Skid Row Marathon is a feature length documentary that follows Judge Craig Mitchell and his running club as they prepare for a variety of running events including the Accra International Marathon in Ghana, the LA Marathon and the upcoming Rome Marathon to be held in March 2015.
Many of the club members have been living on the streets or in homeless shelters for significant periods of time. They’ve lost everything – their homes, their jobs, their families and relationships. As they run with the Judge, they struggle with their demons and attempt to regain their self-esteem and self-sufficiency. Not everyone succeeds.
Homeless people in Los Angeles
There are over 47,000 homeless people in Los Angeles, which represents the largest concentration of homeless in the nation. It is a complex problem with no easy fixes. Just because it’s a difficult problem doesn’t mean we can’t do something now. Our project will show that people are getting involved and making a difference. We hope to inspire others to become part of the solution, each in their own way.
After teaching high school in South Central Los Angeles for more than 17 years, Craig Mitchell decided to go to law school. After working as a prosecutor in the L.A. District Attorney’s office, he became a Superior Court judge in 2005.
An avid runner, the Judge then started a running club on skid row with a few residents of the Midnight Mission. He trains anyone who is willing to make the commitment to run marathons.
Last year Judge Mitchell took 25 runners to the Rome Marathon.