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Navajo and Hopi cross-country runners from two rival high schools put it all on the line for tribal pride and state championship glory.

LAST 24 HOURS TO PLEDGE!  PLEASE HELP US NOW!

"I defy you to watch this without goosebumps." - Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run

"Sound like something you’d be interested in seeing?  Yeah, us too." - Indian Country Today Media Network

SPECIAL OFFER FROM CHRISTOPHER McDOUGALL:  Any backer who donates $10 or more will get free admission to an exclusive screening of Racing the Rez where McDougall will reveal the "Best Story Never Told" - the missing chapter of Born to Run.  Date and location to be determined. (Travel and accommodation not included.)  The story will be turned into a short film & posted online!

ATTENTION RUNNERS: Get free race entry to the Shiprock Marathon ($175), Half Marathon ($100) and 10K Trail Walk ($50) when you support us!  Shiprock is the only marathon event on the Navajo Nation.  Run through breathtaking high desert landscape on a USATF certified, Boston qualifier.  Guarantee your entry to a limited field now!  (More info under the reward on the right.)

All we need now is your help!  Make a pledge and pick out one of our fantastic rewards to the right as a thank you.  Then help spread the word!  Your pledge now helps our OUTREACH PROGRAM (details below).  Thank you!

Click here for more details on Christopher McDougall's Offer

Print a poster to spread the word in real space: Two Page 8.5x11, 11x17 Portrait, 11x17 Landscape

A brief description of the film is below followed by details on how you can help bring this important story be told.

OUR FILM

In the rugged canyon lands of Northern Arizona, tradition and sport unite two boys cross country teams on the Navajo and Hopi reservations as they battle to be state champs.  To succeed they must conquer both the rigors of training and the personal obstacles they face.  Win or lose, what these boys learn in the course of their season will have a dramatic effect on the rest of their lives.

After a narrow win hands Tuba City High School their 19th state championship, second place finisher Chinle sets out to topple their rivals and finally claim victory for themselves. But coaches Shaun Martin of Chinle and Carl Perry of Tuba City, don't just harness the immense running talent of their Navajo and Hopi boys for school championships.  They know the self-discipline, dedication and team support of cross-country running can help them confront the many challenges they face growing up on the reservation.  However, getting the boys to realize that fact is no easy task.

The Navajo and Hopi know what it takes to be long distance runners.  For both cultures, running is much more than a sport, it is woven into the cultural fabric of their lives and every family’s lore contains legends of runners.  Cross-country offers these boys a chance to take their own place in their family and community.  But no matter who raises the trophy in the end, the true victory lies in what each runner proves to himself and the goals they aim to achieve beyond high school. 

Racing the Rez is a long distance journey four years in the making.  The boys in this film show tremendous courage in sharing their stories with us and now we want to share them with you. 

OUTREACH

Because of your generosity, I now have an opportunity to extend the films impact beyond the TV screen and fund our outreach!

Our outreach plan includes bringing the film back to the reservation so we can participate in workshops with organizations like NavajoYES (navajoyes.org), and Wings of America (wingsofamerica.org) and use the film to inspire young people to get more active, make healthier choices, and have the courage to talk about and get help with personal challenges they may be facing growing up on or off the reservation. 

And who knows, maybe even inspire the next Ryan Yazzie, one of the boys featured in the film, and set a troubled kid on the path to having a shot at being the next state champ.

Are you a fan of running, Native American culture, high school cross-country, or just know what it takes to have a goal and never say die?  If so, then Racing the Rez is your kind of documentary.  We've finished shooting the film and are two-thirds of the way through editing. 

OUR GOAL

We need the funds to finish the project and bring it to Public TV stations across the country.  Just as every cross country runner needs the support of their teammates to succeed, we need your help to run that last mile and take Racing the Rez across the finish line.  We think this story of dedication and hope will inspire people of all ages, on and off the reservation and we're not alone.  Based on the strength of the work we've done so far we've received generous funding from Native American Public Telecommunications and been picked up by American Public Television for distribution to Public TV stations.  The funding we received has gotten us this far but we still need $15,000 to prepare the film for its Public TV broadcast in late 2012.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

A strong finish is only possible with your help.  We want Racing the Rez to be a victory for you as much as it is for us. The more people who participate the better chance we have of getting the story out.

To help, please select a pledge and reward level from the options at right and make your donation today!

To help even more, please Twitter it, "Like" us on Facebook, email this Kickstarter link and let your friends, family, teammates, supporter groups, and co-workers know about the film and this campaign. 

Thank you!

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation please email Brian at: btruglio@yahoo.com.

WHERE WILL YOUR FUNDS GO

  • Final editing to sharpen the story and bring the film to broadcast length
  • Editing a trailer for the film
  • Finishing, recording and licensing the music
  • Completing the final picture elements including color correction and graphics (aka On-line)
  • Mixing the sound
  • Making and certifying the master tapes for broadcast
  • Promotional costs
  • Outreach (see our plan above)
  • Kickstarter.com and amazon processing fee of about 8%
  • A portion of funds will go toward the purchasing and shipping of rewards

ONLINE CONNECTIONS

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Postcard collection by Brian Truglio for your $10 pledge

Three photos from the series "Father Sky" by Brian Truglio (8 x 10, matte not included)

Autographed Photo Cards of Alvina Begay for a pledge of $50 or more courtesy of N7 niken7.com   

Alvina will be running in the Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston on January 14, 2012 so be sure and cheer her on!

A unique hand carved He-li-li Kachina by a Hopi master carver (L: front view, r: back view) for a pledge of $300 or more.  See Update #16 above for more info.

James Cullen is offering two dinner rewards for pledges of $200 or more and $2,500 or more.  He is a graduate of NYC French Culinary Institute, and lives in Hoboken, NJ.  He has worked with some of New York's top chefs, including a three year stint with Rebecca Charles at the renowned Pearl Oyster Bar.  He currently owns and operates, Le Cochon Bourré (with his wife, Rylan Domingue, a Louisiana native), producing some of the finest  traditional and creative Louisiana fare in the Northeast.

FAQ

  • ALL OF THE ABOVE includes ONLY the rewards that are NOT limited.

    For example, if you choose the t-shirt reward for $50 it does NOT include entry to the Shiprock 10K or the signed photo card of Alvina Begay, both of which are Limited Rewards at or below $50. All of the Above for the $50 t-shirt reward DOES include the post card collection ($10), the 11x14 poster and the thank yous ($25).

    Likewise, if you were to choose the Shiprock 10K entry $50 reward, a Limited Reward, you would also get the post card collection ($10), the 11x14 poster and the thank yous ($25) and the t-shirt reward ($50).

    Click Send Message at the top of the page if you still have questions.

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    Postcard Collection: Stunning landscape photographs of Arizona taken by Brian Truglio make this five-postcard collection suitable for framing or mailing; they make ideal gifts and stocking stuffers for next year too!

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    All of the above PLUS free entry to the 29th annual Shiprock 10K Trail Walk on May 5, 2012. Part of the only event on the Navajo Nation of its kind, the 10K finishes atop Blueberry Hill Mesa wth tremendous views of the surrounding mountains. Go to www.shiprockmarathon.com for more information. (Travel and accommodation not included.)

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    All of the above PLUS Automatic entry to the 18th annual CHUSKA CHALLENGE mountain bike ride through the stunning Chuska Mountains on the Navajo Nation. Riders select routes that match their skills and interest. Last years advanced route was a climb of 9,800 feet to the summit of Roof Butte. Race is in October 2012 (date TBD) and benefits the NavajoYES non-profit. Go to www.navajoyes.org/Chuska for more information. (Travel and accomodation not included.)

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    All of the above PLUS free entry to the 29th annual Shiprock HALF-MARATHON on May 5, 2012. Part of the only event on the Navajo Nation of its kind, the half marathon starts in Shiprock and covers the last half of the marathon course. This popular race is capped at 300 runners so this is a great oppurtunity. Go to www.shiprockmarathon.com for more information. (Travel and accomodation not included.)

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    All of the above PLUS a personally signed & dedicated copy of Born to Run, a book that has created a new paradigm for running, by author Christopher McDougall (chrismcdougall.com) an extremely generous backer of Racing the Rez. You can read his blog at: www.chrismcdougall.com/blog. Thank you Chris!

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    All of the above PLUS an overnight hike into the remote backcountry canyon lands around the Grand Canyon, Tuba City and Western Reservation area by hiking guru Bill Orman, father of runner Billy Orman, one of the boys featured in the documentary. For more details please see Update #13 by clicking on the Update Tab at the top of the page. Trail and other details to be worked out between backer and Bill Orman. (Travel & accommodation not included.)

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    All of the above PLUS free entry to the 2012 SOULSTICE MOUNTAIN TRAIL RUN in Flagstaff, Arizona. Consisting of two gorgeous mountain loops between 7,900 and 8,000 ft in elevation, you can run either a 6 mile half loop or 11 mile full loop. Ranked one of the top 32 trail races in the country by Runners World in 2011, this trail run is highly popular and limited to 200 runners. Now in it's 13th year, race day is October 13, 2012. Runner's World also claims it has "one of the best post-races parties anywhere." Visit the Northern Arizona Trail Runners Association website (www.natra.org) for more information. (Travel and accomodation not included.)

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    All of the above PLUS a hand carved He-li-li Kachina (See photo on left). This Hopi whipper Kachina is a quiet and fast paced dancer popular on the Hopi Mesas today. The He-li-li serve as guardians for other kachinas and protectors of the kiva. Its whip can also be used for healing and for disciplining those who misbehave. For more info see Update #16 by clicking the UPDATE tab above. This is a rare opportunity to get a beautiful Kachina from a master Hopi carver and support Racing the Rez.

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    ATTENTION EAST COAST AND MIDWEST DONORS! All of the above PLUS a one hour sightseeing flight for up to three (3) people over your home town with Sport Aviation magazine senior editor Steve Schapiro in his Piper Cherokee Arrow. Steve lives in Wisconsin, but flies to NJ and DC to visit family and friends and is willing to do so for a lucky donor. He has been flying his whole life and earned his private pilot's license when he was 17. (Area is Boston to DC and 200 mile radius from Chicago. Details to be worked out between donor and Steve. Travel and accommodation not included. Click 'Ask A Question' at left if unsure.)

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    ATTENTION NYC AND BOSTON AREA DONORS! All of the above PLUS dinner for 10-12 people at your home, with the director, prepared by renowned and generous NYC chef James Cullen. Evening includes exclusive screening of the documentary. Custom menu designed by you and James (within reason, of course). New York City and Boston Area Only - click send message above if you have a question about your location. (See bio and credentials on left.)

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    All of the above PLUS TWO (2) complimentary passes to attend the Fall 2012, Boston, MA premiere for Racing the Rez – where you’ll be able to meet the director. (Premiere pass only; travel and accommodation not included).

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