Phil Boatwright: Tim Tebow’s ‘Run the Race’ Isn’t Predictable & Clichéd

Tim Tebow, a devout Christian who also happens to be an NFL veteran, Heisman Trophy winner and professional baseball player, now takes on a new challenge: the world of cinema.

Along with brother Robby, Tebow has produced “Run the Race,” a dramatic film aimed at both secular and Christian audiences.

Zach, the film’s central character, is a high school student bitter over his alcoholic father’s abandonment and still reeling from his mother’s death. He’s an all-state athlete, striving for a college scholarship and a way out of a small town that offers little hope of a future. But when a devastating injury detours Zach’s dreams, his brother David attempts to earn a track team scholarship in order to help them both.

David, raised in church, has embraced a relationship with Christ, while a resentful Zack battles with the spiritual side of his nature. Fortunately for Zack, Christians keep showing up in his life, lighting candles of spiritual truth that eventually guide him to faith and forgiveness.

“Run the Race is about so much more than football. This is a story about overcoming the hard issues of life, about the power of sacrifice, the power of family and the power of forgiveness,” Tim Tebow said in press materials in advance of the film’s Feb. 22 release.

Tebow said he decided to produce “a project like this because it will impact lives, inspire hope, and even prompt action. When I read the script, I knew this was an important project to get behind.”

“The script pulled me in right away, and I wanted to bring it to life cinematically,” Robby Tebow added. “As somebody with brothers in a big, super-close family that has gone through a lot together, it resonated with me on a deep level.”

Screenwriter Jake McEntire’s prediction that “audiences will resonate with this uplifting story of faith, sacrifice and hope” has merit.

He and co-writers Jason Baumgardner and Chris Dowling understand that lessons are absorbed more quickly and last longer when the audience is immersed in a satisfying parable. They give us an engaging tale, but also a look into the depth of mankind’s nature. They understand story structure, how to gently incorporate a metaphor, and the need for three-dimensional characters. Their writing style exhibits perceptive wit and sensitivity, while their central figures are not stereotypes, but genuine people.

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Source: Baptist Press