Presented by HOKA
Directed by: Christine Yoo
Produced by: Christine Yoo, Carolyn Mao, Sara Jane Sluke, Hella Winston
Distributed by: Film Hālau
Three men convicted of murder undertake running a marathon inside California’s oldest prison on a quest for redemption and freedom— or something like it.
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, veteran 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.