LAURA BOWMAN SALZSIEDER, Former Teacher and Community Partnerships Manager at San Quentin, Laura started the running program. Laura, a runner herself, understands the value of programs that give prisoners support and an outlet to deal with their issues in a healthy way. “I always told the guys from the beginning and throughout, I don't care how you get your 1,000 miles, you can walk, run, crawl, skip or dance your way to it. 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.”

KEVIN RUMON, engineer, veteran marathoner and volunteer assistant coach of the 1000 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 centering force for him, 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.”

DIANA FITZPATRICK, attorney, veteran marathon runner and volunteer assistant coach of the 1000 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 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.”