Meet the Man Who Inspired McFarland, USA

February 20, 2015 4:30 PM

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Meet the Man Who Inspired McFarland, USA

The rains finally let up about 30 minutes ago, and a chilly wind now blows across the tiny central California agricultural town of McFarland. A group of high school boys in running shoes and gray sweatshirts crowd around Jim White as he climbs onto a bicycle. On a wet patch of asphalt, just down the road from the razor wire festooned fences of a local prison, they stomp their legs, trying to stay warm.

White, 73, who retired from coaching McFarland High's cross-country team a decade ago but still shows up for practices, scratches his tanned jaw, glances over at the team's current coach, then shrugs his shoulders.

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