Miles & Trials: Dream Big, Run Fast

dream big, run fast

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Chicking the Guys

"Miles & Trials" star Christina Overbeck-Crawford (wearing blue) placed 6th this weekend against some VERY tough competition in the Stumptown XC Race in Oregon. Then she jumped into the men's race for an extra workout "to humiliate us a bit further," said our friend Dave Ross, one of the guys in this photo! Wish Christina luck because in a few weeks, she's running the Osaka Marathon in Japan as part of the Osaka-Chicago Sister Marathon trade :)

Friday, August 3, 2012

How Much Do I Love Olympic Track & Field?

This much! Getting a big, fat needle in my spine (an epidural steroid injection for disc degeneration and spinal stenosis) wasn't enough to keep me from watching the Olympic women's 10,000m track finals on my laptop at the hospital. Check out the attached photo of me and my very patient nurse :)

(p.s. Happy to report that I lived, and that our three U.S. women - Amy Hastings, Lisa Uhl and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom - while they didn't medal, all set personal bests in the biggest race of their lives. GO U.S.A!!!) 
For a full replay of the Olympic women's 10,000m final, click here.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Title IX & the Chicago Women's Half Marathon/5K

It was a great day to be a female athlete on Sunday, June 24th! The inaugural Chicago Women's Half Marathon & 5K coincided with the 40th Anniversary of Title IX (otherwise known as the Equal Opportunity in Education Act). Without it, the women in "Miles & Trials" would not have had the chance to attempt to qualify for the Olympic Trials and I wouldn't be producing this film!

© 2012 Ali Engin Photography
It was a beautiful morning in Chicago. Christina and Heather, both teammates on the Fleet Feet Elite Racing Team, were among thousands of women of all ages who toed the line in the half marathon and 5K. 

Heather had made the somewhat painful decision to end her trials qualifying attempt after the 2011 Chicago Marathon. I spoke with her and she is completely okay about it and said that she's bringing the same intensity she put into her running into her personal and professional life and enjoying time with family and friends. Christina has been in Chicago for several months and just graduated from Northwestern University's Prosthetics-Orthotics program and will be starting a new career as a Prostheticist in Portland. 

Both continue to race well; Heather won the 5K with Christina close behind her in 2nd! The 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials is not out of the question for either of them, should they choose to go for it again.

That's what friends are for!

Monday, May 28, 2012

First Film Screening!

On May 22nd, we screened an extended trailer for "Miles & Trials" at Chicago's Indie Incubator Film Festival in Chicago. It was an opportunity to test-drive our editing of the film so far and gauge audience reaction. Our Olympic Trials qualifier, Christina Overbeck, attended the screening with some of her grad school classmates and when the host of the film festival introduced her and her accomplishment, a great cheer went up from the audience. Whenever there was a scene with her on the screen, cheers and shouts of, "Yeah, Christina!" erupted, as well.

Christina watching herself on the big screen
Since I am editing this film myself (pending acquisition of the financial resources necessary to hire an associate producer/editor), I learned from watching the trailer on the big screen that there is much tweaking and massaging of the footage to do to make it visually appealing, as well as to fix some of the audio. As a mentor of mine (who is a well-respected film producer) said to me, "If you don't have great sound, you don't have sh*t." This is definitely a learning experience! If you'd asked me two years ago if I'd ever have the dream of producing, shooting and editing a feature-length documentary, I would have told you, "You're nuts!" I'm sure that if you asked any of the women featured in "Miles & Trials" the same question about going for an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, they'd all say the same thing. But just like these athletes, I'm dreaming big!

[Note: If you'd like to support this film and help us finish the post-production necessary to get it released by August, please donate to our Film Fund by clicking on the yellow Donate button on the right-hand side of this page.]

Opening credits of "Miles & Trials" at the Indie Incubator Film Festival

Saturday, February 25, 2012

When Will "Miles & Trials" Be Released?

Many of you have asked, “When will ‘Miles & Trials’ be released?” Well, that depends...

We have over two years worth of footage to organize and edit — nearly 50 hours of video! Like the women in our film, this female Producer has tried to do it all but it’s time to ask for your help. The film is nearly finished, and we need your assistance to cover the post-production costs of editing, color correction, music rights and distribution. Thanks to you, our fans, we have managed to travel to marathons across the U.S. and film this documentary for just under $20,000, most of which was raised through donations to our Film Fund.

RELEASE DATE: As of now, we’re looking at release in July/August 2012 but again, that depends on whether or not we can get the funding to meet that timeframe.

STAFF: We’ll need to hire an Associate Editor who can assist with organizing the footage, color correction and sound design to help craft our story into something powerful. 

EQUIPMENT: We’ll still need to purchase media to store all of the footage and need to purchase or rent equipment to continue the ongoing post-production process.

MUSIC: Music composition and/or licensing to add emotion and punch to the soundtrack.

LICENSING: Although “Miles & Trials” is about finding one's inner strength, having big dreams and the tenacity to go after them, we’ve also focused on our athletes’ journeys to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. For us to be able to incorporate the some of the video we shot in Houston, we’ll likely have to pay to license our footage.

DISTRIBUTION: Your contribution will help us produce DVD’s, submit “Miles & Trials” to film festivals and begin the distribution process. Any additional funds will help us reach more and more people, and work towards our ultimate goal of getting this film into the world.


Simply put, we want this film to reach as many people as possible! “Miles & Trials” is a film with a universal message of tenacity and willpower, taking place on the roads and the track but carrying over into all aspects of life.  We believe “Miles & Trials” is a story that will inspire everyone who sees it. If you’d like to donate to our Post-Production Fund, please visit our website and click on the “Donate” button. With your help, we can reach the finish line!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Life on the Run... From Law Enforcement!

After beginning filming on "Miles & Trials" in early 2010, we are about to begin the daunting task of going through two years worth of footage and head into post-production so we can get this film out there in the world! We have over 40 hours of high definition video to go through. The fun part of this is reliving some of the more memorable moments following fast women around the country, and watching some of the crazy things our cameras caught.

One of those moments was this spontaneous story from Elite marathoner, Leah Thorvilson of Little Rock, Arkansas who competed in the Olympic Trials. Here she is blowing off some steam the night after the Trials at a bar in Houston. She had a hilarious story to tell us about the time she was... well, I'll let Leah tell the tale:

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Power of the Pack!

Check out a snippet of my interview with some of the 25 women who qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials at the California International Marathon in December. Filmed in Houston, the day before the Trials.