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The San Quentin Prison Marathon has an unconventional route: 105 dizzying laps around a crowded prison yard. 26.2 TO LIFE is a new documentary that tells the story of incarcerated men who are members of the 1000 Mile Club, the prison’s long distance running club. They train all year for this 26.2 mile race. For the men who take their places at the starting line on a cool, sunny November morning, completing the marathon means more than entrée into an elite group of athletes. It’s a chance to be defined by more than their crimes. Cheering them on are a small staff of volunteer coaches, elite marathoners who train with the runners throughout the year. The bonds they forge on the track create a community that transcends prison politics and extends beyond the prison walls as members are released. 26.2 TO LIFE is a story of transformation and second chances. The film offers a rare glimpse into a world out of bounds, as the men navigating life sentences seek redemption and freedom… or something like it.

Filmed inside California's oldest state prison, 26.2 to Life explores the transformative power of San Quentin's 1000 Mile Club, in which incarcerated men train for and run a marathon on the dirt and concrete path circling the prison yard.
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  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Genre
  • Subtitle Language
  • Note
    Featuring the 1000 Mile Club
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  • Director
    Christine Yoo
  • Producer
    Carolyn Mao, Christine Yoo, Sara Jane Sluke, Hella Winston
  • Executive Producer
    Dexter Braff, Jennifer M. Kroot, Andrew Bishop, Robert Holgate,Frank Connelly, Crispy
  • Cinematographer
    Cliff Traiman
  • Editor
    Marcos Moro
  • Composer
    Antwan "Banks" Williams