. Our 15 minute interview turned into closer to 45 minutes without even a glance at the clock. It was interesting to hear his story in his words and his own voice. Here is some of what I learned, straight from Hitchcock himself:

  • Terry Hitchcock didn't plan to make his running journey into a film. "I did the run and then said to myself 'I'm going to go on and do other things.' I did the run with no real fanfare, he said. "Every day I was competing with the Olympics in the news. I did my run and then it was over. Then the idea of making it into a movie started snowballing over the years..."

  • One of the reasons Terry's accomplishment is so notable: "I'm not really a runner," he said. "I don't look at myself as a runner."

  • Terry Hitchcock's story is being made into a feature film.

  • Terry Fox is one of Hitchcock's heroes. Fox's run inspired Hitchcock's run."I remember picking up the paper and wondering where Terry is today," Hitchcock said. "During his attempt, he raised $24 million."

  • "I wanted to do something for single parents and their children," he said. "I wanted to represent those 37 million people."

  • Hitchcock trained for 17 months. The most important thing his trainer taught him was to never give up.

  • Halfway through his training, Hitchcock had a heart attack. He didn't tell his trainer; said he went on vacation.

  • Billy Bob Thornton (the film's narrator) loved Hitchcock's story and wanted to be a part of the film. Thornton even wrote a piece of music that is in the documentary.

And the winners of the copies of My Run are :

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The rest of you can receive 10% off by purchasing the DVD at, using the following code at checkout: INSPIRES.

*I received two free copies of the film to give away. My thoughts and comments about the movie are my own. Winners were chosen by


  1. Great story about an every day person doing something amazing for others. That's a life that matters.

  2. That's so cool that you got to interview him! We went and saw the movie in theaters. It's a great story.

  3. Oh wow - that's my name there! Cool - can't wait to see the DVD. Great interview by the way :-)


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