In 2007 I lost my dad to a brain tumor. I took up running that year to help cope with my loss. Within my first week or so of running I decided that I should register for a marathon! The Houston Marathon was 6 months away, plenty of time (I thought) to go from novice runner to marathoner. I registered for the Houston Marathon! My dad was from Houston and the race was taking place on the eve of the anniversary of his death-both compelling reasons to choose Houston. At the time I was working as a composer on the Dean Karnazes film 'UltraMarathon Man.' The director, JB Benna encouraged me to document my journey for my first 26.2.
The making of 'Running For My Father' began my love affair with endurance sports. In 2008 the film took the prestigious "Platinum Remi" at the Houston Worldfest. It was also screened at the Sonoma International Film Festival and other festivals. All profits from DVD sales went to the National Brain Tumor Foundation and now, on the 6th anniversary of my first marathon and the origin of this film, I've decided to make it public online. (DVDs are sooo 2008 after all!) If you enjoy it I encourage you to make a small contribution to NBTF either directly or through the "tip jar" that vimeo provides on this page.
While I've since completed numerous other marathons, a few Ironmans and a Double Century Bike Ride, this short documentary film is at the core of what I do in every workout - pay tribute to the best dad a son could ever ask for.