Disney has announced details on a new documentary from ESPN Films called  “26.2 to Life”, which tells the story of incarcerated men at San Quentin Prison who are members of the 1000 Mile Club, the prison’s long-distance running club, who train all year for the prison’s 26.2-mile marathon.

The San Quentin Prison Marathon has an unconventional route: 105 dizzying laps around a crowded prison yard. 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. The film offers a rare glimpse into a world out of bounds, as the men navigating life sentences seek redemption and freedom.

The documentary director Christine Yoo said in a statement regarding the release:

“We couldn’t have asked for a better home than ESPN to present this story about runners who are using the sport to empower incarcerated people to change their lives and inspire broader reforms in the prison system.  We are thrilled to connect with audiences who understand that sports can be a catalyst for personal and social transformation as we encourage more institutions across the country to implement running clubs into their programs with its positive societal impact.” 

“26.2 to Life” is directed by Christine Yoo and produced by Film Hālau, Fifth Man Productions, and Stoopball, LLC in partnership with ESPN Films.

“26.2 to Life” will premiere on April 8th, 2024 at 9pm ET on ESPN, and it will also be available to stream on ESPN+ immediately following its linear debut.   ESPN+ is available as part of the Disney Streaming Bundle with Hulu and Disney+.

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Roger Palmer

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