The 1000 Mile Club is the organized running club at San Quentin Prison.
1000 Mile Club
The club is coached and sponsored by the Tamalpa Running Club located in Marin County, California. Tamalpa coaches are seasoned runners who have competed at various distances ranging from track sprints to 100-mile ultramarathons. Coaches train at San Quentin with members of The 1000 Mile Club and share their running experiences, training methods, and race strategies.
LAURA BOWMAN-SALZSIEDER, Founder of the 1000 mile club
Laura is a former teacher and Community Partnerships Manager at San Quentin; she started the running program. Laura, a runner herself, understands the value of programs that give the prisoners support and an outlet to deal with their issues in a healthy way.
RONNIE GOODMAN, FOUNDER OF THE SAN QUENTIN MARATHON
While incarcerated at San Quentin, former inmate Ronnie Goodman came up with the idea to run a marathon within the prison walls. Ronnie has experienced the physical and mental benefits that running offers, both inside and now outside of prison. Ronnie is also fortunate to have found the creative arts as a centering force in his life. Prolific and self-taught, he is an exhibited artist whose work is on permanent display in San Francisco City Hall.
FRANK RUONA, 1000 mile club Head Coach
Frank, 71, has been the 1000 Mile Club’s volunteer head coach since the club’s 2005 inception. He is a veteran of 78 marathons and 38 ultra-marathons. He believes that having the “Marathon Mindset,” the toughness, focus, and determination necessary to succeed as a runner, is also what it takes to succeed life.
KEVIN RUMON, 1000 mile club assistant coach
Kevin, 56, engineer, veteran marathon runner and volunteer assistant coach of the 1,000 Mile Club. Kevin recently battled cancer and credits the strength and endurance he has from running with helping him get through the brutal treatment. Running is a powerful experience he is eager to share with anyone, regardless of background.
DIANA FITZPATRICK, 1000 mile club assistant coach
Diana, 58, attorney, veteran marathon runner and volunteer assistant coach of the 1,000 Mile Club. An accomplished athlete, she qualified for the Olympic marathon trials in 1992, 1996, and 2000. Diana had been aware of the San Quentin running club and was eager to volunteer when the opportunity arose.