How the San Quentin Marathon Changes Lives, One Lap at a Time

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 (photo courtesy of "26.3 to Life")

It’s hard enough to train for a marathon. But what if you could only train in a crowded prison yard, with borrowed running shoes, on a small track with potholes and six 90-degree turns? That’s what the members of the San Quentin 1000-Mile Club running group face – on top of the harsh living conditions in California’s oldest prison – as they prepare for their annual marathon. A new documentary, 26.2 to Life, goes inside the prison to tell the story of the San Quentin Marathon, its participants, and why they run. We talk with the film’s director as well as the club’s running coach, and one of its former members.


Christine Yoo, director, the new documentary "26.2 to Life" - Opens Fri (September 22) at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley and Rialto Cinemas Sebastapol

Markelle Taylor, former member, San Quentin 1000-Mile Club

Frank Ruona, coach, San Quentin 1000-Mile Club