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Skid Row Marathon

Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7pm at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center–555 Middlefield Road, Atherton, CA.

Screening followed by a Q&A conversation with Mark Hayes, Filmmaker; Gabi Hayes, Producer; and Judge Craig Mitchell & Rafael Cabrera, subjects from the film. Join us also for a reception in the lobby with local non-profits helping people who are homeless, addicted, and ex-incarcerated.

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

SKID ROW MARATHON follows four 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.

Filmmakers from Skid Row Marathon will be joining us for a Q & A following the film.

Visit for more information on the film.

  • Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Winner of Best in the Fest at the 2018 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
  •  Winner of the Audience Award at the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • Winner of the Audience Award at the 2017 LA Film Festival
  • Winner of the Audience Award and Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Coronado Island Film Festival

Thank you to the local nonprofits who joined us for our reception!

Able Works equips marginalized and under-resourced youth and young families in Northern California with the financial education, life skills and assets needed to live free from oppression and poverty. Founded in 2007, Able has served over 6,000 students and 157 families, transforming cycles of poverty into cycles of success. Find out how you can get involved at or follow us @AbleWorks!

Caminar empowers and supports people to move toward resilience, wellness, and independence by offering personalized, evidence-based behavioral health and support services. Partnerships with Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley and Project Ninety have expanded Caminar’s solution focused programs that address critical factors influencing the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals and families.

Our mission is to empower the Hispanic community by providing avenues for community organizations and caring adults to participate in activities that promote family literacy, family advocacy, and projects that serve Hispanic families in Redwood City. Our premier offering is Redwood City Reads, where we match caring volunteers with children for 1/1 reading on local Redwood City School campuses, homes, or at the local library. GENERATIONS-UNITED.COM

LifeMoves provides interim housing and supportive services for homeless families and individuals to rapidly return to stable housing and achieve long-term self-sufficiency. Last year, 92% of families and 78% of individuals in interim housing who completed our programs successfully returned to stable housing and self sufficiency. LIFEMOVES.ORG

The mission of Project WeHOPE is to help homeless individuals and families, and those at risk, in rebuilding their lives by connecting them to educational resources, job placement, housing and health services. Taking a holistic approach, we have designed programs that address the physical, emotional, and educational needs of the clients we serve and the community. Visit us at

We are an Unusual Running Club, based out of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, that uses running to improve the lives of those who experience or are at risk of homelessness and addiction. By using running, we empower individuals to break the cycle of abuse, poverty, homelessness and addiction one step at a time.

The Service League of San Mateo County is a non-profit agency that develops, coordinates, and delivers in-custody programs, services, and other activities within all San Mateo County jails. The agency delivers after-release programs and services at five program sites in the community. For over 50 years, we have delivered compassion and created hope for thousands of county jail inmates and their families.

Street Life Ministries is a community based, non-profit organization that serves the homeless and at-risk populations of the Mid-Peninsula. We establish environments and build relationships where community volunteers can provide food and clothing, as well as referrals for shelter, addiction recovery, and other personal support. STREETLIFEMINISTRIES.ORG

Press Coverage for Skid Row Marathon

Review by Geoff Berkshire

“The storylines in Skid Row Marathon are riveting. … The one thing the documentary does best is show the human element component that encompasses the men and women who have to deal with their day-to-day challenges.”


The Los Angeles Beat
Reviewed by Billy Bennight

“Skid Row Marathon is a substantial, feel good documentary. But beyond these great individual’s stories is an exceptionally well made film with remarkable direction by Mark Hayes.”

Skid Row Marathon Poster

Skid Row Marathon
Screened on Thursday, June 28, 2018

Visit our Skid Row Marathon film page for information on the nonprofit organizations featured at our lobby reception.

Fanny Pack Film Poster

Fanny Pack
Screened on Friday, June 29, 2018
Part of our Short Films Program

The Driver is Red Poster

The Driver is Red
Screened on Friday, June 29, 2018
Part of our Short Films Program

Refugee Poster

Screened on Friday, June 29, 2018
Part of our Short Films Program

Inventing Tomorrow Poster

Inventing Tomorrow
Screened on Saturday, June 30, 2018

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