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"I can do anything": The marathon mindset at San Quentin

Steve Brooks runs around the track at San Quentin State Prison. 105 laps equals a marathon.
26.2 TO LIFE
Steve Brooks runs around the track at San Quentin State Prison. 105 laps equals a marathon.

This interview aired in the July 25, 2023 episode of Crosscurrents.

 I took that same marathon mindset to everything I’m involved in….all I gotta do is do it and eventually I’ll be good at it.
Steve Brooks

When you enter the San Quentin Prison Yard, you’ll pass pull-up bars, picnic tables, tennis courts, and a big baseball diamond. People walk to and from classes and groups. Others give each other haircuts, playing cards or musical instruments. On the concrete, there’s a faint white outline of a running track. It circles a quarter mile around the bustling yard. If you run around that track 105 times, you’ll have completed the San Quentin Marathon. Every year, incarcerated people train to complete the race. And for many, running is more than a way to work out. Uncuffed Producer Steve Brooks shares his journey to becoming a marathoner at San Quentin.

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This piece was brought to you from the team at Uncuffed. Our work in prisons is supported by the California Arts Council, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and donations from listeners like you. The producers fact-check content to the best of their ability. Content is approved by an information officer.

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CrosscurrentsFrom The Producers Of Uncuffed
Brian Asey is the father of three children: two sons and a daughter. His passion is using his extensive multimedia experience to dispel negative images with which mainstream media frequently portray the incarcerated. He directs and edits programming for SQTV, helping to choose and shape the institution TV content. Brian is a member of the San Quentin’s Day of Peace Committee, and serves as General Manager of the San Quentin Basketball Program. He is also the proud recipient of an A.A. degree from Mount Tamalpais College. He continues to be dedicated to doing whatever he can to help transform the lives of those who have negative influence in our communities and neighborhoods into positive role models.
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