Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Skid Row Marathon (2018)

Skid Row Marathon will make you get misty. The tale of the running club at the Midnight Mission in LA’s Skid Row is a heartwarming tale of people getting their lives together and struggling to do more. It’s a must see.

The running club was started by Judge Craig Mitchell after he visited the mission the at the request of a man he sent away to prison. When he got there he was challenged to do something to help the people living there. Mitchell, an avid runner, started a running club that meets several mornings a week. They then hold events to fund the trips the Judge uses as rewards for those who remain clean and out of trouble to travel the world to run in races.

I don’t know what to say. This is a kick ass film that I wish I had caught up with during its festival run. It maybe me feel good. And it made cry. Somewhere toward the end tears were running down my cheeks as the people who thought they couldn’t do something so “simple” as run a race did so.

What an absolute joy.

I’m sorry this isn’t much of a review but sometimes you run across something that doesn’t need explaining it simply needs to be shared. I want to share this with everyone reading this small piece. You need to see this because it will show you what it is possible and how people can rise up when they just believe they can- which is something too many of us don’t understand.

One of the great finds of 2019. This film is a must see.

SKID ROW MARATHON opens March 22 at Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena ahead of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon.

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