Only three days in and Tim hits rock bottom. Months of training, countless hours preparing logistics, little sleep, triple-digit temperatures, insufficient calorie intake and anxiety for what lay ahead all contributed to his body succumbing to the pressure on day 3. At the time, none of us realized the degree to which Tim was struggling. He pushed through increasing pain and weariness at mile 13, stopping only briefly to rub his aching left arch. Coach Mike encouraged Tim to alternate bottles of electrolytes and water. At one point, he broke out a Snickers Bar and Coke hoping the sugar would be enough to get him to the finish.As the sun dipped below the surrounding hills, Tim stepped onto the Los Gatos High School track where dozens of supporters gathered to cheer him on. Tim would say later, “It’s such an amazing feeling to come to the finish and see everyone in these red shirts. It feels really good, it feels like I’m floating.”
With nine laps to go, Tim’s fatigue and pain were evident to everyone. This is the point where we as filmmakers wondered if we would have a complete story to tell. Would he finish today’s 26.2 route? Is this journey done on Day 3? During the final 9 laps those questions were answered for us as we witnessed the power of the human body and spirit when focused on a goal greater than one’s self.
Directors Note: Today’s video blog doesn’t reveal the extreme challenges Tim faced on today’s run. You will only see these scenes on the DVD. Order Now: www.featmovie.com/store.html
Finally… the answer to the question you’ve been asking, emailing and facebooking about for months!
Drum roll please…
FEAT: 63 Marathons in 63 Days will be released to DVD on Friday, September 3rd, 2010.
This is a date with great significance as it is the 3rd anniversary of the start of the A-T CureTour. On this date in 2007, Tim Borland stepped off from the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, with 1,650.6 miles, 63 communities, 29 states and one Canadian Province ahead of him. Let’s just say all of us were more than a bit anxiety ridden thinking about all the unknowns that lay ahead. We soon learned Tim’s mantra “Focus On Today” applied to all us- filmmakers included.
You can pre-order the DVD now on our FEATMOVIE ONLINE STORE.
What am I to do until September 3rd you ask? Enjoy reliving the A-T CureTour as we re-release the daily video blogs filmed during each day’s 26.2 mile run!
“63 Marathons 63 Memories” will be updated daily here on our blog as well as on our facebook page. www.facebook.com/feat63
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