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Skid Row Marathon
A criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s skid row, where he trains a motley group of homeless people, addicts and criminals to run international marathons.
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Skid Row Marathon

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Feature Film
85 minutes

Skid Row Marathon

When a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious skid row and trains a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change.

SKID ROW MARATHON follows five 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.

Filmmaker Notes:

Having grown up in former East Germany I never saw homeless people. When I moved to Los Angeles I couldn’t believe that thousand of people live in the streets and it shocked me. I felt hopeless. When I read an article about a judge who started a running club on Skid Row I was inspired to do a documentary. It took over 4 years with lots of challenges but I learnt a lot from the people we followed. They gave me the strength NOT to give up and to finish.

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  • 2019
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