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A free inspirational film will be presented Tuesday evening bringing a message of hope and encouragement to those who feel others have given up on them.

“Skid Row Marathon” hosted by Sedalia’s Running Resolutions and sponsored by area businesses will be presented at the Hayden Liberty Center Association for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Dan Bridges, executive director and founder of Running Resolutions, said he learned of the film while looking through an issue of Runner’s World magazine.

“I read an article … about similar organizations to Running Resolutions and the Skid Row Runners Club was one of them,” he said. “I started following them on Facebook and that’s where I saw the advertisement for the film.

“They are only showing it in select places in L.A.,” he continued. “So, I reached out to the producers and paid the licensing fee to bring it here.”

Bridges said he feels good about bringing the film to Sedalia.

“The documentary ‘Skid Row Marathon’ is going to give people an insight of what we are trying to do here in Sedalia,” he continued. “Basically, there is a judge in L.A.’s skid row. He goes down to a homeless shelter and he starts a running club. The film focuses on five people … through running they are given a new outlook on life.”

The film illustrates how running filled the participants’ lives with optimism. They began to look out for and encourage each other and began to feel like they were part of society again.

Bridges, a certified running coach, said he translates this into what Running Resolutions hopes to accomplish in Sedalia.  

“We’re an organization that uses physical fitness to help people overcome different life challenges,” he explained. “Specifically, substance abuse and other mental health issues are the target. But, our events and activities are open to everybody.

“We want to have a good, accurate, representation of the community and everybody’s welcome to attend,” he continued. “That not only goes for people in recovery and people not in recovery, but people of all athletic abilities. If you’ve never ran before and you’re interested in running or if you are a star Olympic athlete come on out. We’ll welcome everybody.”

Running resolutions has group runs at 4:15 p.m. each Thursday at Katy Park and at 5 a.m. Fridays at the Smith-Cotton High School track.

Bridges said those who attend the film will find it emotionally moving.

“It’s truly a story of hope, and inspiration,” he noted. “It’s not your typical boring documentary, it is something you may want to bring a few tissues for. It’s really a moving story and being able to watch such an incredible change with human beings, it’s going to be an awesome experience that I think everybody’s going to enjoy.”

The free screening of “Skid Row Marathon” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hayden Liberty Center Association for the Arts, 111 W. Fifth St. The event is open to the public. For more information, call Bridges at 660-620-0148.

Arts & Entertainment Reporter

Faith Bemiss is a reporter for the Sedalia Democrat, covering general assignment, arts, food and entertainment stories. She can be reached at 660-530-0289.

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