Sunday, February 8, 2015


Last Thursday night I went to see the prescreening of the Disney movie McFarland.

If you are a runner, this is the perfect feel good movie to watch.

Coach White seems to struggle with each of his coaching jobs until he lands at McFarland High School. After getting fired as their assistant football coach, he sees the kids in his class running and convinces the school’s administration to let him start a cross country team. These are the same kids that spend as much time working the fields picking produce as they spend in school.

The year is 1987 and California holds their first cross country high school state championship. The entire McFarland Cougar team consisted of just 7 kids. They come from not having a cross country team to qualifying for States by finishing 4th in their sectional championship in a matter of months.

During this time Coach White learns much about the community of McFarland and the people who call it their home. So much so that by the end of the movie he turns down other offers to remain in McFarland.

As with most movies possibly the best moment comes in the last moments of the movie. Danny their slowest team member has the race of his life during the championship meet and helps them win the championship.

This is a definitely a movie that will appeal to runners everyone.

See you at the movies,

The Cool Down Runner





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