When a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious skid row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change.
SKID ROW MARATHON follows four runners as they rise from the mean streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn.
Their story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity.
Having lived in downtown LA for several years, I never got used to seeing the thousands of people living on the streets. My wife Gabriele (Producer), who grew up in communist East Germany, would always ask “How is this possible in the richest country in the world?” I never had a good answer and still don’t.
When we read an article in the LA Times about a judge who started a running club on skid row, the heart of LA’s homeless community, we decided to show up and run. This began a journey that has now lasted four years.
Our film is about more than just running marathons. It’s about the camaraderie of an unlikely group of individuals who receive a second chance at life, all brought on by a simple act of kindness.
I hope that you will be inspired to get involved in your own personal way. It’s when we all become part of the solution that real change is possible.