Frank Ruona is entering the prison to coach a Monday night workout. Frank, 71, has been the 1000 Mile Club volunteer head coach since the club’s 2005 inception. He is a veteran of 78 marathons and 38 ultra-marathons. In addition to the physical workouts Frank teaches the runners that developing a “marathon mindset” -- the toughness, focus, and determination necessary to succeed as a runner -- is also what it takes to succeed in life. A lifelong Republican and Vietnam veteran, over the years Frank has become an advocate for change in the criminal justice and prison system.
This is Jianca Lazarus @jianca_lazarus
sharing images from inside San Quentin State Prison as a set photographer for "26.2 to Life: The San Quentin Prison Marathon," a documentary feature currently in production about running and redemption inside and beyond the walls of California's oldest prison. @sqmarathon
The film chronicles a year in the life of San Quentin's 1000 Mile Club, the prison's running group, whose incarcerated members train with volunteer coaches throughout the year for an annual 26.2 mile race --105 laps around the prison's lower yard. As the men prepare for this grueling athletic feat, they also confront the challenges of aging, getting an education and maintaining family relationships behind bars, all while grappling with the reality that they may never again see life on the outside. Here are images from the training session just before the 2017 11th Annual San Quentin Marathon and the race itself.
To learn more about the film go to: www.sanquentinmarathon.com // facebook: san quentin marathon // twitter: sqmarathondoc
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