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Skidrow Marathon – A Second Chance for Life

Jersey Opera House

Event Overview

An Uplifting and Inspiring Story.
This award-winning documentary film will be screened at Jersey Opera House on Tuesday 19 June at 8pm. In response to requests from members of the local running community this story demonstrates how we all have the power of change within us; and the power of running as an active pursuit. Skid Row Marathon is the uplifting and inspiring story of an unlikely group of individuals from LA’s Skid Row, who receive a second chance at life, all brought on by a simple act of kindness. Their story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity. Follow the story of High Court Judge, Craig Mitchell as he coaches a long-distance running club from the Midnight Mission on Skid Row. Using the redemptive power of running and the camaraderie of the group, marathon training raises the spirits of Skid Row’s inhabitants and gives a sense of purpose to a group of people who are homeless, addicted or coming out of the prison system. “One horrendous act does not define a person in his entirety” and so the film highlights the transformation of homeless and often helpless individuals in to sober, rounded and functioning members of society. This feature will be preceded by an exclusive 10 minute film exploring the transformative powers of running. Including interviews with The Running Charity, Olympic Gold medalist Jo Pavey, BBC’s Vassos and Sophie Raworth, CEO of Parkrun, and best-selling author & columnist, Bryony Gordon. They discuss what running means to them and how it has helped them throughout their lives, providing inspiration and context to the main film.

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