Racing Against The Clock: A Powerful Sports Documentary

By Off The BASN Sportswire
Updated: August 19, 2005

NEW YORK — Popular images equate aging with loss of strength, loss of memory, loss of vitality and loss of visibility. But are these the only images? For a small but growing number of senior women turned track stars, the answer is a resounding “no”.

“Racing Against The Clock” is available for purchase on online. This inspirational feature documentary takes us into the lives of five women athletes, ages 50-82 in their quest to make it to the World Masters Athletics Championships.

Jacqueline Board, one of the athletes featured, is an African American single mother of three who won the bronze medal in the 100m World Championship race on July 6, 2003. A perfect way to celebrate her 50th birthday considering that six months ago she was in a harrowing accident that almost left her paralyzed.

Though new to track and field, she is no stranger to hard work. Jacqueline grew up in a sharecroppers farm and was one of ten children. They grew twenty acres of tobacco and as a child she plowed the fields, using mules.

While she was interested in sports as a child, racial restrictions prevented her from being able to join school competitions.

Her father died during her teenage years and her mother moved the family off the farm and into the city. In the blink of an eye, Jacqueline was a single mother with three young boys.

Depressed, obese and in desperate financial condition she began running at the age of 41 as an inexpensive way to get between jobs so she could feed her children. Her spirituality, ambition, and determination helped her to move forward with her life.

She now works for Boeing Aircraft and is getting her Masters Degree. Her personal story and those of the other athletes gives insight into their struggles woven through the excitement of competition.

Through personal interviews and beautifully filmed athletics, this film tells the story of the possible. Woven through the competitions, their personal stories give insight into the struggles they have faced and their refusals to be held back.

>What unfolds is a story about perseverance in the face of great odds, courage amidst unapologetic vulnerability and the determination to try no matter what the outcome.

Offering a fresh perspective on what growing older can mean, “Racing Against the Clock” encourages each of us to think about what aging might look like for ourselves.

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