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About the Club


Skid Row Runners.

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About the Club


Skid Row Runners.

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Mike McGill/Mathew Giron
 

There are over 58,000 homeless living in Los Angeles County on any given night. 

The Skid Row Running Club was started by LA Superior Court Judge Mitchell, a lifelong runner.  

By simply showing up every Monday and Thursday at the Midnight Mission, located in the heart of Skid Row, he shows that he cares and is taking proactive steps to address homelessness in Los Angeles.

For the past 5 years, he has used running to develop resilience and goal setting in members of the running club. Many of the participants of the Skid Row Running Club are homeless and recovering addicts.

Thru his leadership these individuals have learned to take control of their own lives and have successfully overcome the demons of poverty and addiction.  Formerly homeless members have gainful employment, live on their own and give back to the community. 

The Skid Row Running Club also consists of other professionals, including many LAPD Officers, attorneys and executives.  Some runners travel as far as Orange County and Valencia to run on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:45am at the Midnight Mission.

Please support the Skid Row Running Club in it's mission to transform lives!

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Judge Mitchell


Judge Craig Mitchell

Judge Mitchell


Judge Craig Mitchell

 

To all the runners, he's “The Judge.”

Judge Mitchell, who is married with three grown children, started the running club in 2012. It all began when a young man he had previously sentenced to prison, Roderick Brown, contacted him through the Midnight Mission. “For some reason he decided he liked the way I treated him, even though I sent him to prison,” Mitchell says. “He looked me up and introduced me to The Mission.”

As soon as Mitchell got there, he decided the best way to reach the people was through running. “There are so many little things that emanate from this very basic idea of just running,” he says.

Mitchell had been running for about 15 years when he started the club. He ran his first race because he was asked by his boss at the District Attorney’s Office to run a relay. It was too early in his career to say no, so he joined the team. It was a blessing—he’s a runner to the core now, even when he’s in the courtroom.

Under the black robe he wears on the bench, Mitchell is in a shirt and tie as you’d expect. But below the belt he’s in just his running shorts and shoes—he likes to change out of his robe quickly to maximize the time of his lunchtime run. -- Runner's World, Liam Boylan-Pett

Meet The Judge

 

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Donate

Through generous donations, the Skid Row Running Club covers the cost of shoes for runners and the expenses of international marathons. All contributions are graciously accepted. Thank you for your support.

 

DONATE

 

Federal Tax ID: 82-1614500

All donations are tax deductible.

Donate


Donate

Through generous donations, the Skid Row Running Club covers the cost of shoes for runners and the expenses of international marathons. All contributions are graciously accepted. Thank you for your support.

 

DONATE

 

Federal Tax ID: 82-1614500

All donations are tax deductible.