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Jack Daniels: The Art and Science of Running

Here is your opportunity to see Dr. Jack Daniels, who has been honored as NCAA Cross Country Coach of the Century, National Coach of the Year, and Runner’s World described as the World’s Best Coach. This Movie of the Month, April 2007is a recording of a presentation made in the summer of 2006 and released in February, 2007. In the 90 minutes you will obtain insights into training and racing strategies for running your best. Main topics include: Principles of training (Training Load, limit principle, specificity, law of diminishing returns, maintenance), the five ingredients of success (Ability, motivation, opportunity, direction, luck), intelligent training design (Endurance and marathon pace runs, threshold workouts, interval and repetition training), as well as stories about distance greats such as Gerry Lindgren, Jim Ryun, Alberto Salazar, Joan Benoit, and his teams at Cortland. Place your order at to bring these tried and true concepts into a whole new dimension.

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Jack Daniels:
The Grassroots of Coaching Cross Country

This 47 minute DVD features Jack Daniels, Ph.D., currently with the Center for High Altitude Training and formerly the head track and cross-country coach State University of New York at Cortland (8 time NCAA Division III National Champions). Championship released this instructional gem in 2008 along with the Distance presentation shown below. You will see coach Daniels providing both the large perspectives as well as specific details needed to best meet the team needs in Cross Country. Coach Daniels shares his insight into a variety of aspects the affect the cross country runner including knowing the athletes’ background, goal setting (training and racing), developing training plans for each phase of the season, detailed workout needs (long runs, intervals, and threshold training), running stride, turnover rate, breathing patterns, and how to most effectively work as a team to perform at the highest level. Few people have been as influential in providing scientifically based methods to training and this is a unique opportunity to obtain a deeper understanding of how to apply these principals to your overall program.

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Jack Daniels: The Grassroots of Coaching
Middle Distance and Distance Runners

Based on his widely popular book, Daniels’ Running Formula, Coach Daniels presents a scientifically based approach that can be understood at all levels of development of middle distance and long distance runners. This is your opportunity to develop your grassroots technical and training strategies for coaching. A host of topics are presented including: evaluating the stride, breathing patterns, ground mechanics, fitness testing, developing workout routines (long runs, easy runs, and sprint workouts), injury prevention, and seasonal planning recommendations. The four distinct phases of training are examined with instruction on how to individualize the workouts to meet needs of each runners. These scientifically based workout specifics are easy to understand and implement into your program. When it comes to training plans, the discussion often begins "Lydiard or Daniels", and this is your chance to hear from one of the greatest minds in coaching today. 44 minutes and released in early 2008 by Championship Productions where you can visit and both place an order as well as watch a short clip.

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee: Beyond the Bounds

A Practical Workout from the World’s Top Female Athlete
1993, by After Midnight Productions and distributed by BMG Video. The first 30 minutes of this tape is an intermediate level aerobic workout led by Ron Byrd and demonstrated and narrated by Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Follow the program that advances from an initial warm up of stretching through four phases of aerobic activity. This low impact set features squats, lunges, hand weights, and floor work that focuses on the back and abdominal areas. The five minute cool down returns to stretching and completes the workout. Next, Jackie provides both travel tips as well as toning and stretching exercises that you can perform while traveling. The last nine minutes is a documentary profile section where Jackie describes her early experiences with track and field and her relationship with her coach, Bob Kersee. During this period there are scenes from the 1986 Goodwill Games of competition in the high hurdles, 200 meters, and 800 meter run. After the credits there is a brief section on how to take your pulse and calculate your "training heart rate" based on your max heart rate. If you want to purchase this tape, visit to order a used copy.

Jack’s Run

As a short film in 16 mm format, only lasting 14-minutes, see a young runner on his first long-distance marathon race. Written by Chuck Olin this title was released by Phoenix Films of New York.

Jeff Keith’s Run Across America

AKA: Run Across America
This documentary follows Jeff Keith in his run across the United States proving to millions of Americans the feat can be accomplished in spite of a severe handicap. Jeff lost a leg to cancer when he was 12 years old. He started his trek in Boston, Massachusetts and ended the 3,200 run in February 1985 in Los Angeles, California. This was Bill Rock Productions first television show which won a silver medal form the International Television and Film Festival. Running 13-minutes in length, VHS and 16mm format, and released in 1985, this film was made possible through Johnson and Johnson products and Modern Talking Picture Service. For a more widely known story of a similar theme see the 1983 film The Terry Fox Story.

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Jeopardy Presents a Tribute to the Olympic Games

with a Special Introduction by Alex Trebek
On the back of this container it spills over with this description of the film: Written and produced by Bud Greenspan, America's foremost sports film maker and Olympic historian, this is a very special videotape. Featuring classic moments and spectacular action, this videotape is a celebration of the triumph and the sacrifice of individuals who have become Olympic legends. You'll swell with pride and swallow hard to hold back the tears as you see the Olympic Games as you have never seen them before. Narration of this 1996 release by Cappy Productions is provided by Dick Stockton.

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The Jericho Mile

Voted #2 Best Film He’s running for his freedom...and his life.
This drama was originally made for TV and was telecast March 18, 1979 by ABC and was released on video cassette in 1988 by Embassy Home Entertainment. In Europe this 95-minute film was released in the theater. The box captures the story as follows: "The incredible Peter Strauss is Rain Murphy, a man serving a life sentence for killing his father. A man whose home is Folsom Prison, a place where only the toughest breed of criminals- murderers, rapists, and armed robbers- are sent. His passion is running. He runs to escape the mean and hopeless life he must lead; to free himself from the inmate tensions and power struggles. Then he's given a chance. A chance to train for the Olympics, a chance at glory, a chance at freedom. The Olympic mile is a dream that comes to be known as the Jericho Mile- a mile-long burst of hope and speed that could bring the walls of Folsom Prison tumbling down for Rain Murphy. Don't miss this action-packed drama full of Movie of the Month, November 2004determination, excitement and power." Filmed on location at the state of California Folsom Prison with inmates providing supporting roles. Note that the running scenes were shot silently and later the breathing and footfalls were added for sound. The direction was provided by Michael Mann (a jogger himself) who also has writing credits with Patrick J. Nolan. Musical scores are different depending on the release with James Di Pasquale (theatrical version) and Jimmie Haskell (TV) obtaining credit. If you want to purchase this film visit to order a used copy or try bidding at one of the auction sites.

Jesse Owens

This 20-minute 16mm documentary film was released in 1976 by Counselor Films and highlights the events of the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Explains how the catalyst for a devastating blow to the twisted concept of a "master race" was a Black athlete named Jesse Owens. Owens was one of the early greats in track and field and this film explores his exciting years both as an athlete and sports personality.

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The Jesse Owens Story

A triumphant saga of strength, will and love. Dorian Harewood leads an all-star cast in the dramatization of legendary track star Jesse Owens- the man who won four gold medals over Hitler's supermen and captured America's heart. Spanning over forty years, this powerful docudrama traces Jesse's life- from his days as a sharecropper's son, through his incredible record-breaking college years, his marriage to his high school sweetheart, his monumental victories in the 1936 Olympics, and his thirty-year struggle to survive in a prejudiced country that he loved so deeply. Jesse's story: a story of love for one woman, an on-going struggle for dignity, and devotion to humanity. (Box description) Made for TV in 1984, some music has been changed for this home video version by Paramount Pictures that appeared in 1993. Running 174-minutes this two video cassette movie was written and produced by Harold Gast with direction by Richard Irving. has new and used copies available for purchase in both VHS and DVD format.

Jesse Owens, Champion Athlete

AKA: Jesse Owens
Schlessinger Video Productions released this 30-minute film in 1994 as part of the series "Black Americans of Achievement Video Collection II". Based on the book by Tony Gentry with the movie narrated by John O'Neal, the intended audience is 5th grade and higher. This is the story of Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, where he set world records in track and field. Also discussed are the racial prejudices Owens faced as a young athlete in America and his life after having been an Olympic superstar. Writing credits belong to the team of Amy A. Tiedel, Jeff Wachman, and Scott Kraus with music by Michael Keck.

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Jim Fixx on Running

RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video released this 1980 film (limited theater release) on home video in 1984 with a running time of 58-minutes. has copies for sale and if you read the back of the box it will tell you: Both the novice and the experienced runner will benefit from this revolutionary program designed as a professional in-home guide to running! Featured in this hour-long production is the nation's most prominent running authority, Jim Fixx. Join hum in beautiful locations across the nation as he provides valuable advice on various topics of interest such as performance, special dietary plans, and even the right clothes to wear. Unlike any other home video, Jim Fixx on Running is equipped with such helpful features as stop-action and repetitive action, enabling you, the viewer, to set your own pace of instruction in the comfort of your own home. Let Jim Fixx show you how to enjoy the healthy benefits of running for both fitness and recreation.

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Jim Ryun: America’s Greatest Miler

This video is a documentary of Ryun's amazing career, from his high school days through to retirement. Producer John Rinkenbaugh has amassed some phenomenal footage (including Ryun's 3:58.3 at the Kansas State Championships, the first sub-four mile run in prep competition) and this will be instant Movie of the Month, July 2002nostalgia for veteran track buffs. If you didn't see Ryun in person, this video will show you what all the fuss was about. In addition to race footage, there are plenty of contemporary interviews with those closest to Ryun and his success, including Coach Bob Timmons, photographer Rich Clarkson, and Ryun himself. This is a video to treasure and to play again and again. Distributors apparently have sold all their copies so consider yourself lucky if you can find a new copy of this video. Narration provided by John Holt, written by John Rinkebaugh, and produced by Brett Akagi and Cynthia Stone. Running 60-minutes and originally released in 1997, the latest releases are from Rinky-Dink Productions in 1999. Many sources have distributed this tape in the past and if you want to seek a used copy, or sell your copy to someone else, than visit

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Jim Thorpe: All American

AKA: Man of Bronze (UK)
1951, Drama, 107-minutes, black and white, and released in DVD format on October 23, 2007. Directed by Michael Curtiz, produced by Everett Freeman, and music by Max Steiner. Released by Warner Home Video in 1992, Jim Thorpe provided technical advising during the original production. In the 1912 Olympic Games decathlon in Stockholm, Thorpe won the gold medal with a World Record 8412 points, with a margin of victory of 688 points. The back of the box describes the film: "All action. All excitement. The life story of an all-American legend. He did it all. And he did it better than anyone. Oklahoma Indian Jim Thorpe played pro baseball, almost singlehandedly put pro football on the map, and won Olympic gold medals- yet knew nothing about organized sports before enrolling as a young man at Carlisle School for Indians. When selecting "the greatest athlete of the first half of the 20th century," American sportswriters really had only one choice: Jim Thorpe. Choosing who would play Thorpe in his life story was not so easy. Warner Brothers searched 15 years before they found the right actor. Burt Lancaster excelled at boxing, baseball, track, and gymnastics at New York University and later dazzled Ringling Brothers audiences with his audacious acrobatic act. The virile future Academy Award winner brings muscle to this exciting film loaded with thrilling sports action. And he brings dramatic power to his portrayal of Thorpe's greatest triumph: the climb back to a successful life after a bitter slide into obscurity." Obtain your copy of this film at in either VHS or DVD format.

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Joggers’ Park

AKA: Paapi Devta
This feature film from India is in the Hindi language, with subtitles in English, and has a run time of 128 minutes. The worldwide release was on September 12, 2003, about two weeks after the director, Anant Balani, died of a cardiac arrest. The story line is of a retired celebrity judge, Justice Chatterjee, who starts jogging at "Joggers’ Park" to have an activity and meets Jenny, a young, bold, extrovert, who is a regular at this park (located in Bandra, Mumbai). The rest of the story is about what happens after they meet and the good character development, humor, and realistic dialogues allow this comedy/romance motion picture to develop well. The story concept, and movie producer, is credited to Subhash Ghai. The film company, Mukta Arts, shot this film in 38 days (on their smallest budget to date) and it is intended for young urban audiences rather than a mass appeal in India. Tabun Sutradhar was the music composer and the soundtrack has five songs in Hindi and two in English. The official web site of this film is located at Joggers and to place an order to purchase this film visit Additional reviews are available and you may want to read one from the online edition of India’s National Newspaper: The Hindu.

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Jogging Warm-up

This is from the series Exercise Shorts issued by Karl Lorimar Home Video in 1986 which lasts 20-minutes. This video emphasizes endurance conditioning, leg strengthening, and increased flexibility. Exercises are carefully designed to enhance your endurance and your upper and lower body strength. The executive producer is Stuart Karl, directed by Kevin Burke, and written by Trudy Harris.

Jogging with Marty Liquori

AKA: Jogging
Selluloid Productions released this 60-minute tape in 1984. Noted runner and sports commentator Marty Liquori provides practical advice for recreational runners. He answers questions posed by his jogging companion, gives competitive racing advice to an experienced runner, and explains and demonstrates strategy to topflight racers.

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John Baker’s Last Race

Filmed in Albuquerque, N.M., where the story took place, this is a dramatization of the story of John Baker, an Olympic class track athlete who contracted cancer and spent his last months helping the children he taught and coached. Here you will see how he helped his athletes feel proud of themselves and the things they could do. Lasting 33-minutes and originally released in 1976 in 16mm format, the 1986 video cassette release was from Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation and the LDS Video Store offers this title for purchase in VHS or on a DVD (with 4 other titles, including The Emmett Smith Story, for just a few dollars more). Douglas G. Johnson functioned as both producer and director. Another film about John Baker is the made for television movie A Shining Season.

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The Journey of the African-American Athlete

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1996, 119-minutes, HBO Home Video, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. African-American athletes today are much-loved heroes in American sports, but this has not always been true. In the past, many black athletes were rejected and struggled to meet their fellow competitors on a level playing field. Captured here is the telling of over 100 years of history as men and women challenge and break through the barriers based on race. Many of the social, political, and economic aspects are discussed as well as some of the finest achievements in sports history. Hardly a sport goes uncovered as horse racing, bicycle racing, boxing, basketball, baseball, golf, track and field, tennis, and football are all examined by scholars, coaches, and athletes who discuss the infuence various movements had on the arena of sport in America. Some of the athletes who are featured include: Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Jackie Robinson, Jim Brown, Bill Russell, Arthur Ashe, Julius Erving, and track stars Jesse Owens, John Woodruff, Wilma Rudolph, Wyomia Tyus, Tommie Smith and John Carlos. This documentary was produced by Leslie D. Farrell, Paul H. Hutchison, Kendall B. Reid and written by William C. Rhoden. This video is currently available from

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A comedy about growing up...and the bumps along the way
2007, 96 minutes, Rated PG-13. Filmed in Canada under director Jason Reitman, this is a compassionate story of a 16 year old girl who wants to give her baby up for adoption. Juno, played by Ellen Page, becomes pregnant by high school runner Paulie Bleaker, and then must navigate this very difficult situation. The running found in this film acts as the backdrop which helps show the passage of time as the seasons, and status of the pregnancy, change. Sure, the running outfits are odd by today’s standards, yet these are the type of uniforms that appear in past year books all across the country. Enjoy watching the Dancing Elk track team run in a group, as well as some touching action and dialog at the track. Juno has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Make a chance to see this one in the theater and you may learn more about this film at the official website as well as sign up for notification at for when the DVD will be released. The soundtrack is already available for purchase and it features 19 songs from the film.

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Just Yell Fire

Empowering Girls to Protect Themselves
Two high school students, Dallas Jessup and Catherine Wehage, developed and perform leading roles in this self defense instructional film. After a talk show type introduction to the main concepts of how to protect oneself from kidnapping or rape, there are six scenes that demonstrate and teach the skills needed to keep yourself safe. The last scene takes place on a jogging trail where the attackers grab each of the women from behind. Do you know what to do if this were to happen to you when out running? By watching this DVD you will learn 10 effective ways to help get free including how to effectively bite, gouge an eye, whip slap an ear, properly kick, and release holds. The production quality is very high, with interesting graphics, statistics, and with enough repetition of instruction to get the point across clearly. Released in 2006, the entire 48 minute movie can be downloaded (please make a donation) and you can also view a trailer online at their web site,

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