Running tip #93
Counting down the days to 101 (I will not make it to 365, having set a challenge too big for my britches), I must hurry and scribble down a few loose-ended lists … like favorite races, and favorite books, and today’s post: my favorite running movies. I already told you about Saint Ralph, and recently I saw the Disney movie of McFarland’s cross-country team (annoyingly void of ANY strong female characters or, duh?!?, female runners … though it did have a classic Disney “princess” in a literal tiara smiling up at her daddy-prince).
Here is my top-ten list of favorite “running” movies:
1.) National Velvet – Elizabeth Taylor and the Pie (a horse) inspire steeplechasers the world over. Strong female lead!!
2.) Children of Heaven – a subtitled, Iranian gem you will never forget. Pure running delight.
3.) Chariots of Fire – the music alone makes this a must-see. And, oh!, the scene with the Champagne and hurdles …
4.) Running Brave – who doesn’t love a Robby Benson movie? Billy Mills’ 10k race is truly the grand finale. Thrilling, still, after all these years.
5.) The Triplets of Belleville – an animated masterpiece lifting the veil on cycling
intensity insanity. Runners can relate.
6.) The Long Green Line – the true story of a storied cross-country dynasty (I would have put it higher on my list except, AGAIN, no girls in the movie at all). Love the clever documentary stylistic tricks.
7.) Endurance – Haile Gebrselassie’s almost-true story (they left out the EPO bits). The radio moment …
8.) Karate Kid – not literally about running, but all athletes must learn the lesson of “Wax on/Wax off.” And, I had a crush on Ralph Macchio when I was a kid. Wrote him a fan letter. He never replied.
9.) Rocky – another non-running movie … but when he sprints to the top of the steps at The Philadelphia Museum of Art? You know – running chills forever.
10.) A League of Their Own – I only added this because I often allude to Tom Hanks’ famous line when I tell my team, “There’s no crying in cross-country!” (several strong female characters, including Madonna).