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The Long Green Line

A Film About Running, Teamwork, and Life

2008
88 Minutes + Extras
Documentary
Available on DVD

If you have never participated in, or even watched, a high school cross country race, no worry, you will love this movie. If you are a seasoned athlete, currently competing, you too will love this movie (just on a different level). Welcome to the 2005 fall cross country season where York Community High School in Elmhurst, Illinois is trying to win their 25th Cross Country Team State Championship. Join the recruiting (over 200 runners are on this team), training, meetings, race days, the state meet performance, and final celebrations. Yet best of all is every step of the way you will see the legendary coach of 50 years, Joe Newton. See how Coach Newton interacts, supports, encourages, and manages to bring his team to the line ready to run.

Quotes by Coach Newton:
  • "I love my job being around these kids and trying to turn them in the right direction. And when you turn them in the right direction you see their life change. But if I can change one life then it’s very worth my time."


  • "We are there for them and all they got to do is come out and be their best and that’s all we’re lookin’ for."


  • "We win together, we lose together and it’s like a massive family where everybody’s important to our team, and to me, and if they work hard good things will happen."
The 88 minute feature film highlights several of the runners in addition to the group who try to maintain spots in the top seven varsity positions. The insight and inspiration are vivid, in both the good and bad times encountered. Some of the athletes were removed from the team due to rule violations, and even criminal charges, which put a strain on the team. In addition, some of the most inspirational athletes influenced the group from the back of the pack during the meets. Be sure to also examine the 34 bonus clips found in the "special features" where many other lessons are gleaned from both athletes and coaches including Sebastian Coe, Joe Vigil, Arthur Lydiard, Jim Bush, Ryan Shay, and assistant coach Charlie Kern.

"Thoughts of the Day" by Coach Newton:
  • "The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready when the opportunity comes."


  • "Do the best you can with what you got where you’re at."


  • "It’s nice to be great but far greater to be nice."


  • "Your mind can make you train, your body can create power, but only your heart can make you a champion."
This film was directed and produced by Matthew Arnold and premiered in Chicago in April 2008. It was also highlighted at the Running Film Festival in Eugene, Oregon during the 2008 United States Track and Field Trials. You may currently order the DVD at Neoflix.com, or at Amazon.com where you can rent or download this film at a lower price with their Amazon Video on Demand service. Learn more about this film, sign up for the mailing list, and view a variety of clips at the official website: LongGreenLineMovie.com.



Honors by Coach Newton (2008):Click to Enlarge
  • 53 years of coaching
  • 26 Illinois State Cross Country Team Championships
  • 1988 United States Olympic Track Coach
  • US Track Coaches Hall of Fame
  • US Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame
  • Northwestern University Hall of Fame
  • National High School Hall of Fame
  • Gatorade Coaches Hall of Fame

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