Established in 2012, the Skid Row Running Club is an ‘unusual’ running organization according to NPR. It was founded by LA Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell to help those who are at risk of or experiencing addiction and homelessness.
Thru the consistency and discipline of running, the judge helps them seize control of their narrative and as a result their lives, one run at a time.
Running not only promotes physical and mental health but instills confidence and self esteem.
Members have participated in the Firecracker run from it's earliest days and it is the one race the Skid Row Running Club has participated for the last 7 years. The Firecracker route is part of it's regular running route and the members of the community have been incredibly supportive over the last 7 years. In fact, it was the Firecracker run that sparked the genesis of taking our runners to complete marathons around the world.
The runners who stay sober and complete a challenging 6 month marathon training are rewarded with the international marathon of a lifetime . Past marathons have included: Ghana, Rome, Vietnam and Jerusalem.
Those who cross the finish line of these marathons transform their lives forever.
The Skid Row Running Club takes its next adventure to run a marathon in Ecuador, the fall of 2019.