Sunday, March 23, 2008
David Horton, "The Runner" or "The Wing Nut" ?
Okay - the guy in this video above is David Horton, not sure if he's still teaching but he used to be a professor at the late Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. He's also an ultrarunner - one of the better known ultrarunners....and a bit of a nut to me -I can give you a ton of quotes he's dished over the years....but just look at the video of a very polished film one of his former students made about him called "The Runner" - the visuals are extraordinary! beautiful...however Horton is a nut with a lot of Timothy Treadwell "The Grizzly Man" persona exuded...- you know..the looney guy that lived with Bears in Alaska...until they ate him?...remember him?...that film...well David Horton here will remind you of that guy. This move/film is filled with religious icon imagery visually & in dialog - it is extremely over the top in that department. Note the angles of sun ray shining - the dialog is ridiculous (just count the number of times he says the words: pain & suffer - is their no limit to "hamming it up"?). etc. the music, the build up, the screaming, etc....and again, he's one of the more better known ultrarunners - this old guy. In this video you'll see he likens himself to a "Jesus like" figure - suffering, having a cross to bear, ....it's all a bit much for me. But I love how he miraculously "snaps to it" and can speak free and clear of tearing emotion when it comes to listing all his race achievements! Isn't that brilliant! There he can speak without tearing and crying....how and why is that?....he just whips them right off with no hesitation whatsoever! I am going to blog about the world of ultra running - but before that - I will frame much of it by the personalities that very much represent the general mindset of the endeavor.
at 2:36 PM Posted by Smith