Running to Harvard Documentary Dolphus Stroud


A Man, a Family and a Colorado Olympic City that Dared to Dream

Upcoming 2024 Olympic Sports Documentary
Producer: Frank Shines-Stroud   Executive Director: Ralph-Michael Giordano
Assistant Director: Mike Pach  Cinematographer: Kyle Hanchett

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Dolphus & Tandy Stroud
A Legacy Rises from a Texas Plantation

Running to Harvard chronicles the untold, true Olympic story
of Dolphus and Tandy Stroud, two scholar-athletes whose father
was born and raised on a Texas plantation, and the legacy
of a pioneering family’s impact on a nation.

Benefits to You

  • an insider’s view
  • access to technology and AI marketing lessons learned
  • promo “swag,” branding and sponsorships
  • exclusive pre-release footage access
  • unseen historical family photographs
  • exclusive hand-drawn sketches and AI generated art
  • insights into the ancestral research and filmmaking process.

Black History Month 2024

Colorado Springs Cultural Corridor Recognizes Three Stroud Siblings

Lu Lu Stroud Pollard (Green Background), Dolphus Stroud (Red), Nina Stroud Pellerin (Yellow)

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In the USA we have heritage (and less formalized) months to recognize:

Women, Irish, Scottish, LGBTQ, Native / Indigenous Americans, Latinos and much more…(read more).

Running to Harvard Documentary Just Might Help Heal a Nation Dolphus Stroud Olympics Frank Shines (1)

University of Denver Stadium, June 23, 1928
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Image of Shoes: Courtesy of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

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“Great Black Hope of the Rockies”
By Idris Goodwin

We the assembled
Of rocks and snow
Sunshine and cattle
With spirit eternal

Mile high
miles wide
we line streets
On a summer day
sun on our face

Here is where we see what the body can do
What it can achieve — good, honest and true
With his cheap shoes
Clothes threadbare
Ashen skin
Coiled hair

He must be  more
Something other than the others
A special project of God
Not like his sad brothers

We’ll never accept him
Or give him our trust
But first place is first place
and now He represents us

“Running to Harvard”
Frank Shines Executive Producer

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My name is Frank Shines (Stroud), and I am the executive producer of “Running to Harvard,” directed by Ralph-Michael Giordano and Mike Pach, and cinematographer, Kyle Hanchette. We are honored to unveil an inspiring and untold true story, with your invaluable assistance.

I’ve had the privilege of flying military jets, training and competing alongside Olympic athletes, and receiving a Presidential appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where my family set down roots in the 1910. It was here through my great-aunt Lu Lu (Lu Lu Pollard Park) and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum that I began to uncover my family’s pioneering accomplishments in academia, public service, business, sports, the arts, and science. For example, my great-uncle Jack Stroud was a “Hidden Figures” scientist responsible for the formula that returned our astronauts safely to earth during the Apollo moon missions.

My great grandfather, Rev. K.D. Stroud, spent his early life on a Texas slave plantation. In the face of this adversity, he and his wife, Lulu Magee of the Creek Nation, envisioned a better future for their children.

Two of K.D.’s sons, my grandfather Tandy and his older brother Dolphus, stood out as exceptional scholar-athletes with Olympic dreams. My great-uncle Dolphus was a recognized Phi Beta Kappa scholar-athlete. Although he clinched victory in the 1928 Rocky Mountain Region Olympic Trials, earning his place in the 1928 national Olympic Trials at Harvard Stadium, he was unjustly denied funding for travel and a seat on the train alongside his white counterparts.

Nevertheless, Dolphus remained resolute. Displaying humility and courage, he embarked on a 2,000-mile journey by foot from Colorado to Cambridge. His trek occurred in the racially charged 1920s, an era when Black men faced the grim prospect of lynching. Risking life and limb, Dolphus walked, ran, and hitchhiked across the country for a chance to compete in the 1928 Olympics. After nearly twelve days and a mere six hours before the start of his 5K race, Dolphus finally reached the bank of the Charles River. The documentary “Running to Harvard” is dedicated to narrating this remarkable journey and the family and community that supported him.

Tandy Stroud and Dolphus Stroud outpaced the field in the June 1930 Denver Marathon. In the lead about a mile to the finish line, Tandy collapsed and older brother Dolphus won.

Tandy Stroud Outpaces the Field at 1930 Denver Marathon but Collapses in Final Mile for a Dolphus Stroud Win at 1930 Denver Marathon