Seeing this movie for the first time when it finally made its way to cable-tv, I was first showing my potential in being a star runner myself. I was enthralled that I'd actually found a movie based upon high school track, and quite surprised to see The Artist Formerly Known as Ricky as the reforming thug. Yet, in the midst of the emotional turmoil within that family, I was moved, and stirred by watching the sport itself. Knowing what was going through that characters mind as he raced around the track. Feeling the same emotions sitting in front of the screen as I did when my foot landed on the rubber of the track. We have since seen a few other track related movies, but this one remains to be the best, and the easiest to relate to for anyone with the passion for the sport.