Dispatches

Run the Race

From executive producers Tim and Robby Tebow comes a story of two brothers facing unbelievable odds with an unbreakable bond.

Robby and Tim Tebow, executive producers.
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Have you ever had a dream die? How about a loved one? Perhaps you struggle with why the old phrase, bad things happen to good people. Maybe you enjoy romance, brotherly bonds, or football. If so, this film should appeal to you.

Run the Race uses sports and family to encourage viewers as they face life's peaks and valleys. With football star Tim Tebow and his brother Robby among the executive producers, it's not surprising that that there is plenty of football action in this film.

Eddie George plays a University of Florida football scout.
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Tim Tebow is a two-time NCAA champion while at the University of Florida, Heisman trophy winner in 2007, NFL quarterback, professional baseball player, and now sportscaster. Therefore, Tim knows a lot about victory and defeat, dreams and disappointment, and what happens when you get knocked down. 

Refreshing authenticity

 "Run the Race is about so much more than football," notes Tim. "This is a story about overcoming the hard issues of life. It's about the power of sacrifice, family, and forgiveness."  Calling it "encouraging and inspirational," he says it portrays "two brothers struggling with real life, but getting through it by supporting each other and their faith. I hope those who see it can walk away with more hope, love and faith."

Robby Tebow concurs, "As somebody in a large, super-close family that has gone through a lot together, [the script] resonated with me on a deeper level."

Zach Truett (Tanner Stine) calms his nerves before a game.
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The cast includes Mykelti Williamson (FencesForrest Gump), Frances Fisher (TitanicUnforgiven), Tanner Stine (NCIS, HBO’s Here & Now), Evan Hofer (Kickin’ It), Kristoffer Polaha, Mario Van Peebles, and Heisman-winner/NFL star Eddie George.

Sports and life

George reflects on the sport-as-metaphor-for-life motif, "Sports are really a microcosm of how life is. People are going to deal with adversity, loss, pain, victory and success. I think this film reflects that."

In the film, brothers Zach (Stine) and David (Hofer) face life's challenges after their mom's cancer death and their alcohol-laced father's abandonment. High school football glory becomes Zach's dream ticket out of their life of poverty. 

When injury seems to kill that dream, Zach questions how a good God could take his mother, leave him with an uncaring father, and rob him of his future.  His godmother gently shares a biblical promise to which she has clung during her own struggles with infertility and loss: "God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love him" (Romans 8:28). 

Promise repealed?

"Run the Race" poster

That biblical statement played a pivotal role amid some of my own dark days. During a two-week period, my wife of twenty years divorced me, my employer of twenty-five years showed me the door and I had a cancer scare. My life was spiraling out of control.  "Remember," a close friend warmly noted (referring to Romans 8:28), "that verse hasn't been repealed yet."

And so I saw in the following years, as I remarried a wonderful woman, my work expanded and thrived and my health has been good.  Even when my second wife succumbed to cancer, that promise helped calm the storm. 

Of course, pain can cloud our appreciation of divine love. In the film, Zach struggles but continues seeking significant answers. Multiple twists keep his saga moving through bitterness and forgiveness. In the end… well, I'll let you discover that for youself. Be sure to check out the Tebows' new cameo, "Run The Race."

www.RunTheRaceMovie.com  Rated PG (USA) "for thematic content and some teen partying."

Opens February 22  

Rusty Wright is an author and lecturer who has spoken on six continents.  He holds Bachelor of Science (psychology) and Master of Theology degrees from Duke and Oxford universities, respectively. www.RustyWright.com

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