Tim Borland's Feat – 63 Marathons in 63 Days – Inspiring!

by Stephen Walker, PhD, CC-AASP

Who runs 63 marathons in 63 days?  California marathoner Tim Borland did – and it is an accomplishment that has now been made into a documentary movie.  The movie “Feat” was directed and produced by Deborah Carr.  The inspiration for both the film and the run is Cathryn Achilles, 17, an adopted child and friend who was diagnosed with Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T).

A-T is a progressive degenerative disease that combines the worst symptoms of muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, immune deficiencies and cancer, especially leukemia and lymphoma.  Less than 500 children have been diagnosed in the USA and because the disease is fatal, few children even make it beyond Achilles age.  Generally, by age 10 most kids must use a wheelchair.

Carr and Borland want people to know what A-T is – and – they hope that film and Borland’s feat raise the consciousness of those willing to help find a cure.  Carr’s co-producer, husband Bradley says, “You’ll get a sense of the bare bones definition of A-T, but then through the three stories, you’ll get a sense of the progression as well.”  “And then there’s just the amazing story of Tim, who has this incredible ability to run and run and run.  Even if you’re not a runner yourself, it’s awe-inspiring to watch this guy.”

Check it out:  Tim Borland


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