By Senior Airman Alexa Culbert, Air University Public Affairs
/ Published August 12, 2019
Air University Blue Horizons fellows listen as the executive producer of the film “From Core to Sun,” Jeff Karram, and the star of the film, Millan Ludeña, speak about the challenges and lesson’s learned while filming the documentary, August 2, 2019, at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. The Blue Horizons fellows are in the beginning of the academic year and watched the film in hopes it would inspire them to strive for greatness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)
Millan Ludeña, the star of the documentary film “From Core to Sun,” speaks to the fellows of Air University’s Blue Horizons program, August 2, 2019, at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. Ludeña traveled to the world most extreme points and ran half-marathons, captured in the film the fellow watched, spoke about the challenges he faced and what motivated him to continue with his goal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)
Fellows of Air University’s Blue Horizons program took a break from the classroom and visited the Alabama Department of Archives and History August 2, 2019, in Montgomery, Alabama, to watch a documentary and were afforded the opportunity to meet both the star and producer of the film.
Blue Horizons is a highly-selective developmental education program, enrolling 14 AU students a year, that focuses on creating prototypes to solve a ‘challenge question’ created by the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David L. Goldfein.
As a part of the program, the Blue Horizons fellows watched the documentary “From Core to Sun” to inspire them to take risks and strive for greatness as they move forward in their careers.
The film follows Ecuadorian athlete, Millan Ludeña, as he strives to break the Guinness World Record for the “From the Earth’s Core to the Sun” race. This involved traveling to, and then running a half marathon at, the two most extreme points in the world: Mponeng Gold Mine, the world’s deepest mine, and the Chimborazo volcano, the highest peak near the equator.
“This [film] is a great example of a crazy idea from someone who thought it was possible,” said Maj. Kristen ’Gold’ Smith, Blue Horizons fellow. “I think we learned that, if you have your vision and think you are deserving of what that outcome could be, then you can achieve really great things, regardless of how many people say ‘no,’ and how many times you fail, you just keep going.”
After the credits began rolling, Ludeña entered the theatre, met with each of the fellows and had an open discussion about his journey.
“I hope the students identified with Millan’s journey and were motivated and inspired by it,” said Maj. Ryan Middleton, Blue Horizons instructor. “Through the human connection of meeting him and asking questions, I also hope they realize they are capable of great things and, just like Millan, raise the limits of what may be possible in this program and their Air Force career.”