MY RUN tells an amazing true tale of two incredible journeys. One journey was run in 1996, when Terry Hitchcock ran from Minneapolis to Atlanta in 75 consecutive days, covering the equivalent of a marathon or more each day. He ran because he wanted to bring attention to all everyday heroes, such as the plight of single parents and their children, because he wanted to make towns and cities and even the whole country aware that 35 million people struggle everyday with the extraordinary challenges and crushing heartbreaks of being part of a single-parent family.
He ran in spite of freezing rain and unbearable heat, in spite of the aches and pains and cramps that wracked his 57-year-old body, in spite of uncharitable people who made fun of him and even tried to run him off the road at times, in spite of losing all of his road crew but one not halfway into the journey, and in spite of bone fractures. No matter. He just kept running - each day, every day - not stopping until he broke the finish line tape in Atlanta. What kept him going? The throngs of townspeople who came out to greet him, who ran with him, who waited along the road to say hi and wish him good luck as he went by. The chance to speak with many single parents and kids along the way and give them encouragement. The chance to watch as groups of children in each town added their handprints and name to his traveling billboard. The chance to tell his story to newspaper, radio, and TV reporters at every opportunity. Everyone - the kids, the parents, the farmers along the road, the reporters - asked him the same question. Why? What prompted this seemingly mad quest?
The greater journey was Terry’s marathon of life, one much tougher emotionally and spiritually than the 2000 miles from Minneapolis to Atlanta. In 1984, Terry’s wife Sue, a woman of incredible warmth and strength, died of breast cancer. Only a few days later he lost his high-powered company job. Suddenly Terry was jolted out of his very traditional corporate and family life, where he went to work and Sue took care of the kids at home, and found himself alone with his three children - Teri Sue, Chris, and Jason - and no income.
Things couldn’t have been more bleak at that moment. But Terry, armed with determination and faith, persevered and made it to a different kind of finish line: learning to function as a single-parent family, getting the kids to adulthood, providing the love and security they needed along the way, helping them (and himself) understand, accept, and move on from the tragedy of losing a parent and partner. Along the way, he learned how difficult a feat ‘family’ is, how single parents need support to achieve it and how one’s faith can keep a person moving forward. His “Mega-Marathon” to Atlanta was Terry’s way to give back by recognizing, recruiting, and rallying the ‘everyday heroes’. MY RUN is narrated by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton.