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.

I always told the guys from the beginning...I just want you to come out and join us for the camaraderie, the health benefits, and the realization that you can do something you set your mind to that you never may have thought you could.
— Laura Bowman-Salzsieder, 1000 Mile Club Founder



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.

The concept of running a marathon in prison was like, hell no…but when I heard Frank talk about it, it was like- it was the most fascinating thing in my life…And I kept wondering, can I run a marathon? And I told Frank, well I said I been running 20 miles every weekend I said, you think I can run a marathon? He said, I think you can. I said, well let’s do it.
— Ronnie Goodman, San Quentin Marathon Founder


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. 

I am my brother’s keeper. If he needs help, I’m gonna try to help him. I feel like these guys over there, they need help. And they appreciate whatever help they get.
— Frank Ruona, Head Coach


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.

We don’t know anyone’s crime. We don’t really think about it that way. And it’s not important to us. We just look from this point forward. How can we provide these guys the same value that running has provided us in life.
— Kevin Rumon, Assistant Coach


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. 

I think it’s really true that as a society, how we treat people who are the most vulnerable people — the poor, the forgotten, the invisible – it’s a reflection of who we are as a society. I think we owe it to ourselves and to that population to pay attention and to think about it.
— Diana Fitzpatrick, Assistant Coach