McFarland, USA

For those who have not yet seen it, McFarland, USA is a great movie about Cross Country.  It details that creation of one of the best high school programs in the nation at McFarland High School in California.  As it is a Disney movie, the theme is pretty standard.  Introduction, creation of the team, team building, overcoming differences, unexpected conflict, resolution (usually the good guys winning).

The movie also makes me glad that I live and run in Middle Georgia, instead of mountain covered California.

One thing that I really appreciate about this movie is the emphasis on the team aspect of the sport.  One of the main characters wins a race, but is immediately concerned how his team is doing.  What a great lesson that I wish all of the runners in the area, either college or high school would learn.

If you have seen the movie, write a few comments about what you thought.


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