My Run

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My Run
Directed by Tim VandeSteeg
Produced by Tim VandeSteeg
Mark Castaldo
Written by Kim Pederson
Starring Terry Hitchcock
Teri Sue Hitchcock
Chris Hitchcock
Jason Hitchcock
Narrated by Billy Bob Thornton
Music by Steve Horner
Cinematography Matt Ehling
Edited by David Frank
Release date
  • October 23, 2009 (2009-10-23) (Austin)
  • March 31, 2011 (2011-03-31) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

My Run is a 2009 documentary film directed and produced by Tim VandeSteeg and produced by Mark Castaldo. The film chronicles Terry Hitchcock's journey of completing 75 marathons in 75 consecutive days to raise awareness for single parent families. It first screened at the Austin Film Festival on October 23, 2009.


My Run tells the true story of two journeys. The first, which began in 1984, opens the film when Terry Hitchcock's wife Sue dies of breast cancer. Only a few days later he loses his job. Suddenly, he finds himself alone with his three young children and no income.[1]

The film follows Terry as he learns to function as a single parent, and discovers how difficult it is to maintain and nourish a strong loving family and how faith can be instrumental in strengthening your will to keep moving forward. His experience also teaches him that single parents and their children are unsung everyday heroes.[2] [3]

The film jumps forward to 1996, when Terry takes the first step of his "Mega-Marathon" from Minneapolis to Atlanta. He runs every day, covering the equivalent of a marathon or more for 75 consecutive days to arrive just in time for the summer Olympic Games. He runs in honor of his wife and to bring attention and a voice to the everyday heroes; the single parents and their kids.

Terry expresses in the film that he wants to let everyone know that nothing is impossible, that ordinary people can do extraordinary things and by doing so inspire others. "Every one of us can do something", Terry says, "that's what it’s all about".[4]


Director/Producer Tim VandeSteeg was inspired to make this film after meeting Terry Hitchcock through a mutual contact.[5]

Billy Bob Thornton's narration was recorded in the same studio where his group The Boxmasters records.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Josh Board, from says "Run, don't walk, to catch this in the theatres when its released."[6]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result
Austin Film Festival[7] November 5, 2009 Documentary Feature Competition Audience Award Won
Newport Beach Film Festival[8] April 30, 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Won
Mammoth Film Festival[9] December 17, 2009 Best Documentary Won
Las Vegas Film Festival[10] Grand Jury Prize Won
DocMiami International Film Festival[11] Audience Award Won
Visionfest[12] Outstanding Achievement Documentary Filmmaking Won
Big Bear Lake International Film Festival[13] Audience Award Won


  1. ^ "The Terry Hitchcock Story". My Run Movie. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  2. ^ "Documentary Filmmaking: My Run". Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  3. ^ "NBFF Day 5 / My Run / The Sicilian Girl". Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  4. ^ "The man who ran to Atlanta | Minnesota Public Radio News". 2010-04-16. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  5. ^ a b [1] Archived May 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Movie Review: My Run". 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  7. ^ "2009 Audience Award Winners Announced!". Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ "2010 Award Winners" (PDF). Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Winning Films at the 2009 Mammoth Film Festival". Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ "2010 Winners". Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ "My Run Wins Audience Award". Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Standing room only at Tribeca Cinemas as VISIONFEST 10 unveiled its 5x5 NY State of Mind Digital Project and Ron Farrar Brown's Consent led award winners' pack with 3 statuettes at VISIONFEST 10 Awards". Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  13. ^ "2010 Festival". Retrieved June 7, 2011. 

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