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Lady Warriors

Lady Warriors is the compelling story of a girl’s high school cross-country team during their 2000 season on its quest for a fourth consecutive state championship in Arizona. Produced and directed by John C.P. Goheen (read interview), the film takes us behind the scenes on the Navajo and Hopi reservations as well as on the road, as the Lady Warriors prepare to defend their title. The film chronicles the events from the first practice to the final race. Throughout the film we watch the Lady Warriors grow; we share their experiences; witness their lives; see where and how traditional and modern life intersect; and learn about their hopes and dreams. In the course of the season, we come to know a group of young, spirited Movie of the Month, April 2003Native American women inspired by tradition, undaunted by poverty, fueled by possibility and fiercely dedicated to making their dreams come true. In addition to their story and integral to the film are unique glimpses of Hopi and Navajo life in and around Tuba City, Arizona including a baby naming ceremony, buffalo dancing and a Navaho puberty ritual. The team’s principal runners are: Ciji Honahnie, Hopi; Marietta (Bitsie) Riggs, Navajo; Christina Begay, Navajo; Jayme Lomakema, Hopi and Navajo; Crystal Dugi, Navajo; Krysten Seweingyawma, Hopi, Navajo and Black; and Brandi Attai, Navajo. This film won awards for Best Documentary, American Indian Festival, 2001, in addition to other awards in 2002 from Film Festivals in Denver, San Francisco, and Phoenix. You can obtain this film if you are a school district, library, or media center by contacting Filmakers Library and make sure to ask for the 90 minute version (rather than the 56 minute version that they advertise) to see the entire film. HBO Family has the broadcasting rights to this movie for one year ending in October of 2003.

The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon

Highlights Video 2000
From 2000 comes this highlights video of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon. Although the tape is not long, with a running time of 17:27, you get a fairly good portrait of race day. Five athletes are profiled: Khalid Khannouchi going for his third win on this course; Ann Schefers-Coles, hoping to be in the top-10 women; 16-year old Neil Higgins, trying to improve from last year and qualify for Boston; Allison Ostrander, dedicating the race to her mother who died from Alzheimer's; and Bonnie Trafelet, who was inspired to run after photographing the race in 1999. In the end, Khalid Khannouchi breaks away from the pace setters to set a new American Record of 2:07:01 (with an awards check of $180,000). The women's winner, 28 year old Catherine Ndereba from Kenya, takes home $105,000 with her win on this fast and fast course. There is a good mix of music, and dynamic images of large crowds of people running in this uplifting video.

The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Highlight DVD

This is the 2003 race highlights DVD and with a run time of about 3.5 hours you will be able to view a great deal of the race footage as well as some runner profiles, top ten men and women finishers, and some special interest stories. With last year's 25th Aniversary Collection Highlights Video all sold out, don't wait if you want to capture this year's race. It appears that this video is no longer available to purchase new.

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Lasse Viren: Running is Your Life

Everything in this film is just as it happened
This 52-minute documentary was released in 1980 by Sports Video of Woodland Hills, California. The focus is Lasse Viren and his training for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Watch the Finnish policeman return off an injury as he runs extremely high mileage to try peaking for his third Olympic performance. Although he finished 5th in the Moscow Games in the 10,000 meters, he was in the lead with 400 meters and showed his greatness by running his heart out. Viren is the only man to win both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter track races in consecutive Olympiads, 1972 and 1976 (where he set both Olympic, 13:26.4, and World Records, 27:38.4). Although the commentary is running throughout without any direct interviews from Viren, the 1980 Olympic race is highlighted by a nice surprise of classical music.

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Leadville Trail 100

This 50 mile out and back course is in the midst of the breathtaking Colorado Rockies. The lowest point is 9,200 feet with the highest point being Hope Pass at 12,600 feet. The majority is ran on forest trail with some mountain roads. Pacers are allowed after the 50 mile point. Five videos have been produced by Mt. Elbert Video that shows the Leadville Trail 100 race from various standpoints. Select from 1985; 1987; 1988, 90-minutes; 1993, 120-minutes; or 1994, 120-minutes, with both biking and running; to witness that year's race activities. Order directly from Leadville Trail 100 and receive a discount by buying any three tapes. Course records for both men and women were set in 1994 and are held by Juan Herrera, 17:30:42 and Ann Trason, 18:06:24 respectively.

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Legends of Hayward Field

Steve Prefontaine, Alberto Salazar, Mack Robinson, Mary Slaney, Mac Wilkins, Joaquim Cruz, Les Steers are just a few of the stellar names in track and field who have called Hayward Field their home. Current Coach and Olympic medalist Bill Dellinger calls the field "the Carnegie Hall of Track and Field." Movie of the Month, September 2002We take you back a century to the very start of this great tradition at the University of Oregon- from Dan Kelly and Bill Hayward to Bill Bowerman, Jim Bailey, Mel Renfro and Kathy Hayes- and many, many more. The previous box description nearly encompasses this 1991 documentary produced by Media Craft Associates with a running time of 28-minutes. Jesse Nazareth provides direction and production while narration comes from Todd McKim. Near the end of this film every University of Oregon runner to obtain an Olympic medal or set an American or World Record gets highlighted with an individual pictoral. A Eugene, Oregon company, Think Video, can provide you with NTSC, PAL, or SECAM versions of this historic film.

Local Boy Makes Good

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, this 1931 musical-comedy is filmed in black and white and lasts 67-minutes. The story line is: John is a timid student who works at the University Book Store. He is studying to be a botanist and has a secret crush on the lovely Julia. One day, one of his letters gets accidentally mailed and Julia receives it. When the letter says that he is a fraternity man and a big track star, Julia rushes right over to see him. But John is neither and Spike, Julia's boyfriend, is a track star at a nearby College. John does not want to enter the track meet so Julia tries to use psychology on him. That and a good wrestling hold makes John timidly agree to enter the race.

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The Loneliest Runner

An Uplifting Story of a Boy’s Growth into Manhood
Michael Landon is the producer, director, and writer of this autobiographically themed drama that was made for television. This 74-minute movie was cagily scheduled by NBC to premiere December 20, 1976 in the 9:30 PM timeslot, directly following Michael Landon's top-rated TV series Little House on the Prairie. The VHS release appeared in 1984 by Warner Home Video. The story is of a fourteen year old bed wetter who runs home from school every day to retrieve the wet sheet his mother has hung from his bedroom window to punish him. He races to get there before any of his friends pass the house. This enforced training prepares him to become a competitive runner. For a short review, biography, and to view the film using Real Player go to Wet or visit to purchase a used VHS tape. Interestingly, Michael Landon, born Eugene Orowitz, was a javelin thrower and won the New Jersey State Championship for Collingwood High School with a throw of 193-4 (58.92m), the best high school throw in the nation in 1954.

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

AKA: Rebel with a Cause
1962, black and white, 104-minutes, not rated. When asked to name a film about running this is one of the most frequently mentioned, however, it is far from the best example to illustrate the sport of running. The back of the box describes the content as follows: Tom Courtenay (The Dresser, Doctor Zhivago) made his screen debut in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, one of the best of Britain's powerful "angry young man" movies. Director Tony Richardson (an Academy Award winner the next year for Tom Jones) and screenwriter Alan Sillitoe (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning) give the film an edgy intensity specific to its era yet timeless in its outcry against injustice. And Sir Michael Redgrave stings as the smug school governor who wants to use Colin's running prowess to gain glory for the institution- and himself. The latest release was in 1992 by Warner Home Video and can be found at

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The Long Green Line

50 Years of Coaching, Running for the 25th Title,
1000’s of Changed Young Men...One Long Green Line

This 88 minute film documents the York High School’s 2005 Cross Country season as the runners seek their record 25th state title in 50 years. You will meet legendary Coach Joe Newton as he works with 221 athletes on his team. It premiered in Chicago in April 2008 and also played at the Running Film Festival held in conjuction with the US Track and Field Olympic Trials. Learn more, sign up for the mailing list, and view a sample clip at You may order the DVD at this time that will be released on October 14th.

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The Long Run

A winning Story About Going The Distance
This South African drama, running 113 minutes and rated R in the United States, was released to theaters May 4, 2001 and was made available on video (VHS and DVD) February 26, 2002. This fictional film centers on a man trying to achieve one of his greatest ambitions by turning a rank amateur into a champion. The Comrades Marathon is a punishing 54-mile race that stretches between two cities through the arid desert in South Africa. Bohmer is despondent until he discovers Christine (Nthati Moshesh), a young woman he sees jogging one day. Bohmer's trained eye tells him that she has the natural gifts and talent to win the Comrades, but he learns that she's never trained for a competitive athletic event in her life. Renowned South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo contributed several songs to The Long Run's soundtrack. If you want to learn more about this ultramarathon visit the official Comrades Marathon web site. To read a review go to Both VHS and DVD versions can be found used at if they are sold out of new stock. Anant Singh and Helena Spring were the producers, Jean Stewart provided direction, and writing credits go to Johann Potgieter.

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AKA: Longboat- Distance Runner
Shenandoah Film Productions released this 1993 film done in Canada with a running time of 23-minutes. Long distance runner Tom Longboat is a surprisingly powerful story examining the life and times of a turn of the century Iroquois Nations famous athlete. The life, times, and misunderstandings of the early runner are revealed through re-enactment based around an interview with a reporter. Although based on the book In Defense of Tom Longboat, another title, The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone- The Story of Tom Longboat, by Jack Batten (released in 2002), is more readily available. Longboat was the winner of 1907 Boston marathon with a time of 2:24:24 as well as winning a marathon held in Madison Square Garden in 1908 by completing the 262 laps in 2:45:05. Obtain your copy by going to Shenandoah and note the prices are designed for organizational purchases and rentals.

The Longest Ditch

AKA: An Díog Is Faide
This 2004 release from TG4 in Ireland is directed by Hugh Farley and has a run time of 14 minutes in the Irish language with English subtitles. This story is based on the actual life of steeplechaser Michael "Sonny" Murphy and his participation at Los Angeles Olympics in 1932. Sonny is a great athlete who enjoys running and leaping over the ridges of County Clare and the Burren. One day the local postman appears with a letter inviting Sonny to compete for Ireland at the 1932 Summer Olympics. Sonny is elated, since all his dreams seem to be coming true; however, the responsibilities of helping on the family farm lead him to some deep soul searching. He ultimately decides not to go to the games, yet his brother wishes to help him and, along with the local priest, the whole community rallies to let Sonny fulfil his Olympic dream. But for every dream there is a price to be paid.

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The Loretta Claiborne Story

The strength to overcome. The resolve to triumph. The friendship that guided the way.
2000, 90-minutes, PG, made for TV drama, Walt Disney Home Video, produced by Suzy Beugen-Bishop, directed by Lee Grant, written by Grace McKeaney, music by Stanley Clarke. The container describes the film as follows: Loretta Claiborne's fellow Americans became aware of her many remarkable achievements when she garnered numerous awards throughout her lifetime. Now, here is her true story starring Kimberly Elise (Beloved) and Emmy Award-winner Camryn Manheim (TV's The Practice) as the dedicated social worker whose compassion inspired Loretta to remarkable heights while overcoming all odds. Your entire family will be moved and enthralled by the amazing life of this championship athlete and dedicated advocate for the physically challenged that the Los Angeles Daily News applauds as "a smart and moving tribute" to two courageous women. Your local video store may be selling their extra copies of this film or order it used from You may have seen Loretta as a guest on Oprah Winfrey Show in 1981, 1995, and 2000. Her awards and accomplishments include the 1996 ESPY- Arthur Ashe Award for Courage and "Runners World Special Athlete of the Quarter Century" to name only a few; I encourage you to learn more about this fascinating and motivating athlete.

Los Angeles Olympics 1984: Olympic Track and Field, Hurdles

This 48-minute video tape contains unedited film footage from the 1984 Summer Olympic Games hurdle events including: Men's 400 meter hurdles: first round, semi-finals, and finals. Men's 110 high hurdles: first round, one semi-final, and finals. Women's 400 meter hurdles semi-finals. This production was privately arranged, in cooperation with The Athletics Congress, and does not circulate from the collection at Butler University library in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Louisiana Legends, "Willie Davenport"

Louisiana Public Broadcasting produced this 1983 video that runs for 28-minutes. Here you will see Gus Weill interviewing Olympic hurdler and Baton Rouge native, Willie Davenport. The executive producer was Beth George Courtney, producer Kathryn Grigsby-Breazeale, and direction by Clay Fourrier. Davenport competed in five Olympics, winning the gold medal in 1968 where he tied the Olympic record of 13.3 seconds and later reflected: "From the first step, the gun, I knew I had won the race. It was perhaps the only race I ever ran that way, but that first step was so perfect, right on the money." He also competed on the U.S. bobsled team in 1980, making him one of eight Americans to compete in both Summer and Winter Games. Davenport was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1990. Willie Davenport died of a heart attack at the age of 59 after collapsing at O'Hare International Airport on June 17, 2002.

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LSU’s Explosive Sprint Drills

1998, 28 minutes. Under Coach Pat Henry’s direction LSU’s men’s and Women’s teams have won 17 NCAA titles, mostly due to their always-swift sprint corps. These specialized sprint drills will aid in the development of balance, flexibility, postural strength (maintenance of proper form), power and explosiveness. Championship produced and distributed this VHS tape until switching to DVD only titles in June of 2007.

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