Los Angeles Superior Court judge Craig Mitchell, an avid runner, started the Midnight Mission Running Club with a few residents of the Midnight Mission, a homeless shelter in L.A.’s skid row area that provides food, shelter and counseling to those who need it. Many of the club members are homeless and battled drug and alcohol addictions before they became runners. The group, which meets three times a week at 5:45 AM for a 5-6 mile run, have completed a number of races in the past year, including the LA Marathon, Accra International Marathon in Ghana and the Rome Marathon this past March.
This video is a trailer for the forthcoming Skid Row Marathon documentary, a feature length film which is expected to be completed in September. Donations to the project, which to this point has been funded by Mitchell and the documentary’s producers, can be made at skidrowmarathon.com.
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