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Bruce Kidd film ‘Runner’ still cool after 59 years

Bruce Kidd film ‘Runner’ still cool after 59 years

If you’ve by no means noticed the 1962 NFB film Runner, that includes the 19-year-old long run Olympian Bruce Kidd, the Canadian working phenom with the atypical arm motion who ruled the sector of distance observe working within the early 1960s, watch it now and be awed–by means of the film as a work of artwork, by means of Kidd at 19, and by means of the data of the good fortune that lay forward for him, now not simply as a runner but additionally as an educational, activist and influencer. (Kidd just lately retired after a protracted profession as professor on the University of Toronto and most important of its Scarborough campus.)

The film, directed by means of Don Owen, options poetry by means of W. H. Auden (recited by means of Canadian actor Don Francks) and a few cool jazz beats. Everyone in and related to the film has kicked the bucket, apart from for Kidd, who stays as passionate as ever about social problems in and outdoor of recreation. (He has been very vocal with regards to the IAAF’s testosterone rule, decrying it as unjust and useless.)

Kidd receiving the Order of Canada from then-Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in 2004

Kidd has been known as Canada’s greatest-ever long-distance observe runner. Besides environment 15 Canadian data (and a couple of American data) and successful 18 nationwide senior championships in Canada, america and Britain, he stays the one Canadian ever to win gold within the Commonwealth Games five,000m or 10,000m (he additionally gained bronze). He retired in a while after the 1964 Olympics.

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Those conversant in Toronto’s East York neighbourhood will acknowledge the highschool observe the place Owen and cinematographer John Spotton filmed Kidd coaching and racing.

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