In 1987, novice runners in an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White, a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other, but things begin to change when White sees the boys’ exceptional running ability. Something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship team, but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family has finally found a place to call home, as he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream. Based on a true story.
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