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Skid Row Marathoners Return From Ghana

The group uses running to help homeless men or those recovering from addiction turn their lives around.

A competitive running group based out of Skid Row returned to Los Angeles Thursday morning after competing in an international marathon in Ghana.

The group helps men recover from drug and alcohol addiction. (Michelle Bergmann / ATVN)
The group helps men recover from drug and alcohol addiction. (Michelle Bergmann / ATVN)

They're called the Midnight Runners and are based out of Midnight Mission, an organization that gives homeless men a place to stay while trying to become sober.

The crew has been running together for more than a year and meets two or three times a week at 6 a.m. for a group run.

Most of the runners live at the Midnight Mission shelter and some have moved out after completing the mission's recovery program. For many of the members, the group is a way to improve their physical strength as well as health and fitness.

Private donors funded the trip to Ghana along with fundraising hosted by the Mission. 

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