26.2 to Life: A “Riveting and Humane” Documentary about the San Quentin Prison Marathon

We know that running and running communities have the power to change lives. Therefore, we’re honored to spotlight the new award-winning documentary, 26.2 TO LIFE. It explores the transformative power of San Quentin’s 1000 Mile Club, a running club inside the prison, in which volunteer marathon runners train with incarcerated runners and build up to a marathon—105 dizzying laps around a crowded prison yard. 

The coaches are veteran marathoners, including Diana Fitzpatrick, president of Western States 100, professional ultra-runner Dylan Bowman, and head coach Frank Ruona, who received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Road Runners Club of America at this year’s National Convention.


The Daily Beast is among several outlets that have called the film “must see.”

Film Threat, “The power of the film had me in tears.”

A 26.2 to Life poster

Find Bay Area Theater Near You

26.2 TO LIFE opens on Friday, September 22, in the following Bay Area theaters. It will be screening for one week only.

Join Us for A Special SF Marathon Screening at The Roxie Theater

Join the #SFMarathon community for a special screening at The Roxie Theater on Saturday, September 24th at 12:30 PM. A Q&A with 1000 Mile Club volunteer coach Jim Maloney and film subjects and formerly incarcerated 1000 Mile Club runners Lee “Timbuktu” Goins and Steve Reitz will follow the screening.

Watch Online for 72 Hours

If you can’t make it in person, consider organizing a watch party to screen this critically acclaimed film from the comfort of home during the 72-hour virtual online event, Sept 29 – Oct 1.

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The virtual presentation will feature a special forward from Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative, “a nonprofit that provides legal representation to prisoners who may have been wrongly convicted of crimes, poor prisoners without effective representation, and others who may have been denied a fair trial.”

There will also be an extended post-screening discussion with Markelle “The Gazelle” Taylor, Head Coach Frank Ruona, Coach Diana Fitzpatrick, and filmmaker Christine Yoo, moderated by ultra-runner Dylan Bowman, a volunteer of 1000 Mile Club.

Help Inspire Healthy Habits:

As part of 26.2 to Life’s social impact mission, this film is currently screening every day inside California prisons across the state, offering 90,000+ incarcerated individuals an opportunity to see people like them reflected in a positive story that shows that redemption and healing are indeed possible. Consider donating to make it possible to screen this film in more corrections facilities and inspire the formation of new running clubs in prisons nationwide!

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