Oakland running group screens film to raise funds

Running for a Better Oakland, an organization that mentors Oakland youth runners and provides free training, shoes, shirts, and more, is holding a virtual fundraiser. Rent RUNNER, a film about South Sudanese runner and Olympian Guor Mading Maker, until the third week of July and RBO will receive a portion of the proceeds.

You can rent the film HERE. Each rental is $12 and you have 72 hours from purchase to watch the film.

About RUNNER: “When he was only eight, Guor Mading Maker (formally known as Guor Marial) ran from captivity in war-torn Sudan to eventually seek safety in the US. In his new life, Maker began running again, participating in high school track and field and eventually becoming a sensation and qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. But because the newly formed South Sudan was not recognized by the International Olympic Committee, Maker had to fight to compete independently, refusing to run for Sudan and taking a stand against its oppression. RUNNER depicts Maker’s difficult and triumphant journey from refugee to a world-renowned athlete, told in intimate interviews with gorgeously animated flashbacks of Guor’s upbringing, and culminating in a heart-wrenching reunion with his parents after a 20-year separation. His story is a distinctly inspirational one in which the indomitable human spirit emerges against all odds.”

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