Extraordinary1000x1420Based on a true marriage journey, EXTRAORDINARY tells the amazing story of ultra-marathon runner and college professor David Horton, his wife, Nancy, and their attempt to finish their marriage race well.

Although proud of his incredible athletic accomplishments and the impact he has on his students, David’s family continuously pays a high price for his years of competitive running. Following his open-heart surgery and irreparable damage to his knees, Nancy is ready for Dave to hang up his racing shoes for good and focus his boundless energy on their family. Instead, feeling called by God to “inspire people one last time,” Dave sets off for a 2,900-mile race across America.

So, what can couples learn from the upcoming movie, EXTRAORDINARY?


  1. Marriage is a marathon, not a sprint.

This phrase is commonly heard, but is it true? For a sprint, a runner will exert all energy for the short distance. For a marathon, the runner will pace himself and conserve energy for the entirety of the race. In fact, a marriage is a lot like a marathon. There will be bumps and bruises. There will be good times and bad. There will most likely be times when you want to quit. In the movie, David Horton faced many obstacles in his races, as he also did in his marriage. This movie encourages husbands and wives to tackle the commitment of marriage, with endurance.


“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint”

-Isaiah 40:31


  1. Marriage depends on both partners to run.

For years, David Horton would run races all across America, but one of the most important races in his life he was neglecting, his marriage. For a healthy and successful marriage, both partners are needed to run to ensure that the marriage can stay on track. When both partners are out of sync, the marriage can hit bumpy roads. For the couple to stay on track as one body, they have to both move together. It takes sacrifice, perseverance, dedication, passion and commitment.


“Love makes you push through even when it’s painful.”

-Nancy Horton


  1. There is hope.

Marriage Marathon Meme Template NewNo matter how bad things may seem right now, there is hope. No matter how much pain and heartbreak you may be experiencing, there is hope. No matter how frustrated you may currently feel, there is hope. No matter how “bad” you think your marriage has gotten, there is hope. There is hope when you think only a divorce will make things right. There is hope when all you feel is loneliness. There is hope when you think there are only mountains to climb. There is hope even if you speak only hurtful words to each other. There is still hope.

Give your fears to God. By the grace of God, you can weather any storm, no matter how big or how small. Give your marriage to God, because He is the only one who can heal it. It can get better, there is always hope. Just as David began his race across the country, truly he was running home for his marriage. This film challenges couples to run their race of marriage, with love and perseverance.


“When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.”

Proverbs 4:12


In select theaters across the U.S. as a one-night Fathom Event on Thursday, September 7, EXTRAORDINARY was created and produced by Liberty University’s film program. The movie features Leland Klassen, Shari Rigby, Karen Abercrombie, and Kirk Cameron.

Following the movie, you will be able to see an encouraging panel discussion led by the AACC’s very own Dr. Tim Clinton on marriage!

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