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Skid Row Marathon
Law and disorder are running partners in director Mark Hayes' sure-footed and life-affirming documentary. Los Angeles Criminal Court Judge Craig Mitchell suffers from a painful spinal condition but he enjoys running and he pounds the streets in defiance of medical advice. When one of the defendants Mitchell has sentenced to prison approaches the judge and asks him to visit the Midnight Mission homeless shelter where the defendant is now living, Mitchell is compelled to start a running club for the men and women. He makes a promise to the addicts and criminals - if they run with him and stay clear of drugs, he will reward them with a free trip to run in an international marathon. Hayes' film follows five of these runners, David Askew, Ben Shirley, Rafael Cabrera, Rebecca Hayes and Mody Diop, as they find friendship and hope as part of the club.