(7-7-19) High School Cross Country is a sport that is often overlooked by the media and coverage is hard to find, but recent films that feature the sport show why it is a sport that provides an athlete the opportunity to succeed in many different ways in life and during a race. A new inspirational film that features cross country is one of those, OVERCOMER  which will be opening in theaters across North America on August 23, 2019.

Other Cross Country films to consider

Veteran Director and actor Alex Kendrick will be in a leading role, along with Shari Rigby (OCTOBER BABY, WILDFLOWER), Priscilla Shirer (WAR ROOM, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE), Cameron Arnett (MEET THE BROWNS, STAND YOUR GROUND) and newcomer Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Movie preview

Life changes overnight for basketball coach John Harrison and the high school where he and his wife teach when they learn the largest manufacturing plant in town is shutting down. Uncertainty swirls as hundreds of families depart, leaving John fearful for the future of his family and his team. Forced to coach a sport he doesn’t even like, John is inspired by an unexpected friendship, and an unlikely athlete pushing her limits on a journey toward discovery. With newfound resolve and the support of the community, Hannah and her coach challenge the impossible in the biggest race of her life. 

One Runner


OVERCOMER, was produced for AFFIRM Films, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (SPE) company and Provident Films, was filmed throughout June and July in Columbus, Georgia and is directed by Alex Kendrick (WAR ROOM) and produced by Stephen Kendrick (WAR ROOM) with the screenplay done by Alex and Stephen Kendrick.

Rich Peluso, Executive Vice President of AFFIRM Films

“OVERCOMER is the next powerful film from Alex and Stephen Kendrick, storytellers who have impacted the lives and hearts of millions of people around the world, had their work translated into over 40 languages and counting, and generated over $150 million in worldwide box office so far. When the Kendrick Brothers start a new film, a lot of people around the world take notice.”

Overcomer‘ features many realistic sport scenes that gives you the feel of an actual cross country meet and the preparation and training it takes for a meet.

The film features a first class soundtrack (available August 2nd) with top Contemporary Christian artists –  “Overcomer” (Mandisa), “Who You Say I Am” (Hillsong), “Enough” (Koryn Hawthorne), “Wildfire” (Bonray), and “Score” (Paul Mills), all of which are featured in the movie; as well as “Even When You’re Running” (Casting Crowns)

Koryn HawthorneEnough (Lyric Video) From the Overcomer Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Don’t miss an opportunity to see this film, it is suitable for viewing for everyone.

Follow the movie on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram at @OvercomerMovie.

NOTE: Lead actress Aryn Wright-Thompson was recently involved in a very serious car accident on June 29th…luckily she did well after surgery according to Director Alex Kendrick on his Facebook page, proving she is an ‘Overcomer‘.

Aryn Thompson