The Big Issue Foundation are excited to announce a new addition to our London Marathon team- LA High Court Judge Craig Mitchell.
An avid supporter of empowering people who are homeless, Judge Craig Mitchell coaches a long – distance running club made up of residents of LA’s infamous Skid Row. Skid Row Running Club uses the liberating power of running to develop resilience and set goals through training plans. The marathon training gives the individual a sense of purpose, a new lease of life and the possibility of one in a lifetime experiences- if club members refrain from drug and alcohol abuse and show dedication to the club, the Judge will take them to participate in an international marathon.
This story has been made into a documentary called Skid Row Marathon. Directed by Mark Hayes, this touching film documents the runners as they fight the fierce pull of addiction and homelessness at every turn. It’s a story about second chances and overcoming obstacles. Skid Row Marathon acknowledges the devastating effects homelessness can have and offers a solution of empowerment. It showcases what the discipline of running and the power of friendship and community participation can do to change lives.
Alongside the launch of Skid Row Marathon in the UK on 9th May, the Judge will run the London Marathon in aid of three charities who each offer solutions to those trapped in poverty and exclusion; his own Skid Row Running Club, The Running Charity, and The Big Issue Foundation. You can read more about the Judge and Skid Row Marathon Club, as well as donate to his London Marathon challenge here.
Judge Craig will be running alongside our Marathon team: Maria, Wendy, Ryan, Daniel, Natalie, Audrey, Scott and Ran. We wish them all the best of luck!